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Once declared ‘Florence on the Elbe’ by Caneletto – that Italian master of the paintbrush – Dresden’s grand cityscape was devastated in the 1945 bombings, leaving a trail of dust and ashes where ornate churches, highly-decorated palaces and grand state buildings once stood. Luckily many of the city’s architectural gems have been restored post Reunification. Stroll through the Old City streets, marvelling at the fine Baroque buildings, before grabbing a pretzel at a local café to watch the world go by.

Things to see

Many of Dresden’s historical sights nestle within a small section of the city hugging a curve in the River Elbe. Wander around the Old Town on the south side of the river – silently applauding the industrious German reconstruction of a once bombed-out City Centre – looking out for sights like the Semperoper – one of Germany’s best loved opera houses – and the Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), an ornate dome and spire-topped building. It’s well worth climbing to the top of the tower for city-wide views. Another reconstructed marvel is the Zwinger Palace, brimming with ornate sandstone sculptures, elegant fountains and highly decorated ramparts, and home to some exquisite museums, one of which exhibits the Sistine Madonna by Raphael. Once you’ve explored the Old City’s plethora of museums and historic buildings, take a stroll over the Elbe to Neustadt, for a picturesque look back over the river at Dresden’s historic skyline silhouette.

Hotels in Dresden

Dresden’s a master in the art of hospitality, with some 4 and 5-star luxury hotels offering old-school butler-like service in elegant period buildings, home to historic establishments that have seen royalty cross their thresholds. Relax in your room with an evening glass of champagne and a soak in a deep-filled bubble bath. Besides the tradition, Dresden has a scattering of modern boutique hotels, providing stylish loft-style decor with clean lines and understated furniture. If you’re budget won’t stretch that far, head to a mid-range Dresden hotel for family-friendly accommodation, good service and modern amenities, such as WiFi and cable TV.

Where to stay

Dresden’s a tale of two cities – old Baroque charms abound in the Altstadt, while a stylish youthful side brims up in the Neustadt. Stay in the Old Town to soak up the traditional architecture, authentic restaurants and unrivalled cultural gems. On the opposite side of the river, the Neustadt’s a place of elegant streets bursting with classy boutiques, as well as trendy bistros serving delicious modern cuisine. Just a bit further from the river, the Outer Neustadt’s home to arguably the best bar scene south of Berlin, with a youthful multicultural population propping up the lively pubs and clubs.

How to get to Dresden

Dresden Airport offers mainly domestic and charter flights. A few airlines do offer routes from European airports, though many visitors prefer to head to Berlin to jump on a train from the capital’s Hauptbahnhof. It’s no big disservice, as you get to travel on the efficient German train system with a short journey time of 2 hours, and it’s possible to book online in advance. Trains from Berlin and other German cities arrive at Dresden Central Station. An extensive train, tram and bus network criss-crosses the whole city, making it really easy to get around, especially with inexpensive day tickets.