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Dresden - Arts and Culture on the Elbe

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The Saxon capital offers potential of international ranking

"Dresden was a wonderful city" remembers the author Erich Kästner who was born here in 1899. "History, arts and nature hover over city and valley like an accord charmed by its own harmony."

Dresden offers again in the new millennium the flair of the city of arts and culture in the almost southernly appearing Elbe valley, but also this of an emerging economical and scientific metropole. Not only for those reasons this unique cultural landscape was admitted to the UNESCO world heritage sites in July 2004.

The baroque Dresden Zwinger, the Semper Opera, the Academy of Arts and the baroque Cathedral in the historical center of Dresden are the most important no visitor should miss out on. They enframe the Theater square which is reckoned as one of the most beautiful squares of Germany.

The mighty renaissance castle of the Saxon kings with the historical and new Green Vault, the treasure room of the Saxon electors and kings and the baroque Church of our Lady are the most prominent symbols of the restoration of the city. Around the Church of our Lady the historical New Market square is being rebuilt with reconstructions of the original baroque facades combined with modern solutions.

A cruise with a boat of the largest and oldest paddle-steamer flotilla of the world through the UNESCO world heritage site "Dresden Elbe valley" with its unique cultural landscape of castles, mansions and wineyards to the Chinese-baroque summer palace Pillnitz with its wide orchards are an everlasting experiences.

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