As Dresden's palaces, pavilions, churches and museum buildings emerge from their decades-long restoration programmes, more and more visitors come to see the city's treasures and contemplate its magnificent past. The Bulow Residenz is part of that past: a former manor house built in 1730 in what is now Dresden's old district, bought in 1990 by the von Bukows, and converted into a hotel of individuality and style. It is a luxury hotel, with pries to match its taste and comfort. From their thick pile carpets to their double-glazed windows with views across Dresden's old Baroque district, the bedrooms are restful. All are large (four have connecting doors) and each is differently furnished and decorated. None has a balcony. Some overlook a central courtyard with tables beneath a vine-entwined wrought iron pergola, where you can breakfast, have coffee or drinks, or dine on a warm evening.
Brits and Americans are the most numerous foreign guests, followed by Swiss and French. They book for short breaks to see Dresden (booking is essential for weekends in May, June, September and October) and to discover new German cuisine in the one-Michelin-star Caroussel restaurant.