Nestled on the banks of the Elbe river, the capital city of the Free State of Saxony is without doubt one of the most beautiful towns of Europe as the rococo and baroque eras have clearly left their marks on the city’s architecture. For the Christmas season the cit shifts up a gear and shines in full glory as the 580th Dresden Streizelmarkt will be proudly opened.┬áSeasonal decorations will grace the city and millions of twinkling lights serve as the perfect backdrop for a stroll along the Christmas markets where the aroma of roasted almonds, freshly grilled Bratwurst or mulled wine fill the air.