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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    Dresden is a neat city with lots of beautiful buildings. It's very clean and the weather was great while we were there. While there are many museums in Dresden, the two that I attended were somewhat underwhelming. Specifically, the war museum was horribly organized, and the hygiene museum was very campy. Overall, it's a great city with lots of interesting history.

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    Cute Quieter Town.

    If you're looking to see the aftermath of the Dresden bombings, you won't, but there is lots to see other than that. Very cool city that is less touristy, and more genuine and friendly than Berlin.

    Insider Tip:Hang out in Neustadt after hours, and go to the Lebowski bar!

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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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