The City of Dresden possesses ideal connections by rail, road, river and air both with its immediate surroundings but also with more distant destinations.



With about 550.000 inhabitants, Dresden is the capital of the Free State of Saxony and well known as the semiconductor capital of Germany as well as one of the leading semiconductor sites in Europe. The region therefore is often referred to as Silicon Saxony. In Saxony approximately 2.100 companies with more than 51.000 employees develop, manufacture, and promote integrated circuits, serve as materials and equipment suppliers to the chip industry, produce and distribute electronic products and systems based on integrated circuits, or develop and promote software. Saxony has an excellent research environment with 4 universities, 5 universities of applied sciences, 9 Fraunhofer Institutes, 4 Leibniz Institutes, 2 Max-Planck-Institutes and one Helmholtz Center. 

The University of Technology in Dresden (TU Dresden), is one of the excellence universities of Germany, with more than 35.000 students. In 2006, TU Dresden created NaMLab, a research oriented daughter company and associated institute focused on research in materials for electron devices. Since 2011, the excellence cluster center for advancing electronics Dresden (cfaed) has bundled the TU Dresden research on electronics for the post-Moore era. The large research and development clusters Cool-Silicon and FAST connect industrial R&D to research organizations. Beyond science and technology Dresden is known for its architectural sites and arts. “Florence on the Elbe”, as Dresden is sometimes called, has many exciting faces, e.g.: the Frauenkirche and the Old Masters, the Semperoper, the Blue Wonder and the Green Vault, the picturesque banks of the Elbe and the popular Wilhelminian district, the Saxon State Orchestra and the International Dixieland Festival, the baroque Old Town and the modern city center, the Garden Suburb and the cultural metropolis.