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Festung Dresden

Step back in time at Dresden’s historic fortress to discover original city gates, thorough exhibitions and a uniquely Saxon experience.

Descend beneath Dresden’s famous Bruehl’s Terrace to discover the remains of the city’s old fortress, the Festung Dresden. Explore expansive corridors, gaze wide-eyed at the weaponry that once protected the city and pick up an audio guide to hear stories from the city’s past.

Let your eyes adjust as you descend into the semi-darkness of the Museum Dresden Festung. Be amazed as the original walls and cavernous rooms unfold in front of you. See the Brick Gate, which dates back more than 4 centuries, and was the last remaining entrance to the Saxon residence. See moats, cannon courts and bastions as you wind your way through the museum.

The underground location of the fortress makes for a sensory experience. Once your eyes adjust to the darkness your sense of smell and touch will follow and you are transported back to another time. In a city that was largely destroyed during World War II, the Dresden Festung is a unique destination as so much of the original structure remains in tact.

While guided tours are only offered in German, self-guided audio tours are available from the entrance counter. Discover the history of the fort and the role it played in protecting the city as you make your way through the 14 stops on the tour. Walk through exhibitions that explain the city’s defense strategies.

Afterwards, emerge from the fortress on the picturesque Bruehl’s Terrace to find riverfront cafés, city views and a number of other major attractions. Visit the Academy of the Arts, the Albertinum and the New Synagogue before relaxing in the scenic Bruehl’s Garden.

The museum is open daily and an admission fee applies. Reach the Dresden Festung by tram or bus, disembarking at the nearby Schlossplatz. The museum is a fascinating and family-friendly activity.


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Lodging Near Festung Dresden

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$98
The Westin Bellevue Dresden

The Westin Bellevue Dresden

Grosse Meissner Str. 15, Dresden
4.2
of 5, from 484 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This hotel is in Dresden, facing the Canaletto view of the city’s skyline. Hofkirche is 700 meters away, and the Theaterplatz and the Semperoper are within 1 kilometer.

$62
Aparthotel Neumarkt

Aparthotel Neumarkt

Neumarkt 7, Dresden
4.5
of 5, from 170 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt, this aparthotel is steps from New Market Square and Church of Our Lady. Dresden Castle and Albertinum are also within 10 minutes.

$104
Hilton Dresden

Hilton Dresden

An der Frauenkirche 5, Dresden
4.4
of 5, from 647 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This central Dresden hotel is adjacent to the Elbe River and Brühl's Terrace. Frauenkirche is next door, and the Albertinum and Neumarkt are both within 300 meters.

$87
Motel One Dresden Am Zwinger

Motel One Dresden Am Zwinger

Postplatz 5, Dresden
4.3
of 5, from 117 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dresden Armory and Zwinger Palace. Old Masters Picture Gallery and Dresden Castle are also within 10 minutes.

$111
Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe

Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe

Neumarkt 9, Dresden
4.6
of 5, from 300 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Housed in a historic building, this luxurious, pet-friendly, business hotel is on the Neumarkt, across from the Frauenkirche. The Residenzschloss, the Kreuzkirche, and the Albertinum are within 350 meters, and the opera and museums are nearby.

$53
Cityherberge Dresden

Cityherberge Dresden

Lingnerallee 3, Dresden
4.2
of 5, from 214 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of German Hygiene Museum, Albertinum, and Church of Our Lady. Dresden Castle and Old Masters Picture Gallery are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$141
Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden

Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden

Taschenberg 3, Dresden
4.7
of 5, from 397 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This Dresden hotel enjoys an excellent location nearby Semperoper, Altstadt, Residenzschloss and Frauenkirche. Zwinger Palace is a brief walk away.

$70
Hotel Am Terrassenufer

Hotel Am Terrassenufer

Terrassenufer 12, Dresden
4.0
of 5, from 103 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Synagogue, Albertinum, and Church of Our Lady. Dresden Castle and Old Masters Picture Gallery are also within 1 mi (2 km).