City Guide Dresden, Germany

Visiting Dresden

Historically, Dresden was famed for its beautiful art and architecture, so much so that it was referred to as ‘The Florence of the Elbe’. However, following the allied bombing of Dresden in WW2 and many years of Soviet rule, the city became vastly different to when it was home to the Kings of Saxony. Much in the way of restoration work has been undertaken and continues today in order to bring back the city’s former glory.

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Dresden City Reviews

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    The Neustadt is really under-rated - so cool and lovely to visit, especially for students. Also if you can get a look in at the yearly Stadtfest in August, that is really worth visiting. You can easily do this city in a couple of days as it is quite small.

    Insider Tip:Try and get a map written by students - it gives some really good information about what is/isn't worth seeing, especially on a budget! These maps are available in most hostels.

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    Beautiful town with lots to see. Old town area beautiful to walk through, and would highly suggest visiting the main Cathedral and take a walk to the top. Did not visit Opera house but am told that it is worthwhile to book a show. Excellent other museums and historical buildings. Good nightlife near Neustadt, even on weekdays. Not far from Meissen which is worth a day trip to see the castle, roam the old town and visit the museum to learn how Meissen created porcelain in the western world.

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    Cute small city

    The Neustadt is a fun youthful area full of cafes and bars and art, and all the interesting touristy things are just across the river via one of several bridges.

    Insider Tip:The albertinium is a nice collection of modern and progressive classical art. Lots of nice bars and beer stores in Neustadt.

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    Dresden is great!

    A perfect place for sightseeing and especially for shopping. If you're a man you'd definetely better go to Dresden with your girlfriend because the atmosphere in the old city is super romantic:)

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    Five days' trip to Dresden

    Dresden is beautiful! It's like the whole Altstadt is a Baroque masterpiece. With the beautiful Elbe snaking it's way through the city, it's extremely pretty and has loads of history. Sure, it isn't as big and happening as some of the nearby cities (read Prague and Berlin), but partying shouldn't be your main reason to visit this place. Plenty of Christmas markets around the Altstadt and all of the built around architectural wonders.

    Insider Tip:1) Do make a day trip to the Sachsische Schweiz (Saxony Switzerland). I went to Bastei (from Kurort Rathen) and the Koenigstein fort in one day. 2) Just sit on the Bruhlsche terrace and watch the Elbe meandering past you and the beautiful city across you. Also look back upon the Altstadt from the bridges (preferably at night).

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