“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!