River in Dresden Germany
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Dresden

Germany

The lush and green Dresden, originally a small fishing village, is filled with forests, gardens and parks. Couple that with its many ornate buildings and museums, and it's easy to see why it's such a popular European destination. Even though most of the city had to be rebuilt after Allied bombings during World War II, there are still plenty of things to do in Dresden in terms of culture, historical sites and fun attractions.

Dresden is located in east Germany on the Elbe river, near the border with the Czech Republic. Visit old town Dresden and you'll find yourself surrounded by splendid Baroque, Renaissance and 19th century architecture. The best known is the Dresden Frauenkirche (Church of the Lady), with a magnificent dome that takes centre stage in the city's skyline.

Across the river, on the right bank, you can explore the young and hip Neustadt (New Town) with its quirky cafes, edgy vibe and streets lined with colourful graffiti. After taking in the sights, why not discover some Dresden food specialties, like grilled meat marinated in vinegar and spices with a side of potato dumplings. If you've got a sweet tooth, finish off your meal with a helping of Eierschecke - a delicious cake made with cream cheese and raisins. We're drooling already!