By Richard Irwin, Staff Writer
Dresden has long been considered the jewel box of Saxony, Germany, with its many baroque and rococo buildings.
This gem was destroyed in the controversial Allied bombing that took place during the last months of World War II. An estimated 25,000 residents died in the attack, which leveled the city center.
It also lost some of its luster under the Communist regime of East Germany.
But the capital city of the state of Saxony, located near the border with the Czech Republic, is shining brightly once again.
Most of the historic downtown has been rebuilt, much of it from the original plans, restoring the unique culture and architecture of this city of 2 million on the Elbe River.
Take your time strolling through the clean streets, and savor the jewel box built by the wealthy kings and electors of Saxony. They brought artists, architects and musicians from across Europe to Dresden and the stunning results can be seen everywhere.