Dresden is at an altitude of 113m/372 ft. It is locaed in the valley of the river Elbe. Dresden´s Location is in the South-East of Germany. It is the capital of the federal province SaxonyDresden is about 2,5 hrs away from Prague as well as Berlin and 1,0 hour from Leipzig as well as Goerlitz - a famous old city on the border to Poland. It is the 15 large city of poulation and the 4 large city of the plain. With 63 per cent of its area devoted to woods and green spaces, Dresden can be considered one of the greenest cities in Europe. Population: 474730 of which 16208 are foreigners
The Elbe and the gently rolling landscape between Saxon Switzerland and Meissen determine the nature in which the city on the river is embedded. The climate is equally beneficial for the development of the arts and for viniculture. The inhabitants are known for their own special charm, Saxon hospitality is proverbial. At the same time Dresden is a modern city with the flair of the former Saxon residence - simply a place with life style.
The former residence of the Wettin dynasty is a city of art and culture with magnificent buildings, many museums of world class as well as venues and ensembles with a rich tradition of theatrical and musical history. Festivals and activities belong to Dresden's lively cultural scene. The Dresden Music Festival , the Dresden Festival of Contemporary Music or the second largest Dixieland Festival in the world have a fixed position in the cultural life of the city.
The best-known museum of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden is certainly the Old Masters Picture Gallery in the Semper museum building adjoining the Zwinger , where the most famous painting is Raffael's Sistine Madonna .
The New Masters Picture Gallery in the Albertinum building on Brühl's Terrace holds important works from the Romantic period to the present day.
The historic centre of the city on the River Elbe should be explored on foot - from the Zwinger and the Semper Opera House to the Royal Palace , which is under reconstruction, on to the Frauenkirche and to Brühl's Terrace, and to the town houses in the inner new city (Innere Neustadt).
You can find international and Saxon cuisine round about the Albertplatz square . Start here and head into Alaunstrasse where alternative bars and cafés alternate with restaurants serving international cuisine.
The trendiest shops for fashion, jewellery and music are to be found between Alaunstrasse and Rothenburger Strasse.
Be sure not to miss the interestingly designed Kunsthof Passage between Alaunstrasse and Görlitzer Strasse with its craft-art shops ,restaurants,pubs and gay - clubs. An absolute must is also the Pfund's Dairy in the Bautzner Strasse. Near by there you can find the famos Travestie Theater Carte Blanche.