Dresda: dalle ceneri allo “scrigno dei gioielli” tedesco.

Dresden: from ashes to German “jewel box”.

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Dresden is a graceful and beautiful city to simply enjoy its many attractions. The palaces stand out, the gardens flourish and the dome of the Frauenkirche, magnificently restored, stands out above the horizon, it is no wonder that many call it the “Jewel box”. With its wealth of museums, palaces and other tourist attractions, there are many interesting things to do in Dresden.

Dresden suffered the double blow of almost complete destruction in World War II, followed by 45 years of post-war neglect under Soviet rule. It's hard to believe all this from the Dresden you can see today. She has risen from her ashes and bears few scars from her late 20th century trauma.

Dresden at sunset.

Frauenkirche

Completed in 1743, the spectacular Church of Our Lady in Dresden was considered one of the most beautiful churches in Europe. The magnificent reconstruction carried out is one of the most remarkable restoration projects ever undertaken in Germany, if not in the world.

After its destruction during Allied bombing in 1945, the ruins of the old building were cataloged and stored for use in its reconstruction. After the reunification of Germany in 1990, the reconstruction plan was quickly carried out, including almost 4,000 original stones, and reopened in 2005.

At the top of the church we found a beautiful symbol of benevolence, a golden cross supplied by Great Britain, whose bomb had caused much of the devastation in the city. The cross, which previously stood at the top of the dome, now twisted and charred after the bombing, is to the right of the new altar, representing and remembering the episode of resilience experienced by the people of Dresden.

Frauenkirche de Dresden. Font: Flickr. Author: dronepicr

Dresden Royal Palace

Another point that travelers cannot miss in Dresden is certainly the Dresden Royal Palace.

Royal seat and cultural center of the Saxon capital, the Royal Palace of Dresden has almost 800 years of history. In it, we find the Dresden State Art Collection, which is a complex that houses different exhibitions. This complex is one of the most modern and forward-looking in terms of display and interpretation of its treasures for visitors, as well as being one of the richest public museums and one of the oldest in Europe.

In the complex, you will find several exhibitions, such as: Green Vault, the Turkish Chamber, the Giants' Hall that houses the Arsenal among others.

Dresden Royal Palace. Source: Wikipedia. Author: X-Weinzar

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The Zwinger is a magnificent early 18th century palace in the city center next to the River Elbe and a great example of Baroque architecture in Germany. A walk around its exterior is worth the visit to appreciate this detailed architecture. A highlight on the Zwinger is the Nymphenbad (Bath of the Nymphs), with its graceful fountains and mythological figures.

In addition to its beauty, which is already an attraction in itself, the Zwinger houses other art collections from the state of Dresden (as well as the Royal Palace). This includes the Dresden porcelain collection, scientific instruments in the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments and the Old Masters Picture Gallery.

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O Georgentor

The Georgentor, or Georgenbau, was the city's original exit to the Elbe Bridge and the first of many Renaissance buildings in the city. On the side there is a door to the original building with its rich sculptural decoration, including a magnificent equestrian statue of Duke George.

Georgentor. Source: Wikipedia. Author: JoJan

The Procession of Princes

Next to the Georgentor, we find the famous Fürstenzug, the Procession of the Princes. The mural depicts all the rulers of Saxony from 1123 to 1904. It is the largest porcelain wall in the world, representing a parade of Saxon princes, kings and dukes, made to commemorate the 1000 years of a long reign of the Wettin dynasty. Commissioned in 1870, this incredible work consists of 25,000 Meissen porcelain tiles.

Princely procession, Dresden.

Guided tours in Dresden can also be taken from Berlin. For those who like to appreciate beautiful architectural works, this is certainly a very special tour, because despite the destruction experienced, Dresden today is a German jewel box.