The name of Dresden is synonymous with art and culture. The Saxon capital offers cultural and art treasures of European rank, world-famous art collections, but also a lively theatre and music scene. Architectural jewels blend into a charming natural landscape. The fine and applied arts look back over long traditions of extraordinary quality. The rich variety of cultural activities characterises the proud and creative atmosphere in Dresden and is an essential component of the high quality of life in the city.
The old Baroque town – 2006 Dresden was celebrating its 800th anniversary - at the river Elbe and its surrounding is offering a wide variety of different sightseeing tours. The splendid Zwinger, the Old Masters Pictures Gallery, the Green Vault with the Royal treasury, the majestic Palace, the Semper Opera House, the Dresden Cathedral, the castles of Moritzburg, Meissen and Pillnitz, the Porcelain Manufactory in Meissen, the fortification of Königstein, a steamboat tour on the river to the Saxon Switzerland are only a few examples of possibilities Dresden is offering its guests.
The fine arts have enjoyed long tradition in Dresden. Even back in the middle Ages, important artists of the time were active in Dresden with commissions from the Saxon court. The Dresden Art Academy, today’s College of Fine Arts, the roots of which stretch back to the 17th century, acquired considerable importance. One of its most illustrious teachers, from 1764, was Bernardo Bellotto, better known as Canaletto, the painter of the world famous town-scapes of Dresden. Nearly 100 museums are awaiting its guests.