Located close to the Czech and Polish borders in the far east, Dresden is easy to overlook when travelling through Western Germany. It’s home to over 500,000 inhabitants and has a completely re-built centre. Dresden is also one of the greenest cities in Europe as 63% of the city is made up of green space and forests.
Dresden is a 2 hour train ride south-east of Berlin, a 2.5 hour train ride north of Prague and about an hour and a half from Leipzig, Germany. It is also very close to the Polish border.
The pictures above are part of the centre of Dresden that was 90% bombed on the 13th and 14th of February, 1945. 18,000 to 25,000 civilians died during the bombing along with a large portion of German culture in the area.
From 1945-1989, Dresden was re-built in a new communist style and it became a major industrial centre.
These are pictures of the Zwinger, also reconstructed after the bombing.
Some street art found in the Neustadt area.
This plate of roasted potatoes and herring cost 7 euros. Apparently herring is very popular in this area.
Today, Dresden is a centre for arts and it’s an important location for software development and micro electronics. Coming from Western Germany, I found there to be quite a bit less English here in Dresden. It definitely has a similar vibe to Berlin and it is probably a little rougher and more authentic in certain areas. Like many cities in Germany, there is a lot of nice graffiti in Dresden and there is a nice blend of alternative culture. The Neustadt area is full of bars and obscure shops that are worth checking out! I would recommend spending a few days in Dresden but I wouldn’t say it’s a must visit location if it takes you too far off route!