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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    Beautiful old town on the river Elbe and buzzing new town with plenty of bars from quiet drinking establishments to dance venues. Definitely a hidden gem, with the new town area having enough happening to match any alternative bar district of bigger cities. Locals are very friendly, highly recommend.

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    Very nice city

    Didn't know much before going, but amazing to see the old city. The buildings are an impressive sight to see.

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    I've passed through Dresden a couple of times, although this was the first time I had spent enough time to see the city properly. Considering how badly Dresden suffered at the end of WWII, many of the old buildings, such as the Frauenkirchen, have been rebuilt as they were. The Altstadt, often full of tourists, is particularly impressive to walk through, as are the Zwingergarten next to the Opera house. Dresden is a good place to break the Prague - Berlin journey for a night or two.

    Insider Tip:Neustadt - north of the river is an excellent place to go for nightlife and restaurants. Bestei - Rock formation south of Dresden. Take the S-bahn or Steam boat to Kurort Rathen. Amazing scenery

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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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