Dresden City Guide
From Ruin to Reconstruction
Virtually demolished by Allied bombing runs during World War II, Dresden is now thriving and back to it’s pre war days, playing the mix between old and new perfectly.
As the capital of the Saxony region of Germany, this “Florence of the North” blends a combination of beautiful architecture in the Altstadt (old town), with hip bars, cafes and shopping in the Äussere Neustadt, the (outer new town).
Dresden is located on the Western border of Germany and has a population of approximately 525,000.
Enjoy River Walks and Plenty of Green Space
Located in a prime spot on the Elbe River, Dresden offers visitors incredible views of the vistas of one of the greenest cities in Europe from the elevated riverside walkways of the Brühlsche Terrasse. From there, stroll to the neighborhood of Dresden-Hellrau which was founded in the early 1900’s to provide an organic community for free thinkers and cultural visionaries throughout Europe.
From Traditional Fare to Contemporary Fusion Cooking, it’s All Here
It’s not only the buildings of Dresden that have enjoyed a renaissance, the food scene also has a perfect mix of favorite classics with the hottest new trends. For the most traditional Saxon fare you could dream of try Watkze Ball & Brauhaus, which has been serving regional favorites and brews since the late 1800’s. But, if traditional isn’t your thing, today’s Dresden offers a number of dining options including vegetarian, Mediterranean and contemporary German fare from spots like Bean&Beluga and Restaurant brennNessel.
Learn a Bit of History
What cannot be missed during any trip to Dresden are some of the fantastic historic museums in the area. For an in depth look at the war and its effects, take a visit to the Military History Museum. As one of the largest museums in Germany it offers an interesting take from a social perspective. Another must see is the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, or the Dresden State Art Collections. This museum is a true treasure trove with collections that date well over 450 years old, and feature traditional art work, aboriginal collections and contemporary work.