The gorgeous city of Dresden in Germany is packed with spires, towers and domes from its many palaces, churches and stately buildings. It is the capital of the eastern German state of Saxony and is located between Berlin and Prague. The city hosts many stunning and record breaking museums like one of the world’s biggest treasuries in the Royal Palace, the biggest Porcelain Museum in the Zwinger Palace or the Old Master’s Gallery with Raphael’s most famous cherubs. Exploring the cultural city becomes a lot easier with a Dresden City Card http://www.dresden.de/en/tourism/dresden-welcome-cards/dresden-city-card.php which offers prepaid travel within Dresden tariff zone as well as handy discounts at restaurants, shops, tours and events. Here are our top tips to soak up Dresden’s cultural, historic and culinary delights…
Private 2 hour guided tour of Dresden
Let Dresden’s past come alive with an exclusive, private 2 hour guided tour of the historical old town. You’re taken through the dark days of the Middle Ages and conjure up the force of the Reformation and the splendour of the Baroque age in this wonderfully informative and fun, short-walking tour.
The baroque church Frauenkirche is one of the city’s most beautiful buildings and a stunning signature landmark famed for its grand dome. After its destruction in WWII from 1994 to 2005 the church has been completely rebuilt to its former glory and is now a monument for peace and reconciliation. You can take a guided tour or visit the viewing platform for amazing city views but the best way to enjoy this magnificent building has got to be by attending a cultural event there. Frauenkirche plays host to a series of musical concerts where you can listen to famous vocalists, instrumentalists, choirs, orchestras and conductors in the most stunning setting where even Bach gave the first organ concert in 1736.
Dresdner Residenz Konzerte
Dresdner Residenz Konzerte are held regularly in the famous Wallpavillon of the Dresden Zwinger Palace. The concerts in a rather private atmosphere feature a young orchestra and outstanding young musicians who tackle classical masterpieces bringing a marvellous contemporary touch to celebrated pieces. Music lovers will thoroughly appreciate the special and memorable renditions.
The Semperoper Dresden, located near the Elbe River in the historic centre of the city, is the opera house of the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden and the concert hall of the Staatskapelle. It also is home to the Semperoper Ballet and is an absolute delight for culture lovers. Already Richard Strauss and other famous composers and conductors performed here. Be sure to take in at least one performance during your stay and consider a guided tour too to explore the architecture and history of this stunning building.
Hop On Hop Off City Tour
A really impressive way to get your bearings is to use the minimum 2 hours Hop On Hop Off City Tour. With 22 stops for you will be able to discover not only the architectural, historical and cultural highlights of the city but gat also an imagew of Dresden’s romantic side with vineyards, villas and beautiful meadows along the Elbe river. You can hop off and on whenever you wish and enjoy the onboard guided tour in one of 19 languages. You can even take the tour in the evening to see the city come alive at night or join one of the walking tours in English or German included in the ticket. If weather permits they will use their convertible buses so you can travel with the wind in your hair!
Where to Stay
As far as we’re concerned, if you’re visiting Dresden a stay at the luxurious and prestigious 5 star Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski is an absolute must for culture and culinary delights. Located right in the heart of the historic centre in a stunning baroque palace attached to the Royal Palace, the hotel is a charming blend of historic grandeur and contemporary style. Stay in one of the 182 rooms, or better still one of the 31 suites. Dine at the exceptional restaurant Intermezzo, the Palais Bistro, Café Vestibül and end your day at the award-winning Karl May Bar. When you crave relaxation there’s a stunning pool and spa lounge as well as a fitness centre. The hotel also has a rather special historic inner courtyard that’s a true oasis during the summer perfect for a chilled beverage in the sun and come wintertime it turns into an enchanting sparkling ice rink!
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