Dresden is the capital of Saxony and a very interesting city to explore. It has one of the most interesting architectural setups in the German cities we have so far visited.
The Dresden, we came to experience and like very much, has absolutely nothing to do with the far-right movement PEGIDA the evening news are picturing. It has castles, galleries, museums, people performing in the open air for the pleasure of others, and quite a room to stroll and enjoy the beautiful architecture.
Given the number of sights, I would suggest that a long weekend is needed to grasp as much as possible of the cultural richness of the city. Keep in mind that most of Dresden were destroyed during the Second World War and consequently rebuilt to its previous glory. Here is a list of must-see sights:
- Zwinger – a wonderful castle with a garden and a number of exhibitions, including the famous local porcelain.
- Dresden castle – with its Grünes Gewölbe and much other art and historical setups.
- Dresden Cathedral and Frauenkirche – they are not so far away from each other.
- Semperoper – Dresden’s opera house, which happens to be a magnificent architectural bijou.
- The Brühl’s Terrace – nicknamed “The Balcony of Europe”
- The Fürstenzug – a vast mural representing a procession of Saxonian rulers
- Dresden’s suspension railway – one does not get many chances to ride one in Europe. Unfortunately, we have missed this joy, but there is always “next time”.
- Japanisches Palais, which lies magnificently on the other side of the Elba
Naturally, there are many more sights and I am merely listing just a few. I am sure you will find something to your liking just by looking at your travel guide.
Oh, and be aware that the local cuisine is rather rich. I fear that they do put mayo on pretty much everything.
Enjoy and don’t forget to let me know what you think in the comments section below!
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