Dresden is a class of its own. It is the capital of the federal state Saxony and truly one of the most famous vacation destinations in Germany. Opera Semper, Sistine Madonna and the reconstructed Church of Our Lady attract locals as well as Germany visitors from all over the world. Alongside the richness of cultural highlights, Dresden also surprises with a lively club scene, crowded bars and a friendly atmosphere.
But Dresden and its citizens also experienced tough times. During World War II, the town was bombed by the allied forces and over 25.000 civilians were killed in only two nights. This terrible experience sure left its marks on the people of Dresden. But soon after the war was over, the people started to rebuild their town and some of its landmarks.
However, the fate was bitter. Saxony was in the Soviet zone of occupation and so Dresden was forced to suffer under the communist command of the Social Unity Party of Germany for the next 44 years.
But since German Unity in 1989, Dresden is back on track. The government started to rebuild the Church of Our Lady which became a symbol for unity and freedom. Today, over 10 million people visit Dresden each year during their Germany vacation.
When you arrive in Dresden, the historical Old Town is the first place to go. From here, most of the sights can be reached conveniently by foot or by underground.