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Day Trips nearby Dresden

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Day Trips nearby Dresden


There are many famous landmarks in and around the city of Dresden. If you are game for some Dresden day trips, here are a few ideas for trips in and around the city.

1-2 Hours of Travel Time

Take a Bus Tour of the City

Hop on a bus for an easy day trip that hits all the major landmarks. Stadtrundfahrt Dresden offers sightseeing tours all over the city of Dresden with hop-on/hop-off service. You can cover all of the major Dresden attractions in a day by making use of Stadtrundfahrt Dresden's 22 bus stops. You won't miss anything with their professional guides and audio guides in 20 languages. 


One of your tour stops must be at the Frauenkirche. Take a tour of Dresden's most famous baroque masterpiece. Be sure to go into the dome for fantastic views of the city. Another stop in the city should be at the Semperoper. The Dresden Opera House is a beautiful example of the Italian High Renaissance style. Guided tours of the opera house's grand interior are available all day.  


Stop at the grand, baroque-style Zwinger and take in Dresden's State Art Collections. Be sure to check out the Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Master's Picture Gallery) to view paintings by Raphael, Rubens and Vermeer. 


A stop at the Panometer will immerse you in Dresden history from 1695 to the present day. Viewed from the center of the building, the 360-degree murals are enhanced with light and sound to make for a memorable experience. 


While touring the city, be sure to stop at the Dresden Transport Museum. This museum is home to interactive, fascinating displays on the history of transport over land, sea and air.  

Enjoy World-Famous Wine in Radebeul

Accessible by tram or rail, Radebeul is a wine-lovers' paradise. Famous for its wine since the 14th century, Radebeul is full of lush vineyards and wineries and one of the first towns near Dresden you should visit. Be sure to visit Schloss Wackerbarth and enjoy the beautiful baroque landscape, tour the winery or enjoy a meal and their signature sparkling wine. 

Visit Elegant Moritzburg Castle

Originally a hunting lodge in the 16th century, Moritzburg Castle sits on an artificial island in the middle of a lake. Tour the baroque-style castle and see walls painted by some of the finest Saxon artists.  

Visit the Home of Meissen Porcelain

Visit the oldest palace in Germany, Meissen's Gothic Albrechtsburg Castle. Meissen is best known for its world-famous porcelain and ceramics. You can see the history of Meissen porcelain by touring the Meissen Manufactory Collection.  

Explore Bohemian Switzerland

Bohmische Schweiz is perfect for those that want to get away from the city. The Bohmische Schweiz is home to lush green forests, impressive rock formations and the Lusatian Mountains. Don't miss the Prebischtor, the largest rock gate in Europe.  

Feel Like a Kid Again in Toy Village

The 14th-century town of Seiffen is lovingly known as "Toy Village." Seiffen is best known for its handmade toys. Be sure to bring home one of Seiffen's traditional German Christmas ornaments or wooden nutcrackers. Visit the Toy Museum to see over 3,000 handmade toys and ornaments.  

3-4 Hours of Travel Time

Enjoy Beautiful Gorlitz

Full of gorgeous old-world architecture and colorful buildings, Gorlitz has been the setting for many Hollywood films, including "The Book Thief." Be sure to see the Church of St. Peter and Paul with its famous "sun organ" from the 1700s.  

Tour the Landmarks in Leipzig

Leipzig has many important landmarks to enjoy. Tour Leipzig's oldest baroque building, the Old Stock Exchange. Take in the stunning Saxon baroque architecture of Gohlis Palace.  

With the many transportation options available out of Dresden, it is easy to visit the attractions in nearby cities. Whether you like natural areas or historical sites, there is much to see and do on day trips from Dresden.