Top attractions in Dresden
Famous for its rich art collections, river views, and Baroque architecture, Dresden is an essential stop on any trip to Europe. With so much to see and do, here are some of the top sights to help you get the most out of the city.
This magnificent opera house and concert hall will not disappoint. With Renaissance style architecture and ornate interiors, Semperoper is a must-see on any visit to Dresden.
The glorious church dome interiors and historic construction of the Dresden Frauenkirche are spectacular. Plus you can enjoy views across the city and beyond from the 67-meter high viewing platform.
Costumed tours? Champagne reception? What's not to like? Travel back in time to the court of Saxony for an afternoon in the Pillnitz Castle you won't forget.
An architectural wonder at the time of its construction, surrounded by urban legends and WWII history. The Blue Wonder Bridge is a sight to behold and not to be missed.
Zwinger, a glorious East German palace, is beautiful on its own. Add to that a trip to the palace Gallery's collection of famous masters and you can't go wrong.
This castle is one the oldest buildings in Dresden. A former royal residence with a mix of architectural styles from Baroque to neo-Renaissance, it makes for a fascinating visit.
One of the finest art galleries in Europe, displaying some of the major works from the 15th to 18th centuries. If you're looking for some culture look no further.
Created in 2006 inside a former gasometer, this modern attraction shows Dresden as it would have appeared in 1756 by means of an exceptional panoramic depiction.
For a breath of fresh air from the city you could take a short trip to some of the favorite hunting grounds of the former
kings of Saxony and this resplendent baroque palace.
Visually stunning, the Church of the Holy Cross is the largest church building in the Free State of Saxony. It is also home of the Dresdner Kreuzchor boys' choir and hosts other regular concerts.
With so much to see and do you could easily spend a week in Dresden without running out of activities. But if you're stopping off as part of a trip to other European cities, or thinking about visiting from Berlin or Prague, 3 days will leave you satisfied without being too overwhelmed.
Access to the city is very simple from Dresden-Klotzsche Airport. With regular buses and trains (S-Bahn, line S2) into the city. It is also very simple to travel by train from the rest of Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich) and Prague, Budapest and Wroclaw.
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- Springtime is great for a visit with milder temperatures, longer daylight hours, and fewer tourists, but Christmas time is also recommended for the fabulous Christmas markets.
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What people are saying about Dresden
The historic city walk in the Left Bank was great and our guide Susie was a real gem. She made several helpful tips for city views from above street level which we followed the next morning - the free Zwinger ramparts walk close to the Meissen ceramic clock chimes and accessed from (unmarked) steps outside, and the panoramic 5€ tower only view from the Royal Palace. We also learnt that Saxons did not come from Saxony nor the Zorb nation... so I'll remember this tour with awesome sights and an excellent, funny, guide
The guide Danilo was very passionate about Vonnegut, Dresden, WWII history, and the parallels to our world today. He was very knowledgeable on the subjects. Very interactive tour with additional visual aids. Would recommend to anyone. Great value as well, got much more than I expected and opened my mind a bit more. Would've loved to talk more with him over a few beers! Thanks for the experience!
I would strongly recommend this tour as it covers all the key landmarks of Dresden and also covers the important historical events in that perspective. The our guide is very knowledgeble and willing to spend time asnwering all your questions.
Took the Vonnegut Tour - was quite impressed by the tour guide’s depth of knowledge, as well as his varied overview of the city. He provides a lively retelling of the book with respect to various timeframes surrounding the narrative.
It was a wonderful tour. The guide was very nice, knowledgeable and attentive. The only problem was that the small bus (there were just 4 people on the trip) had pretty small windows, not adequate for sight seeing in the city.