Mini guide to Dresden
Located in eastern Germany near the Czech Republic, Dresden, the capital of
Saxony, is a city of remarkable architecture and history. In spite of vast destruction
during World War II, the old town portion of Dresden has preserved and regained
some fascinating examples of architecture.
Dresden's major landmark is the carefully restored 18th century Zwinger Palace
located on the left banks of the Elbe. The Zwinger houses several noted museums,
the most famous of which is the Semper Gallery. The highlight of its collection
of more than 2,000 paintings is the Sistine Madonna by Raphael. The most famous
symbol of reconstruction is the Dresden Frauenkirche Church which dominates
the city centre with its imposing baroque dome.
The magnificent landscape along the Elbe is an invitation to cultural enjoyment
and relaxation. Wander the promenades on the left bank of the river or take
in the Neustadt quarter on the other bank to explore the many baroque street
blocks and monumental government buildings.
The Dresden shopping world is as rich and varied as the city itself. Sample
solid Saxon dishes and the rare wines made by wine growers from the region in
one of the many romantic restaurants on the slopes of the Elbe.
Near Dresden you will find romantically situated palaces and castles with historical
reference to the Wettin dynasty; or, take a drive to the vineyards around Radebeul.
Dresden is easily accessible by road: access is via the E50 Autobahn from the
west or the E4 Autobahn from the north (Rostock, Berlin) or from the south.
Dresden has two main rail stations: from Berlin, 15 trains arrive daily (2 hours)
and 12 trains pull in from Frankfurt (5 hours). Dresden Airport is 9 kms north
of the city and has regular flights to European and international cities. The
airport has a suburban rail service to the city centre.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Four Points Konigshof
The Westin Bellevue
Park Plaza Dresden
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