Cheap flights to Dresden
Full of imperial grace, you’ll be longing to get lost amongst Dresden’s imperial palaces, parklands and riverside walks. Dubbed the ‘Florence of the north’ in the 18th century, the German city of Dresden still retains all the rich and romantic charm of Tuscany’s finest city. Once the home of Saxon kings, this city certainly has a royal flavour to it.
The skyline alone will leave you breathless with its maze of spires and towers, domes, arches and carved angels – fairytale cities don’t come much better than this. You will come across a remarkable array of buildings, palaces, cathedrals and general architectural extravagance just waiting to be explored.
If you fancy discovering Dresden from another perspective, consider hooking onto one of the guided tours run by Nightwalk Dresden. Clued-up guides shed light on everything from street art to Neustadt nightlife. Visit www.nightwalk-dresden.de for details.
Dresden, home to Germany's oldest Christmas market, the Striezelmarkt, on Altmarkt, is at its twinkling best during the festive season. This year's market, the 580th edition, boasts a massive tree that towers above chalets selling stollen (the country's best), Erzgebirge wooden figurines, mulled wine and gingerbread. It's pure fairy-tale stuff. striezelmarkt.de
Slip off the tourist trail for a mosey around the backstreets of Neustadt, lined with baroque houses and inner courtyards. This chilled-out neighbourhood is home to Dresden's coolest bars, boutiques and restaurants. Stop to buy cheese at the world's most beautiful dairy (according to Guinness), Pfunds Molkerei (79 Bautzner Strasse, pfunds.de), where cherubs frolic on magnificently tiled walls.
Winter days are gallery days in Dresden. The Renaissance-style Albertinum, the city's former arsenal, is the splendid backdrop for the exhibition Dahl and Friedrich (February 6 to May 3, 2015). In collaboration with the Oslo National Museum, it showcases the Romantic landscapes of Caspar David Friedrich and Johan Christian Dahl.
Winter means gallery days in Dresden, and the choice is as grand as it is extensive. The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden presents a fascinating romp through 15th- to 18th-century art. Keep an eye out for stunners like Raphael's Sistine Madonna and Vermeer's Girl Reading a Letter. skd.museum/en
Lodged in Dresden's neo-Renaissance former arsenal, the Albertinum (2 Tzschirnerplatz, skd.museum) takes a romp through the Romantic movement at its exhibition Constable, Delacroix, Friedrich, Goya (16 March - 14 July). From here, cross the Elbe River to the north bank for a stroll through flower-speckled gardens with picture-postcard views of Dresden's dome-topped Altstadt.