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Dresden surprises visitors with fanciful Baroque architecture in a delightful-to-stroll cityscape, a dynamic history that mingles tragedy with inspiration, and some of the best museum-going in Germany.

The Wettin’s most impressive art collections are in the Saxon capital. The largest museum is the “Albertinum” on Brühl’s Terrace. The Green Vault shows unique treasures of goldsmithing and is considered the largest treasure trove in Europe.

In the Sempergalerie in the Zwinger, which is one of the most famous collections of paintings in the world, you can see unique works by the Old Masters, such as the “Sistine Madonna” by Raphael or the “Hercules” by Rubens, the “Saskia” by Rembrandt, “Adam and Eve” by Cranach and not to forget the unique city vedute by Bernardo Belotto, called Cannaletto.

Rising above the cityscape is the handbell-shaped dome of the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady), the symbol and soul of the city. When completed in 1743, this was Germany´s tallest Protestant church (310 feet high). After the war, the Frauenkirche was left a pile of rubble and turned into a peace monument. Only after reunification was the decision made to rebuild it, completely and painstalkingly. It reopened to the public in 2005.

The Outer Neustadt is one of the largest and best preserved Gründerzeit-style quarter districts in Europe. Particularly worth seeing: the Art Courtyard Passage between Görlitzer and Alaunstrasse with interesting architecture, restaurants and handicraft shops.

For those interested in culture, the Semperoper is of course the first priority. Information, schedules and ticket orders at www.dresden.de/en/tourism/attractions/sights/old_town/semper-opera-house.php

As a marathon supporting program, a trip to Meißen, Pillnitz, Moritzburg, Saxon Switzerland or a visit to the Great Garden is recommended in addition to visits to museums and theaters.

Further information at:

Dresden Tourism Schlosserland Sachsen