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Things to do in Dresden

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The top 48 attractions in Dresden

Palaces in Dresden
Zwinger Palace
Zwinger Palace is one of the must-see attractions in the city of Dresden. It stands in the old town, between the Semperoper opera house and Postplatz, and was built on the site of an old fortress. I highly recommend getting up early so that you can walk around the yard before the crowds descend and enjoy it in a rare moment of absolute silence. The door of the crown (Kronentor), is the most famous and photographed part of the structure, decorated with a reproduction of the Polish royal crown. After buying a ticket, you can visit the collections of art and science inside.
Churches in Dresden
Dresden Frauenkirche
The Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), is a symbol of Dresden, and a spectacular Baroque Lutheran church. It was completely destroyed during the Second World War, and the GDR kept its ruins as a monument to remember the destruction of war. After the collapse of the Berlin Wall they began the rebuilding of this church.
Of Cultural Interest in Dresden
The Bastei is an amazing rock formation 200 meters in height next to the Elbe river. It's in the middle of the Saxon Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland), with spectacular forests, and amazing views. But the icing on the cake is the stone bridge over 150 years old and 76m long, a must-see if you are in the area.
Cathedrals in Dresden
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
Hofkirche or Cathedral of Holy Trinity Cathedral is a Catholic Cathedral in the old town of Dresden. This huge Baroque church is constructed in sandstone (like almost everything in this city), its nave is 52 meters long and 18 meters wide, with a height of 32 meters, the tower reaching a height of 86 meters. The building has three naves, and inside we note that over the balustrade surrounding the ship, are figures of saints 78 3,50 m high sandstone sculpted also, by Lorenzo Mattielli. In addition we find a Permoser Balthasar Baroque pulpit, an altar of Anton Raphael Mengs, and the largest organ of Gottfried Silbermann. Next to the bowl with the heart of Augustus the Strong, is the crypt with the sarcophagus of the Wettin dynasty.
Historical Monuments in Dresden
Fürstenzug (Procession of Princes)
Comprising some 24,000 Meissen porcelain tiles, Fürstenzug is the largest porcelain tile work in all the world. Located 0n Augustusstraße Street, on the north wall of the royal court between the Palace Square and the Frauenkirche church, it depicts the monarchs of the House of Wettin between 1123 and 1906. Recommended to see both day and night.
Historical Monuments in Dresden
Dresden Town Hall Tower (Rathausturm)
The huge hall (Neues Rathaus), neo-Renaissance, is in the southeast of the old city, and was built in 1910. Its circular tower of 70 meters, with a golden statue of Hercules at the top, provides the best view of the Old City, Dresden. In the lobby there is a large model of the city development project along with a photo. The entry price is 3 €.
Rivers in Dresden
The Elbe River
One of the nicest things you can do in Dresden is strolling along the banks of the Elbe River, a pleasant walk for miles with a perfect view where you can enjoy the beautiful architecture, sit and read a good book or watch the beauty of the shade and of the leaves of the trees. Tour the waters and enjoy a good meal at one of the restaurants in anchored boats.
Historical Monuments in Dresden
Sometimes the follies of humans create great buildings ..... Surely no one imagines that this building is in Dresden, the Florence of the north, and I'm sure no one believes that it is a factory. In this case a businessman ve made his fortune in the East, decided to make a snuff factory in the Moorish-Byzantine style. It has now been converted into a restaurant and tourist attraction. It's west of the city and and it's beautiful to watch the setting sun shine through the glass dome.
Historical Monuments in Dresden
Goldener Reiter
This equestrian statue of Frederick Augustus I the Strong, is one of Dresden's symbols [poi = 82513] [/ poi]. The statue depicts the king dressed as a Roman emperor, and stands on the Hauptstrasse, the pedestrian part of the new part of town, at the end of the Augustus bridge. Augustus the Strong was responsible for severalof the various famous buildings in Dresden, such as the [poi = 90304] Zwinger Palace [/ poi]. During his reign Dresden became a major cultural center, known as the Florence of the Elbe.
Of Touristic Interest in Dresden
Transparent Factory (Gläserne Manufaktur)
"The transparent factory" of Volkswagen is where the Phaeton is manufactured. The idea was to create a luxurious class of VW using the latest techniques in the automobile industry, whilst honoring the values ​​of a company with a long tradition. Thus, Dresden was chosen as its location as it is known for its innovative spirit. The transparency of the building shows the different steps in the assembly of this luxurious car - where innovative technology meets the cultural vitality.
Of Cultural Interest in Dresden
Academy of Fine Arts Dresden
It was a great weekend at German GP 2011 in Sachsenring and a must to visit the city of Dresden. I was pleasantly surprised by its tourist attractions and very nice people. Friendly, polite and always ready to assist you. If you have the opportunity to visit the city can not stop going for a drink at the brewery located at the bottom of the bridge.
Of Cultural Interest in Dresden
Castles in Dresden
Pillnitz Castle
Pillnitz Castle is conveniently located on the Elbe, reached by a relaxing sail from Dresden city centre. This was once the location of the luxury residence of the princes of Saxony, in a structure consisting of three different buildings, surrounded by a beautiful garden reminiscent of the garden of Versailles. The first thing you can see from the river is the Water Palace, reached by a staircase directly from the river. Walking through the beautiful gardens of the palace, you can reach the Bergpalais, the Palace of the Mountains. This Asian-style palace has Chinese decoration and pagoda roofs. Finally, you can visit the magnificent new palace, a great example of the Baroque style.
Cinemas in Dresden
Filmnächte am Elbufer
A great outdoor cinema, open in summer, with beautiful views of the old town at dusk. There's a great atmosphere, especially when they show classics, like Dirty Dancing. Sometimes, there's a themed party based on the movie afterwards.
Squares in Dresden
Forests in Dresden
Dresden Heath (Dresdner Heide)
Nice place to go with your children to be in the nature, in the middle of the city.
Gardens in Dresden
Palais Großer Garten
Went to the zoo, good value and an interesting selection of animals
Historical Monuments in Dresden
Augustus Bridge (Augustusbrucke)
You have an amazing view of the Augustus Bridge in the city of Dresden. This city has a beautiful historic center with lots of history along with a good nightlife.

The best things to do in Dresden

Dresden is known as the baroque city because many of its buildings and churches are faithful to this style. The Frauenkirche, one of the top places to visit in Dresden, is the largest Protestant building in city and is an example of this type of architecture. It is known worldwide as a monument against war and as a symbol of reconciliation and from there you can get a beautiful panoramic view of the entire city, providing you with an excellent vantage point of the best Dresden attractions.

The Altstadt and Neustadt, on the banks of the river, are other attractions in Dresden that are beautiful examples of Baroque architecture. Visiting Hofkirche is another of the many things to do in Dresden. It is the church of the court and the second highest religious building in the city after the rebuilt Frauenkirche.

Another important entry in the list of what to do in Dresden is the iconic Brühl's Terrace. It extends along the Elbe near the old town, and in it is the College of Fine Arts. Augustus Bridge, a bridge across the Elbe, and Dresdner Schloss, the former residence of the kings of Saxony, are some more of the things to see in Dresden that you can't miss.

In fact, the list of Dresden activities is wide and includes buildings of great value and museums of great importance as Grünes Gewölbe, Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr, and Mathematisch-Physikalische Salon. For even more stuff to do in Dresden, check out the recommendations from minube users.