15 photos to make you fall in love with Dresden

Dresden is my favourite city in Germany.


The capital of Saxony, Dresden is known as the ‘Florence of the Elbe’ for its beautiful architecture and iconic skyline. But there’s much more to the city than just good looks…

Prepare to fall in love with Germany’s best city.

Ok, so let’s start with the obvious: Dresden’s Altstadt (Old Town). Pretty nice, right?

Dresden skyline

In fact, pretty nice from any angle, really.

Dresden, Germany - a hidden gem

Any angle at all.

Things to see in Dresden

But hang on – what’s that church-y thing in the distance?

Oh this? This is just the Frauenkirche.

Dresden cathedral - Frauenkirche

Not bad, right?

Of course, this church was entirely destroyed during the bombing of Dresden in World War II (along with 90+% of the city centre) and reconstruction was only completed in 2005.

In fact, in 1990, the Frauenkirche looked like this.

Come to think of it, most of Dresden’s old town has been entirely rebuilt since 1945. Below is the Residenzschloss, a former castle.

Photos of Dresden: Residenzschloss

In 1990, the Residenzschloss looked like this.

The Zwinger, a former palace for the Saxon court, was also rebuilt. Today it looks like this.

Photos of Dresden: Zwinger

Zwinger, Dresden

But luckily, it’s not hard to imagine what the city looked like back in its heyday…

Tourism in Dresden

So is there more to Dresden than just history?


Over in the Neustadt (‘New Town’, though it’s actually now older than the old town), you can find the city’s alternative side.

Check out, for instance, the Kunsthofpassage, a small artistic area filled with murals and public art.

Kunsthofpassage: drainpipe building

Photos of Dresden: Kunsthofpassage

…or the incredibly bohemian Alaunstrasse, the heart of Dresden’s hipster district.

Hipster Dresden

Hipster Dresden in photos

On this street you’ll find Katy’s Garage, one of Dresden’s coolest bars.

Cool bars in Dresden: Katy's Garage

The Neustadt has its own annual festival: the Bunte Republik Neustadt (‘the colourful Republic of Neustadt’) to commemorate its tongue-in-cheek declaration of independence during the German reunification.

This is the country’s flag.


But of course, Dresden’s miraculous recovery isn’t over yet. The city is still a work in progress and a little rough around the edges…

Neustadt building

…but that’s part of what makes it so great.

Check out my top 10 reasons to visit Saxony here.

14 thoughts on “15 photos to make you fall in love with Dresden

  1. Well now I want to go, it’s so pretty! It reminds me of a lot of cities that I love, so of course I want to visit Dresden now. Thanks a lot! 😛

    1. But Germany is such a big country with so much to see! Don’t feel too bad – all the more reason to come back and see us all!

  2. Rough around the ages with some stunning gems to surprise – reminds me of Moscow!
    But what’s up with the Marys who lost their little lambs???

    1. Haha, they have a few of those “Marys” walking around charging for some photos in historic dress – just like Moscow! Dresden gets a lot of Russian visitors actually.

    1. Definitely! That’s a lot to see outside of the main tourist destinations like Munich, Berlin or Hamburg. East Germany also has an extra layer of history, which I really like.

  3. I often amazed by how the Germans reconstructed the whole country after the WWII. Amazing, really.
    I had no idea that Dresden’s Frauenkirche was completely distroyed only a few years ago, unbelievable.
    Love your photos! I still haven’t been to Dresden, but I gotta change that soon!

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