Welcome to Dresden Elbland - Discover “Moving traditions”
Whatever visitors are looking for in Germany, they’ll find it in Dresden – Germany’s most beautiful city gem – and its surrounding Elbland. Saxony’s capital has great art museums,
awe-inspiring architecture, castles, churches, culture, history and Luther traces. Visitors can enjoy music, rivers and mountains, dozens of castles and parks, plus wine, beer and other culinary delights. They’ll also discover Germany’s traditions and customs.
Dresden Elbland is a living book of German History. The glory of the Saxon kingdom, the dark episode of WW II, the communist era of GDR, the striking marks of Peaceful Revolution and German Unification, and the modern development can all be experienced here.
Dresden is steeped in great music tradition as well. Composers such as Schütz, Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Weber, Wagner and Strauss lived or worked here. World-renowned artists and institutions keep this tradition alive every day. New artists set their counterpoints.
There are also events all year long with activities for everyone. Seniors, millennials, singles and families with children can all enjoy their personal approach to Dresden and the Elbland. Religious travelers, art and music lovers, brand shoppers, river cruisers and sports enthusiasts will also find much to see and do here.
Top 5 Must sees
- Dresden Zwinger. Inaugurated in 1719 for the biggest wedding of the epoque, the palace and courtyard is a masterpiece of European baroque. It host’s unique museums – and has been famous as movie background (i.e. Disney’s Cinderella from 2015)
- Frauenkirche. Johann Sebastian Bach gave the first concert in the 1736 inaugurated church, then a symbol of protestantism. After its complete destruction in 1945 and faithful reconstruction in 2005 with donations from the whole world, nowadays it’s a symbol of peace and reconciliation
- Royal Palace. One of the biggest treasuries and the largest collection of historic dresses in the world, an unique overview of Renaissance and baroque lifestyle and much more superlatives can be discovered in the heart of Dresden
- Meissen. The picturesque medieval town with gothic cathedral and Renaissance Albrechtsburg palace hosts Europe’s first and most prestigious Porcelain Manufactory.
- Moritzburg. The baroque hunting lodge is situated on an island, in the middle of a fairy tale landscape of woods, artificial lakes, and architectural surprises. Do discover with steam train or horse-drawn carriage.
Top 5 Hidden treasures
- Kraftwerk Mitte Dresden is the newest cultural complex in a former power station with four stages including the Staatsoperette, art galleries, rehearsal rooms and restaurants. And there will be even more in future.
- The Saxon State Library hosts in its book museum some of the immaterial UNESCO world heritages like manuscripts by Bach, Wagner, Schumann or Luther or an unique Maya calendar.
- Radebeul. The wine trail leads through a charming landscape along wineries in historic buildings, which invite for tastings with personal touch. The Kötzschenbroda town square in summer is the perfect chill out area afterwards.
- Pillnitz. The Chinese dream of a Saxon-Polish king with summer palace and romantic gardens is close to the summer houses of the composers Carl-Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner – today charming museums.
- Torgau. The Renaissance town of Torgau looks almost unchanged since Martin Luther consecrated here the first protestant church ever in Hartenfels castle and since his wife lived and died here.
Top 6 Unforgettable experiences
- A performance at Semperoper with the Staatskapelle Dresden, one of the oldest and best orchestras in the world.
- The Kulturpalast at the centre of Dresden, designed in the Bauhaus/modern style, is home of three grandly traditional Dresden cultural institutions: Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the central library and the Herkuleskeule cabaret theatre.
- A wine tasting at Schloss Wackerbarth Winery. Modern wine production, a baroque palace and a Mediterranean landscape form a symphony of senses.
- A day cruise with the Saxon Steamboat Company. Floating along villas, palaces and vineyards on board at the world’s oldest and biggest paddle steamer fleet is a moment where you can forget time and stress.
- Immerge the life of GDR with a Trabi safari in a historic cult car, discover the daily life before 1989 during a visit of Dresden GDR museum “Welt der DDR” and learn about the dark sides at the memorial Bautzner Strasse (Stasi museum).
- Pub tour through Neustadt area. Built up around 1900 the Neustadt is Dresden’s most vibrant neighborhood with little shops, art galleries, street art on facades and innumerous pubs, bars and restaurants.