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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    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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    I loved Dresden! Great culture with interesting and usually friendly people. Some cool things to see as well.

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    The hidden side of Dresden.

    Particularily good if you are there when the christmas market is on but if you're a history buff there is plenty to fascinate you here. The new side of Dresden is all about alternaive fashion with shops you can get lost in for hours. Don't forget to climb the tower at the Frauenkirche for the best view and its well worth getting a ferry across the river especially on a good weather day.

    Insider Tip:Get your photo taken in one of the photo booths in the new side. It's an original souvenir. Watch out though you only get one chance and the four shots are in quick succession. Don't miss having an enormous Pizza for €4 in the new town either. Your Hostel will be able to direct you to the restaurant.

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