The Dresden Elbe Valley
The Dresden Elbe Valley is a place of a natural beauty with many historic and cultural sites. It was developed in the 18th century and boats monuments and parks from the 16th century until today. Due to its diverse architecture, beautiful landscapes and immense land use, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. However, the site was delisted in 2009 due to the decision to build a new four-lane bridge that passes by. The valley has about 20 kilometres in total from the Pillnitz Palace in the southeast to the Übigau Palace in the northwest and includes the city of Dresden.
Point of interest along the river valley
If you decide to visit the beautiful valley of Dresden, you should make a stop in Dresdenand climb the centre piece of the valley, the OldTownTower, from where you can enjoy a wide panorama of the city. The Royal Palace, the Cathedral, the Frauenkirche, the Semper Opera House or the Zwinger Palacecan be seen from the tower. You can also see the remains of fortifications built in the 19th century on the banks of the river.
If you make a trip on the valley, you will get the feeling that you are in a different time and space. Along the river, you will see the terraced slopes that still produce grapes used in the wine industry and the small villages that kept their old charm and simplicity. You should not miss the Blue Wonder (Blaues Wunder) steel bridge. Built in the 19th century, the bridge is a historical landmark. The 141 meters long blue bridge connects Losch and Blasewitz since 1893. It was a unique structure at that time. Another must of the valley is a journey on the Paddle Steamer. The fleet of 8 paddle wheelers provides magnificent views of the picturesque countryside.
The castles on the Elbe Valley
From Neustadt to the Blue Wonder, there is a trio of beautiful castles that can be visited. Albrechtsberg Castle, Lingner Castle (aka Villa Stockhausen) and Eckberg Castle are very near to each other.
Albrechtsberg Castleis a large villa built in the 19th century by the Prussian Prince Albrecht and is a national monument since 1977. The villa’s design was inspired by the ancient Greek and Roman styles. The castle is today the home of all sorts of events.
The Linger Castlewas the former residence of Baron Von Stockhausen, the chamberlain of Prince Albrecht, and was built in 1850. The prince has also stayed there while his palace was being built.
The third castle, Eckberg, is a Tudor style building from 1859 and it is a luxury hotel today.