A City Reborn
The city of Dresden and Elbland is the capital of the region of Saxony in Eastern Germany. Despite the damage inflicted during World War II, Dresden is considered today one of the most beautiful cities in Germany.
It attracts visitors from far and wide to enjoy its neo-gothic palaces, Baroque churches, and incredible museums. Then of course there is the wonderful German hospitality.
Events & Anniversaries
In 2022 Dresden and Elbland are celebrating its historic past with top-class concerts, exhibitions, and baroque festivals including several significant events.
There is the 350th anniversary of the death of Kapellmeister Heinrich Schutz, who, after studying in Venice, wrote the very first German opera.
The 300th birthday of Bernardo Bellotto, who came from Venice under the brand name “Canaletto” was an artist who captured Dresden’s beauty on canvas.
One of the city’s most important modern painters is Gerhard Richter. On the occasion of his 90th birthday, there will be an exhibition in his honour. Richter was born in Dresden and studied at the Dresden Art Academy. In 2006 he handed over his archive to the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen (State Art Collections) in Dresden.
Discover The Beauty
Dresden and Elbland, invite you not only to enjoy the music, art and these special events.
There is spectacular architecture such as the beautiful Dresden Frauenkirche, the Church of Our Lady which was destroyed in World War II and left as a symbol until 1994 when it was reconstructed and reopened in 2005. There is also the Zwinger, a palatial Baroque complex with beautifully manicured gardens.
Walk the city and enjoy the outdoor spaces especially the Dresden Neustadt along the banks of the river. This colourful hip alternative quarter with its narrow streets offers a huge variety of pubs, boutique shopping, street art, and an easy-going way of life. You can also enjoy magical Autumnal walks in the stunning gardens of Großer Garten and Alaunpark.
If you love music and theatre then there are more than 30 live performance venues. The Semper Opera House is the highlight along with the Dresden State Operetta. The Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra normally performs in the large concert hall of the Kulturpalast, and for younger visitors there is the Dresden Puppentheater.
Indulge in the superb regional cuisine, the famous Dresden Stollen and that German beer. There is wine that grows in a Mediterranean-style landscape and that can be tasted in the picturesque wineries of the Elbland.
Do not miss the Altmarkt with the impressive Kreuzkirche which is the location of the famous Striezelmarkt at Christmas time when all comes alive with the smells, sounds and atmosphere of the fabulous Christmas market.
Visit Dresden and Elbland
With all this going on the city will make for a great short break in 2022, especially with direct flights to Dresden available with Ryanair from Stansted. You could also fly to Berlin and take the train down to Dresden which is about 2 hours. For the more adventurous with time on your hands, you could even travel the 18 hours from the UK by train straight into the heart of the city.