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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 Brühl terrace is a promenade lined with great architectural landmarks. From the terrace, which is decorated with statues and fountains, you have a panoramic view over the Elbe river.
Großer Garten in a large park just southwest of the city center. The park was originally created in 1676 as a royal hunting ground, but it opened to the public in 1814.
The Old Masters Gallery has an excellent collection of 15th to 18th century paintings. Its most famous artwork is the Sistine Madonna by Raphael, best known for its two little cherubs.