Dresden Travel Guide
Dresden Local History
Dresden is one of the major cities in Germany. Established in medieval times it blossomed during the 18th century and became a major cultural centre with many magnificent buildings. Unfortunately nearly all of these were destroyed by World War 11 Allied bombing raids in February 1945. Meticulous restoration work has been in progress since the end of the war and final completion is expected in 2006, which is the city's 800-year anniversary.
Sachsische Prozellan-Manufaktur Dresden.- Freital. Dresden is almost as famous as Meissen for its porcelain. It's actually manufactured outside the city in Freital where you can browse round the ceramics and glass in the showroom and shop. Many other gift shops in the town sell Dresden and Meissen, the department store Karstadt has a large selection to choose from
Dresden Restaurants and Bars
Ballhaus Watzke Koetzschenbrodderstr. 1. One of the city's oldest small breweries it offers a great view of Dresden from outside the historic downtown area. You can actually help brew one of the several different beers on tap here. The beer garden is open on summer days. The extensive menu is made up of local dishes and their Saxon desserts are to die for.
Marcolinis Vorwerk Bautzber Str. 96 This is an old villa with a pretty garden that is frequented by a hip young crowd with a liking for fine wine. The restaurant-art gallery serves great Italian dishes with a difference. In summer the terrace dining area is opened up and the view of Dresden's skyline is spectacular.
Sophienkeller Taschenbergpalais. A very lively restaurant that creates an 18th century beer-cellar atmosphere in the basement of the Taschenberg Palace. The waitresses wear period costumes and the furniture and porcelain are rustic and the food traditional
Dresden Bars & Clubs
Planwirtschaft Aulere Neustadt This pub serves home-brewed sweet cider and unfiltered country beer to the delight of its customers.
Cafe Europa Aulere Neustadt This place is open all day and serves no less than 20 different kinds of breakfast plus an enormous selection of drinks.
Madness Aulere Neustadt. This is the place for fans of ska and reggae music. This cool bar is always packed out with lovers of good music.
Busmann's Brazil In Altstadt. Bushmans Brazil is a must for lovers
- Mercure Dresden Newa Hotel 34 St Petersburger Strasse Dresden 319 Rooms
- Maritim Hotel and Congress Center Dresden 2 Ostra-Ufer Dresden 358 Rooms
- Four Points Hotel Konigshof Dresden 2 Kreischaer Strasse Dresden 102 Rooms
- The Westin Bellevue Hotel 15 Grosse Meissner Str Dresden 340 Rooms
- Romantik Hotel & Restaurant Pattis 53 Merbitzer Strasse Dresden 47 Rooms
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