Dresden was the royal residence established to be cultural and artistic splendour, therefore called the “Pearl of the Baroque”. Today, it’s still considered one of Germany’s most beautiful cities, though it’s also known for the devastating bombing campaign of February 1945.
US and Royal Air Force bombers dropped 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs on Dresden during three days, destroying 13 square miles of the city and causing a firestorm of such intensity that approximately 40,000 civilian died.
On the tour we’ll explore the immaculately restored Old Town, including the famous Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), “The Balcony of Europe” – once Dresden’s defensive rampart on the River Elbe, the Semper Opera House and the Zwinger – a medieval fortress that houses the Old Masters Picture Gallery, featuring works by Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens and others.
You'll discover Dresden through the ages, from the time of August the Strong (who allegedly fathered 300 children) to the horrors of wartime, the communist era and the vibrant city that is Dresden today. Take advantage of your free time and visit its world-class museums, relax on the waterfront or stroll through the flea market.