Some of the Most Interesting Historical Sites in Dresden, Germany

Kenneth Bridenstine of Utah, a fraud analyst at E*TRADE, has enjoyed multiple visits to his mother’s native Germany. Spending two years in Dresden, located on the eastern border, Kenneth Bridenstine enjoyed the history, food, and people while working as a volunteer missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints before returning to Utah. This German city offers an abundance of historical sites to explore on your next trip abroad.

Historical houses of worship are common in many European cities, and Dresden is no exception. The Frauenkirche, or the Church of Our Lady, towers over the city after being rebuilt after World War II. For 40 years, the rubble left behind sat untouched until renovation began in 1994 using original plans from 1726. Nearby is the Historisches Grünes Gewölbe, or Historic Green Vault, which, after also being destroyed in the war, was renovated to its glorious splendor, housing more than 3,000 ornate jeweled masterpieces from throughout the ages.

Dresden also is home to multiple royal palaces open to the public. The Zwinger, built in the early 1700s, was modeled after the palace outside of Versailles in Paris. Visitors also shouldn’t miss the Residenzschloss, Dresden’s Renaissance city palace, home to the Saxons for nearly 500 years beginning in the 1400s. Both feature beautiful parks, statues, art, and breathtaking architecture. Having been nearly destroyed in the second world war, today the city is vibrant and ready to welcome tourists and adventurers.