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Dresden has about ten million tourists a year, most of them from Germany. The Zwinger was rebuilt in 1964, the Semper Opera house in 1985, and the now most famous landmark of Dresden, the Frauenkirche, in 2005. When asked what they like most about their city, Dresden citizens will reply Old Town (which is quite compact, even though it has a lot of well-known attractions and museums of worldwide meaning), Dresden-Neustadt (an alternative central quarter) and the surroundings like the wine town [[Radebeul]], the climbing area [[Saxon Switzerland]], lots of castles, and most of the city landscape of about 80 quarters.
The level of international tourism is growing, especially from the US and China since Dresden is a stop between [[Prague]] and [[Berlin]]. Architecturally,
Some people think that the sand stone buildings look black because of burnings or pollution. This is not true. Sandstone turns naturally dark as it ages. You can see the dark stones as well in the near by Saxon Switzerland and on pictures of Dresden from the 18th Century, where the sandstone-buildings are black as well.
[http://www.dresden.aero '''Dresden-Klotzsche Airport'''] is located north of the city and can be reached by bus (line 77 and 97) and tram line 7 (change for the bus at tram station ''Infineon Nord''). Even faster is the connection with local train lines (''S-Bahn'', line S2) which takes 21 minutes to reach the main station.
Flights leave to nearly all important German cities and a few European destinations, like [[Moscow]] and [[Zurich]] (not [[London]]). The emergence of low-frills airlines
* <see name="Schwebebahn Dresden" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.dvb.de/en/Recreation-Tourism/Cable-Cars/" hours="" price="">A unique aerial tramway.</see>
* <see name="Gläserne Manufaktur (Transparent Factory)" alt="" address="Lennestr. 1" directions="" phone="+49 18 0589-6268" url="http://www.glaesernemanufaktur.de/en/" hours="M-F 08:00-20:00" price="Tour: €5" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">The transparent factory is the site where Volkswagen
* <see name="Pfunds Molkerei" alt="" address="Bautzner Straße 79" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.pfunds.de/" hours="" price="">A milk store which is in the Guinness Book as the most beautiful milk store in the world. Decorated with 247.90 square meters of handmade tiles.</see>
*'''Hellmuts''' [http://http://www.hellmuts.de/], Eschenstrasse 11, 01097 Dresden. Part of Rosis Amüsierlokal [http://http://www.rosis-dresden.de] and maybe the craziest restaurant in the Neustadt. It's a mixture of asian, rock'n'roll and classic german trash interior. Besides that, maybe the best burgers in town. At least the biggest. Cheaper prices for drinks and food on mondays.Vegan and vegetarian food available. Open 5pm to 1am.
The '''Weiße Gasse''' is just around the corner of the '''Altmarkt''' near the shopping center and the historical town. Good alternative, if you do not want to go to the Neustadt.
* '''Hebeda's''' [http://hebedas.de/] Rothenburger Str. 30, This pub is quite popular for the locals, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. The old East German furniture gives it a cozy and retro feel. Beer is cheap and there's a small dance floor for those who feel like dancing.
* '''Katy's Garage''' [http://www.katysgarage.de/index1.html], Alaunstrasse. 48, If you're walking around Neustadt, you can't miss the beer garden at Katy's Garage. It's a great place to have a drink when it's warm outside. When the beer garden closes at around 10PM, you can make your way into their night club, which consists mostly of rock music.
* '''Mondpalast''', Louisenstraße 77, Tel. +49-351-5634050, [http://www.mondpalast.de]. Very clean and bright rooms starting at cheap 10 bed dorm rooms up to ensuite doubles with balcony and TV. Offers a lounge and bar, as well as a self service kitchen.
* [[Saxon Switzerland]] (Sächsische Schweiz) upstream along the river Elbe is a national park for hiking and rock-climbing ([http://www.saechsische-schweiz.de/] is available in English while [http://www.nationalpark-saechsische-schweiz.de/] is the official site)
* [[Bastei]] - Footbridge and fortress ruins high above the Elbe river valley with beautiful views of the valley, rock formations and towns below. The Bastei bridge is approximately 40km from Dresden. A good day trip can include the Bastei and the [[Königstein|Königstein Fortress]]