From incredible architecture to the best viewpoints in the city, here are 17 photos that’ll make you want to visit Dresden in Germany!
The one thing that I absolutely loved about Dresden was the architecture.
Wherever you walk here you come across ornate cathedrals and old-fashioned palisades. You walk under seemingly ancient arches and along time-worn cobblestoned streets.
The thing is, it’s not ancient, it’s not time-worn.
Despite looking like a city that’s been around for centuries, Dresden’s restoration is relatively new.
And even though the scars of World War II are still felt today in Germany, there is a new sense of beauty and peace in Dresden, one that’s difficult to find anywhere else.
Dresden’s skyline of towers, spires and domes looks like it’s been unchanged for centuries. This is the place that Italian master Canaletto immortalized it as a “Florence on the Elbe”.
That makes it all the harder getting your head around the fact that this city was flattened by Allied bombings in 1945.
Thankfully, the blueprints of the city and the buildings remained, and ever since the war Dresden has been meticulously rebuilt to its former glory.
The work begun in 1990 and the reconstruction became a metaphor for reconciliation – not just for East and West Germany, but among wartime enemies too.
Even though I only spent a couple of days in Dresden, I really wanted to find some of the best photo spots in the city.
From climbing to the top of the Church of our Lady for the views of the city below to walking around the walls of the Zwinger, here are 17 photos that’ll make you want to visit Dresden.
These photos of Dresden is why I love the city so much!
The Church of our Lady (Dresden Frauenkirche)
One of the most impressive buildings in Dresden is The Church of our Lady, the Dresden Frauenkirche. Built in the 18th century, the ruins of the church were initially left as a war memorial of the war. However, restoration started in 1994 and were completed in 2005.
Entering the church is free (it is a working church so be respectful!) and you’re welcome to walk around taking in the beautiful details of the marble work and sculptures.
Up on the 2nd and 3rd floor there’s a viewing gallery where you can take some nice photos of the interior of the church.
If you want to climb up to the viewing platform at the top of the church, tickets cost €8 (€20 for a family of four).
There you will have the best view of Dresden below – this was definitely my favourite photo spot in the city!
Old Market Square (Altmarkt)
Surrounding the Church of our Lady is the Old Market Square. This large rectangular marketplace has been the heart of the town since Dresden’s foundation, and it is still the bustling heartbeat today.
All around the Old Market Square are bars, restaurants, shops and hotels serving up everything from traditional German cuisine to fusion-style cooking. I stayed at Vienna House and it was a gorgeous place to stay at – I could even hear violinists busking below my window!
The Stallhof was once where they held jousting tournaments dating back to the 16th century in Germany. These days, the only events held here are the German Christmas market every year!
The Stallhof is renowned for its Italian features such as the marble pillars and the huge 101-metre mural sweeping Schlossplatz Square, known as the Procession of Princes.
The Zwinger comprises of a number of buildings that together represent a Gesamptkunstwerk, roughly a ‘complete work of art’. Like most of the buildings in Dresden, the Zwinger is free to enter and walk around, and it is a huge complex you can get lost in.
Neustadt (New Town)
While Dresden may be known for its Alstadt (Old Town), it is the Neustadt (New Town) that’s getting everyone excited. If you’re looking for one of the most vibrant and multicultural places to party outside of Berlin, the Neustadt in Dresden is where it’s at.
There are so many pubs and bars here it’s impossible to choose between them all. Also, with cute cafes and independent shops dotted around everywhere, this is definitely one of the most happening parts of town.
I can officially say I’ve been to the most beautiful dairy shop in the world (as confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records!) Pfunds Dairy is a cheese and dairy shop like no other.
Not only do they serve delicious cheeses accompanied by some of the best wines in the region, but the shop is so beautiful too. It is like the inside of a country mansion but with lots and lots of cheese! I had one of the cheese platters while I was there and it was delish – highly recommended.
Photos of Dresden
Any of these photos of Dresden make you want to visit the city? I’d love to hear which one is your favourite so let me know in the comments below!
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