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Dresden. Anja Upmeier. Dresden Marketing
Dresden. Anja Upmeier. Dresden Marketing
Drummer Sculpture. Photo Christopher Münch
Drummer Sculpture. Photo Christopher Münch
The Semper Opera House. Michael Sommer
The Semper Opera House. Michael Sommer
Transport Museum. Photo Christopher Münch
Transport Museum. Photo Christopher Münch
Dresden Military Museum. Christopher Münch
Dresden Military Museum. Christopher Münch
Miners Parade. Syvio Dittrich, Dresden Tourism
Miners Parade. Syvio Dittrich, Dresden Tourism
Neumarkt Square. Photo Christopher Münch
Neumarkt Square. Photo Christopher Münch
Theaterplatz. Photo Christopher Münch
Theaterplatz. Photo Christopher Münch

Dresden Information

Dresden is the capital city for the Free State of Saxony in Germany and is located on the River Elbe. The city has a long history dating back to its Slavic origin in the 12th century and Dresden was the former capital and residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony.

The architecture of Dresden is influenced by many different architectural styles with Renaissance and historical buildings mixing with Modernism throughout the city and its districts. One of the crown jewels is Palace Zwinger built in Rococo style architecture that was once the centrepiece of the city’s fortification and has today has become a museum complex being one Dresden’s best tourist attractions.

The Elbe River runs through the centre of Dresden and splits the city into two halves being Neustadt and Altstadt. The marketplace is located in Neustadt and is divided into two sections being Altmarkt (Old Market) and Neumarkdt (New Market) where the majority of the tourist sites are. In the Centre of Neumarkdt is Frauenkirche a marvelous attraction with its Romanesque architecture.

Nearby in Theatreplatz lays the breathtaking splendour of the Semperoper (Opera House). The opera house is home to the Saxon State Orchestra and was built in 1841. Famous composers like Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner once performed here.

For more sightseeing, Brühls terrace is one of the city’s main landmarks and has been nicknamed the “Balcony of Europe”. The terrace features several important buildings and tourist places like the Academy of Fine Arts, Brühlisher Garden, Albertinum Museum, Saxony’s Surpeme Court and the terrace leads to Schlossplatz (Castle Square) on the West side.

Another attraction not to miss seeing is the Militärhistorisches (Military) Museum in Olbrichtplatz. This is one of the major military history museums in Germany and one of the biggest with 14,000 square metres of space for its German Armed Forces Bundeswehr artefacts and memorabilia.

For more Holiday information on Dresden you might want to visit the official Dresden government website Dresden.de

Open Air Classic Event, Dresden. Photo Sylvio Dittrich, Morement GmbH
Open Air Classic Event, Dresden. Photo Sylvio Dittrich, Morement GmbH
View of the Zwillinger Courtyard in Dresden. Photo by Ingersol
View of the Zwillinger Courtyard in Dresden. Photo by Ingersol