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The two sides of Dresden

Dresden’s glorious splendour

Baroque buildings in the picturesque Altstadt and colourful street art in the grungy, alternative Neustadt: Dresden is a city of contrasts. Join us on a trip to this brand-new KLM destination.

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Altstadt & Neustadt

The sparkling Elbe River cuts right through Dresden. South of the river you’ll find elegant palaces and majestic churches in the Altstadt, and north the trendy Neustadt is packed with hip bars and museums. Thanks to its diverse offerings of art, architecture and culture, Dresden is also known as the Florence of Germany. There’s plenty to explore.


Destination: Dresden, Germany 

KLM connection: daily, direct service from Amsterdam and Dresden.

Inhabitants: 536,000

Location: 200 km south of Berlin

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Altstadt

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Neustadt

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Pure splendour

For centuries until 1918, Dresden was the capital of the Kingdom of Saxony. As the former hometown of the Saxon kings, the city features a treasure trove of baroque buildings. During the Second World War in 1945, British and American bombings destroyed almost 80 percent of the city. But a stroll through the old centre reveals almost no traces of the destruction: most buildings have been rebuilt from scratch or were thoroughly restored after the war. 

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Baroque glamour and singing downpipes

Dresden is one of the most beautiful baroque cities in the world. The Zwinger palace is an impressive example of this art style. The enormous palace was built to house the growing art collections of the elector August the Strong and was inspired by Louis XIV’s Versailles. For a more contemporary experience, visit the Kunsthofpassage in the Neustadt: a maze of courtyards packed with colourful architecture and clever gimmicks, such as a series of connecting downpipes that sing when it rains.

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Castles and vineyards

The surroundings of the city are also picturesque. Dresden is located in a hilly region, dotted with dozens of castles and vineyards with fabulous vistas of the city. Only a stone’s throw from Dresden lies the Sächsische Schweiz, a large nature park known for its high rocky outcrops and the Basteibrücke. This spellbinding bridge connects various rock formations and offers dazzling views of the canyon below.

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The alternative Neustadt

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The grand Semperoper

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Grünes Gewölbe

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Volkwagen Factory

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Museum der Bundeswehr

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June 2016

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