Dresden is the state capital of the Free State Sachsen. With just under 545.000 inhabitants, Dresden is after Leipzig the second largest city in Saxony. The on the Elbe Located in a district-free city, it is one of the six major centers in Saxony as well as a transport hub and economic center of the Dresden metropolitan area, one of the most economically dynamic regions in Germany with over 770.000 inhabitants. The state capital is internationally known for its largely reconstructed old town with the Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Munich) at Neumarkt, the Semperoper and the Court Church as well as the Residential palace and the kennels. The founded in 1434 Striezel market is one of the oldest and best known Christmas markets in Germany. Historically, Dresden was also "Florence on the Elbe“, Primarily because of his art collections; His baroque and Mediterranean architecture as well as its location in the Elbe Valley made a significant contribution to this.