Dresden is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. It is situated in a valley on the River Elbe, near the Czech border. The Dresden conurbation is part of the Saxon Triangle metropolitan area with 2.4 million inhabitants.
Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendor. The city was known as the Jewel Box, because of its baroque and rococo city center. The controversial British and American bombing of Dresden in World War II towards the end of the war killed approximately 25,000, many of whom were civilians, and destroyed the entire city center. The bombing gutted the city, as it did for other major German cities. After the war restoration work has helped to reconstruct parts of the historic inner city, including the Katholische Hofkirche, the Semper Oper and the Dresdner Frauenkirche as well as the suburbs.
Before and since German reunification in 1990, Dresden was and is a cultural, educational, political and economic center of Germany and Europe. The Dresden University of Technology is one of the 10 largest universities in Germany and part of the German Universities Excellence Initiative.
Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner had a number of their works performed for the first time in Dresden. Other famous artists, such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Otto Dix, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Strauss, Gottfried Semper and Gret Palucca, were also active in the city. Dresden is also home to several important art collections, world-famous musical ensembles, and significant buildings from various architectural periods, many of which were rebuilt after the destruction of the Second World War.
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Direct flights to Dresden are currently offered by over 40 airports in Germany and Europe or with only one stop from the international airports of Frankfurt and Munich.
Dresden can conveniently be reached by using the motorways A4, A13 and A14. Thus travelling by car or coach is another option.
The German railway network links Dresden with all major German and European destinations. Long-distance trains to and from Dresden arrive at and depart from the stations "Dresden-Hauptbahnhof" (main station) and "Dresden-Neustadt", and in many cases serve both.
By public transportation
The local public transport service in Dresden and the surrounding region is also excellent, featuring train, tram and bus services that will provide you with optimal mobility during your stay in Dresden.
Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe (DVB)