Dresden


 

Dresden is the capital and the town richest in population of the Free State of Saxony in the east of Germany. Dresden has more than 525,000 inhabitants.

Dresden is the political centre of Saxony as a capital; the Free State has concentrated here most of his state cultural facilities and numerous colleges are resident here. The city free of circle of Dresden is a traffic interchange and economic centre of the conurbation Dresden.

 

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This region is valid as one economically most dynamic in Germany.

Dresden represents the centre of the space economic-strongest presently of the new federal states and belongs to the economically strongest rooms in Germany. The gross domestic product reached in 2008 a value from 15.3 milliard Euros. This corresponds to about 30,200 Euros per inhabitant or 50,200 Euros employed persons. Enterprices are active from the area of Microelectronics, information technology and biotechnology as well as electrical engineering which use the nearness of the university and numerous research institutes.

 

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The competence fields of the town lie in the areas:

  • Microelectronics, information technology and communication technology
  • New materials and nanotechnology
  • Machine construction and investment construction / vehicle-technology, aerial technology and space technology, solar technology
  • Biotechnology, pharmacy and vaccines
  • Tourism, trade and markets
  • Education, art sciences, humanities and social sciences

Dresden is 800 years old more than and has a history full of change. 

Under Friedrich August I, called „August the strong“, Dresden gained the cultural meaning which owns it till the modern age. The support of architecture and art, the big painting collections like the Dresden picture gallery and the "green vault", the splendid baroque buildings like the castle Schloss Moritzburg, the Dresdner Zwinger and the Dresdner Frauenkirche, inventions in technical and artistic area, thus possibly the establishment of the first western porcelain manufacture in Meissen 1710, have brought to Dresden the admiring epithet "Elbflorenz" and have received up to the Second World War.

From the night 13rd to 14th of February, 1945 counting Dresden the heaviest air raid on a town occurred on about 630,000 inhabitants during the Second World War through British bombers. Two other attacks of British and American bombers destroyed the town completely and approx. 25,000 people left their life.

The inhabitants of Dresden create since then with partly international support a reconstruction of their town which continues till this day.

From the outset the restoration of well-chosen historic architectural monuments was also pursued: In 1964 the reconstruction of the Zwinger was concluded. Other important constructions like court church, Johanneum, Albertinum, Stallhof and in 1985 the Semper Opera originated once more, while valuable building leftovers of other monuments were torn off.

The Dresdner Frauenkirche is the landmark of the town and visible centre, but also memorial against the war. Up to the inauguration of the Frauenkirche on the 30th of October, 2005 100 millions € were donated.

 

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Today Dresden is one of the nicest towns of Germany with charming environs, how the Elbsandsteingebirge called „Saxon Switzerland“. The national park Saxon Switzerland is the only rock national park of Germany. The Elbsandsteingebirge is a grown man-made landscape which repays to discover it. Medieval castles, baroque castles and artistic gardens, venerable sacred constructions and a lot more.

Internationally the more than 1000-year-old city of Meissen is famous for the production of the Meissener porcelain which is produced as the first European porcelain since 1708.

 

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The Erzgebirge, almost before the gates of Dresden is known for his idyllic scenery, ancient traditions and above all for a unique art which is here at home: The Erzgebirge broad wooden art.

Smoked little men, nutcrackers, pyramids, Schwibboegen and of course Engel and miner are ambassadors of a craft art which is unique in many respects.

The central station is in the centre of the town; the airport approx. 10 km of the city centre.

One reaches Dresden:

  • Over Munich or Frankfurt by the airplane; flying time 1 hour
  • By train from Berlin in approx. 2.5 hours

One reaches from Dresden:

  • In 3 hours in Prague – Capital of Czech and one of the nicest towns of Central Europe
  • Within short time in Saxon Switzerland, in the Elbe meadows with their idyllic vineyards and Meissen and the Erzgebirge
  • In one hour in the Oberlausitz, near a regional attractive area of the Polish and Czech border, where different cultures meet peoples and the Sorb folk, a Slavic ethnic group, themselves have preserve a unique culture and own language over centuries

Dresden has an excellently developed Hotel business and offers cultural diversity by unique museums, diversified theatrical offers and unforgettable opera experiences in the world-famous Semperoper.

Overnight possibilities:

Middle class: Apartment hotels in the Church of Our Lady;

High class: Suitess Hotel; Hotel of Buehlow Residence