Dresden, a German baroque city, Florence on the Elbe

This beautiful city is not far from our country. Often called the Florence on the Elbe, it has many beautiful monuments, and a wonderful and especially Baroque architecture. The city tour begins at the Theaterplatz (Theatre Square), where the Semper Opera House and Brühl's Terrace are situated, and also the Catholic church Hofkirche (Church of the Court). We should point out, too, the Castle Square (Schlossplatz), with the Procession of the Princes of the Wettin dynasty, made of 24 000 Meissen tiles. The most important church, in that city, is called the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) and it was, on the night of February 13, 1945, virtually annihilated by bombing of the British and American aviation. The whole town became, on that night, a limitless fire, with approximately 30 000 people dying at that time - civilian inhabitants of the city who were no soldiers. This church has got a great significance until now, a foundation was born, later on, for rebuilding the church. In 2005, ie 60 years after the war, the church was rebuilt and is actually very pretty, outside and also inside. In this town, we can also visit the Zwinger (Castle - Palace) – with its Old Masters´ Painting Gallery (die-Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister) and an exhibition of porcelain from Meissen. The city of Dresden is very beautiful and really worth visiting.

The city of Dresden is located, approximately, 170 km from Prague.