Dresden: Germany's Vibrant Restored City

Dresden is more famous for its history (and as the setting for Slaughterhouse-Five) than as a must-see tourist destination like Berlin. But it would be a shame to miss out on this vibrant city which has undergone a major rebirth since its destruction during World War II.

Stroll along the promenades along the banks of the Elbe, or rent a bicycle—The Elbe Cycle Path makes it easy to explore on two wheels. Only have an hour? It's an easy ride from the city center to decadent Pillnitz Castle and Park, and along the way you'll pedal by vineyards, beer gardens, and local shops.

Dresden is also a hotbed of culture—there's 56 galleries, 44 museums, and 36 theaters to choose from!

Where Is it? In Germany, south of Berlin. Fly to Dresden Airport (check prices).

Where to Stay? In 5-star luxury at central Dresden's Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski.

What Else Should I Know? Buy a Dresden City Card to get discounted admission at many attractions and free public transportation.

Who's it for? Historians, culture tourists, artists.

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