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Dresden

N 513.232', E 1344.159'
2015-09-12
http://www.dresden.de/en/tourism/tourism.php
Our rating: 8.60
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Dresden - one of the most famous tourist cities in Germany. Taking into account it's beauty and number of attractions perhaps the best.

Dresden is quite significant city in european history. During the last 5 centuries it has been the capital of Saxony, which claimed a leading role among the German principalities in the XVIII century and owned the Poland.

After the Napoleonic Wars Dresden lost territories and political influence in Europe, but remained an important cultural center.

Dresden has standard transport system for Germany: city train, trams and buses, all renovated in recent years. Tickets are purchased from vending machines, a day ticket costs 6 euros (2015). Screens in the transport show options for the changes on the next stop.

We slept in an inexpensive ibis budget Dresden City (booking.com), which is located in the center.

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There are many other options for tourists, such as an old tram or bus.

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The main transport attraction of Dresden are the paddle steamships. Nine of them are original steamships, aged 80 to 130 years.

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Old Town was completely destroyed during the war. The bombing of Dresden in 1945 was one of the most destructive, as the city had no air defense systems.  According to official data about 25 thousand people died. Remains of the attractions were taken outside the city, where remained for decades.

 Dresden in 1945
Dresden in 1945 wikipedia.org

If only Dresden was in western Germany, I am sure that the old city would be restored completely. But in the days of DDR were restored only the main sights, for example Zwinger (1964) and the Opera (1985).

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One of the main attractions Frauenkirche was restored only in 2005.

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There is also a very beautiful ensemble of Hofkirche church and the Residence palace.

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The biggest tiled picture in the world - Procession of Princes with the length of over 100 meters.

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And the Bruhl terrace, embankment of the Elbe, which was formerly part of the city fortifications.

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This is almost the entire old town. But do not worry, Dresden will not disappoint art lovers or lovers of outdoor activities. There is a huge number of good museums, led by the Old Masters Picture Gallery, which keeps 750 paintings of world significance, including the Sistine Madonna by Raphael.

And, of course, the main attraction of Dresden, it's skyline, a general view of the central part of the city from the other side of the river. It is especially beautiful in the evening, night photos of Dresden have already become classics.

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During the day view of the old town is nice too.

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As you can see, on the other side of the river is a huge empty space without any buildings. The reason is simple - frequent floods, the last was in 2013. And in 2002 the water rose to 9.4 meters!

Flooding in Dresden
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On weekends citizens rest in the park on the right bank of the river. Here is the cycle path Elbeweg, which stretches along the Elbe River to the north and south.

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Just rent a bike, for example here http://www.mietstation-dresden.de/, and drive along the left bank of the Elbe (the one where is the old town) to Pillnitz Palace (12 km one way), the road is very beautiful.

In the park you can meet even rabbits :)

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Apart from the Elbe River park, there is one more huge park Grosser Garten, laid in 1676, a favorite place for skateboarders and rollerbladers. In the middle of the park stands the palace in Baroque style built in 1683. There is also a zoo and a children's railway (Dresdner Parkeisenbahn), opened in 1950.

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Map of Dresden
Map of Dresden christmas-market.weebly.com

Getting there: Dresden has its own airport Dresden-Klotzsche Airport. Use commuter train S2 or buses 77 and 97 to get to the city center. There is also a big railway station.
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