The city of Dresden is with its beauty and elegance a modern cultural metropolis with important ties to the past. The Elbe Valley, in which the city is situated, is a unique and charming combination of natural beauty and significant architecture.
Much of the city's Baroque center has been restored to its former loveliness and elegance. In June 2004, this wonderful setting was recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Commission
as worthy of being named to the list of World Heritage Sites.
The Frauenkirche Dresden was destroyed during the bomb attack on Dresden in 1945. Since 1994 Dresden has been engaged with the reconstruction of the church. The Frauenkirche with its beautiful sandstone facade now once more dominates the townscape of the historic district of Dresden. It was officially re-opened in 2005.
The summer residence Schloss Pillnitz, with its beautiful and colorful gardens, is a popular setting for special events.
The city of Dresden is encircled by lovely surroundings, as well. For some things:
The Saxon Switzerland is one of the most popular destinations for local excursions.
The Barockschloss Moritzburg, also called “Jewel in the forest”, is a magnificent baroque palace on the outskirts of Dresden, and one of the most beautiful of its kind in Europe.
Meißen symbolizes the historic heart of Saxony. The Albrechtsburg of Meissen is considered to be the oldest example of a residence castle in Germany and the cathedral of Meissen is an impressive example of pure gothic architecture. The Meissen Porcelain Co. is world famous for its masterpieces made of the “White Gold”, and visitors can see porcelain treasures from the past and present, as well as view demonstrations. Meissen porcelain is one of the most precious souvenirs from Dresden.
Together, the amazing and dynamic city and the lovely surroundings all point up Dresden as the perfect site for the Euro-Par 2006 conference.
A final note: The year 2006 is very important to Dresden, as the city will observe its 800th anniversary.