Discover Dresden
"Florence on the Elbe" risen from the ashes

Classical music, galleries and Baroque architecture

Districts of Dresden

The Elbe River divides the city into two almost equal parts. One bank, with cultural monuments, is conventionally called the "old town," and the other bank, with new buildings, is commonly referred to as the "new town." Dresden consists of a total of 19 counties, which are divided into districts. If you plan to visit the city as a tourist, it is better to choose accommodation on the right bank, in the central area, or near the station. From here, you can get faster to the main attractions, which are concentrated in the Altstadt district.

Population of Dresden

It is interesting that Dresden is one of the largest cities in Eastern Europe and the only German city where more people live now than before World War II. The local population is friendly and eager to help tourists. The people of Dresden speak good English and can explain how to find a particular attraction, café, or theater.

Brief history of Dresden

The first mention of the city dates back to 1206. Interestingly, the word Dresden itself has Slavic roots and comes from the ancient Serbian expression "inhabitants of marshy forests". In 1547, Dresden became part of Saxony and entered an era of prosperity. Most of the budget came to the treasury from the administration of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In the XVIII century, Saxony fought an active war with the other Prussian principalities, but this didn't save the city from being captured by King Frederick II.

At the same time, Napoleonic wars began, Saxony lost its former greatness, and its political position on the map of Europe was weakened.

The city was severely damaged during the bombing period of World War II. The historic part of the city was completely destroyed and razed to the ground. The remains of historic buildings were dismantled and rebuilt from old designs. The complete restoration of the city took 40 years, and the restoration of some buildings was only completed after the unification of West and East Germany. Modern Dresden is a cultural hotspot on the map of Europe, with an interesting architectural ensemble, galleries, museums, and lavish street decoration. The tourism infrastructure is at a high level. It has luxury and budget hotels, shopping malls, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. The city has a life of its own and annually receives millions of tourists from all over the world.

The best time to visit Dresden

The warmest and rainiest months in Dresden are July and August. The air temperature during this period reaches +29°C. Spring and autumn are dry and cool, ranging from +12°C to +17°C. Winter is snowy and cold, and the air temperature can drop to -20°С.

Useful notes

Things to do in Dresden

  • See an unusual milk store. The Pfunds Molkerei, which opened in 1880, has made it into the Guinness Book of Records as the most beautiful dairy store in the world. It is all about unique design: the floors and ceiling of the institution are covered with tiles from the Neo-Renaissance period with hand-painted ornaments.
  • Appreciate the royal treasures. The Green Vaults Museum houses the largest collection of jewelry in Europe. The main treasure is the largest diamond in the world at 41 carats.
  • Taste exclusive cheeses, Saxon wine, local meat specialties: pork knuckle (eisbein), national eintopf (salted wheat stew), and the most colorful one — schnitzel. Do you want to explore traditional dishes? Visit restaurants with Saxon cuisine and local taverns.
  • Bring Meissen porcelain, fashion jewelry from Grünes Gewölbe, reproductions of famous paintings, beer, cheese, and wine as souvenirs.
  • Climb up the Brühl's Terrace. Locals call it the balcony of Europe. There is a green garden, and the view is adorned with historic buildings of the Royal Academy of Arts, Albertinum Museum, and the promenade, where, incidentally, you can spend time after a busy day.
  • Admire and photograph a masterpiece of late Baroque architecture, the Zwinger architectural ensemble. Nowadays, various galleries are in the building.

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