Dresden, fabled capital of the German state of Saxony, is charmingly situated in a pleasant valley along the River Elbe. The city has a long history as the capital and royal residence of the old Electors and Kings of Saxony, and these rulers showered Dresden with cultural and artistic splendour over the centuries. With its appealing location, Baroque-style architecture and numerous world-famous museums and art collections, Dresden has been called "Elbflorenz" (the Florence of the Elbe). One of the "greenest" cities in Europe, a large percentage of Dresden's area is protected parkland and forests. Dresden boasts four nature reserves and several Special Conservation Areas, and the area is a World Heritage Site which is committed to the conservation of the cultural landscape in Dresden.
Direct Flights can arrange cheap holidays to Dresden by booking your accommodation in Dresden as well as cheap flights to Dresden. Once you're there, a good way to begin experiencing Dresden is by taking a walk through the Old Town, an elegant reminder of times past. Several fascinating sights are within the Old Town or within easy walking distance.
The royal buildings are among the most impressive buildings of this regal old city. Dresden Castle, with elements of Renaissance, Baroque and Classicist architecture, was once the home of the princely and royal household. Zwinger Palace, located an easy walk across the street from Dresden Castle, is now a centre for the royal art collections and a major part of Dresden's rich cultural heritage. Art connoisseurs on Dresden travel packages can view paintings by Old Masters such as Rubens, Canaletto and Raphael at the Zwinger, while those with a more military penchant can enjoy seeing a fine collection of 16th and 17th century weapons and armour. Plan your German holiday and book discount flights from Australia to Dresden as well as cheap hotels and car hire with Direct Flights.
For a change of pace, visit Brühl's Terrace (Brühlsche Terrasse), north of Neumarkt Square and a favourite inner-city area for walking, people-watching, and having a coffee. The terrace is nicknamed "The Balcony of Europe" and situated on the scenic River Elbe. Or take in the Dresdner Frauenkirche ("Church of Our Lady"), a Lutheran church with a distinctive and unconventional dome called the "Stone Bell." It's an engineering triumph comparable to Michelangelo's dome at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
The Loschwitz Bridge (Loschwitzer Brücke), sometimes called the Blue Wonder because of its color, is a beloved symbol of the city. It is a cantilever truss bridge that spans the Elbe, and is a 19th century masterpiece of engineering, Königstrasse, or King Street, is an elegant street on the right bank of the Elbe that's known for its genteel houses, secluded restaurants and elegant boutiques and shops. And while you're close to the Elbe, you can take a steamer down the river and get some picture-postcard views. Book these activities in Dresden with Direct Flights' destination activities section, where you can plan and book a spot on your favourite tour when you're booking your cheap holiday package to Dresden.
Many other exceptional sights are near Dresden, including the charming towns and picturesque villages of the neighbouring Saxon Switzerland and the walking trails and breathtaking views of the scenic Lusatian Hills. The nearby city of Meissen and its legendary porcelain are certainly worthy of a day trip, as are the steam railway at Radebeul and the castle at Moritzburg, the Baroque hunting palace of the Saxon Kings of yore.
Discount travel to Dresden and beyond is easy to book through Direct Flights , whether you're coming from Sydney or Santiago. Dresden has an international airport with flights to Dresden from various cities around the world such as New York, Bangkok, Madrid, London, Glasgow, Tokyo, Melbourne, Delhi and Cairo. And because major railway lines run between Dresden and Berlin, Prague, Leipzig and Chemnitz, Dresden travel packages and travel connections are plentiful and easy to book, especially when you use Direct Flights.