Dresden - The Capital of Art and Culture
Anyone who has ever strolled through Dresden's historic Old Town knows exactly what we are talking about. From magnificent buildings from the Renaissance and Baroque periods to impressive structures from the 19th century - cultural and architectural masterpieces of history can be discovered on almost every corner of Dresden's Old Town. Among the most famous Dresden buildings is the Dresden Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), which become a worldwide landmark in the wake of its destruction in 1945 and subsequent reconstruction. The Semper Opera House also enjoys international popularity after its reconstruction in 1985 and is still considered the most famous opera house in Germany.
Beyond the architectural gems, Dresden has a surprising number of cultural activities to offer. Numerous museums with quite varied collections draw tourists from all over the world. The State Art Collections alone comprise a total of 15(!) institutions that are among the most important museums in the world - including the Residenzschloss and the Dresden Zwinger, the Albertinum and the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, and Pillnitz Palace and the Grassi Museum in Leipzig. The exhibitions and collections of the Dresden City Museum present the 800-year history of the city. Our recommendation: The permanent exhibition "The Human Adventure" in the German Hygiene Museum Dresden is dedicated to us humans with more than 1300 exhibits and deals with topics such as nutrition, sexuality, the functions of the brain, as well as death. With the help of various media installations and interactive stations, visitors can explore what it means to be human, how our bodies work, and how to care for them.
Out and about in and around Dresden
Walks in the fresh air, bike rides, or a leisurely picnic with friends - there is nowhere better to enjoy our city than its numerous green spaces. The largest and most beautiful park - the Great Garden - is located southeast of the city center. In addition to the park theater, the open-air stage "Junge Garde", and a gondola pond, a few restaurants and beer gardens invite you to take a short (or longer) break in the greenery. Directly next to the Great Garden are the Dresden Zoo and the Botanical Garden, two other popular destinations for excursions. Those who prefer to be active should take a closer look at the large skate park on Lingnerallee or the Ostra Sports Park - two heavenly places for sports enthusiasts. Germany's only national rock park - Saxon Switzerland - is also just an S-Bahn ride away from Dresden. What is there to do in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains? Hiking, hiking, hiking. Whether over the Bastei Bridge or along one of the countless hiking trails like the Malerweg: the gigantic view alone is reward enough.
While the Elbe Sandstone Mountains are certainly a highlight not to be missed, the rather flat Elbland is also able to conquer the hearts of locals and tourists with its rolling landscape. Past the vineyards via Dresden, Radebeul, Coswig, and Meissen, the famous Elbe Cycle Path leads north - all the way to Hamburg.
Nightlife in Dresden
Those who spend their time during the day in lecture halls and seminar rooms will reward themselves in the evening with a trip to Dresden's Neustadt. The outer Neustadt - Dresden's trendy district - is THE place to end a day in Dresden in style. In the many restaurants, pubs, and bars, people from all over the world, young and old, come together to eat, drink, and dance. The highlight is the Neustadt district festival "BRN - Bunte Republik Neustadt" (Colorful Republic of Neustadt), which has been held every summer since 1990 and always surprises with new ideas.
Diversity is also guaranteed when it comes to Dresden's club scene. One of the city's most spectacular clubs is located in an old power plant on Wettiner Platz in Dresden Mitte. Large-scale shows with DJs like Robin Schulz, an indoor waterfall, artists performing gymnastics under the ceiling - that's Kraftwerk Mitte! For those who like it a little smaller, the house club Paula in the industrial area is the place to go. A Neustadt cult location and the party go-to is "Katy's Garage" on the corner of Louisenstraße and Alaunstraße - right next to the Scheune. Whether beer gardens, after-work meet-ups, smaller rock and indie concerts - everyone will find something to celebrate!
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