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A Baroque masterpiece split by the Elbe River, Dresden is often overlooked on the trail between Prague and Berlin. It's worth stopping here, as the city has some unique treasures, including the amazing tale of the rebuilt Frauenkirche church.
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  • The Frauenkirche was completed in 1743. The Stone Bell supporting the church's huge dome was destroyed in 1945 and lay in ruins until the fall of communism, when it was rebuilt from original plans.
  • The Zwinger, a "pleasure ground" that's part park and part Baroque showpiece, is quite the scene, an oasis of calm in a bustling city.
  • The New Green Vault has a cache of silver and gold objects as well as the world's largest green diamond, all housed in a baroque palace.


  • Dresden's annual classical music festival, held at the Philharmonic, runs from mid-May to early June.
  • Filmfest Dresden, the outdoor film festival, takes place on the banks of the Elbe from late June to early August.

Side Trips

  • Meissen, 15 mi/24 km northwest of Dresden, is famed for its porcelain and features museums and workshops dedicated to the craft.
  • Görlitz, 38 mi/61 km northeast of Dresden, features exquisite architecture in a jumble of styles, making it one of Germany's prettiest—and best preserved—cities.

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