Skyline with the Frauenkirche © Horschig/DAAD
Skyline with the Frauenkirche© Horschig/DAAD Open fig caption

Everywhere you look, you can see evidence of Dresden’s eventful history. With its Baroque architecture and the Elbe flowing through the city, Dresden is absolutely beautiful. The city offers a world-famous panorama unlike any other. Prestigious higher education institutions and modern technology companies offer ideal conditions for studying.


Dresden often goes by the nickname “Florence on the Elbe”. When you cross the Elbe River from the “Neustadt“ district into the historic city centre, you are sure to be impressed by the unique panorama. And it’s even more breath-taking at sunset. The Baroque-period buildings in the historic district look especially beautiful in the last rays of sunshine. Then you’ll know why Dresden was chosen as a royal seat in the 18th century and why it bears the nickname “Florence on the Elbe”. The view of the Elbe and the city around is famous throughout the world.

Dresden is the capital of the state of Saxony, located in eastern Germany. It has top-rated higher education institutions and a flourishing technology branch. Many large corporations have set up their headquarters there. The city is also home to several suppliers to the automotive industry and the “Transparent Factory“, a production facility with a spectacular design.

The city of Dresden was almost completely destroyed in World War II. The Baroque buildings, which had once made the city world-famous, were rebuilt after the war, some of them even 40 years later after the German reunification in 1990. It is this eventful history which you see on every corner in the city today.

One of Dresden’s most beautiful landmarks, the reconstructed , is located in the centre of town. After World War II, a few walls were all that was left of the church. Today, the blackened stones tell you which parts of the church are original. The church was made of light-coloured sandstone, but darkened over the years. For the inhabitants of Dresden, its reconstruction is a symbol of reconciliation and peace after the last world war.

On the Theaterplatz you’ll find Dresden’s famous opera house, the . Located next to it is the with its large pleasure garden and many other small and large Baroque buildings. Several well-known museums are located here as well; you should definitely visit the “Old Masters Picture Gallery” and the “Green Vault”.

Around Christmastime, the world-famous Christmas market opens its doors. It’s your chance to try out one of Dresden’s celebrated specialties, the Dresden “Christstollen”, a traditional pastry served during Advent.


Dresden is divided by the Elbe into two halves – the Neustadt and the historic district (Altstadt). Most students live in the Neustadt. This is where you’ll find popular bars and clubs. If you go one of the numerous jazz bars, you’re guaranteed to bump into many other students from your higher education institution.

The “Bunte Republik Neustadt“ is a festival which takes place every summer. While musicians and artists perform, you can stroll through the flea markets and stands, and simply enjoy summer in Dresden.

There are numerous quaint restaurants and cocktail bars on Weisse Gasse in the Altstadt district. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a table outside where you can sit and enjoy the old-town atmosphere.

You can escape the hustle and bustle of the city by taking a walk on the “Brühlsche Terrasse“. You’re bound to encounter artists and musicians there, whom you can listen to and watch while gazing over the Elbe River. The Large Garden on the edge of downtown Dresden was designed as a Baroque garden and hasn’t lost any of its historic charm. You can easily spend an entire day relaxing in the meadows and woods.

You can enjoy the beauty of “Florence on the Elbe” from the water by renting a boat or canoe. You can also go hiking in nearby Saxon Switzerland. The Czech Republic is not very far from Dresden and is definitely worth a visit.

You can also go on an excursion to the beautiful “Pillnitz Castle“ located nearby. And at the , which takes place in the summer among the vineyards, meadows and the Elbe, you will feel like you’re on vacation in the Mediterranean Sea!

How to find a room in Dresden

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