Dresden

Dresden is roughly 80km far away from Duchcov. Often referred to as “Florence on the Elbe” due to its beautiful architecture not found in the rest of Germany.

Dresden’s fame is inseparably bound up with its great musical tradition: The Dresdner Kreuzchor boy’s choir is more than 500 years old. On Saturdays, the choir sings vespers in the Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross) summer at 18h00 and in winter at 17h00.

The Dresden State Orchestra, one of the world’s leading orchestras, plays in the magnificent Semper Opera House. Its name is directly linked with more than 300 years of opera history in Saxony. Famous composers such as Weber, Wagner and Strauss, brought musical theatre in Dresden to full bloom.

Thirty museums and many private galleries mainly dedicated to contemporary art have given Dresden the reputation of being a city of culture and the arts. Visitors should not miss paying a visit to the Deutches Hygiene-Museum, the most famous exhibit of the museum is the ‘glass woman’, a see-through model of the human body. Constantly changing exhibitions illuminate numerous aspects of human life. At the time of writing, an entrance ticket to the museum cost around 6 Euros for adults with free public family tours on Sundays and holidays at 3 p.m.

Many buildings were destroyed in 1945 due to Allied bombing raids but they were rebuilt according the original plans during the early 1950’s. This is a remarkable city to visit and although it has a sad history, it is also a shining example of courage, moving forward, music and love.