Welcome to Dresden!
Dresden is the perfect place for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference: it uniquely combines over 800 years of historic, baroque background with the pulsing high-tech multi-billion semiconductor businesses that have turned the region into Europe's number one silicon site. Numerous companies and R&&D institutions of the mobile communications sector help in establishing a global network of excellence in wireless. Among them are firms as diverse as Intel, ATMEL, KSW, Digades, NXP, Signalion, Actix, TechniSat, VodafoneD2, and ZMDi. Last but not least, the Technische Universität Dresden has contributed to this success story - with more than 35,000 students and departments that consistently achieve number one rankings.
The Zwinger at Dresden - a baroque complex of pavillons and galleries
Dresden can look back on a history full of ups and downs. The city with its 500,000 inhabitants was always part of European politics, e.g., Dresden's glorius Augustan Age from which most of the cultural treasures originate, the first German Republic 1848 and, unfortunately, the second world war. In the nights between 13th and 15th February 1945, allied bombers heavily destroyed major parts of Dresden. Since then, major parts of Dresden have been rebuilt and the picture of Dresden changed, but preserved its baroque charme, the beatiful meadows at the Elbe river. Most of the cultural heritage was rebuilt more beautiful than ever before. The highlight of the reconstruction process was the ceremonial reopening of the church "Frauenkirche" in 2005 supported by an international community, among others our sister city Coventry from where the allied bombers departed in the night of the 13th February 1945. More details on the eventful history of Dresden can be found on Dresden's official homepage: www.dresden.de.
Volkswagen's "Transparent Factory"
Besides its historical importance, Dresden was always a city of culture and tradition with international reputation. Above the beautiful banks of the Elbe river, Dresden offers a diversity of castles, palaces, museums, theaters, churches and other baroque buildings. These buildings host a variety of cultural treasures such as the gallery "Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister" (where the Sistine Madonna by Raffaello is shown), the "Grüne Gewölbe" which hosts the treasure of the old saxonian kings, the "Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon" presenting different tools used by mathematicians and physicists in the 18th and 19th century and the porcelain collection, to list only a few. More details on all the possibilities which Dresden offers to its visitors can be found on Dresden's official hompage: www.dresden.de.
Dresden's skyline seen from the International Congress Center