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Sunday, August 10, 2014


Dresden - Capital City of Free State of Saxony, Germany

Dresden is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany and is located in a valley on the River Elbe towards the Czech border and is an industrial, governmental and a cultural centre and is known all over the world for Bruehl’s Terrace as well as for its historic landmarks in the Old Town – Altstadt.

The Dresden region is a part of the Saxon Triangle metropolitan area with inhabitants 2.4 million. Dresden is known for its long history as the capital and the royal residence of the Electors and Kings of Saxony who for centuries were responsible for the furnished city of cultural and artistic splendour. The city was also known as the Jewel Box due to its baroque and rococo city centre.

This city centre was entirely destroyed during the controversial British and American bombing of Dresden in World War II which killed around 25,000 people, most of whom were civilians. The after effects of the war were very bad that it gutted the city like the other major German cities. Restoration work was carried out after the war, in order to reconstruct parts of the historic inner city which included the Katholische Hofkirche, the Semper Oper and the Dresdner Frauenkirche together with the suburbs.

Larger in Area than Munich

Dresden is an awesome city especially in summer and one can witness the serenity of this historic city, Though this city is larger than Munich in terms of area, the historic centre is compact and can be covered on foot. Dresden has a variety of attraction combining three aspects, which complement one another namely art treasure, charming landscape and architectural sights.

On the bank of the Elbe, one will find magnificent promenades, informative institutions and museums, industrial monuments, with interesting details. The Elbe valley is full of architectural and artistic brilliance which leaves a lasting impression on the minds of the visitors. Frauenkriche – The Church of Our Lady, Royal Palace, Zwinger, Elbe castle, Villa Quarter, Hellerau garden city or the award winning modern buildings, the Blue Wonder Bridge to the east of the city centre are some of the interesting places to explore in Dresden.

Grune Gewolbe/Tutckische Cammer 

The Green Vault – Grune Gewolbe, and Turkish Chamber – Turckische Cammer, were filled with treasures from all over the world and it is said that Augustus the Strong and his successors were impatient to wait for nature to finish the job and hence with their skill, artistry and determination, collected painting and porcelain making Dresden rank as a world class city of art and culture.

Dresden is said to be twinned with a total of thirteen other cities in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia with each of these partnership have their own share of history which is amazing. These relationships are characterized by a diversity of project like school and youth exchanges, societies and associations, cooperation of clubs, economic partnerships together with various links between the administrations and the local government with the intention of intensifying further the good relations to twin cities through joint contributions to European research projects and study.

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