Germany is a Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches. It has over 2 millennia of history. Berlin, its capital, is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, houses the European Central Bank.
Dresden, capital of the eastern German state of Saxony, is distinguished by the celebrated art museums and classic architecture of its reconstructed old town. Completed in 1743 and rebuilt after WWII, the baroque church Frauenkirche is famed for its grand dome. The Versailles-inspired Zwinger palace houses museums including Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, exhibiting masterpieces of art like Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna.”
We visited Dresden in September 2017 for a day while we were in Prague. A short 2-hour drive from Prague, we arrived in Dresden and spent the day exploring the city. They visited the Royal Palace, the Church of the Virgin Mary and the Blue Wonder Bridge, and the famous Zwinger gallery with its historical artworks, such as paintings by Raphael (Sistine Madonna), Titian, Canaletto, Lucas Cranach and many others.