Dresden is the administrative center of Saxony, which is located on the Elbe River, near the border with the Czech Republic. For centuries, the city has been serving functions of the cultural, industrial, and economic center of East Germany. World-famous artworks are collected in the local galleries of Dresden, whereas its Baroque architecture, picturesque surroundings, an abundance of historical sights attract tourists from all over the world. Moreover, Dresden is the birthplace of the filter for coffee, toothpaste, and the largest porcelain panel in the world. In fact, this city is often described as the “box with decorations,” which can be explained by the abundance of architectural monuments. At the same time, it is the only European city that has lost UNESCO status. Subsequently, the controversial and beautiful Dresden is expected to surprise travelers of all ages.
Districts of Dresden
Dresden has much to surprise experienced travelers. Here you will see superb examples of Baroque and Neo-Renaissance architectural styles. But it is not only the rich architectural heritage that is worth seeing. There are plenty of museums, theaters, exhibitions, and parks. Here you can simply walk down the street and admire the beauty that surrounds you.
Population of Dresden
Brief history of Dresden
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
There is no subway in Dresden, but public transportation works well. You can choose different types of tickets: single trip, single day, group trip, as well as an array of passes. A single trip entitles you to travel for 1 hour on any mode of transport. For example, you can use a single ticket if you need to get to the streetcar and then change to a bus, and the whole trip does not take more than an hour.
If you find yourself in Dresden when it's raining, don't worry, you're very lucky. Go straight to the art center "Courtyard of Elements," where the architects created a unique installation, "The Singing House." The walls of this house are decorated with drains and pipes, so when it rains, the building turns into a huge musical instrument.
The way from Berlin to Dresden takes two hours by train and three hours by commuter train. The trains are called ICE and IC (two express trains), and the commuter train is called RE. The ticket price will be 28-30 euros per person.
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.