The Balcony of Europe, as Brühl‘s Terrace is also called, runs for about 500 metres along the Elbe. On part of Dresden’s fortifications Heinrich von Brühl built a gallery, library, belvedere, palace and garden. These were called “Brühl’s Glories” but largely had to make way for the construction carried out at the start of the 20th century.opening times: everytime
The City Hall covers an area of 13,000 square metres and consists of four to five storey structures with five courtyards and the 100m high octagonal City Hall tower. There is a platform at a height of 68m, which can be reached by a lift. From here there is a glorious view over the whole of Dresden with the delightful river landscape of the Elbe. When visibility is good, you can even see the silhouettes of Saxon Switzerland. The viewing platform, the tower station on the 7th floor and the Tower Cabinet on the 11th floor attract Dresdeners and visitors to the city visitors from spring until autumn.
The tower is crowned by the “Golden City Hall Man”, which measures 5.05 metres from its base to the crown.
Built in the 12th century, the Residence of the Saxon electors and kings is one of the oldest structures in the city. Today it houses 5 museums, including the “Green Vault” and the “Turkish Chamber” of the Dresden castle, which are well worth seeing. You can get a good view of the Old Town from the viewing platform in the “Hausmannsturm” tower, which can be reached from the visitors’ entrance in the west wing of the castle.opening times: Wednesday - Monday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
The green banks of the Elbe extend for about 30 Kilometres through Dresden, briefly giving the region the title “World Heritage Site Dresden Elbe Valley”, which was revoked after the construction of the Waldschlösschen Bridge. Nevertheless, the banks of the Elbe in Dresden are popular places for jogging, cycling and relaxing.opening times: everytime
The Dresden Frauenkirche has radiated new splendour since 2005. Built in the baroque era, the church has one of the largest church cupolas north of the Alps. When it was built, very few people believed its architect George Bähr could build a sandstone cupola weighing more than 12,000 tonnes. Destroyed by the bombing of Dresden in 1945, the ruin was a war memorial for over 40 years. Donations and support funds of 180 million euros made the rebuilding of the landmark as today’s symbol of reconciliation possible.opening times: Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
1.8 square kilometres in size and over 300 years old – the Großer Garten is Dresden’s green lung. With 8 “Kavaliershäuser” (former homes of palace staff who owned a horse) and the palace in the Großer Garten, today you can only guess that this park was once reserved exclusively for the nobility. Games were once put on here and festivals celebrated. Over 160 sculptures decorated the paths and the network of footpaths was developed to extend over 31km. The park miniature railway was opened in 1950 and today it can be used to explore the park over a 5.6 km route.opening times: everytime
280,000 visitors a year can’t be wrong. The Hygiene Museum is one of the best visited museums in Dresden and was founded by the Odol hygiene products factory owner Lingner in 1912. The continually changing exhibits, most of which visitors can try themselves, are fresh, up-to-date and well worth seeing. In this museum “hygiene” is presented in a much broader scope than anyone would think possible.opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, public holiday from 10 am to 6 pm
Originally conceived as the forecourt of a new schloss intended to extend to the Elbe, today a museum complex has emerged that also accommodates an art gallery of Old Masters. As an important baroque building the Zwinger, with the Kronentor gate, is world famous and a landmark of the city.opening times: 10 am - 6 pm, closed on Mondays