The boy from Königsbrücker Straße, Erich Kästner, is without doubt one of the illustrious names of Dresden, “the Florence of the Elbe.” From the very same street where the writer and journalist spent his childhood you can go deeper into the spectacular baroque city, a captivating architectural urbis, (and) with a recent shocking history. The Saxon capital undoubtedly deserves that its relative closeness to Berlin (195km) is fully taken advantage of in order to witness such beauty.

Reasons to admire the city are countless: the Frauenkirche, which in October 2005 regained its title as queen of the city, the Zwinger, the Semperoper, the catholic cathedral, … all of which are in the Altstadt, the old part of the city which can be entered from the Neustadt by crossing the historical Augustus Bridge. However, Dresden isn’t just home to beautiful baroque facades: the city houses undisputed masterpiece paintings in the “Gemäldegalerie” Alte Meister y Neue Meister, authentic treasures in the Grünes Gewölbe, and many many more museums which really are well worth a visit. And, if you have the time, don’t miss the city in December: the Striezelmarkt lights up the city from the first week in Advent until the 24th of December. A must!

Kästner’s fascination for Dresden’s beauty is well detailed in his biography. itineri.de recommends a visit; you’ll soon find out why as soon as you set foot there!