Country:  Germany
Coordinates:  51° 2' N 13° 44' E
Altitude: 113 m above sea level
Area:  328,3 Km²
Population:  506 337
Residential density:  1 542 inhabitants per Km²
Web:  www.dresden.de


Dresden is the capital city as well as the biggest city of the German Federal Free State of Saxony. The city lies on the River Elbe. After exceeding the number of inhabitants over 100.000 in 1852 or so, Dresden, formerly a fishing village became the metropolis. It is also called Florence on the Elbe.
Dresden was almost completely destroyed during the aerial bombing in World War II.  and it was awash in 2002 during the European  floods.

The Saxon State Opera (Semperoper) is found in Dresden. It is a Neo-Renaissance building, which is important because of its acoustics and high quality repertoire.

It has become famous mainly for Richard Wagner’s operas world premieres Rienzi, The Flying Dutchman and Tannhäuser.

Baroque cathedral Hofkirche, which is the largest church in Saxony, is situated right next to the treasury house Grünes Gewölbe. It is the biggest and the oldest European treasury house, where the artworks of Saxony King Augustus the Strong and the works of Dresden jewellers can be found.
Baroque palace Zwinger with the art gallery was built in the 17th century and it is considered to be the most renowned place of Dresden.

There are various collections, e.g. the biggest and most important porcelain collection in the world, one of the most significant collections of the paintings of the “old masters” Raphael, Holnein, Cranach and the precious collection of guns, mowing weapons and armours.

Dresden is the city, where you can rest and savour the sweetness of life and elegancy, owing to its unique historical exhibitions.

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