Georgentor with view on the Frauenkirche

Which cities in Germany are a must-see? Most people would probably name the big cities like Berlin, Hamburg or Munich. However, on my “top 10 list” Dresden would be way up there. Dresden is the optimal choice if you plan to spend a quiet and beautiful weekend. The capital of Saxony fascinates above all with its art and architecture and therefore has the nickname “Florence on the Elbe”.

I must admit that Dresden isn’t really big and there are also some places which are not so nice. But this also has the advantage that everything is very easy to reach on foot and you almost feel like being in an old kingdom as soon as you get close to the old town. You probably can’t find such an enchanting baroque architecture anywhere else in Germany. The Neumarkt with the Frauenkirche is the heart of the city. Looking at the church it is hard to believe that it was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War and later rebuilt. Be sure to go inside the Frauenkirche, because it’s worth it and is also at least partially possible with a wheelchair (not all areas are accessible).

The heart of the city: the Frauenkirche

On the way from Neumarkt to Schlossplatz with its imposing Georgentor (see first picture), you walk right past the “Fürstenzug”, the largest porcelain mural in the world. A long walk along the banks of the Elbe River gives you a good view of the countless buildings. The “Brühlsche Terrasse” is considered to be the most magnificent promenade in Dresden. The Augustus Bridge with the “Golden Rider”, the most famous monument of the city, also offers a beautiful view especially at sunset. If you’re interested in history, then it might be worth going to the Loschwitz Bridge that is colloquially referred to as “Blue Wonder”. This ancient steel bridge was saved during the Second World War by the heroic action of two men who secretly defused the explosive device placed by the SS.

You probably already realize that it’s hardly possible to cover all the sights in one post. But I absolutely have to mention the Zwinger, because this building complex impressed me the most. For the photos alone you’ll need several hours here. It is also particularly positive that not only the inner courtyard but also the upper area of the Zwinger is barrier-free. In general, I had no problems in this regard during my entire stay in Dresden. There are often pleasant alternative routes that allow you to even avoid the cobblestone areas.

One of the most popular photo spots: the Zwinger

Inner courtyard of the Zwinger

In the Zwinger you’ll also find several museums and with that said, I come to the next flagship of Dresden, which is the art and culture. Not far from there is the Dresden Castle. Regardless of whether it’s royal chambers, armor or paintings, history enthusiasts and art lovers should get their money’s worth here. I haven’t been inside any museum myself, but according to the official sites, most areas should be wheelchair accessible. And, of course, one must not forget to mention the Semper Opera House. It is considered one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world and you should at least see it from the outside.

The Semper Opera House is the cultural landmark of Dresden

The 102 meter long Fürstenzug, is considered as the largest porcelain mural in the world

I hope this post helps you a little bit and you can plan your trip to Dresden better. Of course, not everything is always interesting for everyone, but in my opinion you should also try new and unknown things when traveling. That’s when you often collect the most unforgettable experiences!

Other sights in Dresden

Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross)
Dresden Cathedral
Art gallery „Alte Meister“
Neustadt and Kunsthof Passage
Königsufer promenade
Great Garden
Pfunds Molkerei (Milk Shop)

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