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Visiting Dresden – A City Guide
Dresden’s famous opera house, baroque landmarks, galleries and city parks attract both culture lovers and families. Many of the city’s grand buildings were restored to their former glory after Second World War bombing. Wide squares and the meadows beside the Elbe river give the city a spacious and green feel.

 

Dresden: city layout
Dresden’s historic centre encompasses the Altstadt (Old Town) in the south and northern Neustadt (New Town), divided by the River Elbe. Altstadt’s squares include Neumarkt with its reconstructed baroque buildings, 14th-century Altmarkt and spacious Theaterplatz, home to the iconic Semperoper opera house.

On the river’s right bank you’ll find museums and boutiques in the baroque Innere Neustadt. The Golden Horseman statue and central Albertplatz are joined by plane tree-lined, pedestrianised Hauptstraße.

North of the former city walls, urban Äußere Neustadt is the haunt of artists and students, with many trendy bars and nightclubs.

Quieter suburbs include Albertstadt and Friedrichstadt. To the northeast, Dresden Heath forest has pretty walks close to the heart of the city.

 

Top attractions in Dresden
It’s impossible to wander through Dresden’s Innere Altstadt without stumbling upon a baroque palace or a grand square. You can gaze out over the Altmarkt from the tower of huge Kreuzkirche church. From here it’s a six-minute walk to Neumarkt square and the Frauenkirche , a majestic baroque church reconstructed after the war. Art lovers can admire the architecture and sculptures of Dresden Zwinger palace from the outside, or works by Rembrandt and Raphael among the masterpieces in its Old Masters Picture Gallery.

 

The concierge recommends…

  • A visit to world-renowned opera house Semperoper, reconstructed in Early-Renaissance style. The building offers music to the eyes as well as to the ears, with opulent furnishings including crystal chandeliers and the original, restored curtain.
  • A glass of heart-warming Glühwein (mulled wine) at the Striezelmarkt Christmas market. Romantically set on 14th-century Altmarkt, its sparkling stalls sell traditional festive decorations, pottery and gingerbread.
  • Enjoying the sweeping view of the city from the rooftop restaurant at the Yenidze “tobacco mosque”. The former cigarette factory in Friedrichstadt, west of the old town, is shaped like a mosque, with a glazed dome that has an open-air viewing deck in summer.
  • Rest your feet and sip a coffee under the plane trees on Hauptstraße, the spacious pedestrian zone in Innere Neustadt.

 

Hotels in Dresden
Dresden offers hotels for all budgets and needs, both in the city centre and in the leafier suburbs. Thanks to an excellent network of trams and buses, you can quickly reach the main attractions from the quieter neighbourhoods outside the centre.

In the Altstadt, major landmarks like Dresden Zwinger and Dresden Royal Palace are all within walking distance. So is the Elbe river, a perfect starting point for an outing by bike or boat. The Internationales Congress Center Dresden and the Semperoper are also found here.

Staying in Äußere Neustadt, a short tram ride from the old town, puts you right in the middle of Dresden’s vibrant art scene and you can drink and dance at buzzing student bars and clubs.

Residential Südvorstadt, south of Dresden Main Station, has wide, tree-lined streets and parks and is a good choice If you prefer a quieter neighbourhood.

 

Eating Out in Dresden
Dresden’s own cuisine is characterised by Saxon home cooking, sweet, spicy pastries and local white wines. The wider gastronomical landscape is colourful and diverse, ranging from down-to-earth beer gardens to sushi bars and top-class international restaurants.

Around Altmarkt and Neumarkt you can enjoy a Saxon pot roast with a view of Frauenkirche or have a drink on Brühl’s Terrace and watch the boats drifting by on the Elbe. Italian, Indian and Spanish restaurants are clustered around Weiße Gasse, opposite Kreuzkirche.

For a touch of luxury, visit Innere Neustadt. Hidden in picturesque baroque courtyards between its galleries and antique shops, elegant restaurants offer Saxon cuisine, sushi and tapas.

Much-loved by students, musicians and artists, the hip restaurants and cosy cafés of Äußere Neustadt serve everything from rare steaks to organic vegan delicacies.

 

The chef recommends…

  • Sächsischer Sauerbraten: A regional variation of a German classic, this hearty pot roast consists of meat (usually beef) marinated in vinegar or wine and served with sticky potato dumplings.
  • Dresdner Christstollen and Pulsnitzer Pfefferkuchen: The former is a traditional Christmas pastry with dried fruit, almonds and powdered sugar, while the latter – a gingerbread made of honey, almonds and fragrant cardamom or cinnamon – is sold and savoured all year round.
  • Wine from the Elbe valley: Saxony’s sweet and dry white wines, including Pinot blanc, Müller-Thurgau and Riesling, have an excellent reputation.

 

Shopping in Dresden
Whether you’re looking for artisan craftwork, luxury goods, fashion or antiques, you’re sure to find the right shop in Dresden, so why not combine your sightseeing tour with a shopping spree?

The spherical Kugelhaus opposite Dresden Main Station and the grand Altmarkt-Galerie shopping centre are connected by Prager Straße. Here you can find major brands as well as small shops selling clothes, shoes and books. From Altmarkt-Galerie it’s a 10-minute walk to Neumarkt, where designer clothes and jewellery beckon from stylish boutiques.

On the right bank of the Elbe, you can hunt for antiques in the upscale Baroque Quarter Innere Neustadt between Königstraße and Hauptstraße. Make sure you visit the spectacular Neustadt

Market Hall, a huge indoor market with elaborate iron staircases and railings, for local produce, spices and gifts.

North of Albertplatz, Äußere Neustadt is an artistic neighbourhood where you can discover craftwork and original gifts in the courtyards and alleys of Kunsthofpassage.

 

Must buy in Dresden

  • Cheese and Saxon wine at Pfunds Molkerei on Bautzner Straße. This staggering 19th-century dairy is completely lined with hand-painted glazed tiles, richly decorated with arabesques and angels.
  • Handcrafted Meissen porcelain has been produced in the company’s factory outside Dresden since the 18th century. It’s available in their own shops, three of which are in Altstadt.
  • Many souvenir shops cater to the sense of Ostalgie (nostalgia for East German life), selling everything from model Trabant cars to everyday items from the former East Germany.

 

Culture & Nightlife in Dresden
Dresden’s abundance of museums and art galleries ranges from classic to contemporary and unusually-themed. Every September, you can visit as many museums as you like with one ticket during Museumsnacht Dresden – or “Museum Night”.

Altstadt’s German Hygiene Museum has fascinating exhibits dedicated to medicine, society and science. The glass cases in opulent royal treasure chamber Grünes Gewölbe display gold jewellery and elaborate decorative arts.

Contemporary galleries specialising in 20th- and 21st-century Saxon art are clustered in the “Kunstquartier Barockviertel” in Innere Neustadt. Bundeswehr Museum of Military History in northern Äußere Neustadt displays some 10,000 exhibits from uniforms to military vehicles.

Nightlife thrives in Neustadt and around Albertplatz, where bars and clubs play music from electro to punk. In the summer, you can enjoy a drink at one of the beach clubs near Leipziger Straße on the right bank of the Elbe.

 

Classical music in Dresden

  • Semperoper: The world-famous opera house and its Saxon State Orchestra are major contributors to Dresden’s reputation as a city of music.
  • Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra: Founded in 1870, the prestigious ensemble plays around 80 concerts in the city every year.
  • State Operetta House: Exclusively dedicated to musical theatre, the Staatsoperette’s repertoire includes classical operettas, musicals and Spielopern (opera plays).
  • DresdnerKreuzchor: The internationally renowned boys’ choir, based in Kreuzkirche on Altmarkt, celebrates its 800th anniversary in 2016.

 

Visiting Dresden with a Family
Dresden has all the right ingredients for family walks, cycling tours and outdoor activities, with extensive parks and gardens, the winding Elbe river and Dresden Heath forest right on the doorstep. Family-friendly museums and playgrounds offer ideal alternatives for inquisitive little minds on rainy days.

Take a half-hour ride on the Park Railway or relax with a picnic on the grassy lawns of the huge Grosser Garten, home to Dresden’s Zoo and Botanical Garden.

Take your pick from canoes, motor boats or steamboats, depending on your energy level, to explore the River Elbe by boat. A cycle tour along the Elbe Cycle Route passes picturesque castles, villages and vineyards.


On a rainy day, you can shelter in one of the popular Kindercafés, child-friendly cafés with indoor play areas. Children can also burn off some energy at indoor playgrounds such as Kuddeldaddeldu in Elbepark shopping centre.

 

Best family attractions in Dresden

  • Verkehrsmuseum Dresden: Kids love the simulators that let them fly a plane or navigate a container ship into port at this family-friendly transport museum.
  • Zoo Dresden is home to elephants, lions, koalas and a petting zoo. Its playgrounds have swings, climbing frames and a “scouting tree” with peepholes from which kids can watch the zebras and giraffes.
  • Take a discovery tour through the senses using games and puzzles at the hands-on Children’s Museum within the German Hygiene Museum. It’s available in English too.
    Kids can romp about, stroke rabbits or make handicrafts with leather, wool and clay at the Adventure Playground Panama in Äußere Neustadt.

Latest Dresden Hotel Reviews


Comfortable stay and great service
By ny123
It was a comfortable stay and most staff are nice and helpful. Some don't speak English very well but they do their best so I appreciate that. Everything was fine, as expected and pleasant. The mini [More] gym is a nice thing to have. [Less]
Amazing experiences during business trip
By pancsa
Everything was just perfect. Big room with big bed. Amazing view from the restaurant to the garden. Tasty breakfast, excellent service and close to the city center. [Less]
Short stop-over in Dresden
By Luc B
One of the best hotel experiences we have had in a Holiday Inn hotel in the the last year. Modern deluxe clean hotel on our trip towards Eastern Europe, good price/quality. [Less]
A great hotel offering excellent service
By yonny2
I knew I'd be happy with the choice of this hotel for our recent visit to Dresden. Located just outside the immediate centre of the town, it was a 5 minute walk to the market and Altmarkdt Gallerie [More] and Karstadt was just across the street. The hop and ride tour bus stops right outside the hotel and the tram service is very close also. An additional benefit was the drop off and parking area outside the hotel which was off the busy main road. The hotel was immaculately clean, secure and welcoming. The staff were friendly, courteous and helpful, willing to go beyond the call of duty. The bed was the most comfortable hotel bed we've ever slept in; the pillows too were just as we like them. The room was warm, clean and the bathroom was excellent. The high quality of toiletries was much appreciated. We've already booked for 2017 - and that perhaps says it all! [Less]
Location the prime reason to stay
By sojourner224421
15 minute walk or 5 minute tram ride to main train station and tourist sites. Convenient public transportation - several tram lines on the other side of a very wide street. Yet very quiet rooms. [More] Modern building with cleanliness up to German standards. Typical European breakfast of various cold foods, but nothing fancy. Poorly designed for moving people around, up or down. For the substantial number of guests, small lobby, small and few elevators, and crowded breakfast room. Staff very pleasant. Average cost. [Less]
Great Location and Staff
By WW2WW2
Staff very responsive to needs and friendly. Great location to tour the city. [Less]
Stylish, modern and decent location
By InterCityPeter
The Holiday Inn is situated just outside the old town. The river promenade and all historic sights are just a short walk away. The building itself looks more like an outdated office complex than a [More] hotel, but it gives the property a unique charm. My room was facing the back, with no particular view, but absolutely quiet during the night. The usual Holiday Inn amenities were there (pillow menu, water boiler, mini fridge, etc) and the furniture were in great condition. The retro tapestries gave the room a very cosy and unique atmosphere. The nearby streets offer free parking on Sundays and public holidays. I found a spot just around the corner. During the week I would choose the hotel's private garage. The price difference is neglible. All in all I was fairly satisfied with the stay. [Less]
For Dresden, stay here!
By AQCruiser
I could not have been happier with my stay at the Holiday Inn Am Zwinger in Dresden. It is perfectly location so close to the old town yet in a quiet area. It's also very close to the Dresden Mitte [More] train station and a tram stop is just a minute's walk from the hotel in the direction of Zwinger Palace. I was upgraded due to my Spire Elite status so I had an Executive Room for 5 nights. I could not have been more pleased. The staff were amazing...any questions answered, any actions needed done promptly. I wanted ice each evening, and it was no problem to get from the bar. There's a small restaurant and bar, and, while I didn't eat there, it had such a nice ambience. This is THE place to stay in Dresden! [Less]
Very nice hotel with great service
By Tulle
Very nice hotel located near city center - both the old part af town and new shoppingcenters. The staf provided a great/friendly service with ideas where to spend time in the city. Comfortable [More] beds and lots of pillows. [Less]

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