Dresden can look back on over 800 years of eventful history. To this day, magnificent buildings such as the Church of Our Lady, Royal Palace, Cathedral, Zwinger Palace and the Semper Opera House remain impressive symbols of the taste and passion of Saxon electors such as August the Strong. Known as the "Florence of the Elbe", Dresden did not survive the Second World War unscathed, and on the night between the 13th and 14th of February 1945, large sections of its historic city centre were destroyed by an air raid. The ruins of the Church of Our Lady stood as a memorial to the destruction for many years. Huge donations enabled the reconstruction of the church between 1996 and 2005, and on the 30th of October 2005 an emotional ceremony saw it reconsecrated – over 60 years after its destruction. The following text gives you an overview of the most interesting sights and places of interest in Dresden, which you should not miss while being in a city trip to Dresden.
Read on to find out more about excursions to regional destinations which can be added to your city tour to Dresden.
Famous sights and places of interest in Dresden
Museums and art collections in Dresden
Famous figures of the city of Dresden
Frederick I of Saxony, better known as August the Strong (1670-1733), is surely the most famous of Saxony’s electors. Renowned for his construction projects and passion for collecting, it was August who gave Dresden its majestic Baroque landscape.
Richard Strauss (composer) was a versatile and wonderfully talented artist. In 1883 he took a musical journey which included stops in Dresden and Berlin. He is regarded as a pioneer of the Modern style and the man who perfected the Late Romantic style.
Ludwig Richter (painter) was born in Dresden in 1803 as the son of the draughtsman and copperplate engraver Carl August Richter. In order to develop his artistic talents, he built upon the apprenticeship he did with his father by studying at the Academy of Arts in Dresden. His picture “Bridal Procession in the Spring” was awarded a gold medal at the World Fair in Paris in 1855. Richter was forced to retire from drawing and painting in 1873 as a result of an eye complaint.
Planning a city trip to Dresden? Read on to find out more about excursions to regional destinations which can be added to your City Tour to Dresden.
Here you can find our group tour offer for a city tour to Dresden. Whether you draw inspiration from the proposals made in our city tour offer or blend them with suggestions of this newsletter, we look forward to putting together your next city trip. Please do not hesitate to contact us!
Elbe cycle path © Franke, pixelio.de
Kulturpalast Dresden © AugustusTours
Semper Opera house © Christoph Münch
Royal Palace © AugustusTours
Albertinum Dresden © Bildpixel, pixelio.de