Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Dresden! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Dresden’s most important sights.
This church is Dresden’s historic landmark. It disappeared from the cityscape for many years after being destroyed in World War II. Since 2005, the massive dome has once again dominated the silhouette of the city’s Altstadt.
2. ZWINGER & GEMÄLDEGALERIE ALTE MEISTER
A masterwork of Saxon Baroque: three of the most important museums in Dresden are housed in the pavilions and adjacent Semperbau.
Prince electors and kings resided here for over four centuries. Today, their treasures can be admired in the Grünes Gewölbe and in the Armoury. The panoramic view from the Hausmannsturm is a must.
4. SEMPEROPER & THEATERPLATZ
This square’s unique architectural ensemble creates the ceremonious setting for one of the world’s most famous opera houses.
5. BRÜHLSCHE TERRASSE
Locals and tourists alike admire the view from the “Balcony of Europe” down to the steamers on the Elbe and Dresden’s Neustadt quarter.
6. SCHLOSS & PARK PILLNITZ
The summer residence of the Dresden royal court is one of the most unusual castle complexes in Saxony and a perfect symbiosis of architecture and nature.
7. ELBE CASTLES
Three 19th century castles on the banks of the Elbe – between vineyards and parks – seem to be straight out of a fairy tale when seen in the morning mist.
Relax and unwind with a stroll around the square. There are half-timbered houses, handicraft shops, two funicular railways, cosy cafés and a view of the so-called “Blue Wonder” bridge.
9. GROSSER GARTEN
The most beautiful of the city’s parks has avenues of trees, ponds, open-air stages, a botanical garden, a park railway and a car factory.
10. ÄUSSERE NEUSTADT
There are countless pubs, bars, galleries and hip shops in the liveliest quarter in Dresden and this is also where you will find the Kunsthofpassage, a series of quirky, artistic courtyards.
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