Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony, is famous for its museums, churches, and exhibitions.
This city on the Elbe River is known internationally for its historic Old Town with the Frauenkirche, which was rebuilt after being completely destroyed during World War II, the Semperoper, and the Zwinger Palace.
The Zwinger Palace was constructed in stages and largely completed in 1728. Originally intended to serve as the backdrop for major events, today it is used to stage musical and theatrical performances.
All year round, Dresden hosts international festivals, open-air events, and theatrical and dance performances. The best-known are the SemperOpernball and the Dixieland Festival, Europe’s largest jazz event.
Every December you can plunge into the bustling activity of the Striezelmarkt, one of Germany’s oldest documented Christmas markets, and enjoy many delicious treats including pepper cake, hot mulled wine, and pflaumentoffels, which are edible figures made of prunes. The word Striezel is etymologically derived from stollen, a kind of Christmas fruitcake that is popular throughout Germany.