Top 5 to experience Altstadt like a local

 

Altstadt (‘Old Town’) is the historic centre of the Saxon Capital. From Renaissance and Baroque architecture, to 19th and 20th-century buildings, walking through Altstadt is like travelling through time – Much of Dresden was destroyed in WWII and has been reconstructed since.

Can you spot the difference between the originals and the new buildings? Let’s take a walk through history.

Frauenkirche

The “Woman’s Church” is a global symbol of tolerance and peace. The building collapsed in 1945 after allied air-raids and was reconstructed in 2005. We think everyone should understand the importance of history – that’s why we recommend the Frauenkirche for a moment of quiet reflection. Take a minute to consider the losses endured so we can experience such cultural excellence.

Royal Palace

Once the centre of power in Central Europe, Saxon kings ruled the continent from this palace for centuries. After surviving the fire of 1701 and the bombings of 1944, we think this phoenix-like palace is almost as strong as the student spirit.

With wonders like the treasures of Kupferstich-Kabinett and the views from the Hausmannsturm towers, this historic landmark is an absolute must-see.

Semperoper

The Sempreroper is the most celebrated opera house in Germany, even if you’re not an opera fan, its architecture and history will blow you away.

Do you want the ultimate cultural experience? Come to the Sempreroper, enjoy an opera with a glass of wine, and imagine the mindsets of Dresden’s citizens throughout its turbulent history.

Zwinger

By now you might have realised that Dresden’s fame comes from its architectural beauty, and the ‘Zwinger’ (or ‘Kennels’) is no exception. We think it’s perfect date spot – wander through its gardens, admire the galleries and (if you’re lucky) kiss under the fountains.

Furstenzug

Have you ever seen a 102-metre long mural with 23.000 tiles that tells a story of romance, royalty and betrayal? This is your chance!

Previously used for jousting and sword play, the ‘Long-gang’ is now home to art shows, music festivals and street performers.

Relax, have a stein (a litre-sized tankard of German beer) , and enjoy the show!

 

Want to know more about the Neustadt, Dresden’s quirky area across the river? Click here.

 

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