This capital of Saxony earned a reputation for high artistic and cultural achievements in the 18th century. Over 800 years old, the city of Dresden, with its towers, spires, and other marvels rising above the river Elbe have survived centuries of threat and catastrophe. Visitors to Dresden should avail themselves of its many sights and experiences. Read things to do in Germany.
1. The Zwinger
This Baroque palace is the birthplace of Dresden’s reputation as an artistic center. It has been restored, and holds precious Renaissance works by Rapael, Titian, and others. August the Strong was the elector-king of Saxony who commissioned the Zwinger.
This town square has two remarkable fountains. One represents still waters, and the other depicts moving water. The square is surrounded by other notable places to visit.
3. Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
This art museum contains priceless treasures. Visitors should be sure not to miss Raphael’s Sistine Madonna.
Like much of Dresden, this church has been destroyed more than once during wartime. Unlike much of Dresden, the building survived the bombing of WWII, although much of the interior burned. Once again restored, visitors may climb to the top of the tower, or enjoy the occasional concerts.
This museum, founded in the late 19th century, exhibits modes of transportation. A showcase for German engineering and the history of conveyance, this house of transport offers visitors displays of planes, trains, and automobiles.
This is an entire block filled with museums. Tourists have different themes from which to choose. Fans of Impressionism may visit Galerie Neue Meister. Coin collectors may visit the interesting antiques on display at Münzkabinett. Lovers of ancient civilization will enjoy Skulpturensammlung.
This church was reduced to rubble during the bombing of 1945. The tireless efforts of the citizens of Dresden at last resulted in its reconstruction in 2005. Visitors should be sure not to miss the altar, which consists of 2000 painstakingly reassembled pieces. Travelers may also climb the monumental dome.
Dresden has lain for many years at the heart of hotly contested territory, and bears the scars of much destruction. The fact that the striking city profile can still be seen at all is a testament to indomitable determination.