Country : Germany
Currency : Euro (EUR)
Language : German
City: 530 754 (2014)
Metro: 1 328 759 (2014)
Zone: Central European Time (CET)
closeDresden 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.
Random Dresden Highlights
Großer Garten, Dresden
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.
Old Masters Picture Gallery, Dresden
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.
Semper Opera House, Dresden
The Semper Opera House was built 1871 and 1878 after a design by Gottfried Semper. Its large central portal is crowned with a dramatic sculpture group of a panther-drawn quadriga.
Elbe Valley, Dresden
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.

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