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The phoenix of Germany

The phoenix of Germany

Dresden, the capital of Saxony and known as "Florence on the Elbe," was during the first half of the 20th century a leading European center for art, classical music, culture and science.

Dresden could be a monument to tragedy, courage and triumph, as it has been lovingly resurrected from the ashes of World War II. A UNESCO World heritage site for five years, its status was revoked after the construction of a highway bridge across the Elbe valley. This is only the second time the committee has rescinded this honor. Dresden, it seems, is more compelled to build toward the future than hold onto its woeful history. And to that we say, "Prost!"

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The city has meticulously been rebuilding since the end of World War II. The Dresden Frauenkirche, a Lutheran Church built in the 18th century, is one of the comeback kinder. Reconstructed as a landmark symbol of reconciliation between former sparring enemies, the façade was completed in 2004, the interior in 2005. After 13 years of rebuilding, the church was reconsecrated on the Protestant observance of Reformation Day.

The exceptional Royal Palace of Dresden was built around 1200, and extended during the 15th and 16th centuries before a fire in 1701 destroyed much of the structure and was rebuilt in the Baroque style. Until that fateful day in 1945 turned the castle into a roofless shell. Many of the artistic collections were saved, having been moved to the Konigstein Fortress in the early days of the war (another must see in Dresden.) During the 1960s, reconstruction began on the Palace, and finally, in 2005, the famous Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault) was reopened. Containing some of Europe’s finest treasures and priceless items, including a 648-carat sapphire, a gift from Czar Peter I of Russia. The rebuilding of the castle is not yet complete – but knowing the resolve of those in Dresden – it will be.

Dresden has two rail stations: The Bahnhof Neustadt and Dresden Hauptbahnhof, which was another faithful exterior renovation. Inside the station you’ll find modern conveniences whether arriving from Berlin (a little over two hours to the North) or Prague (a little over two hours South.) The porcelain center of Meissen can be reached in just 45 minutes. Travel to the music city of Leipzig in a little over an hour and hear Bach sung by the world famous Thomanerchor, a boys choir founded in 1212. See it all with a German Rail Pass.

Thankfully, residents preferred to rebuild the architectural glories of their city, rather than raze and replace with grandiose, soulless, Socialist-era edifices. From the ashes, the capital of Saxony has slowly, slowly started to rise.

Dresden station(s)

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Dresden city guide

Customer reviews

  • Value for money
    Not a nice choice if u  | Pui Chi l. | 2014/07/15
    "Not a nice choice if u want to sleep better Thee area is small No bathing as well "

  • Value for money
    Nice travel | Pui Chi l. | 2014/07/15
    "Nice train "

  • Wonderful trip | . | 2014/04/01
    "Very comfortable. I like it very much "

  • Value for money
    Good and satisfying  | Shashank s. | 2013/10/09
    "Good work keep it up !!!! "

  • Value for money
    Convenient but pricey | Tan c. | 2013/10/08
    "it was really convenient to be able to take a direct train from dresden, but it was too pricey. Basically, even with a railpass the fees we paid to reserve a room was more than w/o it. What is the point of selling the pass if the direct sale (without the pass) was cheaper? and considering the amount I paid, i would appreciate if it wasn't triple sharing. The cabin was too small for triple sharing: there was hardly enough space to place our luggage. Only saving grace was the very helpful staff on the train. "

  • Great Trip | . | 2012/11/04
    "This was my first time travelling from Prague to Dresden by train and whilst I was looking forward to it, it far exceeded my expectations. As always the train service in this part of the world is excellent - but the scenery as the train winds its way along the river is fantastic. I would recommend this to anyone. "