Dresden Travel Guide
Dresden is an intrinsically historic city, famous for its Baroque architecture, porcelain, and a fabulous State Art Collection. The city is more than 800 years old, originally established in 1206, which for nearly four decades, during the late 17th and early 18th centuries, was a leading center for the arts and culture, and regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. But that was during the reign of Augustus the Strong. In 1945, on the night of February 13th, toward the end of World War II, the city was practically razed to the ground by the controversial allied air raids – think Dresden, the mini series that fairly depicts the horrors of that night – followed by decades of Communist-era malaise. Still, Dresden is today brimming with museums, galleries, theaters, cafés, restaurants, and reconstructed architectural treasures such as the Semper Opera, the Zwinger and Frauenkirche. In fact, the city once again ranks among Germany's prominent centers for the arts, culture and education, reclaiming for itself its former title, Elbflorenz – Florence of the Elbe – where a "new historic building" is unveiled more or less every year. Thus, Dresden remains an essential stop on any tour of Europe.
Dresden is the capital of the German state of Saxony, situated on the River Elbe, close to the border with the Czech Republic.
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