Complete with fascinating museums, treasured art and a stunning landscape, Dresden is a city that captures its visitors' hearts on first sight. Boasting one of the largest rivers in Europe, the beautiful scenery of the Elbe brings visitors to the city from far and wide. Located in eastern Germany and bordering the Czech Republic, the capital city of Saxony has experienced a vibrant past that can still be seen today. Those planning their itineraries around sites of cultural and historical significance will be spoilt for choice. Head to the area on the left bank of the river Elbe, where you will find various buildings and monuments of historical significance. Take a visit to the Frauenkirche known as the Church of Our Lady, which features an impressive Baroque dome. Today the Frauenkirche is an iconic symbol of Dresden's reconstruction since World War II - so much so that it has previously opened its doors to notables such as Barack Obama. The impressive Katholische Hofkirche (or the Dresden Cathedral), is also worth a visit for those interested in Dresden's turbulent ecclesiastical history. Cross over to the right of the Elbe and find yourself in the Neustadt (New Town). Here visitors can spend some time exploring the shops inside the Neustadt Market Hall or take in the jaw-dropping interior of the most beautiful dairy shop according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Pick up a unique gift or a holiday memento from one of the charming artisan shops located on the Hauptstrasse (main street). With a huge selection of unusual and quirky creations to pore over, as well as opportunities for refreshments and relaxation, the artisan arcades are a favourite of visitors and locals alike.
When to fly to Dresden
Since Dresden is a magnet for all those wishing to learn about Germany's past and contemporary culture, visitors will always find the city rather welcoming. Having said that, consider booking your trip to experience the renowned Christmas markets in December when the city comes alive with festive cheer as is typical for Germany at this time of year. For a summer trip don't miss out on the Bunte Republik Neustadt which takes place annually in June. It's a 3-day festival celebrating Dresden's culture through the medium of street music and culinary dishes, which everyone is welcome to join in on.
Getting around Dresden
Take your pick from trams, buses, ferries and cable cars! For those interested in hiring a bike look out for the Elberadweg cycle path which allows cyclists to enjoy a scenic ride alongside the Elbe.