The political and cultural capital of Saxony has an eventful history. Although already mentioned in 1206, it was largely insignificant until the 15th century. After it survived the 30-year war, it burned to the ground in 1685. The city of the Saxon Elector was then rebuilt in glorious fashion and given a uniform baroque townscape which earned her the name “Florence of the North”. In February 1945 the hitherto scarcely damaged city was razed to the ground in one night by a devastating bomb attack. For decades the ruins of the Frauenkirche were a memorial to the horrors of war. The glorious restoration of the Frauenkirche in 2005 unleashed the ambition of the city to reconnect with its former splendor and beauty before the 2nd World War. The old town between the Zwinger (palace) and Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross) has been restored to its former glory and many other sites in the city are being rebuilt.
The most beautiful creamery in the world
Around the end of the 19th century, the farmer Paul Pfund and his wife traveled to Dresden with their six cows in order to sell milk there. In 1880, Pfund founded the Dresden Molkerei Gebrüder Pfund, which grew into a flourishing company. The heart of the company is its dairy store on the ground floor. With its hand-painted tiles from Villeroy & Boch, it looks like something straight out of a picture book. The creamery even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1998. In addition to milk, you can buy special cheeses here made from goat and sheep milk.
Spa resort in the wild and romantic Elbe Sandstone Mountains
The health resort is located below the rocky scenery of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in the center of the Saxon Switzerland. A cable ferry that runs only with the force of the current, connects the districts of the beautiful town on both sides of the Elbe. A footpath leads up to the Bastion, a wildly romantic gorge labyrinth with a ridge and a unique view that has inspired the painter Caspar David Friedrich.