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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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This oriental style building is the odd one out in Dresden's skyline. The glass domed building is a former tobacco factory, built in 1908 - 1909. Today it houses offices and shops.
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.
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.