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Dresden, Germany: Zwinger, a Baroque Beauty

Summary. Dresden, Germany, is a great day trip from Prague, Czech Republic, as it is just a 2-hour comfortable train ride. This formerly East Germany City, was nearly totally destroyed during World War II. Several destroyed buildings like Katholische Hofkirche, a catholic church, chronical their reconstruction in exhibits. Since those years, and especially after the reunification of Germany in 1990, the City has rebuilt itself into a thriving economy. The main historic buildings, museums, and restaurants are all within walking distance of the train station. If your time is limited, be sure to see Zwinger, a gorgeous building complex is filled with museums, art, concert halls, and gardens. Of the many options within the complex, we chose Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (see more below). Built in the early 18th Century, the Zwinger grounds also made for a perfect picnic spot for our sack lunch.

Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon. Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments, located in the Zwinger complex, is a museum perfect for pre-teen to teenage kids that love science, and of course, adults too. Filled with historic clocks and scientific instruments, this museum's fascinating collection includes instruments from the Renaissance. Backpacks are not allowed in the museum but lockers are available at a modest price.


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