Merry Xmas from Dresden

If you like Christmas, you’ll love Dresden! Eleven completely different Christmas markets lie right at your feet: From the very traditional to the merry medieval to the après-ski charm of the Hüttenzauber – you’ll find it all.

From the main rail station the twinkling Christmas mile leads along Prager Straße to Altmarkt, winding around the Frauenkirche and across Neumarkt to the Hauptstraße Christmas Market on the other side of the Elbe and the Neustädter Advent amidst the resplendent Baroque Quarter. Mmmh, can’t you already smell the enticing aroma of baked apples...?

Twinkling lights, shimmering stars, children’s eyes all aglow, Christmas carols and the fragrance of mulled wine and gingerbread. The Dresden Striezelmarkt, which celebrates its 582th anniversary this year, is Germany’s oldest Christmas market and the Christmas market in Dresden.

Relish the pleasures of strolling, snacking and seeking the perfect gift. Erzgebirge wooden art, Lausitz indigo prints, Moravian Stars. And of course savouring a slice of original Dresden Stollen cake by the light of the giant Erzgebirge pyramid.

Dresden offers attractions in great variety and combines three aspects which complement one another: notable art treasure, architectural sights and a charming landscape. Magnificent promenades on the bank of the Elbe, interesting museums and institutions, industrial monuments, charming details.A trip to Dresden is always a great experience.

Top Five Attractions

Frauenkirche and Neumarkt Square

Dresden's most famous symbol is the rebuilt Frauenkirche. This monumental Protestant church was constructed between 1726 and 1743, reduced to ruins on 13/14 February 1945 and rebuilt from the 1990s. In 2005 it was reconsecrated. On the surrounding Neumarkt square, the typical Baroque gabled houses were rebuilt section by section. After more than half a century, the city's new old centre has returned.

Procession of Princes

Behind the Royal Palace, the Fürstenzug, or Procession of Princes, links Neumarkt and Schlossplatz squares. The 101-metre mural tiled with Meissen porcelain depicts the rulers of the House of Wettin in a mounted procession.

Sanctissimae Trinitatis Cathedral

This cathedral, also known as the Catholic Court Church, is found between Schlossplatz and Theaterplatz, and is Saxony's largest ecclesiastical building. It was built by Chiaveri between 1738 and 1754 in the Baroque style. Since 1980 it has been the cathedral of the Dresden-Meissen diocese.

Semper Opera House

Built between 1838 and 1841 by Gottfried Semper, the opera house fell victim to the bombing of Dresden in 1945. Today, the Semper Opera House is considered one of the world's loveliest and is the residence and main venue for Dresden's Saxon State Orchestra.

Golden Horseman

This monument, Dresden's most famous, was built from 1732-1734 and shows Elector Friedrich August I, better known as Augustus the Strong, riding north-east on a horse, dressed in ancient garb. This statue was hammered out in copper by the smith Ludwig Wiedemann and fire-gilded.

At the foot of Augustusbrücke bridge, the Golden Horseman points the way into the Inner Neustadt, and simultaneously northeast to the kingdom of Poland, whose crown Augustus the Strong gained in 1697.