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Top Choice Palace in Dresden

Zwinger

A collaboration between the architect Matthäus Pöppelmann and the sculptor Balthasar Permoser, the Zwinger was built between 1710 and 1728 on the orders of Augustus the Strong, who having returned from seeing Louis …
Top Choice Church in Leipzig

Nikolaikirche

This church has Romanesque and Gothic roots but since 1797 has sported a striking neoclassical interior with palm-like pillars and cream-coloured pews. The design is certainly gorgeous but the church is most famous …
Top Choice Museum in Dresden

Militärhistorisches Museum Dresden

Even devout pacifists will be awed by this engaging museum that reopened in 2011 in a 19th-century arsenal bisected by a bold glass-and-steel wedge designed by Daniel Libeskind. Exhibits have been updated for the 21…
Top Choice German in Leipzig

Auerbachs Keller

Founded in 1525, Auerbachs Keller is one of Germany’s best-known restaurants. It’s cosy and touristy but the food’s actually quite good and the setting memorable. There are two sections: the vaulted Grosser Keller f…
Top Choice Museum in Dresden

Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

This astounding collection of European art from the 16th to 18th centuries boasts an incredible number of masterpieces, including Rafael's famous Sistine Madonna, which dominates the enormous main hall on the ground…
Top Choice Museum in Dresden

Albertinum

After massive renovations following severe 2002 flood damage, the Renaissance-era former arsenal became the stunning home of the Galerie Neue Meister (New Masters Gallery), which displays an arc of paintings by some…
Top Choice International in Dresden

Raskolnikoff

An artist squat before the Wall came down, Raskolnikoff now brims with grown-up artsy-bohemian flair, especially in the sweet little garden at the back, complete with bizarre water feature. The seasonally calibrated…
Top Choice Museum in Leipzig

Museum der Bildenden Künste

This imposing modernist glass cube is the home of Leipzig's fine arts museum and its world-class collection of paintings from the 15th century to today, including works by Caspar David Friedrich, Cranach, Munch and …
Top Choice Museum in Dresden

Historisches Grünes Gewölbe

The Historic Green Vault displays some 3000 precious items in the same fashion as during the time of August der Starke, namely on shelves and tables without glass protection in a series of increasingly lavish rooms.…
Top Choice Korean in Leipzig

Tobagi

This totally unsassuming Korean place just off the Karli is a study in the advantages of not judging a book by its cover. Meet the eccentric and often cantankerous Korean owner before settling down for a superb meal…