This is my second time traveling to Dresden, the heart of Saxony and I am enchanted! Speechless by its beauty and historical display. The ‘Baroque capital of the world’ captures our attention by the numerous baroque styled buildings wherever your turn, literally.
During World War II, huge part of Dresden was bombed and destroyed almost completely. Most of the city’s buildings were damaged beyond repair after the bombings which meant the city had to rebuild most of its buildings after the war.
Today, much of the city has been subsequently reconstructed with modern buildings, broad streets and squares, and green open spaces, to preserve as far as possible the character of the old city. The heart of Dresden is still a cluster of Baroque churches and Rococo-style Zwinger on the bank of the Elbe, in the old city.
Traveling to Dresden – A City Destoyed
By early 1945, it was clear that the Nazi regime was nearing its end, defeat was imminent and the Allied Forces bombing intensified. And then, between 13 and 15 February 1945, Allied Forces air raids destroyed Dresden almost completely.
Post-war Saxony came under communist rule and its capital, Dresden, began rebuilding, with some classic baroque Dresden buildings being recreated. By 1963, there was a new Zwinger, by 1985 a new Semper Opera House.
Down Town Dresden - The Zwinger Palace
Augustus the Strong had this Baroque piece of art created by the architect Matthaeus Daniel Poeppelmann and the sculptor Balthasar Permoser in the early 18th century.
Thor is feeling King-like in Zwinger Palace Dresden.
No matter where you look there is a jewel to admire
Once we got out of the Zwinger yet another beauty hits our eyes and makes us gasp in awe: the Dresden’s Cathedral.
Dear Dresden, I heard you are even more beautiful during the winter. We’ll be back!
xoxo Alex and Thor