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Dresden, Germany — Sightseeing Highlights

Old City / Historic Downtown

The historical centre of Dresden is located on the left bank of the Elbe, right at a majestic river bend. The most famous symbol of reconstruction in the city center, the Old City, is the Dresden Frauenkirche (Church), the magnificent baroque dome, which dominates the city center.

View from the Frauenkirche onto the Augustusbrücke over the Elbe in Dresden

View from the Frauenkirche onto the Augustusbrücke over the Elbe in Dresden (credit: Kay Körner from Dresden Seevorstadt/Großer Garten [CC BY 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)])
Semper Opera, Dresden [credit: Lancevortex [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)]]
Residenzschloss as seen vom Zwinger (photo: User:Kolossos [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)])
Frauenkirche Dresden (photo: Kay Körner, Dresden (Saxony) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)])
Frauenkirche Dresden (photo: Kay Körner, Dresden (Saxony) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)])

Points of interest in the Old City:

  • Zwinger
  • Green Vault
  • Frauenkirche Church
  • Semper Opera House
  • Royal Mews at Johanneum
  • Procession of Princes (a mural which is painted on Meissen porcelain tiles; it is 101 m (ca. 300 ft) long. )
  • Royal Palace
  • Cathedral
  • Kreuzkirche Church
  • Altmarkt Square
  • Brühl Terrace
  • Academy of Arts and Art Society
  • Albertinum
  • New Synagogue
  • Großer Garten (a park)
  • Park Train Dresden
  • Yenidze
  • Russian-Orthodox Church
  • “Transparent factory” of the Volkswagen group
  • Dresden’s fortifications


Neustadt (photo: User:Kolossos [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)])

Located on the right bank of the Elbe river adjacent of the Old City. The name Neustadt is confusing because the settlement bore the name “Altendresden” (Olden Dresden) until the 18th century. After a disastrous fire in 1685 the quarter was systematically rebuilt as the “New Town near Dresden”, the Neustadt quarter – however, it is part of the city of Dresden.

Points of interest in Neustadt:
Elbe Promenades, Blockhaus and Hauptstrasse, Japanese Palace, Dreikönigskirche Church, Königstrasse, Old Jewish cemetery, Outer Neustadt, Pfund`s Dairy, Neustädter Markthalle

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