‘Dresden’ has unfortunate connotations in English. It sounds like a description of dreary, dank drizzle. And that’s before anyone says ‘Wasn’t Dresden incinerated during WWII? Why visit a damp pile of
It wasn’t always so. Situated near the borders of Poland and the Czech Republic, Dresden has been the state capital of Saxony for over 500 years. Under Augustus II, ‘the Strong’, (1670-1733) and his son, Augustus III (1696-1763) became known as ‘the Florence of the Elbe’.
Much of the Baroque architecture of the Aldstatd (Old Town) has been sensitively restored or rebuilt and the vast dome of the smashed Frauenkirche again punctuates Dresden’s skyline. The Neustatdt (New Town) on the north bank of the Elbe escaped much of the bombing and is more mixed in both architecture and entertainment with its
contemporary art galleries, boutiques, courtyard theaters and bars.
Germany’s transport system also gives easy access from Dresden to Görlitz, Pirna and the spa town of Bad Schandau, set in the forested hills and sandstone towers of Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland).