Inside Europe | 14.06.2008 | 07:05
Dresden struggles with modernisation
The eastern German city of Dresden shares a rich history of architecture, an era of communism and a modern outlook to its urban landscape.Before the Second World War, the city was known as the "Florence of the North" – famous for its spectacular baroque architecture and art treasures.
Towards the end of the war British and American bombers largely flattened the city’s centre. Since German reunification, Dresden has regained much of its former glory through building restoration or reconstruction.
The Elbe River valley running through the city has also been named a UN World Heritage site. But plans for a new bridge across the river have divided residents — pitting preservationists against urban planners who say Dresden has to modernise.
Report: Kyle James Wikipedia article "Dresden"