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The Art and History of Dresden and Meissen

The Arts Society Wylye Valley has just returned from a hugely successful, and busy, five day visit to the beautiful baroque city of Dresden, otherwise known as The Florence of The Elbe, the restoration and reconstruction of which is now almost complete. During our busy five days we visited The Albertinum which houses French Impressionists paintings as well as 21st century art and sculpture; delightful Pillnitz Castle and Gardens situated on the banks of the Elbe, returning to Dresden by a luxurious paddle steamer; The Rococo Zwinger Palace containing a wonderful collection of Old Masters; The Royal Palace with its Historic Green Vault and The New Green Vault with its utterly amazing collection of silver and jewellery. Finally, to complete our visit we visited the Meissen Porcelain Museum for a guided tour, which included demonstrations of various processes of how this very fine porcelain is produced, and Moritzburg Castle, a famous baroque hunting castle of Augustus The Strong. As well as our organised visits a number of us managed a night at the Semper Opera House too for a magical evening watching The Magic Flute. We were accompanied throughout by a charming guide who gave many unexpected insights into not only everything we saw but also into what it has been like to live in Dresden during the past few decades.

So much to see and do a return trip is on the cards!