Dresden is the capital and, at the same time, the largest city in Saxony (Free State of Saxony). It was originally a fishing village, seat of merchants and the margrave, later it developed to a spa and royal residence and became the capital of Saxon.
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During World War II, Dresden was almost completely ruined after air-bombing and in 2002 it was flooded by "millennium flood". The Baroque Zwinger Palace was with its art gallery built in the 17th century and it is nowadays considered the mostly-known place in Dresden.
Dresden is the seat of the Saxon state opera house Semperoper. It is a recent renaissance building famous for its acoustics and quality repertoire, especially know for world famous Richard Wagner's operas Rienzi, Der fliegende Holländer and Tannhäuser, which had their world premiere here.
Dresden is a city, where you can relax, take your time and enjoy sweet life and elegance thanks to unique expos reflecting its past. In the Old Town, the biggest attraction is the shopping centre Altmarkt Galerie on the Weberstrasse Street, a three-floor building housing about a hundred shops.
SG Dynamo Dresden is the Dresden football club. It plays currently the second highest football competition, the 2. Bundesliga.
Dresden is located on the River Labe among eastern hills of the Ore Mountains, the Lužické Mountains and the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. For its natural location and Baroque as well as Mediterranean architectonic beauty, the city is also called "Florence of the Elbe".