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By Air

Dresden Airport is the international airport of Dresden, located at the north-western outskirts of the town.Its infrastructure has been improved with new terminals and a motorway access route.

By Train

here are two main inter-city transit hubs in the railway network in Dresden: Dresden Hauptbahnhof and Dresden-Neustadt railway station.The most important railway lines run to Berlin, Prague, Leipzig and Chemnitz.A commuter train system (Dresden S-Bahn) operates on three lines alongside the long-distance routes.

By Tramway

Dresden has a large tramway network operated by Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe, the municipal transport company.Because the geological bedrock does not allow the building of underground railways, the tramway is an important form of public transport.The Transport Authority operates twelve lines on a 200 km network.Many of the new low-floor vehicles are up to 45 metres long and produced by Bombardier Transportation in Bautzen. While many of the system's lines are on reserved track (often sown with grass to avoid noise), many tracks still run on the streets, especially in the inner city.The CarGoTram is a tram that supplies Volkswagen's Transparent Factory, crossing the city. The transparent factory is located not far from the city centre next to the city's largest park.The districts of Loschwitz and Weisser Hirsch are connected by the Dresden Funicular Railway, which was opened on October 26, 1895.

By Road

The Bundesautobahn 4 (European route E40) crosses Dresden in the northwest from west to east. The Bundesautobahn 17 leaves the A4 in a south-eastern direction.In Dresden it begins to cross the Ore Mountains towards Prague.The Bundesautobahn 13 leaves from the three-point interchange "Dresden-Nord" and goes to Berlin.The A13 and the A17 are on the European route E55.Several Bundesstrabe roads crossing or running through Dresden.

Key places to visit
Saxon State Opera Dresden, Dresden State Art Collections, Grunes Gewolbe Museum, Dresden Castle, Zwinger Palace


Places to Visit

Saxon State Opera Dresden

is the opera house and the concert hall of the Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Saxon State Orchestra Dresden).It is situated beside the River Elbe in the city of Dresden, Germany, and was originally built, in 1841, by architect Gottfried Semper.The building style itself is debated among many, as it has features that appear in the Early Renaissance style, Baroque and even features Corinthian style pillars typical of classical Greece (classical revival). Perhaps the most suitable label for this style would be Eclecticism; where influences from many styles are used- a practice most common during this period.In April 2007, the European Cultural Foundation awarded the orchestra a prize "zur Bewahrung des musikalischen Weltkulturerbes" (for preservation of the world's musical heritage"). In June 2011, the orchestra was announced as the new resident orchestra of the Salzburg Easter Festival, as of 2013.

Dresden State Art Collections

is a cultural institution in Dresden, Germany, owned by the State of Saxony.The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden are among the most prominent museums in the world. It is divided into twelve museums. Most of them are located in the buildings of Zwinger, the Albertinum and the Royal Palace Dresden.The museums originated from the collections of the Saxon electors, several of whom were also Kings of Poland. Historical sources show that August I, Elector of Saxony, founded the electoral Kunstkammer (literally “art chamber”) in 1560: a collection of art located in the Residenzschloss Dresden (Dresden Royal Palace). August the Strong and his son, August III, Kings of Poland, were important patrons and remarkable connoisseurs of the arts. They developed their art collections in a systematic fashion; in the process, they not only provided a foundation of extraordinary masterpieces for the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, but also made these works accessible to select circles in their own time. Today, the managers of the collections consider it their duty to preserve tradition while developing their visions and helping shape the future.

Grunes Gewolbe Museum

is a museum that contains the largest collection of treasures in Europe. It is a part of the Dresden castle. It was founded by August der Starke (Augustus II the Strong) in 1723. It features a unique and rich variety of exhibits from the period of baroque to classicism. The name comes from the malachite green painted columns of the "Pretiosensaal" although these are currently covered in mirrors. It has been completely reconstructed and was reopened on 1 September 2006. It is often referred to as a walk-in treasure chest. It contains nine rooms, each with its own exhibition theme.The crown jewels used by the Saxon kings of Poland and some reminders of the Polish monarchs, like a 14th century cup of Queen Jadwiga of Poland, illegally appropriated by Frederick Augustus I, Elector of Saxony are also displayed in the Grünes Gewolbe.The Grünes Gewolbe is a famous part of the Dresden State Art Collections. In 2009 Barack Obama was received within by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Dresden Castle

is one of the oldest buildings in Dresden and has been the residence of the Electors (1547–1806) and Kings (1806–1918) of Saxony. One of the most fascinating qualities of the castle is the multitude of architectural styles found in it, from Baroque to Neo-renaissance.Most of the castle was reduced to a roofless shell in the air attack (Bombing of Dresden in World War II) on February 13/14 1945. The Heraldic Room, Jewel Room, Silver Room and Bronze Room were all destroyed. Fortunately the collections survived, having been taken to the Königstein Fortress in the early years of the war.In the first 15 years after the end of the Second World War no attempts were made to restore the building except the installation of a temporary roof in 1946. During the 1960s, the reconstruction began with the installation of new windows. Since then an amazing amount of restoration has occurred. The famous "Grunes Gewolbe" (Green Vault) was reopened in 2005 containing, among other priceless items, the treasures of the Saxon Monarchy. The rebuilding of the castle is not yet complete.

Zwinger Palace

is a palace in Dresden, eastern Germany, built in Baroque style.The location was formerly part of the Dresden fortress of which the outer wall is conserved.The name derives from the German word Zwinger (outer ward of a concentric castle); it was for the cannons that were placed between the outer wall and the major wall.The Zwinger was not enclosed until the neoclassical building by Gottfried Semper called the Semper wing was built to host the Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister art gallery.The Zwinger covers an area on the northwestern edge of the Innere Altstadt ("inner old town") that is part of the historic heart of Dresden. It is located in the immediate vicinity of other famous sights, including Dresden Palace and the Semperoper opera house.

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February - May
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