Escorted Rail Tours to Dresden
One of Germany's most popular cities
Sometimes referred to as "the Florence of the Elbe", Dresden is one of Germany's most beautiful cities. Originally a Slav fishing village, the city rose to prominence in 1485, when it became the seat of the Duchy of Saxony. Dresden then flourished with its new-found wealth and influence - and in 1547 the Prince Electors of the Holy Roman Empire also chose to hold their court in the city.
For centuries Dresden was furnished with beautiful architecture and a rich cultural life; this was bolstered in the early 18th century, when Augustus the Strong became Duke of Saxony. During his reign the city was transformed into a magnificent Baroque centre - and one of Europe's finest capitals. Yet easily the most famous moment in Dresden's history came in February 1945, when Allied forces bombed the city, effectively razing it to the ground. But despite such destruction, the city recovered relatively quickly and many of its finest buildings were lovingly restored.