Known to some as "Florence on the Elbe," Dresden was first mentioned in 1206. It is the capital city of the German state of Saxony and a top tourist destination.
Decimated in a firebombing by Allied Forces on February 13, 1945, Dresden has been restored to its former beauty. Its stunning Baroque architecture and cathedral, the Frauenkirche, attracted over 4 million visitors in 2014. This is a collection of DW's latest content on Dresden.
It's every parent's worst nightmare: the loss of a child. But imagine the anguish if you're not even allowed to see the body, and when too much probing could put you in the crosshairs of the secret police. The story of the Ranisch family and their quest for answers may be one of the darkest and best-kept secrets of the former East Germany. Natalie Muller went to Dresden to find out more.