The German city of Dresden, known for its Baroque architecture and romantic Christmas market, worries about the damage to its image caused by the xenophobic protests of the PEGIDA movement.

The historic city's tourism industry is going "through its deepest crisis since national reunification" in 1990, said Johannes Lohmeyer, president of the tourism federation in the city dubbed the "Florence on the Elbe" river.

For more than a year, the city has made headlines as the birthplace and centre of the far-right populist movement "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident", whose flag-waving members rally every Monday against refugees.

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