Situated near the River Elbe, Dresden was built on the site of a former Slavic fishing village and was the former home of the Kings of Saxony.

During the 20th century, the city was torn apart by the bombs of the Allied forces towards the end of W orld War Two. After the war, Dresden became a major industrial city in East Germany, but since Germany reunification it has become one of Germany's most important cultural and economic centres.

Population: 508,000

Sightseeing: Dresden is known as the Florence of German on account of its stunning landscapes and Mediterranean architecture. It is known for its many parks and green spaces, most notably Grosse Garten located in the centre of the city. For culture junkies, the Semper opera house and the Zwinger Palace are must sees.

World Cup stadium: Dresden's Rudolf Harbig Stadion was completely rebuilt in 2009, replacing the old stadium that stood in its place for over a century. Home of German third-division club Dynamo Dresden, the stadium boasts a seating capacity of 25,582, and hosted matches during last year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

2011 World Cup matches: United States vs. North Korea on June 28, New Zealand vs. England on July 1, Nigeria vs. Canada on July 5, quarter-final match-up on July 10.