Attractions and Places to Visit in Dresden
For centuries Dresden has been at the centre of German cultural, educational, political and economic life. There are myriad attractions to cater for every taste. Although a major city, Dresden has a distinctly ‘villagey’ feel. It is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe with nearly two thirds of the land being park and forest. Dresden Heath covers fifty square kilometres and includes four nature reserves. There are over one hundred natural monuments to be seen, and In 2004 the Dresden Elbe Valley was awarded World Heritage Status.
There is so much to see and do. Visit the magnificent Frauenkirche - now completely restored, the Zwingler Palace - Baroque home to Saxony’s kings, the Semperoper - one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world and where Wagner premiered many of his works. There are twelve major museums, art galleries, a state library, botanical garden. There are festivals to enjoy; notably the Bunte Republik Neustadt in June and the Dixieland Jazz in May to name but two. Dresden is also a mecca for film buffs with many small cinemas screening art house movies. It is a wonderful destination for a short break.