This stylishly contemporary hotel in Dresden-Blasewitz overlooks the 1893 "Blue Wonder" bridge, connecting the genteel neighborhood with Dresden-Loschwitz on the north side of the Elbe. (The beloved steel suspension span, its girders painted a light shade of blue, is one reason why metro Dresden's 20-kilometer (12.43-mile) stretch of the river-flowing upstream by way of flood-plain Heide meadows, forested hillsides, patrician estate gardens, and Elbtal vineyards-attained designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site two years ago).

The hotel's sleekly curved contours stand out amidst the prewar Gründerzeitt, Wilhelminian, and Jugendstil villas lining Blasewitz's fashionable streets. Crunchy white gravel and a silver metallic sign emblazoned with an image of the iconic bridge lead to the front doors and lobby, brightened by potted plants, ivy, and floor-to-ceiling glass. Framed art prints decorate all 44 guestrooms; closet and bathroom dimensions are generous. Culinario, the onsite restaurant, excels with Italian cuisine and wines for midday and evening meals.

Daily Rates: Singles €78-95, doubles €95-130, junior suite €165
Contact: Hotel am Blauen Wunder, Loschwitz Strasse 48, D-01309 Dresden, tel. +49/351/33 660, fax 351/3366 299, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rating: Quality 17/20, Value 16/20