Night view of Dresden in Saxony, Germany (Jochen Keute/GNTO)

Bruhl's Terrace, Dresden, Germany (iStockphoto)

Dresden, Germany (iStockphoto)

Christmas Market in Dresden, Germany (iStockphoto)

Aerial view to Elbe River, Dresden, Germany (iStockphoto)

Historic Center of Dresden, Germany (iStockphoto)

The Dresden Frauenkirche (Lutheran church ) in Dresden, Germany (iStockphoto)

Tourists walking in front of a building, Semper Opera House, Dresden, Germany (Photodisc)

Dresden's Top View (iStockphoto)


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What to do in Dresden

Dresden’s well-being has ebbed and flowed over the years, from prosperity to despair and back again, much as the River Elbe winds though the city. In the 13th century, royal families made Dresden the official residence of Saxon kings, who developed spectacular Baroque buildings and churches. That glamour and artistic energy gave Dresden the nickname the "Florence of the North." But the Allied bombings during WWII reduced much of the city to rubble. With the reunification of Germany, the city's fate changed once again, and today, visitors will be pleasantly surprised by its charm. Its landmark 18th-century Frauenkirche—or Church of our Lady—has been restored to its former glory. It's one of the city's top attractions, along with the Zwinger Palace, where you can tour the sculpture-dotted grounds and gardens, and the Semperoper opera house.

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