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Pirna is located about 20 km southeast of Dresden to both sides of the Elbe river. Population is about 40,000.
The town is situated right on major routes from (Berlin-) Dresden to Prague: Elbe river, railway and motorway A17.
Southeast of Pirna you find the wonderful recreation area (National Park) of "Saxon Switzerland".
The town was first mentioned in 1233, and it was part of the Kingdom Bohemia from 1294 to 1405, when it came to Saxony. In 1639 it was badly damaged by Swedish troops.
However, the old town with plenty Renaissance and Baroque houses is well preserved. Some of the buildings are still waiting for renovation, though.
In August 2002 Pirna was hit hard by a "millenium" flood. The old town was completely flooded, people had to be evacuated etc. You can still see some of the damages, but most of it has been restored and is even more beautiful than before.
My new favourite place in Pirna are the gardens that stretch over the hillside between the town and Sonnenstein. They... more travel advice
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