Dresden is a revived city. After being heavily damaged in World War 2, it now lives its second youth. Especially since the iron curtain came down, Dresden´s popularity is growing. The list of interesting places is enormous, so we give you the top 5 things you certainly don’t want to miss while in Dresden.
1. Church of our Lady (Frauenkirche)
This Lutheran church was completely destroyed in WW 2. During the DDR time the ruins reminded people of the horror of the war. After the wall came down the rebuild started and in 2005 the Frauenkirche was officially reopened. As time travel is still not possible, this is the closest you can get to see how this magnificent building looked like when it first opened in 1743.
If the organ plays, sit back, close your eyes and remember that Johan Sebastian Bach performed some of his pieces in this same building. Treat yourself and visit the church now.
2. Zwinger Palace (Der Zwinger)
The Zwinger (Der Dresdner Zwinger) is a marvelous example of the Rococo style. It was built to serve as an exhibition gallery and festival arena of the Dresden royalty. The Zwinger now houses the Old Masters Picture Gallery (Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister), the Dresden Porcelain Collection (Porzellansammlung) and the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments).
If all of that is a bit too steep for you, then focus on the building itself and see the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister. You won’t regret it.
3. Procession of princes (Fürstenzug)
Yes, porcelain can be interesting. Go to the outer wall of the of Dresden Castle. There you´ll find a ´painting´ made of 23.000 pocelain tiles. It is picturing The Fürstenzug or Procession of Princes,
a mounted procession of the Wettin Dynasty that ruled Saxony.
4. Semper Opera
The Semper Opera served as the opera house. Here were the concerts of The Saxon State Orchestra as well as the Ballet. The building is sitting on the bank of the Elbe near the historic centre of Dresden. As most of the old buildings it has been completely rebuilt after WW 2.
The Court and State Opera of Saxony has a long historical tradition. The Semper Oper name comes from the architect Gottfried Semper.
5. Pillnitz (castle & park) + Elbe bank
The castle of Pillnitz was built in the 18th century outside Dresden on the bank of the Elbe in the former village Pillnitz. This baroque castle and water palace shows a lot of Chinese influences as that was the fashion those days. If you want to stay in tune with the atmosphere of the city, let a steamboat drop you of at Pillnitz.