In the 13th century, those on the move had no choice but to go through the merchant town of Pirna: a strategic hub. The nearby Elbe crossing paved the way for goods to flow and trade to prosper. Nowadays, it remains a charming place to stroll around exploring and for shoppers. Bustling streets, pretty little boutiques and a famous market square are all magnets for visitors. Cultural venues, splendid Renaissance and baroque town houses give Pirna an almost Mediterranean feel. Canaletto’s masterpiece Marktplatz von Pirna shows the market square looking almost unchanged from today. Compare for yourself!