Whether it’s the Residenzschloss, Semperoper or Zwinger, Frauen- or Hofkirche: Dresden’s world-famous buildings, art collections and cultural sites are really impressive. In the historic Old Town, which contains Baroque elements, and which has largely been rebuilt, one of Germany’s oldest and most well-known Christmas Market also takes place in the Striezelmarkt. Furthermore, Dresden, which is perched beautifully in the Elbe Valley, is regarded as one of Europe’s greenest cities. So it’s no wonder that hundreds of thousands of visitors are drawn to ‘Florence on the Elbe’ year after year.
Approx. 550,000 people live here today, and the former seat of royal power is still the centre of political life in Saxony. The state government, legislative assembly and various state authorities are based in the state capital. The renowned Technische Universität (University of Technology), Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (Technology and Economics College) and Hochschulen für Bildende Künste und Musik (Fine Arts and Music Colleges) can be found here. As Dresden is not just an important economic centre in the region, it’s also an internationally recognised hub for research and innovation — with IT and nanoelectronics leading the way.
What about the surrounding area? That’s also a big hit! With the Saxon Elbeland, Saxon Switzerland or the Ore Mountain Range, it offers extraordinary natural landscapes and complete relaxation.