Dresden is the historic capital of the Free State of Saxony, the royal residence for its Electors and Kings. Situated on the river Elbe this ‘Jewel Box’ of Baroque and Rococo architecture has inspired artists for hundreds of years. Although it is perhaps most familiar to us now as the city which endured such horrendous bombing at the end of the Second World War - this is to misunderstand the charm and beauty of this city, much of which has been restored, especially in the years since German reunification. The best places to stay in Dresden provide the modern traveller with a stylish base from which to explore this most enchanting of cities.
For centuries Dresden has been at the centre of German cultural, educational, political and economic life. There are myriad attractions to cater for every taste.
Although a major city, Dresden has a distinctly ‘villagey’ feel. It is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe with nearly two thirds of the land being park and forest. Dresden Heath covers fifty square kilometres and includes four nature reserves. There are over one hundred natural monuments to be seen, and In 2004 the Dresden Elbe Valley was awarded World Heritage Status.
There is so much to see and do. Visit the magnificent Frauenkirche - now completely restored, the Zwingler Palace - Baroque home to Saxony’s kings, the Semperoper - one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world and where Wagner premiered many of his works- the list goes on....
There are twelve major museums, art galleries, a state library, botanical garden. There are festivals to enjoy; notably the Bunte Republik Neustadt in June and the Dixieland Jazz in May to name but two.
Dresden is also a mecca for film buffs with many small cinemas screening art house movies.
It is a wonderful destination for a short break, and our pick of the best places to stay in Dresden are perfect bases for exploring the city.
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A stunning boutique Five Star hotel in the Baroque centre. Eclectic decoration and bright colours throughout create gorgeous rooms and suites. Plus there's a Michelin starred restaurant, and top of the range spa. An iconic spot to explore Dresden from.
A minimalist hotel in Dresden's inner city. Contemporary rooms and suites have subtle lighting, slick lines, and all the mod cons. Lively Bellini bar, brunch restaurant, and excellent conference facilities. Luxurious, but reservedly sombre. Idea for business guests as well as city visitors.