Willkommen in Dresden Deutschland!
Dresden Germany is a small city in Saxony, Germany and the 15th largest city in all of Germany. Not a top tourist destination compared to some of its neighbors like Munich but a great spot to visit nonetheless. This little city has the nickname, “The Jewel Box” because of its city center which is Baroque and Rococo in style. An ideal artistic city for lovers of history and art history alike. The old town is really something else. And the mixture of old and new throughout is spectacular. This city is “Modern” in every sense of the word but the preservation of high art is of great importance here. The architecture, museums and cathedrals are all restored relics from the Dresden bombing during World War II. The city was almost entirely destroyed in 1945 but the skeletons of the remaining buildings were all revived and today are a testament to German culture.
The Dresden Frauenkirche may be the shining star of the city. The Church of Our Lady is one of the most glorious churches in Europe and has one of the continent’s largest domes which itself is 315 feet high. It was built in the 1700’s as a Baroque Lutheran church. This church (like so many other buildings in Dresden) was nearly entirely destroyed in the bombing of 1945 and remained practical rubble until the 1990’s when is was rebuilt as part of a long overdue restoration project in the city. All of Neumarkt Square (of which The Church of Our Lady is the star) was restored to its Baroque glory as well. Today it’s as idyllic and picturesque as it was centuries ago.
The Dresden Zwinger is another must see in the city. The Zwinger is essentially a fortress. It’s surrounded by water and contains a grand palace. It’s a combination of Rococo and Neoclassical architecture and today contains the Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister (The Old Masters Gallery). This part of the city is called the Inner Old Town. The Zwinger is incredible but other sites like the Semperoper Opera House and the Theaterplatz are all back to back in the Inner Old Town. Historical marvel after historical marvel!