Dresden ! "Florence of the Elbe"
"Dresden means to love the arts." (author Volker Braun)
Last year the 800th birthday of the beautiful capitol of Saxony was celebrated. Dresden with its fascinating architectural and cultural heritage is situated in a valley on the river Elbe stretching out on both river banks.
The city's reputation as a centre of the arts goes back as far as the 18 th century when it was reigned by Augustus the Strong and, subsequently, by his son Augustus III. Both were not only prince electors of Saxony but also kings of Poland and great art admirers and art patrons. They employed well-known artists and architects of their day who created splendid baroque buildings, paintings and jewellery. The sovereigns' passion for art treasures as displayed in the city's various museums is still admired today by visitors from all over the world. With its picturesque surrounding scenery and its rich cultural scene, Dresden was home and muse of many famous writers, musicians, architects and painters like Friedrich Schiller, Richard Wagner, Gottfried Semper and Caspar David Friedrich.
The city centre that was almost completely destroyed during the air raids of February 1945 has been and is still being rebuilt and restored so that the visitor of today can view the city's world-famous baroque silhouette just like the Venetian artist Canaletto painted it in the 18th century.
We offer the following guided tours:
Bus tour and/or walk through the city centre (2 to 2.5 hrs.)
"Dresden has a grand geographical location, amidst hills which are situated in some distance as if in awe. Suddenly, the river leaves its right bank and turns towards Dresden
to kiss his favourite." Heinrich von Kleist
Discover Dresden's history and architecture during a one-hour bus tour. Besides the Altstadt (the historical city centre) you will see the Great Garden , Hygiene-Museum, VW's Transparent Factory as well as the exclusive residential areas of Blasewitz and Loschwitz and their connecting bridge, the so-called Blue Miracle. Following the flow of the river Elbe, the bus will pass the three Elbe castles and then cross to the other side of the river to the vibrating Neustadt (New town) district with its beautiful baroque and art-nouveau architecture. The bus tour will end in the historical city centre after having crossed Dresden 's oldest bridge.
The second part of the tour will start inside the Zwinger, the baroque festive architecture dating from the age of Augustus the Strong. You will then walk across Theatre Square passing the neo-classical architecture of Gottfried Semper, namely the Old Masters' Picture Gallery and the Opera. Further sights on your walk to the New Market are the Cathedral, the Residential Palace , the Procession of the Princes (the world's largest porcelain painting) and Brühl's Terrace (also called "Europe's Balcony").
Last but not least you will see Dresden's most famous building and landmark,
the Church of Our Lady.