Once the home of the Kings of Saxony, Dresden offers art collections, castles, palaces and one of the most striking opera houses in Europe.
Notwithstanding the severe bombing that Dresden sustained during World War 2, the city is well on its way to regaining the splendour that it once enjoyed as the capital and residence of the Prince-Electors and Kings of Saxony, who lavished upon this city art, music and architecture, bringing it to a level unmatched in the rest of Europe.
, Dresden’s main opera house, features an eclectic mix of architectural styles. The theatre has been rebuilt twice, most recently re-opening in 1985. The opera house is famous not only as being one of the most beautiful in Europe, but also due to the star-studded line-up it attracts.
The Dresden State Art Collections is a fascinating collection of twelve museums found in Dresden Castle, the Zwinger and the Albertinum. Dresden Castle is one of the oldest buildings in Dresden and houses, amongst other museums, the Green Vault, containing the largest collection of treasures in Europe.
Wander through the magnificent, twinkling displays including the Dresden Green Diamond – a 41 carat natural green diamond – just remember to keep your hands in your pockets at all times.
The Zwinger is a Rococo palace that now serves as a museum complex, housing the Old Masters Picture Gallery, the Dresden Porcelain Collection, the Armory and the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments. For lovers of more modern art, the Albertinum offers the New Masters Gallery and the Sculpture Collection.
When it’s time to relax, head for one of the many beer gardens and bars lining the picturesque Elbe River. This, being Germany, means that you’ll be spoilt for choice for some of the best brews imaginable. And if you still have the energy, Dresden offers a great nightlife scene with some great, well-appointed bars and clubs for some after-dark adventures.