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Old Market Square (Altmarkt), Dresden

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Though obliterated by Allied bombing raids during World War II, Old Market Square (Altmarkt) represents an important piece of Dresden's recent history. The interesting combination of more German-style buildings and concrete Stalinist architecture was introduced to East Germany after the war. The massive Palace of Culture is a classic example of interesting Communist building techniques and style. Note the surrounding buildings' vaulted arcade storefronts and cream-tinted color scheme as you wander across one of the city's main historical gathering places. Keep an eye out for bullet holes still marring parts of the nearby town hall, a stark reminder of the destruction that once wreaked havoc upon Dresden. Using our online itinerary creator, Dresden attractions like Old Market Square (Altmarkt) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Markets open when I visited that unfortunately didn't have any event just wide and bare square. But the Galleria Shopping Mall and various shops attached worked fine as a downer.
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  • Even this old market resembles the NeuMarkt. I mean, partly rebuilt, well designed, but there doesn't seem to be the heart of the city. Strange city, Dresden, has a Center lived, pulsing of citizens here seem to be elsewhere (eg in Neustadt ...)
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  • There is of course more than one square in the "old town" of Dresden and each of them nicer than the other. The churches are all in a cluster around the Old Market Square and lots to see. There are al...  more »

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The Old City, or Altstadt district, is the city's historical center. You'll find a wide selection of accommodations around the major tourist sites. For an area that stays active both day and night, consider lodging in Aussere Neustadt, located northeast of the Old City. The Hellerau District has an urban and hip vibe, thanks to the fashionable young locals who populate the area. Boutique hotels contribute to the area's chic feel.
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