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Dresden – City of Arts and Sciences

Dresden is the capital of the Free State of Saxony, the most south-easterly of the 16 federal states in Germany. Only two hours drive to the north lies the capital Berlin and to the south Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The city with its more than 540,000 inhabitants not only has a strong cultural attraction, it is also the political, economic and scientific centre of the Free State of Saxony. Dresden is home to numerous research institutes and universities, among them the TU Dresden, which in 2012 was honoured with the title of 'elite university'.

The Frauenkirche, the Zwinger, the Sem per Opera House, the Residential Palace, the Eibe river, over 50 museums and more than 30 theatres, both large and small - this is Dresden. The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. Millions of visitors come to Dresden every year to admire its many attractions. Dresden boasts a unique collection of historie buildings, great history and art treasures and fascinates with its own distinctive character. The city owes its description as 'Florence on the Eibe' to the combination of the riches to be found in its art collections and the Italian influence on its architecture built under Augustus the Strong.

But Dresden is not only the Saxon capital for business and science, it is also one of the greenest cities in Europe. The Great Garden, the broad meadows along the Eibe, the Heide Forest. numerous palaces, parks and green open spaces in and around Dresden encourage its inhabitants and visitors to spend time outdoors, and influence the quality of life in the city. Dresden's green landscape is further complemented by the vineyards on the slopes of the Eibe valley. Wine is even grown in the city of Dresden itself, a fact that makes Dresden the most northerly city with a tradition of wine growing.

The colourful side of Dresden is to be seen in the artistic quarter of Äußere Neustadt with its characteristic buildings, many of them dating back to the end of the 19th century. The untold number of bars, cafes, restaurants, clubs, galleries and small theatres make this lively area of Dresden the undeniable centre the young, alternative Dresden scene. The Gründerzeit quarter embodies a highlycreative spirit innovation, rellected above all in the abundance great shops and trendy labels.

Particularly in the summer, when the days are longer and warmer, hardly a weekend go es by without a major event taking place. Firmly established lavourites in Dresden's calendar events are Film Nights on the Banks the Eibe, the 'Long Night Theatre and Museums' and the Elbhangfest. The city's lestivals, including the Dresden Music Festival, the Moritzburg Festival, the Jazztage Dresden Festival, the Dixieland Festival and the Johann Strauss Festival, are among the great Highlights theEuropean cultural scene.

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View from the Elbe river to Frauenkirche and the Dresden Academy of Arts
View from the Elbe river to Frauenkirche and the Dresden Academy of Arts
Semper Opera Building in Dresden
Semper Opera Building in Dresden
View of Frauenkirche, Palace and Hofkirche, as in paintings by Canaletto
View of Frauenkirche, Palace and Hofkirche, as in paintings by Canaletto