City Profile: Dresden

Often referred to as the "Florence on the Elbe", Dresden is well known for a seemingly inexhaustible number of architecturally significant buildings, major art collections and picturesque landscapes. In addition to that, the capital of Saxony has earned a reputation for being one of the most hip and vibrant cities in the East of Germany.


Wasser flie�t, Hof der Elemente, Kunsthof-Passage, Dresden...
Wasser flie�t, Hof der Elemente, Kunsthof-Passage, Dresden, Freistaat Sachsen, Deutschland, Europa© picture-alliance/ dpa

Kunsthofpassage (Kunsthof Arcade) is one of the most artistic places just off Gorlitzerstrasse in Neustadt. The hidden maze consists of five redeveloped backyards, each of which is arranged under a different creative approach. The backyards are complemented by an interesting choice of shops and cafés. It is the perfect place to spend your afternoons strolling around.

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Street / Dresden-Neustadt / Strasse
Street with paintings on house fronts, Neustadt, Dresden, Saxony, Germany / Strasse mit bemalten Hausfassaden, Bunte Repuplik Neustadt, Dresden, Sachsen, Deutschland / Europa, europe, Querformat, horizontal, Stadtansicht, Stadtbild, townscape, cityscape© picture-alliance/ Arco Images G

Despite its name, Neustadt (the "new city") is actually the oldest part of Dresden. Because of its cool, grungy and alternative atmosphere it is regarded as the hotspot of Dresden nightlife. There are a wide range of different pubs, bars and clubs.

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Blaue Stunde Frauenkirche
Sonnenuntergang über der historischen Dresdner Altstadt mit der Frauenkirche, aufgenommen am 18.01.2015 in Dresden (Sachsen). Foto: Thomas Eisenhuth/dpa© picture-alliance/ ZB

Obligatory for everyone coming to Dresden for the first time (or even second or third...) is a visit to the Frauenkirche. Bombed heavily during World War II, and reconstructed over thirteen years, the church symbolises the pride of Dresden's inhabitants for their picturesque city. The "Church of our Lady" often holds concerts, lectures or similar events.

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Grosser Garten

Palais / Great Garden
Statue, vor Palais, Grosser Garten, Dresden, Sachsen, Deutschland / Sommerpalais, Gartenpalais© picture-alliance/ Arco Images G

Dresden's Grosser Garten (or "Grand Garden") is located southeast of the city centre. It is Dresden's biggest public park and offers a whole lot of things to do and see, such as the zoo, the botanical garden, the Summer Palace and a ride-on a miniature railway ("Dresden Park Railway"). It is the perfect place for a day out with children.

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Striezelmarkt Dresden 2013
DEU/Deutschland/Sachsen/Dresden, 04.12.2013: Striezelmarkt Dresden. Der traditionelle Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Altmarkt von Dresden, der "Dresdner Striezelmarkt", findet im Jahr 2013 bereits zum 579. mal statt. Seit dem Jahr 1434 wird der Striezelmarkt alljaehrlich in der Vorweihnachtszeit veranstaltet - er ist damit einer der aeltesten Weihnachtsmaerkte Deutschlands. Auf dem Striezelmarkt werden an vielen Staenden insbeondere tradionelle Kunsthandwerkserzeugnisse und erzgebirgische Volkskunst wie beispielsweise Holzschnitzereien, Weihnachsbaumschmuck und Holzspielzeug angeboten und natuerlich darf auch der traditionelle Dresdner Christstollen nicht fehlen. **Foto: Andreas Franke** // GER/Saxony/Dresden, 04 Dec 2013: The traditional Dresden christmas market "Striezelmarkt" takes place for the 579. time in the city of Dresden in 2013. **Photo: Andreas Franke**© picture-alliance/ zb

Whoever is lucky enough to visit Dresden during Christmas time, should not miss its world famous Chritmas market, Striezelmarkt. It is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany and particularly famous for its giant Christmas pyramid (which is the world's largest by the way). It is also the best place to buy handmade wooden Christmas decoration typical for the region.

A bite of the not less famous Christmasstollen is a must!

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