About Dresden

 The historical center of Dresden is located on the left bank of the Elbe, at the peak of a graceful river bend. Protected for centuries by mighty fortifications, the Saxon capital developed splendor and activity. Even today the buildings from the renaissance, baroque and 19th century architecture determine the Elbe front and the face of the city. In spite of vast destruction during the Second World War, the Old City part of Dresden has preserved or regained it’s fascinating historical buildings. The most famous symbol of reconstruction in the city center is the Dresden Frauenkirche Church, "the Church of our Lady".  Its magnificent baroque dome dominates the city center. Many important cultural institutions are situated along the Old City side of the Elbe banks, from the Old Masters Picture Gallery to the "Green Vault", the treasure chamber of the Saxon electors and kings. The Old City is likewise the center of city life today where the Altmarkt square and Prager Strasse shopping centers, restaurants, culture and work are to be found.

We leave early in the morning and take you north of Prague, to Germany, (bring your passport) approximately a 2 hour scenic drive through the mountains.  The distance is only about 175 km/110 miles.  On arrival there we take you directly to the Old City for an orientation stop and walk with your guide.  See the Church of our lady, the Semper Opera, the gilded Statue of Augustus the Strong, the procession of the princes and more.

There is so much to see in Dresden that one day is certainly not enough, however, after the orientation walk, unless you tell us otherwise, your guide will plan on taking you to the following, carefully chosen highlights:

 

The Green Vault - the new wing.
In order to get into the Old Wing of the Green Vault, a prior reservation is necessary.  If you would like to visit this Old Wing also, let us know when making your reservation of the tour and we will reserve this for you.  The new wing includes some of the most incredible art pieces of all kinds gathered by the Saxonian royalty.  The old wing has the jewelry and the famous green diamond, among other treasures.  The size of this old wing limits the number of visitors per hour, therefore the reservation is needed.  The new wing is more spacious and therefore does not need a reservation.

The Old Masters Gallery. 
This is where the original Raffaels famous painting "The Sistine Madonna", with the leaning angels is located.

Your other places of interest may include the Albertinum, built 1884-87 which houses the Picture Gallery "New Masters", the Numismatic Collection, the Sculpture Collection, and special exhibitions.  You can also take in the other historical sights of the city such as the Semper Opera, walk, shop or just enjoy the scenery.

To order a tour, please write to PraguePG@aol.com.


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