Visit Dresden, the lesser-known cultural and architectural gem, located halfway between its more famous neighbors, Prague and Berlin. Our Jewish Dresden tours offer a unique perspective on the “Florence on the Elbe”. Enjoy some of the world’s most impressive feats of architecture, including such Dresden attractions as the Semper Opera, the magnificent Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) and the Baroque Zwinger, while also connecting with Dresden’s Jewish history and contemporary life.
Virtually destroyed in a massive bombing raid in February 1945, postwar Dresden lay dormant in former Eastern Germany. After the reunification it has risen like a phoenix out of its own ashes, and visitors can once again enjoy its Baroque beauty. Daniel Libeskind has also left his architectural mark on this city, cutting a wedge, both literally and figuratively through the Military History Museum.
Like the city itself, the Jewish community of Dresden has recently experienced a renaissance, and on our Dresden Jewish tours, we experience the welcoming atmosphere of a small but flourishing community at the Jewish Community Center. Witness the unique New Synagogue of Dresden, with its golden tent-like inner structure suggesting both flexibility and stability. The building won an architectural prize in 2002 and hosted the first ordination of rabbis in Germany since World War II. The old Semper Synagogue was destroyed by the Nazis during Kristallnacht in November 1938. One of the most impressive testimonies detailing the life and persecution of Dresden’s 5400 strong pre-Shoah Jewish community are the diaries of Victor Klemperer.
August the Strong of the Wettin Dynasty brought unparalleled riches to the capital of Saxony during the 18th century. With the invention of European porcelain referred to as ‘white gold,’ he made his fortune and collected gold, jewels, ivory and art masterpieces. His financier, the Court Jew Berend Lehmann, is considered to be the patriarch of the modern Jewish community. An important historical marker for the community was the establishment of Saxony’s first Jewish cemetery in 1751. Located in Dresden Neustadt, it can still be visited today.
Dresden is one of our popular river cruise port destinations. If you will arrive by ship, let us plan your transfer for an ideal Dresden shore excursion!
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