Dresden’s geography and atmosphere are equally determined by the river.
The Elbe formed the wide valley which imbeds the urban area of Dresden. The
significant buildings of the old Saxon residence are oriented towards the river.
Today the nature of the Elbe meadows and slopes substantially determines the
high quality of life in the city.
Grazing flocks of sheep beside frequented bridges, a picnic out in the open
with a view of Palace and Cathedral, historic paddle-steamers with Dixieland,
castles and villas with vistas of the city, beer gardens amidst extensive meadows
– the preserved river landscape offers room for nature and manifold utilization