Dresden is a very beautiful, light-spirited city, especially in summer, when you can appreciate the serene setting of the historic centre. Dresden is one of the greenest cities in all of Europe, with 62% of the city being green areas and forests. Dresden has some 13 000 listed cultural monuments and eight districts under general preservation orders.
Altmarkt-Galerie (map). A huge shopping centre which practically fills the western side of Seestraße and has an appearance of being many separate buildings, but they are in fact all interconnected. You can find everything from premium boutiques to very affordable shops there.
On behalf of the city farmers markets are organized throughout the week, selling regional products at various locations. Neustädter Markthalle (map) + Fleamarket (map). Every Saturday there is a fleamarket on the banks of the Elbe by the Albertbrücke, with all kinds of sellers: semi-professionals, grandmothers selling homemade jam and children selling their old toys laid out on blankets.
Dresden’s Striezelmarkt (map) is one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany. Founded as a one-day market in 1434, it is considered the first genuine Christmas market in the world.
A big event each year in June is the Bunte Republik Neustadt, a culture festival lasting three days in the city district of Dresden-Neustadt. Bands play live concerts for free in the streets and there are refreshments and food.