City of Dresden Germany

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Dresden is a major city located in Eastern Germany. It is considered one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in Germany, in Europe and most probably in the world. Dresden is the capital city of the state of of Saxony in Germany (Europe). It is located in a beautiful valley on the River Elbe, near the frontier with the Czech Republic. It belongs to an metropolitan area with a population near to two million inhabitants. This city has a great history as the residence for the old Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished it with cultural and artistic splendour. Thanks to many art collections, this city is one of the most important museum locations in Europe today.

The old Kings of Saxony were great collectors of art pieces. They got a lot of beautiful art treasures of immeasurable value over the course of the centuries. With his collection of masterpieces, Elector Augustus laid the foundation for the original collection, which was counted among the most remarkable sights in Europe and in the world.

Dresden is also popular due to a controversial allied aerial bombing at the end of World War II that killed more that 25,000 people and completely destroyed it. The impact of the bombing and many years of urban development during the East German communist era have considerably changed the face of the whole area.

Since German reunification in 1990, it has regained importance as one of the cultural, educational, political and economic hubs of Germany and Europe. For example, the University of Technology is one of the ten largest universities in Germany and one the most prestigious too.

Nowadays, Dresden is also a very beautiful place to visit, especially in summer, when it is possible to fully appreciate the serene beauty of the historic centre plenty of great churches, palaces and theatres. Although the this town is larger than Munich when measured by area, the historic centre is quite compact and easy to visit.

The cultural scene blends the traditional and the modern. The Elbe Valley around Dresden, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004, boasts magnificent villas and majestic palaces. Few other cities have undergone such radical transformation. It is also important to remark that the construction boom of recent years has produced a number of architectural masterpieces that are attracting international tourism. Additional information can be found in Wikipedia: Dresden.

Other very interesting European cities that could be of great interest are: Lausanne, Nantes, Montpellier and Philadelphia.