Dresden Vacations

Dresden was widely considered one of Germany's most beautiful cities before suffering terrible devastation at the hands of Allied bombing on February 13 and 14, 1945. The city that was known as "Florence of the Elbe" for its superlative art and culture was 75% destroyed in a moment later immortalized by Kurt Vonnegut Jr in Slaughterhouse Five and ... Read more
still remembered in yearly events and ceremonies. Yet Dresden, founded in 1206 and brought to prominence by August der Starke (Augustus the Strong), a Saxon King, has yet again risen from the rubble. Its most famous attraction, the Frauenkirche, was re-opened in 2005 after restoration and sports a UK-donated gold cupola. Other main attractions are the Zwinger Palace and the Semper Opera House were rebuilt in 1964 and 1985, respectively, and today the Neustadt (New City) is filled with restaurants and a great bar scene, while the Alstadt (Old City, which suffered the most) has the historic attractions of restored architecture contrasting with a few blackened buildings, some of the only traces of WWII still left in Europe.

Dresden places to stay and top hotels

Dresden things to do and experiences

  • Zwinger
    8.821 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site
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  • Frauenkirche
    8.524 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Church
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  • Semperoper Dresden
    9.014 reviews
    Performing Arts, Opera House
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  • Brühlsche Terrasse
    9.512 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Landmark
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Top Dresden restaurants

  • Villandry
    10.01 review
    Mediterranean, International
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  • Coffee Bike
    10.01 review
    Coffee and Tea, Cafe
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  • Scheunecafé
    8.01 review
    Vegetarian, Cafe
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  • Nepple Eis
    10.01 review
    Ice Cream and Desserts
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Dresden reviews & trip reports

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    Art & Design Lovers
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    Family Travelers
  • 6.6
    Luxury Travelers

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San Jose, California, USA

Beautiful classic European German citiy. The city which was destroyed during world war 2 was completely rebuild as it was before. An effort that started when it was part of East Germany and even more when the Germany was united. Dresden has rich history and used to be a very important city/kingdom in the mid evil. Don't miss the treasure museum.

Recommended for:Family TravelersHistory Buffs
Pittsford (town), New York

We have been here several times and it is a pleasure to visit this city. It is like an outdoor museum with a lot to see even if you don't go inside of any of the great museums located here. Take a day and see the sights and remember it was all bombed out during WWII.

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Calgary, Canada

Even a short visit to Dresden reveals the beautiful city that was once a cultural capital of Europe. Restoration of the city after the devastating bombing in World War II is still ongoing.

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Crit, Romania

Beautiful and interesting City! Take your time to visit all the famous spots. The Christmas market is the best!

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Edinburgh, UK

Dresden is a beautiful city full of culture galore. It's also one of the few places left in Europe where you can still feel the impact of World War II, which makes for a fascinating visit for the history buffs in your group.

Recommended for:Art & Design LoversHistory Buffs

Cosy sleepy Renaissance city of Dresden by the riverside. Also known as Florence of the Elbe which has a long history as a capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony who, for centuries, furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendor.

Sunnyside, New York State

Dresden is a beautiful city, surrounded by amazing natur and hiking areas, offering great nightlife (in some parts) and beautiful architecture.

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Dresden is a great city. I would like to live there for some period. It is calm, peacefull and inspiring. The arhitecture is so old and modern at the same time. Being there can help your soul to have a rest.

London, UK

Beautiful place to visit at Christmastime. The Christmas markets are wonderful!

Centennial, Colorado, USA

Dresden is a beautiful city. There's so much to see and do and is well worth a visit. We went as a day trip and I really wish I'd had a bit more time.