The Italian painter Canaletto famously painted the breathtaking city silhouette of Dresden. He was not the first and will not be the last person to set up an easel with the hope of capturing the vibrance and architectural beauty of Dresden. Under the reign of Augustus the Strong, Dresden was popularly known as the “Florence of the North”. With popular landmarks like the Zwinger and Frauenkirche, Dresden boasts of a burgeoning art community, cultural scene, and thriving nightlife. The riverside beer gardens give Dresden an almost Mediterranean charm and rustic disposition. The city presents a cultural and visual fest that will enamor all of your senses.
Location: In The Valley by the Northern Bank of River Elbe
Ensconced in the Dresden Basin, the city of Dresden lies on both sides of the River Elbe. The city offers views of the mountain ranges like the eastern Ore Mountains and the Lusatian and Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Dresden Airport is the international airport in the city and is located near the outskirts in the north-west. The city has a large tramway network, inter-city railway network and other modes of public transportation.
Business: Engineering and Pharmaceutical Hub in Germany
Dresden's economy rests on three pillars - the semiconductor industry, the pharmaceutical sector, and the engineering branches of mechanical and electrical engineering. Some of the most important business entities in Dresden include Infineon Technologies, GlaxoSmithKline, Volkswagen Transparent Factory, and Siemens. Tourism is also an important source of business revenue to the city.
Culture: Erstwhile Center of Cultural Importance
There was a time in the late 19th Century when Dresden was recognized as a center of cultural importance. Famous artists like Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner first performed in Dresden. The destruction of the Second World War pulled down the eminence of the city by a large margin. Today, Dresden boasts of opera theaters like the Saxon State Opera, the Dresden State Theater, several choirs, and the yearly Bunte Republik Neustadt, which is a 3-day long cultural festival. The city showcases the best of contemporary architecture.
Activities: Historic Sites and Rivercruises
The beautiful baroque buildings are definitely something to write home about but Dresden is so much more than just its architectural marvels. From zingy pubs and bars in Outer Neustadt to the sylvan retreats of Great Garden, many activities will keep you busy in Dresden. The charming riverside beer gardens, excellent museums, and light-hearted appeal of Dresden will enthrall you.