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Dresden Holidays Overview
Located in Saxony in the east of Germany, and on the banks of the River Elbe, Dresden is an attractive, historic town. In the eighteenth century it was described as the ‘Florence of the North’ when it was a centre of art and culture governed by Augustus the Strong and his son Augustus III. Many of Dresden’s key buildings date from this time.
The Second World War was a key moment in Dresden’s history as during one night in February 1945 the allied bombers caused massive destruction and loss of civilian life in a deadly firebombing campaign.
The rebuilding of Dresden began after the war, but the cold war saw it struggling beneath the weight of industrial pollution and neglect. It is only since the reunification of 1989 that the arts and cultural scene has really taken off again, and the city has become a lively, sociable place.
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Christmas markets are popular all over Germany, but the market in Dresden is one of the oldest and most picturesque. It takes place throughout the month of December and the highlight is the stalls selling the famous Dresdener Stollen, a Christmas fruit cake with marzipan.
International Dixieland Festival
The Dresden International Dixieland Festival has taken place annually since 1970, and attracts Jazz and Dixieland musicians and groups from all over the world. It also features local Dresden talent. There is a week long programme of events taking place in a variety of venues, mainly around the waterfront.
Bunte Republik Neustadt
The Bunte Republik Neustadt is a rowdy open air art and music festival held in Dresden’s bohemian district of Neustadt. Beginning as a small local alternative festival, it now attracts around one hundred thousand visitors over three days. The highlight of the festival is the Sunday brunch with live music from local punk and pop groups.
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Flight time from Australia to Dresden is around twenty five hours. Qantas and Lufthansa operate a route stopping in Singapore and Munich, and Thai and Lufthansa provide an alternative route via Bangkok and Frankfurt.