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Dresden, East Germany's Cultural Hub

Posted on September 13, 2011 at 9:00 PM

 

By Loreen Burman


Dresden is one of Germany’s most attractive cities. It is a popular stopover on the rail and Autobahn routes, between Western Europe and Prague. The city is located just west of the border between Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic, about 205 km or 128 miles south of Berlin. The name “Dresden” tends to evoke three images to people who are strangers in the city:

 

Baroque Architecture goes back  to the Wettin dynasty's taste for culture and unrestrained spending, especially during the 17th and 18th Centuries;


Porcelain, which was an obsession of Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony, who founded Europe's first white-porcelain factory in Dresden in 1710;


The fire bombing of Dresden during the Second  World War, which killed an estimated 25,000 to 50,000 people and left much of the city in ruins. 


Today, the porcelain factory is no longer in the city center (Augustus moved it to a castle in nearby Meissen). Most of the city’s great Baroque architecture has remained. The Soviet occupation and the German Reunification in 1990 did the reconstruction efforts of such architecture.


Dresden is a real cultural capital of Eastern Germany. It has many ancient historical sights to see. One of the loveliest cities in Germany, Dresden is a convenient gateway to the “Saxon Switzerland”, the porcelain town of Meissen, the Erzegebirge (or Ore Mountains), the Saxon Wine Road, a large number of Saxon steam railways and railroad museums, and its nearby cities such as Chemnitz and Leipzig. It's a great place to visit, and I'd recommend spending several days in Dresden—or even longer, if you have the time.


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