The artistic city of Dresden has some of the world's most renowned museums, which house exceptional collections. Since the 18th century, these tourist attractions have been among the most famous in Europe. With its grand monuments such as the Baroque Zwinger Palace, Dresden Castle, the fully reconstructed Frauenkirche and the Semperoper Opera, the city has gradually evolved into a unique work of art. It is with great pleasure that I invite you to visit the historic centre of Dresden and come face to face with its history and culture. Whether its your first time or not, it is sure to delight.
The Elbe Sandstone Mountains are surely one of the most spectacular natural features in Europe and just a short train ride from Dresden. Beautiful footpaths meander through the mysterious valleys, ravines, mesas, rock formations and basalt hills. They criss-cross the enchanting forests and follow crystalline streams leading you to ever more stunning scenery. Prized for its flora and fauna, this environment is protected by national park status. The region has numerous wonderful castles, villages and gardens, a legacy of our prestigious heritage. Recharge your batteries in this rambler's paradise.
To the north-east of Dresden, the Elbe Valley is the birthplace of Saxony wine-making and European porcelain. The Elbe winds its way through an open landscape of valleys, fields, vineyards, towns and historic cities. As you stroll along, you will be transported to the middle-ages, the renaissance, the Baroque period and then back to the present. Our region is well worth the detour: cycle along the Elbe on well-maintained cycle paths, hop on a local train or board one of the many boats belonging to the biggest and oldest fleets of paddle boats in the world.
Make sure that you find the time to take in the priceless treasures on display at Dresden Castle, which houses two must-see museums and an exceptional collection of silverware. Recently restored, the Historic Green Vault ("Historisches Grünes Gewölbe") holds treasures collected by Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony. With the New Green Vault ("Neues Grünes Gewölbe"), it represents one of the largest collections of art in Europe and is without contest, one of the most fascinating places to visit in Dresden.