Dresden – the pearl of Saxony and a city with its own, unique style. After the Second World War, Dresden was almost destroyed but the reconstruction made impressive progress. In 2004, Dresden became part of the UNESCO award “World Heritage Site”, and lost the status again in 2009 due to the plans of building a bridge over the Elbe-valley for reducing the traffic jam during the rush hours. However, one of the highlights is the Frauenkirche in the city centre , which was rebuilt from old drawings and pictures taken before the air attacks between 13.02. and 15.02.1945.
What to do
- Visit the Frauenkirche including a concert, sacred music events or lectures. Check the event program before planning your visit.
- Visit the Zwinger, an impressive example of the German baroque architecture, directly located at the Elbe.
- Do not miss the film nights at the Elbe shore during the summertime. The season is normally between July and September and one of the highlights of the cultural events in Dresden. The program is available from here.
- Visit the Semper Oper, as seen in the beer commercial. It is customary to ask locals whether the famous beer (Radeberger) is brewed here.
- Taste the famous “Eierschecke” (some kind of cheesecake). You will find it in all traditional bakeries and coffee bars.
- Visit Saxon Switzerland with its climbing area and national park, pretty close to Dresden. Getting there by train is easy and convenient – just follow the Elbe valley upstream. Make a stopover at the fortress Königstein or the Bastei on top of the Falkenstein hill.
Where to stay
- Hotel Elbterrassen
- For smaller budgets, check out Pension Käubler
- The public transport system is recommendable.
- The “Sächsische Dampfschifffahrt” offers trips to Pilnitz and other destinations. Do not miss the Steamship parade in August.
Where to eat
Dresden combines the Saxon kitchen with influences from the Bohemia, which is today part of the Czech Republic and only a few kilometres away. Check the scene around the “Weiße Gasse”. Some people call it the “Bermuda triangle” but it is up to you how to deal with the opportunities of bars and restaurants. Two good choices are the following:
- A famous place is the restaurant “Gänsedieb” in the “Weisse Gasse 1″.
- It may be unexpected but Dresden has an excellent Tappas in City Centre, called Barcelona .
For a large variety of alternative and innovative Food, check out Dresden Neustadt.
What to bring home
- Dresdner Stollen, which is a cake traditionally served during the Christmas time. Dresden bakeries are proud of their products and you will recognize the original from Dresden by the symbol of a golden horseman on blue ground.
- Traditional “Räuchermännchen“. These cute, little statues have their roots in the Erzgebirge and symbolize craftsmen of the region, such as foresters and miners. These figures get fed with cone incense which burn down inside and the smoke gets out of the mouth of the figure. Different aromas, such as fir tree and frankincense are available.
- Radeberger Beer (German beer is nice)