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DresdenGermany

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

Altstadt, Dresden, Saxony, Germany

Altstadt

5/5Exceptional!(185 area reviews)

Travelers love Altstadt for its popular shops, and you can see more of Dresden by jumping on the metro at Strassburger Platz Station or Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Church of Our Lady and Semper Opera House.

Altstadt
New Market Square featuring a square or plaza

Innere Vorstadt

4.5/5Wonderful!(23 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Innere Vorstadt. Spend some time visiting top spots like Church of Our Lady, and catch the metro at Carolaplatz Station or Neustaedter Markt Station to see more of the area.

Innere Vorstadt
Neustadt Market Hall showing heritage elements

Innere Neustadt

Shopping, historic sites, and river views highlight some notable features of Innere Neustadt. Make a stop by Goldener Reiter or Movie Nights at the Elbe while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Albertplatz Station or Carolaplatz Station to get around town.

Innere Neustadt
Dresden - Laubegast
Valley of Elbe with passenger ferry

Laubegast

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Appreciated for its restaurants and riverfront, you might consider exploring Laubegast. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Dresden Elbe Valley, and jump on the metro at Laibacher Strasse Station or Leubener Strasse Station to get around the city.

Laubegast
Gruna, Dresden, Saxony, Germany

Gruna

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

During your stop in Gruna, check out the restaurants, and jump on the metro at Zwinglistrasse Station to see more of the surrounding area.

Gruna
Dresden showing a small town or village

Blasewitz

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

Visitors to Blasewitz like its historic sites. Jump on the metro at Prellerstrasse Station or Schillerplatz Station to see top sights like Dresden Elbe Valley while you're in the area.

Blasewitz

Top Hotels in Dresden

NH Dresden Neustadt
NH Dresden Neustadt
4 out of 5
Hansastr. 43, Dresden, SN
The price is ¥6,116 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Leipziger Vorstadt, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alter Schlachthof and Goldener Reiter. Pfund's Creamery and Movie Nights at the Elbe are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (972 reviews)

"NH means quality and comfort. Everytime I stay in this hotel, I know, that all will be ok"…"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2019

NH Dresden Neustadt
NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt
NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt
4.5 out of 5
An der Kreuzkirche 2, Dresden, SN
The price is ¥9,210 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Altstadt, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Church of the Holy Cross and Kulturpalast Dresden. Church of Our Lady and Dresden Castle ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (965 reviews)
Excellent Hotel. Excellent location. Excellent!

"Excellent location in the middle of the old city. Clean and modern rooms. Very comfortable beds."…"

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt
Dorint Hotel Dresden
Dorint Hotel Dresden
4 out of 5
Grunaer Str. 14, Dresden, SN
The price is ¥8,510 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Altstadt, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Church of Our Lady, Albertinum, and Dresden Castle. Old Masters Picture Gallery and Semper ...

4.2/5Excellent! (926 reviews)

"Great comfortable room, good location, very good breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

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.

Vacation Rentals in Dresden

FELIX Suiten im Lebendigen Haus am Zwinger
FELIX Suiten im Lebendigen Haus am Zwinger
5 out of 5
Kleine Brüdergasse 5, Dresden
The price is ¥12,838 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Altstadt, this luxury aparthotel is steps from Dresden Elbe Valley and Zwinger Palace. Semper Opera House and Dresden Castle are also within 5 minutes. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (121 reviews)

"Had a great stay at this property. Clean and staff were friendly. Also, very close to all tourist attractions"…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

FELIX Suiten im Lebendigen Haus am Zwinger
Aparthotel am Schloss
Aparthotel am Schloss
4 out of 5
Schössergasse 16, Dresden, SN
The price is ¥7,871 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Located in Altstadt, this aparthotel is steps from Dresden Elbe Valley and Dresden Castle. Church of Our Lady and Semper Opera House are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (434 reviews)

"Amazingly helpful staff. The view and the apartment were amazing one of the best stays I have ever had cannot recommend enough"…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Aparthotel am Schloss
Aparthotel Münzgasse
Aparthotel Münzgasse
3 out of 5
Muenzgasse 10, Dresden, SN
The price is ¥6,973 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Altstadt, this aparthotel is steps from Dresden Elbe Valley and Church of Our Lady. Semper Opera House and Dresden Castle are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (911 reviews)

"Clean and the location was perfect. Price was great and the staff very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Aparthotel Münzgasse
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.

Popular places to visit in Dresden

Semper Opera House
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Semper Opera House

4.5/5(76 reviews)

Saxony’s state opera house is resplendent with three styles of architecture. Take in a ballet or opera performance in its opulent theater.

Moritzburg Castle
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Moritzburg Castle

4.5/5(25 reviews)

Find out about the history of Moritzburg Castle, one of the top monuments in Moritzburg. Take in the fascinating museums in this walkable area.

Church of Our Lady
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Church of Our Lady

4.5/5(91 reviews)

Listen to a vocal ensemble, climb to the viewing platform at the top of the dome and learn about the church’s long reconstruction at Dresden’s major Lutheran place of worship.

Dresden Castle
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Dresden Castle

4.5/5(84 reviews)

A former Royal Palace located in the historic heart of Dresden is today a major cultural attraction and home to some of Germany’s oldest art collections.

Zwinger Palace
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Zwinger Palace

4.5/5(87 reviews)

Wander through sprawling gardens, explore decadent courtyards and see important collections of art at this Baroque masterpiece.

Blue Wonder Bridge
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Blue Wonder Bridge

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Cross the Elbe River using this historic bridge to visit picturesque neighborhoods and to discover its tumultuous wartime history.

Top things to do in Dresden

Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland Full-day tour from Dresden
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Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland Full-day tour from Dresden

¥18,012
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Dresden Trip with Zwinger Palace & Semper Gallery Admission
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Dresden Trip with Zwinger Palace & Semper Gallery Admission

¥10,009
Per adult
Dresden private tour with castle visit
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Dresden private tour with castle visit

¥35,110
Per adult
Best of Bohemian Saxon Switzerland from Dresden- Hiking Tour
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Best of Bohemian Saxon Switzerland from Dresden- Hiking Tour

¥17,124
Per adult
Private Tour to Meissen (5h, chauffeur, guide)
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Private Tour to Meissen (5h, chauffeur, guide)

¥117,649
Per adult
Art and Culture in Dresden with a Local
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Art and Culture in Dresden with a Local

¥2,986
Per adult

Reviews of Dresden

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Tom

Mar 18, 2020

like this city.. people are friendly.. food 'sächsische kueche'  gorgeous 'old city'.. frauenkirche, Zwinger, grünes Gewölbe..

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 12, 2020

Very historic

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

beautiful city.. nice people..

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 27, 2019

Nice city for a walking.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 17, 2019

The city worth visiting. You will be gladly surprized.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 14, 2019

As I feel, Dresden isn't so waiting for visitors. There aren't foodcorts and exchange points behind every corner. However, it's comfortable enough for routine living, I guess.

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