In SEPT 2013, we were fortunate to spend 2 nights in Dresden. What a city full of surprises. This was our first time there and we could have spent a week. Every time we turned around there was another old building to discover, another monument to investigate and more lovely sights around the city.
About the city:
The city of Dresden has much to boast about in the way of tourist attractions. Highlights include the Stolpen Fortress - an imposing medieval fortress featuring a prison and torture chamber; Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) - a restored local church dating back to the 18th century; Residenzschloss - better known as Dresden Royal Palace and originating in the 12th century; Zwinger - a grand palace with a stunning German Baroque facade and large collection of porcelain pieces; and also the Grosser Garten (Great Garden) - home to beautifully landscaped gardens and hundreds of animals at Dresden's popular zoo. More information about Dresden Tourist Attractions.
With a true Baroque atmosphere and many historic landmarks, tourists visiting Dresden will find plenty of sights to see. Of particularly interest is the Altmarkt - the Old Market, a historic public square, surrounded by many Baroque-style beautiful buildings; Brühlsche Terrace - the 'Balcony of Europe', boasting breathtaking views over the Elbe Valley; the 19th-century Blaues Wunder - better known as Dresden's Blue Wonder Bridge, named after its bright turquoise colour; Schloss Moritzburg - the Castle Moritzburg, offering four dramatic round towers and an important collection of paintings; and the Schloss Pillnitz - the Pillnitz Castle, located on the outskirts of Dresden and famous for its fairytale appearance. More information about Dresden Landmarks.
If you are visiting Dresden during the summer, lookout for the popular 'Dresden Museum Summer Night', when many of the local museums stay open all night and host an array of exciting events. Dresden's main museums and art galleries include the City Museum (Stadtmuseum) with its information about the evolution of Dresden, the celebration of a famous German musician at the Richard Wagner Museum, the Museum of Zoology with its many stuffed animals and natural history exhibits, the superb art works at the acclaimed Old Masters Gemaldegalerie Art Museum, and Albertinum, a museum split into four main zones and boasting paintings by both Van Gogh and Monet. More information about Dresden Museums and Dresden Art Galleries.
Close to Dresden, those choosing to travel outside of the city will discover plenty of appealing tourist attractions. Famous all around the world for its outstanding porcelain, the city of Meissen stands to the north-west of Dresden and is worth a look, while within the same area, the market village of Moritzburg is home to a particularly awesome lakeside castle. Also worth noting and famed for its high concentration of wineries and vineyards, neighbouring Radebeul offers a true Mediterranean-style atmosphere.