We spend last week in beautiful Dresden. We stayed in the area of Bühlau in a spacious flat with a garden. This was our second time in Dresden. Our first visit was six years ago on our way from Bavaria to Rostock by car. Back then we did not have lot of time to get to know the city and it was raining the whole time.
Unfortunately also this time the weather was unpredictable and there were thunderstorms pretty much everyday. Luckily we had some sunshine and were able to visit the sights.
Dresden is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony. It is situated in a valley on the River Elbe, near the border with the Czech Republic.
Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendour. The city was known as the Jewel Box, because of its baroque and rococo city centre.
The controversial American and British bombing of Dresden in World War II towards the end of the war killed approximately 25,000, many of whom were civilians, and destroyed the entire city centre. After the war restoration work has helped to reconstruct parts of the historic inner city, including the Katholische Hofkirche, the Semper Oper and the Dresdner Frauenkirche as well as the suburbs.
Before and since German reunification in 1990, Dresden was and is a cultural, educational, political and economic centre of Germany and Europe.
Dresden has experienced dramatic changes since the reunification of Germany in the early 1990s. The city still bears many wounds from the bombing raids of 1945, but it has undergone significant reconstruction in recent decades.
Along with Munich and Potsdam, Dresden is one of the ten fastest-growing cities in Germany, current population being around 542 000.
Dresden is one of the greenest cities in all of Europe, with 63% of the city being green areas and forests.