The capital of Saxony is called Dresden and is located on the Elbe River. The beautiful baroque architecture brings many visitors to a city trip to Dresden.
The historic center of the city was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War. The most important buildings have been rebuilt and so you can visit the Frauenkirche, the Residenzschloss, the Zwinger and the Semperoper. A walk along the Brühlsche Terrasse or in the Elbe Valley offer relaxation between museum visits and city strolls.
City trip to Dresden – what to discover
In the heart of Dresden's city centre lies the Renaissance building of the Residenzschloss. It is home to some of the city's most beautiful and interesting museums, and here you can visit the world-famous Historic Green Vault.
The former machine house of the "Aktienbrauerei zum Feldschlösschen" is located in Budapester Straße. Here you can not only drink the beer of the Dresden brewery, but also enjoy good hearty food.
Dresden not only has an aerial tramway, here a funicular railway also runs up the Loschwitz slope of the Elbe.
The Semper Opera House, an opera house that many visitors to the city on the Elbe know from the outside, is located on Theaterplatz in the historic city centre of Dresden. You can also take part in guided tours of the building.
A little off the beaten track, in the Neustadt district, is one of the most impressive and depressing places I have visited so far, the Bautzner Strasse Dresden Memorial, a former "Stasi" prison.
Every year around the end of November the oldest Christmas market in Germany opens its gates; the Striezelmarkt in Dresden. We went on an excursion to this traditional Christmas market in Dresden.
We went for a little stroll through Dresden, a metropolis on the Elbe. We’d like to share our impressions. Especially when it gets dark the scenery becomes fascinating.
Dresden is home to the Frauenkirche (Chruch of Our Lady). The original name “Unserer Lieben Frauen“ (Our beloved ladies) got shortened over the years to become the term that is used today: Frauenkirche.
The Neustädter Markt (Neustädter market) is in the inner New Town of Dresden. It is the intersection of Hauptstraße (Main Road), Augustusbrücke (Augustus Bridge), Köpckestraße and Meißner Straße.
Every time we had visited Dresden I was magically drawn to it - the Procession of Princes. It really is a shame that a piece of art like this is so well hidden in Dresden.
Right in the heart of Dresden is what might be the most well-known building of the Baroque period – the Zwinger Palace Dresden. It is a must-see for every visitor and it is pretty in every season.
The bridge “Blaues Wunder” (literally: blue miracle; figuratively: German idiom for a great surprise or shock) is a peculiar bridge. It is a suspension bridge.
The three Elbe Castles are located on the Elbe hillside in Dresden. They are called “Albrechtsschlösser” by the public and are part of the World Cultural Heritage Elbe Valley (2007 – 2009). Each of the three castles is nice to look at.
The world’s oldest mountain overhead railway can be found in Dresden. It was opened on the 6th of May 1901 and runs between Loschwitz and Oberloschwitz. The cart climbs the elevation gain of 84 meters in only four minutes and 30 seconds.
Travel information about Dresden
Dresden International Airport is located about 9 kilometers north of the city. Many charter flights depart from there during the vacation season and regular direct flights within Europe.
There is an S-Bahn station below the airport, from which trains run regularly to Dresden’s main train station. Furthermore, bus lines 77 and 80 also travel to the airport.
The nearby airports in Prague, Leipzig and Berlin-Brandenburg offer further international flight connections.
Dresden has two long-distance train stations, Dresden – Neustadt and Hauptbahnhof. These are served by ICE connections and regional traffic.
Both stations are located at about the same distance from the old town. It is possible to take the streetcar to the old town.
Dresden Mitte station is served only by S-Bahn trains and regional traffic.
So far, providers of inter-regional bus services stop at the south side of the main station. However, there is no longer enough space and a ZOB is being planned.
Dresden is regularly served by several providers from Germany and the Czech Republic.
Regional buses stop almost exclusively in front of the main entrance to the main station.
The Saxon city is easily accessible via the freeways. Coming from the west and south, it is best to take the A 4; coming from the north, take the A 13 to the A 4. Those arriving by car from the direction of Prague should take the A 17.
The Elbe cycle path runs along the banks of the Elbe.
On the way in …
The historic city center is best explored on foot. The distances are not too great.
In Dresden, buses and streetcars of the Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe run at fairly frequent intervals. With many lines you can reach all tourist relevant destinations of the city.
In addition, 3 S-Bahn lines connect the surrounding area with the city. With these you can reach, for example, Meißen and Saxon Switzerland.
Information about fares and ticket variations can be found here.
The two Dresden mountain railroads are part of the public transport system. The bottom stations are located at Körnerplatz. The funicular and the suspension railroad are among the most popular tourist destinations in the city.
The ferries across the Elbe are also part of the public transport system. They cross the Elbe at three points in the city area: Johannstadt-Neustadt, Niederpoyritz-Laubegast and Kleinzschachwitz-Pillnitz.
Dresden is a big city, where it can get crowded on the streets, especially during rush hour.
In the city center you will find enough paid parking spaces. Just outside the city center, free Park&Ride parking is available.
The White Fleet offers excursions on the Elbe. Especially popular are the trips with the paddle steamer.
The expansion of bicycle lanes has been pushed in recent years and so you can find more and more separate bike lanes in the city.