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.
The highlight of Dresden's winter calendar is the glittering SemperOpern Ball, held on 3 February in 2017. If you can't bag tickets for the main ball, join some 15,000 partygoers at the open-air festivities in front of the opera house. For details, visit http://semperopernball.de.
If ever proof was needed that Dresden knows how to party, DAVE is it. Held from 14 to 23 October, this festival taps into the city's club culture, with a great roster of concerts, parties and workshops in the hip Neustadt district. www.dave-festival.de
Dresden ramps up its cultural offering as spring slides into summer. Event headliners include the Film Festival in mid-April, the Dresden Classical Music Festival bringing soloists and orchestras to the stage from 5 May to 5 June, and the International Dixieland Festival from 15 to 22nd May. www.dresden.de
The stellar collection at Dresden's sublime baroque Zwinger alleviates even the dullest of winter days. Old Masters star in the permanent collection -among them Rubens, Vermeer and Titian. www.skd.museum
Enlivening the dull patches of autumn, Dresden plays host to the Tonlagen festival from 19 to 29 October, where contemporary music - from rock to electro and jazz funk - takes centre stage. Concerts, musical theatre, installations and exhibitions all feature in the line-up. http://en.hellerau.org/tonlagen-2016
On sunny spring and summer days, nothing beats a leisurely bike ride along the banks of the Elbe. An easy pedal takes you to the town of Meissen, famous for its porcelain and late-Gothic castle, and on past small villages and vineyards. www.elbe-cycle-route.com