Dresden Tours, Vacation Packages & Travel Experiences
Dresden is the capital of the German federal state of Saxony located on the Elbe River. It was home to many Saxon princes and kings. Many buildings date from their reign and the rich art collections are definite testimony of their extreme wealth. The last Saxon king abdicated in 1918. The historical centre of Dresden was 75% destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945. These events are deeply marked in the history of the city and are still remembered each year in processions and ceremonies which can be experienced on German vacations.
For many years the ruins and now the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche, with its donated gold cupola from the UK, acted as a call for peace among the different nations of the world. The historical centre is nowadays largely restored to its former glory. Dresden is a very beautiful city when on German tours, especially in summer, when you can appreciate the serene setting of the historic centre. Although Dresden is larger than Munich when measured by area, the historic centre is quite compact and walkable.
Some of the more important attractions include the following. The Frauenkirche was completely destroyed during WWII; however, it has been reconstructed. The City of Coventry, which was raided by the Luftwaffe in WWII, donated the golden cross for the dome of the church. Zwinger Palace is a baroque palace which features a nympheum, a bell pavilion and some well known art collections. The Green Vault is Europe's most splendid treasure chamber museum.
You can see the biggest green diamond and the Court of Aurengzeb and its precious crown jewels. The Semper Opera House is one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. The acoustics and the orchestra, the Staatskapelle, are exceptional. The Dresden Baroque Quarter has real baroque houses. In this quarter is where you will find interesting small shops where the owner will serve you. It is a neighbourhood with an individual personality to be eenjoyed on travel to Germany.
The banks of the Elbe River are ideal for strolling along and also for good views of the old areas of the city. The Kunsthofpassage is a passage in the middle of the Neustadt neighbourhood where you will find many different buildings, little stores and some bars. There is a nice complex of inner courtyards artistically decorated. The complex offers art galleries as well as coffee shops.
Dresden is decidedly a city for exploration on German tours preferably on foot; the ambience is memorable.
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