A few weeks ago, me and my wife took a trip to Dresden to visit the historical city. It was a pretty interesting trip and very enlightening in some areas. Here are some pics and history. Please do not use this thread as a place to discuss whether the bombing was right or wrong. This thread is just a place to show pictures and a bit of history from the city. It is not a place for flame wars and bullshit. Please respect that. First some history of the city: Dresden is the capital of the German state of Saxony and iis situated in a valley on the River Elbe. Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendour. The city was destroyed by the fire bombings of Feb. 13/14th 1945. The city was soon captured by the Soviet Army and the city remained under control of the Soviet Puppet State of the German Democratic Republic (DDR) better known as East Germany. Between 1945 and 1990 very little was done to rebuild the city. Since the reunification of Germany the historical parts of the city have mostly been rebuilt. The city has re-emerged as a cultural center for the eastern part of Germany. Area 328.8 km² (127 sq mi) Elevation 113 m (371 ft) Population 508,351 (31 December 2007) - Density 1,546 /km² (4,004 /sq mi) - Urban 695,680 - Metro 1,322,090 Timeline 12th Century - Settled for the first time and known as Drežďany by Slavic Settlers. 1206 - City chosen by Dietrich I Margrave of Meissen as his residence. City officially recorded by the name of Dresden. 1270 - Dresden became the official capital of Meissen. 1485 - Became the official seat of Saxony. 1670-1733 - King Frederick Augustus I ruled from Saxony. Under his leadership, Dresden became a cultural, economical and technological center of Europe. 1756-1763 - Dresden destroyed in the 7 years War. August 26-27, 1813 - Napoleon defeats the the Prussian, Russian and Austrian forces at the Battle of Dresden. May 3-9 1849 - Dresden is the center of the German Revolution which became known as the May Uprising. Much of the historical city was damaged. 1918 - Became the capital of the Free State of Saxony. Feb 13-14, 1945 - Dresden destroyed by fire bombing. May 1945 - Dresden captured by Soviet Army. 1949-1990 - Dresden was a city in the Country known as East Germany. I am going to post about 80 pictures from the trip. I will have to break them down into segments so bare with me.