Dresden — the ‘Florence on the Elbe’
Often referred to as “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.
Things to see and do
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.
Despite the 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.
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.
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.
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 Stollen is a must!
British-German Town Twinnings
Town twinnings between British and German cities play an important role in promoting cultural exchange. Dresden has been twinned with Coventry in the West Midlands since 1959.