Definitely one of the hidden gems of Germany! It is one of the greatest European Baroque cities with some stunning architecture. Once you are in the historical center, everything you want to see and explore is within walking distance from each other.
Located in the eastern part of Germany, it is the capital of Saxony, best known because of the cities destruction due to the massive firebombing that killed over 25,000 people during World War II.
Dresden, about 30km north shares the border with the Czech Republic. It is a comfortable day trip from Prague if one has 2 hours to spare on a bus journey each way. This is exactly what we did to celebrate my bestie’s birthday.
The city has a lot to offer from the historic center to the modern malls, I would like to share my top 5 finds below!
The iconic dome of this Lutheran church in Dresden dominates the square. Originally a Catholic church that converted into Protestant during the reformation.
It was one of the buildings that were destroyed in the World War II bombings and remained as a war memorial for 50 years to follow. The reconstruction project commenced in 1994 and finished with festive celebrations by 2005!
Yes, that was the expression with which I walked past this massive work of art (102 meters in length).
It is by far the most beautiful mural I have seen. Made in honor of the 800th anniversary of the House of Wettin in 1889, it displays the procession of the rulers of Saxony. Keeping its weather-proofing in mind, it was replaced with over 23,000 Meissen porcelain tiles by 1907.
Zwinger is a historical palatial complex ornate with gardens and fountains in the courts. It houses museums with invaluable international displays and is a popular venue for cultural and theater acts. It was great to lounge around a click some photos with the raw architecture. Ice-cream was a must to cool down, as it was a scorching 40 deg Celsius and we were melting away.
4. Opera House (Semperoper)
Located near the Elbe river, is this magnificent Opera house. It is both the opera house and the concert hall for the state. We did not attend any performance due to time constraints and were happy to admire the panoramic exteriors during our visit.
5. Dresden Castle and Cathedral
Dresden Castle is a fine example of how beautiful blended architectural styles look. Its construction is adapted, from the Baroque to the Neo-Renaissance. For over 400 years it has been the residence to the Kings and Electors of Saxony and Kings of Poland. In present day, it is a museum complex and library.
Hope this will excite you to extend your German vacation to explore this beautiful city! I have heard the Christmas market here is absolutely magical too.