Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendor. The city was known as the Jewel Box, because of its baroque and rococo city centre.
Dresden offers attractions in great variety and combines three aspects which complement one another: notable art treasure, architectural sights and a charming landscape. Magnificent promenades on the bank of the Elbe, interesting museums and institutions, industrial monuments, charming details. A trip to Dresden is always a great experience. Learn about the many faces of the city and discover her secrets: http://www.dresden.de/en/tourism/tourism.php. Further information can also be found on WikiTravel.org.
Top Attractions of Dresden
Some recommendations regarding the best things to do in Dresden:
The attractions around Dresden line up like pearls on a string: With its vineyards and wine taverns, Radebeul is often reminiscent of more Southern realms. In Moritzburg, visitors flock to the Baroque palace on the island of an artificial lake, while Meissen has gained world acclaim as the home of European porcelain. To the south-east of Dresden, we find exquisitely laid-out Baroque gardens in Gross-Sedlitz and the rather capricious architecture of Weesenstein Castle.
The town of Pirna, with its »flower manor« Zuschendorf is the gateway to the Saxon Switzerland, a bizarre world of rocks and gorges. A majestic panorama can be enjoyed from the Bastei viewpoint, and includes also Königstein Fortress, the largest fortified castle in Germany. The Erzgebirge mountains belong on everyone’s Christmastime programme. The home of traditional wood-carving art is then bathed in the most beautiful seasonal lights.
A way to discover the east of Saxony is to follow the Via Regia. The oldest and longest east-west link in Europe was honored in 2005 as a »Cultural Route of Europe«. Originally this road type was only a safe trade route and under the law to the king. With the flourishing of transit numerous fortifications, residential and religious buildings were built along the Via Regia.
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Recommended Places nearby the Conference Center for Eating, Drinking and Enjoying the View
This is a small but selected choise of places for eating, drinking or enjoying the view that you might judge to be helpful.