This morning meet your guide to explore Dresden’s Old Town. Protected for centuries by mighty fortifications, the Saxon capital of Dresden developed splendor and activity. Once known in the 18th century as the “Florence of the north” due to its priceless art treasures and exquisite architecture, Dresden is sure to enchant you after the big- city feel of Berlin. Your guide will take you to the Altmarkt, the city’s central square since the 13th C. (destroyed in 1945). It owes its present handsome and imposing aspect to the use of typical Dresden Baroque architectural forms in the rebuilding, which began in 1953.
Today you will have the opportunity to visit one of Dresden’s treasures – the Green Vault, which houses a one of a kind collection of gemstones, gold, ivory, objects d’art and historic treasures. Your guide will also take you for a stroll on the Brühl’s Terrace, a 930-meter-long promenade above the River Elbe, known as “Europe’s balcony”.
You will then visit the Frauenkirche. Originally completed in 1743, the Frauenkirche, or Church of Our Lady, was an architectural masterpiece for its time. The church’s most incredible feature was its bell-shaped dome of solid stone. Unfortunately, the church was reduced to rubble after Allied bombing in World War II and for many years it was left as a ruin.
No visit to Dresden is complete without a visit to the Zwinger, a beautiful Baroque structure housing several museums. We recommend a visit to the Old Masters Gallery, to see Dresden’s priceless art collection including Raphael’s famous Angels.
Afterward, meet your driver and spend a bit of time outside the city limits in the Elbe valley. Your destination today is the historic winery of Hoflöβnitz. The vineyards have been here since the 1400s. Today it’s a protected part of this region and your destination today is their scenic wine terrace, where you will have scenic views over the countryside and a tasting of wines and light snacks.
Vehicle & Driver (2 Hours); Guide (6 Hours)
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