A journey to the half-million-strong city, the capital of the state of Saxony and nicknamed ‘Florence on the Elbe,’ which was annihilated by firebombing in February 1945, then left to languish during the Cold War. Its recent revival is nothing short of stunning – but it’s still a politically-divided city.
This tour can begin in Berlin (2 hours by train away), or we can meet directly at your accommodation in Dresden!
On this tour, let’s explore:
the curious personalities of the Wettin royal family – especially Augustus the Strong
the porcelain ‘Procession of Princes’
the devastation of the Dresden firebombing, and the city’s recent recovery
the painstakingly-recreated Hofkirche, Semper Opera House, and Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)
Kurt Vonnegut’s Dresden (the inspiration of the novel ‘Slaughterhouse Five’)
the gardens of the Zwinger Palace and the Brühl Terrace which inspired Canaletto
Dresden’s Gemäldegalerie, with works by Raphael, Titian, Vermeer and more
the ‘Green Vault’ collection of treasures
Dresden’s bohemian ‘Neustadt’ quarter and its Kunsthofpassage
and perhaps even the world’s most beautiful dairy!