Am Friedensstein Hotel & Restaurant

Dresdnerstrasse1, Cossebaude, Dresden, Saxony, 01462, Germany
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old paddle steamer to the National Park Saxon Switzerland

by Kupeeva

Can someone help me to find a schedule and an itinerary of the steamer from the city to National Park Saxon Switzerland on http://www.saechsische-dampfschiffahrt.de, german isn`t my forte :)

I saw on http://www.germanplaces.com/germany/dresden-attractions-activities.html that the top tip in Dresden is to make "an unforgettable trip on the old paddle steamer to the nearby National Park Saxon Switzerland to see the unique sandstone formations".

Re: old paddle steamer to the National Park Saxon Switzerland

by vtveen

Just scroll down and you will see the English version.

Re: old paddle steamer to the National Park Saxon Switzerland

by abalada

http://www.saechsische-dampfschiffahrt.de/?sprache=en

Personally I found these paddle streamers (some of the oldest still in use on the planet) more interesting than the sandstone formations. For the latter hiking up there is anyway the more intense experience.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastei
http://wikitravel.org/en/Bastei
You can reach Rathen/Wehlen by the paddle steamers.
For time reasons you may want to return by train.

Re: old paddle steamer to the National Park Saxon Switzerland

by iandsmith

I'm not knocking the paddle steamer experience but they've never been running when I'm there and I've used the train which I found a wonderful experience on its own. It also allows you more flexibility to see the sights as you can get off wherever you want and see the nearby sights. For instance, I did Konigstein and the Bastei on the same day and utilizing the train made it much easier than the ferry would have.
I'll actually be staying in Bad Schandau next month for five nights myself!
Cheers.

Re: old paddle steamer to the National Park Saxon Switzerland

by Kathrin_E

I once did a day trip, which worked out well: Train (S-Bahn) to Bad Schandau and back by boat. The boat ride downstream is faster, so I'd recommend going that way. I had to change boats once, at Pirna, where I had an hour or so to walk around, which was worth it, Pirna is an interesting small town. I don't remember if we got the paddle steamer, though, it's been a couple of years.

Re: old paddle steamer to the National Park Saxon Switzerland

by german_eagle

I personally think the paddle steamers are worth a day trip, but be prepared that it is a loooong trip upstream. Also, between Pillnitz Palace and Pirna the scenery is quite boring, flat. From Pirna up to Rathen it is most interesting IMO.

Top tip? Hm, there are other things to do that are better IMO, but if you have enough time it is a good idea.

Re: old paddle steamer to the National Park Saxon Switzerland

by Kupeeva

Thanks for all avices. We`ll come in Dresden from Prague just for a day

Re: old paddle steamer to the National Park Saxon Switzerland

by german_eagle

In this case you'll see the same scenery on your train ride from Prague to Dresden. Given that you'll travel by train, which is most economical. There are plenty other things to do in Dresden than a steamboat ride.

Re: old paddle steamer to the National Park Saxon Switzerland

by abalada

Paddle steamer + a short hike makes a nice day trip from Dresden.
But not from Prague.

If you have just one day stick to Dresden itself. And alone therefor you need normally more time. If you arrive by train the route from Prague is along the river Elbe anyway. Thus similar views like from the boats.

Re: old paddle steamer to the National Park Saxon Switzerland

by Kathrin_E

Agree with the others (cheers Ingo!!) - if you have but one day, minus travel time from and to Prague, stick to Dresden. You'll need your precious time in town.
The boat trip to Saxon Switzerland requires at least half a day and is recommended to those who stay longer in Dresden and want to do a day trip from there.

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visit Dresden's Galerie Alt...

by Violette

visit Dresden's Galerie Alt Master(because it's the best galerie in the World),Zwinger and all his museums,operhause. the best thing was Raffael's Sixtinische Madonna.It's great pic.Very big and amazing!

Eating at the Markets

by Ekaterinburg

As well as shopping, eating at the Christmas Markets is obviously hugely popular with visitors and locals alike. My photo shows the 'main course ' I had for lunch. The mug came from the bar at the base of the pyramid and was filled with lifesaving hot, spicy gluwein, the food from a stall just nearby. I chose this instead of the succulent sausages spitting on grills all over the place, because I'd never seen it before. It looked like a baked potato but was actually a hot brown bread roll filled with melted cheese. These were baked by the tray load in a huge oven next to the stall, and served by two really friendly guys who went to the trouble of telling me the name of this local delicacy. Unfortunately, I didn't have the usual notebook to hand and the scrap of paper with the information vanished. I can tell you that they were a little on the hard side, but very tasty.

Lots of the other stalls sold food as well and I wandered down the street in search of something different for desert. This I found on a stall that sold apple slices covered with chocolate, crunchy roast almonds and my eventual choice - a banana covered with chocolate. (See photo no.2). The banana was......... ???? Let's settle for 'different' but the bag of hot roast almonds kept me happily munching and scrunching for quite some time.

Eating at the Christmas Markets is such a pleasurable experience and one I wish I could indulge in at home. Freezing cold, hot mug of gluwein warming your hands, music playing, people chatting and warming themselves by the ovens and heaters. Bliss!

The Semper Opera from the bridge

by Nemorino

Here is a side view of the Semper Opera House, taken from the bridge over the Elbe River on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

You can tell where the stage is because there is a typical rectangular "stage house" on the top of the building, to house the stage machinery.

The green and yellow boat is a paddle-wheel steamer which is used for sightseeing excursions.

Railway

by german_eagle

Dresden is a railway hub in Eastern Germany, although we locals wish Deutsche Bahn would invest more money in railroads so the trains would get faster.

Trains are running to/from Berlin, Frankfurt (via Leipzig), Nürnberg (via Chemnitz), Prague/Vienna/Budapest and Wroclaw. Regional trains and the S-Bahn are running frequently on several routes to the airport, the National Park Sächsische Schweiz, Meissen, Lausitz region etc.

Dresden has two big railway stations: The Central railway station (Hauptbahnhof) is still undergoing reconstruction works. They do not affect the traveller anymore, though - it's convenient to get around, navigation is easy. All the services you expect are there: ticket desks, ticket machines, lockers, shops, restaurants etc. The architecture of this station is quite impressive. Built 1893-98 and severely damaged in the bombing 1945 it was reconstructed after plans of Sir Norman Foster and reopened 2006. Quite beautiful is the main hall - the huge vaulted roof is a steel construction with teflon fabric.

The other big station is Dresden-Neustadt. Built 1898-1901 with Art Nouveau elements it is the successor of the so called Leipziger Bahnhof, the station of the first long-distance railway in Germany (1839). Relics of Leipziger Bahnhof are still to see about 100 m west of the station Dresden-Neustadt. Anyway, Dresden-Neustadt offers all the services of a big railway station and is less crowded than Hauptbahnhof. I prefer to go there to get tickets or information because lines are usually shorter (or no lines at all).

a bit of Bavaria in Saxony....

by richiecdisc about Brauhaus am Waldschlossen

If you are missing Bavaria and beer gardens, this is the place to go in Saxony. Great and large portions of your Bavarian favorites at a fraction of the price. The restaurant inside is a bit more expensive than the outdoor self-service beer garden so if it's nice out, sit yourself down outside after picking up your goodies. They had great O'batzn, a cheese ball of sorts with onions and a great accompaniment to their home made pretzels. Their dunkles beers is a great unfiltered gem and amongt the very best in all of Saxony and only five euros for a liter mug! The weizen and helles beers were nice as well.

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