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Dresden skyline at night
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.
Random Dresden Highlights
Dresden's town hall was built between 1905 and 1910 on a large site near the historic altmarkt square. The building's 98m high tower has a public viewing platform with great views over the city.
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.
This modern synagogue was built in 2001 at the site of Dresden's 19th century Main Synagogue, which was destroyed in 1938 during the notorious Kristallnacht.