Dresden. The inspiring Florence on the Elbe

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“Florence on the Elbe”? If you are wondering why Dresden has been given this nickname, the architecture of Saxony’s state capital could shed some light on it. The “City of Baroque”, as Dresden is also known, is characterized by many magnificent buildings that were built under Florentine influence. The Frauenkirche is probably one of the best examples: Its stone dome, so characteristic of the city, is strongly reminiscent of that of Florence Cathedral. The Semper Gallery at the Zwinger was also designed and built on the model of the Florentine Uffizi. Originally, the title “Florence on the Elbe” also applied to Dresden’s art collections, which already enjoyed a very high reputation at the beginning of the 19th century due to their quality and scope, with the Italian masters being a focal point of the collection.

Art and architecture are very important in Dresden. But the city of around 560,000 inhabitants has much more to offer. A visit is always worthwhile – because many special sights and excellent tips for hotels, restaurants and special events make this beautiful city absolutely worth seeing and experiencing at any time!

These sights are worth a visit

The Frauenkirche is one of Dresden’s landmarks and should definitely be on your sightseeing program! The “Church of Our Lady” is a sight in a class of its own, as it stands for the splendor of Baroque architecture in Dresden. The building was completed in 1743 and almost completely destroyed in February 1945 during the Second World War. For many years, the ruins of the Frauenkirche were left standing as an exemplary memorial against the war, until the church was faithfully rebuilt after reunification. The interior of the Frauenkirche with its rich decorations and impressive ceiling paintings is also definitely worth seeing!

The Frauenkirche is located directly on Neumarkt, which also suffered extensive damage during the Second World War. After reunification, the Neumarkt was reconstructed according to the historical model. Today, you can once again enjoy the special historical charm of the elegant gabled houses around the square and the view of the imposing Frauenkirche – a sight that you should not miss when visiting Dresden!

For many, a city trip to Dresden is only really good if the most popular photo motif in the Old Town is also on the program: The Semper Opera House is one of the city’s landmarks and a truly impressive sight with its richly decorated façade. The interior of the opera house is also impressive: The 17×12 meter and 400 kilogram decorative curtain, in particular, leaves visitors in awe – a visit to the Semperoper is absolutely recommendable and definitely a must!

Tips for special Dresden experiences

Anyone making a trip to Dresden should not miss the Zwinger. The name comes from Middle High German and refers to the part between the inner and outer fortress walls. Under the reign of Augustus the Strong, the Zwinger was originally intended to serve as the front building of a city palace. The building complex, consisting of richly decorated gates, galleries, pavilions, gardens and water systems, is therefore extremely lavish and magnificent. A sight that you should definitely include in your itinerary!

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Brunnenanlage im Zwinger

It is wonderful to stroll through the grounds and there is extraordinary splendor to discover at every corner. The Zwinger also has the right events for rainy days as there are three excellent museums in the building!

An insider tip for very special views is the viewing platform of the Frauenkirche. At a height of 67 meters, you can see the old town from a completely different perspective – highly recommended! The ascent is possible all year round. Another option for fabulous views is the tower of the Dreikönigskirche in the Innere Neustadt. At a height of 87.5 meters you have a wonderful view of the other bank of the Elbe.

For a little more relaxation, Dresden’s numerous parks and gardens are ideal places. Over 60% of the city is covered in greenery – making Dresden one of the greenest cities in Europe! There is green space for everyone to stroll, lie down or play – even for a trip to Dresden with a dog!

Our tip: Visit the Great Garden to the east of the city center! Sculptures, ponds, fountains, gatehouses, beautiful paths, lots of flowers – the Great Garden is really worth seeing and an ideal place to unwind. The palace, which was built there as a baroque pleasure palace at the end of the 19th century, is surrounded by the palace pond, an insider tip for enchanting photo motifs!

Find the right city tour for you!

There is so much to see in Dresden. A sightseeing tour can be done wonderfully on your own – but with a suitable city tour you will also get lots of exciting information and stories about the sights and history of this beautiful city. In addition to the classic city tour, which takes a closer look at the most famous sights, there are other very special sightseeing experiences.

Stadtführer bei der Architekturführung in Dresden

How about an evening night watchman’s tour, for example, where you can listen to the stories of earlier times? Or let Augustus the Strong show you around – he will tell you about life at the Saxon court! A guided bike tour through Dresden will also give your sightseeing a boost and a city tour will show you Dresden’s most beautiful sights from the comfort of your own seat.

With a variety of different city tours and walking tours, you can experience the Florence on the Elbe with all its colorful facets. Our events provide an insight into the history of this city in an entertaining and informative way and turn sightseeing into an extraordinary experience. Our tips on recommended hotels and excellent restaurants round off your visit to Dresden.


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