Sightseeing in Dresden, Germany

I once passed this city when we were on our way to Berlin last February 2011. For the second time last May 14, 2011, we passed it again while on our way for basket and pottery shopping in Boleslawiec, Poland. It was a couch tour we had in this city and I am glad that I finally visited Dresden last May 28, 2011.

Dresden is an old but historical and beautiful city. It is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony (Freistaat Sachsen), Germany. Due to its rococo and baroque architecture, the city center is called as a Jewel Box. It is also very famous for its Bruehl’s Terrace or Prince Terrace, as what our tour guide had mentioned during our trip. in 1206, Dresden became a city. It is home to many Saxon kings and princes. If you heard about Augustus The Strong, known in German as August der Starke, you then had the idea that he was the most famous of all the kings in Saxony.

If I am not mistaken, our tour guide also mentioned that there were around 30,000 people in Dresden who were killed during the Allied Aerial bombing that leaded to the end the World War II. Most entire part of the city were destroyed during that bombing on February 13-14, 1945. Thanks to many donations worldwide because the Frauenkirche or Church of Our Lady was rebuilt and restored. The gold cuppel donation from the UK acts as a call for peace among the different nations of the world.

The almost six hours trip (including the breaks) we had in that city was paid-off. It was truly worth-seeing. I considered Dresden one of the more interesting travel destinations in Germany. It was a perfect timing because the Memorial Day celebration of our American friends was almost coming during our visit.

Here are some of the images I took during our visit last May 28, 2011.

the beautiful Frauenkirche. The reconstructed Church of Our Lady was completely destroyed during WWII, and has now been reopened. The City of Coventry, which was raided by the Allied Air Force in WWII, donated the golden cross for the dome of the church.

The Zwinger Palace. The baroque palace features a nympheum, many sculptures of Permoser, a bell pavilion and famous art collections. Do not miss the “Alte Meister” – you’ll find the famous Madonna Sistina of Rafael there including the well known angels.

The Semperoper (Semper Opera House) building is well worth visiting, as it is one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. The acoustics and the orchestra, the Staatskapelle, are marvelous. Its history saw many operas of Wagner and Strauss having their first nights there.


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