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Dresden evolved into one of Germany's most beautiful cities after it became the residence of the Wettins, rulers of Saxony for over 800 years. In the 18th century the city was one of Europe's most important cultural centers with grandiose buildings like the Semper Opera House and Zwinger.
After allied fire bombings obliterated the historical center reconstruction of Dresden's magnificent landmarks would drag on for more than sixty years.
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The Elbe Valley was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 thanks to its diverse architecture (including some beautiful palaces), cultural landscape, and outstanding land use.
The Johanneum was originally built in the late 16th century as the royal mews. It was later converted into a museum and is currently home to a transport museum, the Verkehrsmuseum.
Originally a separate city founded in the early 15th century, Neustadt is now a district of Dresden with a unique character thanks to its cohesive 18th century architecture and wide tree-lined streets.