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The city of Dresden

Dresden, protected for centuries by mighty fortifications, the Saxon capital developed splendour and activity.
Even today the buildings from the Renaissance, Baroque and 19th century determine the Elbe front and the face of the city.
In spite of vast destruction during the Second World War, the Old City part of Dresden has preserved or regained fascinating ensembles. Many important cultural institutions are situated along the Old Cityside of the Elbe banks: from the Old Masters Picture Gallery to the „Green Vault“, the treasure chamber of the Saxon electors and kings. Famous sights worth visiting are amongst others the Zwinger, an impressive testimony of the Baroque period, and the Semper Opera House. Magnificent promenades on the bank of the Elbe, interesting museums and institutions, industrial monuments, charming details — Dresden has a lot for you to discover and offers attractions in great variety.
Frauenkirche Church
Since October, 30th 2005 the steeple of the Frauenkirche overtops the Dresden skyline again.The reconstruction of the Frauenkirche
is an impressive symbol of international
reconciliation after World War II.
Dresdner Zwinger
Built 1710-28 by the architect Pöppelmann in cooperation with the sculptor Permoser. Originally designed as an orangery and a setting for court festivities, it was later used for exhibitions. Most perfect example of Late Baroquearchitecture in Germany.
Semper Opera House
Built 1838-41 by Gottfried Semper. Gutted by
fire in 1869. Rebuilt 1871-78 in High Renaissance style according to Semper´s plans by his son Manfred.
The house was completely destroyed in 1945 and
reopened in 1985 after extensive reconstruction.

Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt
With nine historical paddle-steamers, between
78 and 128 years old, Sächsische
Dampfschiffahrt owns the oldest and largest paddle-steamer
fleet in the world. Two modern salon ships and two smaller motor cruisers complete the line-up.

Saxon Switzerland
The Elbe Sandstone Mountains are not mountains at all, but a deeply cut plateau, an erosion landscape with highly typical forms.