Dresden with its population over 500 000 is the second-largest (after Leipzig) city in the German state of Saxony and it is situated on a very south - close to the border with the Czech Republic, which makes it a perfect destination for day-tripping from Prague since it is only 150km away. Dresden lies in the broad basin of the Elbe river, one of the major waterways in Central Europe. It runs from the Czech Republic through Germany to the North Sea. Dresden was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004, but the construction of a four-lane bridge across the river nearby the old town caused UNESCO to revoke the designation in 2009.
Dresden has a long history dating back to Neolithic era by Linear Pottery culture tribes 7500 BC and it is known by the end of the 12th century as the Slav village of "Drezdzany" - meaning "Forest Dwellers". Due to the expansion of Germans to the east, it was colonized in the middle of the 13th century by Margrave Dietrich of Meissen. Since then, Dresden was in hand of various rulers including King of Bohemia and Margrave of Brandenburg, Wettin dynasty, Dukes of Saxony and Electors. After a disastrous fire in 1491, the city was rebuilt and fortified and in 1539 Dresden accepted the Protestant Reformation. In the late 17th and 18th century, the city is modernized in Baroque and Rococo style by both electors - Augustus I and Augustus II.
Before World War II, Dresden was called "Florence on the Elbe" and was considered one of the world's most beautiful cities for its art treasures and architecture. However, by the end of the war, on the night of February 13th-14th, 1945, it was almost completely destroyed by massive bombing raids by Anglo-American forces where about 25 000 civilians lost their lives. After the end of the war and mainly after the reunion of both West and East Germany in 1990, most of the historical sites were rebuilt.
Our driver - who will be also your guide for the entire tour, will pick you up from your hotel or AirBnB in Prague on the time you have selected and once you'll reach Dresden, he will take you on a walking tour throughout the town, covering all the sights worth to see. Remember that our program of the tour is always flexible and we will put our greatest effort that it is tailored to your satisfaction.
Zwinger Palace - The Royal Palace (Residenz) and it's Green Vault - Semper Opera House - Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) - Brühl's Terrace - Procession of Princes - Alternatively very good shopping mall 5 minutes from the old town
It is advisable to check the opening times for places you would like to visit as some of them might be closed on certain days, times of the year or could require to have a reservation in advance, which we're happy to assist you with - if known reasonable time ahead.