The city of Dresden celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2006. Renowned asthe ‘Florence of the North’, its eighteenth century buildings have beenfaithfully restored. The famous Green Vaults display an array of dazzling artefacts. The Old and New Masters Picture-Galleries are among the finest inEurope. Superb Oriental and Meissen porcelain is on view in the historic Zwinger Palace, a jewel of Rococo architecture. Not far from Dresden we shall also look at the charming town of Meissen and its famous factory as well as the Saxon rulers’ hunting-lodge at Moritzburg and the Decorative Arts Museum at Pillnitz on the Elbe.

Eveline Eaton

Freelance lecturer in Fine Arts and tour-guide to Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Côte d’Azur, Normandy and New York. Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dresden Trust.