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 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
For an alternative spin of Dresden's sights, slip behind the wheel of a smoky, two-stroke Trabant - the cult car of the GDR. Tours last around an hour and a half. www.trabi-world.com
Winter days are best spent lingering in Dresden's outstanding galleries. Top billing goes to the Old Masters Gallery at the grand baroque Zwinger. Here the prized collection stars works from the likes of Vermeer, Rubens and Titian.
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