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Dresden
Travel Guide

Dresden showing a square or plaza

This lovingly redeveloped German city charms with its history, culture and streetscape. Discover its architecture, thriving festival scene and picturesque river.

In 2006, Dresden celebrated its 800th year as a city. Before being devastated by World War II bombs, it was a hub of art, classical music and glorious architecture. Gradually, the city has regenerated and today it’s home to more than 40 museums, 13,000 cultural monuments, and a host of concerts and events throughout the year.

Dresden’s great buildings continue to rise from the ashes. The lavish Katholische Hofkirche church was reconstructed in the mid 1980s. So too was the early Renaissance and Baroque-style Semperoper opera house. In 2005, rebuilding of the magnificently domed Dresden Frauenkirche was completed. Other photogenic highlights include Zwinger Palace and the city’s Baroque Quarter.

Dresden is one of Europe’s most important museum cities. Delve into the city’s past at the Dresden City Museum. Marvel at the invaluable collection of European treasures in the Green Vault. Learn more about who you are at the German Hygiene Museum, which has exhibitions about the human body. Gaze at the paintings, spanning from the Romantic period to now, which hang in the Albertinum.

Dresden knows how to throw a party. May’s Dixieland Festival is one of the biggest jazz gatherings in Europe. In the summer, the Filmnächte season screens cinema on the banks of the Elbe. Dresden’s Neustadt area comes alive in June with the Bunte Republik Neustadt street festival. Winter brings the Striezelmarkt, one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets.

Dresden nightlife is perennially buzzing, especially in Neustadt. For local crafts, souvenirs and antiques, hit the Altmarkt, Hauptstraße, Heinrichstraße or Königstraße.

For a break away from the city center, head for Dresdner Heide. This municipal nature reserve borders the northeast fringe of the city. It consists of 15,155 acres (6,133 hectares) of forestland; plenty of space to hike or cycle.

Peak season in Dresden is between June and August; the average high is about 72 F (22 C). Because there’s so much to do indoors, a visit in the off-season still guarantees plenty to do.

Dresden Airport is located about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the city center. Probably the fastest, and certainly cheapest, way to make the journey is by the S-Bahn from the station. Trains depart regularly, and take about 20 minutes to reach Dresden’s central station.

Where to stay in Dresden

ibis Dresden Zentrum
ibis Dresden Zentrum
3 out of 5
Prager Strasse 5, Dresden, SN
The price is $65 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Located in Altstadt Dresden, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Altmarkt-Galerie Dresden, Dresden Castle, and Zwinger Palace. Church of Our ...
3.9/5Good! (990 reviews)
Clean ans near the station
"Used the hotel before knew it was handy for the station and rooms always clean On this occasion it was a late arrival for a early departure"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

ibis Dresden Zentrum
Hilton Dresden
Hilton Dresden
4.5 out of 5
An der Frauenkirche 5, Dresden
The price is $100 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
This family-friendly Dresden hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Dresden Elbe Valley and Church of Our Lady. Semper Opera House and ...
4.2/5Excellent! (995 reviews)
"Everything was great except the shower water temperature rolled between hot and cold constantly."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Hilton Dresden
Dorint Hotel Dresden
Dorint Hotel Dresden
4 out of 5
Grunaer Str. 14, Dresden, SN
The price is $80 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 11
Located in Altstadt Dresden, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Church of Our Lady, Albertinum, and Dresden Castle. Old Masters Picture Gallery and ...
4.2/5Excellent! (969 reviews)
"Rooms were clean and spacious. Very confusing to find the parking, not to many indications towards it. Otherwise, it is underground and safe. Breakfast is a little bit to sweet though..."

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

Dorint Hotel Dresden
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
vor den Toren Dresdens
vor den Toren Dresdens
3 out of 5
Dr.-Albert-Dietze-Straße, Radeberg, SN
The price is $90 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 3
Situated in Radeberg, this spa condo building is within 12 mi (20 km) of New Market Square, Albertinum, and Church of Our Lady. Semper Opera House and Dresden ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Es war ein sehr schöner Aufenthalt in dieser sehr großzügig geschnittenen Ferienwohnung. Es gibt mehrere Schlafmöglichkeiten für die ganze Familie, bis zu 6 Personen haben prima Platz. Die Ausstattung war sehr umfangreich, alles was man zum Leben braucht, war vorhanden und die Einkaufsmöglichkeiten ..."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

vor den Toren Dresdens
Ferienapartments Pirna
Ferienapartments Pirna
3 out of 5
Rudolf-Renner-Straße 13, Pirna, Sachsen
Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Sonnenstein Castle and within 3 mi (5 km) of DDR-Museum Pirna and Richard ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (16 reviews)
Great apartment, poor communication
"The apartment itself was great. Clean, new, great sized rooms with kitchen stocked for cooking. Unfortunately, communication is lacking. Received an email shortly after booking to ask about time of arrival. Replied to said email and never heard anything else. There is no front desk as this is an ..."

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

Ferienapartments Pirna
4 JahresZeiten
4 JahresZeiten
3 out of 5
Neugasse 2, Meissen, SN
The price is $110 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Situated in Meissen, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Church of Our Lady, City Museum Meissen, and Theater Meissen. Albrechtsburg Castle ...
4 JahresZeiten
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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