Dresden Top 12 Attractions

    Dresden is a stunning German city with rich history, an important classical music scene, and an unforgettable Baroque and Rococo-inspired city centre.
    Located on the banks of the River Elbe, the whole city was destroyed during World War II, but has now been rebuilt into one of the most interesting places in Europe. Like a phoenix from the ashes, the Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) is an imposing building that is one of the most beloved symbols of the city.
    Magnificent Zwinger Palace is the main Dresden attraction, featuring impressive pavilions and a majestic garden in the middle. Continue your journey along the cultural centre of Germany and visit the picturesque Baroque square of Neumarkt. Also not to be missed is Brühl Terrace, a promenade nicknamed the 'Balcony of Europe', because of its excellent view of the River Elbe.
    Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the city and you will find a selection of cosy Dresden restaurants and beer gardens serving local dishes and fine wines from the surrounding vineyards.

    Church of our Lady

    Dresden's most famous symbol that was rebuilt during the 1990s after it was reduced to rubble on 13-14 February 1945. This monumental Protestant church was constructed between 1726 and 1743.
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    Procession of Princes

    The 101 meter long mural known as the Procession of Princes is the largest porcelain image in the world and made up of 25,000 Meissen tiles which depict the rulers of the House of Wettin in a mounted procession.
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    Royal Palace

    Dresden's Royal Palace was once the hub of power for the Saxon princes and kings. First mentioned in the 14th century the four-wing palace structure was developed in the 15th century. Today it houses a museum complex including the New Green Vault.
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    Dresden Cathedral

    The cathedral is Dresden's youngest Baroque building and the largest church in Saxony. Since 1980, the Cathedral has been the Cathedral of the Dresden-Meissen Diocese. It is also the resting place of the heart of Augustus the Strong.
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    Semper Opera House

    The opera house was originally built by the architect Gottfried Semper in 1841. After a devastating fire in 1869, the opera house was rebuilt and completed in 1878, only to be almost entirely destroyed again in 1945. Exactly 40 years later, on 13 February 1985 the opera house was reopened.
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    Zwinger Palace

    The Zwinger is one of the most magnificent Baroque buildings in Germany and designed by court architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann. Today, the Zwinger is a museum complex that contains the Old Masters Picture Gallery, the Dresden Porcelain Collection and the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments.
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    Brühl's Terrace

    The Brühl Terrace nicknamed "The Balcony of Europe", is one of the most popular places in Dresden. The terraced promenade offers some beautiful architecture combined with magnificent views over the Elbe River. It is one of the nicest places for walking, people watching, and having a coffee.
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    Golden Horseman

    The Statue of Augustus the Strong, locally known as the Golden Rider is one of Dresden's best known landmarks. The statue is covered with gold leaf and shows Augustus the Strong dressed as a Roman Emperor. The Golden Horseman is reached from Palace Square over the Augustus Bridge.
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    Pfunds Dairy

    It all began with 150 liters of milk daily. Founded in 1880 as a dairy shop by the Pfund brothers, it is considered the "most beautiful dairy shop in the world". Today visitors seek it out not just for the refreshing buttermilk and homemade ice-cream, what really impresses is the shop's decorations.
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    Great Garden

    The Great Garden is a baroque style park in Dresden originally established in 1676. The central palace is considered one of the earliest Baroque structures in Germany, built around 1680 as a summer palace for the Saxon court. Within the park is a 5km miniature steam train.
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    Japanese Palace

    The Japanese Palace is a Baroque building on the banks of the river Elbe. Built in 1715, it was extended from 1729 until 1731 to store the Japanese porcelain collection of Augustus the Strong that is now part of the Dresden Porcelain Collection.
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    Blue Wonder

    The Blue Wonder was built in 1893 and connects the city districts of Blasewitz and Loschwitz, two affluent residential areas, which around 1900 were amongst the most expensive in Europe. The Koernerplatz is the starting point for the Funicular and Aerial cable railway, which is the world's oldest suspension railway.
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