Best Western Hotel Quintessenz-Forum Dresden

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Mobschatzer Strasse 17, Dresden, Saxony, 01157, Germany
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Getting to Dresden

by zweisvet


I would like to visit dresden. I will be coming from vienna/wien to prague and then heading to dresden. I have to ultimately get to Bonn. what is the best way to do that? by train? or by flight?
or is it more feasable to get back to vienna and then go to frankfurt/bonn?

Thank you for your time!!

Re: Getting to Dresden

by abalada

DB timetable
From: Vienna
To: Prague
To: Dresden
To: Bonn

Ticket wise you can buy ONE ticket Vienna to Bonn via Dresden. EUR 171,40 via Frankfurt. EUR 182,40 via Berlin. Such an international ticket is valid 2 months and allows stopovers en route (Prague, Dresden). You can buy this ticket on spot in a station in Vienna or order it online through the DB timetable.

Re: Getting to Dresden

by zweisvet


Thank you for your reply.

Would it be cheaper if one broke the journey and went by bus? or is a EURAIL pass a better option? also, does this route include the ICE? will check this one on the site you have mentioned.

warm regards,


Re: Getting to Dresden

by abalada

This is a fully flexible ticket and the trains run at least 2-hourly on these routes. Towards Bonn both possible routes will include ICE trains.

Buses are not very frequent and only an option for the Vienna to Dresden part.
Prague to Dresden is however in parts are really scenic railroad trip you'll miss if you go by bus.

Dresden - Bonn is available from EUR 29,00 if you buy a non-flexible ticket in advance. I.e. a ticket which is only valid for the booked connection.

An option is to choose from Frankfurt to Bonn the route through the really scenic Middle Rhine Valley, instead of the highspeed link to (Bonn-)Siegburg. Is even cheaper (with normal price tickets) as this route is somewhat slower.

Re: Getting to Dresden

by mh_uk

I'd take the train for the bit from Vienna to Prague to Dresden. However, there is also a daily bus service from Prague to Dresden, which is rather cheap and as fast as the train ( Probably, there are also bus services from Vienna to Prague ( ?). Train is rather expensive, as long as you buy tickets in Germany / Austria. It'll be much cheaper to buy tickets at a Czech station or in the train, once you have passed the Czech border.

I'd take the plane to get from Dresden to Bonn. Direct flights from 40 Euro. If you also want to see Leipzig, you can take a plane from there. Direct flights from 20 Euro. Both are operated by Germanwings ( Much more convenient than Deutsche Bahn, although train services run more frequently.

Re: Getting to Dresden

by german_eagle

I agree with the previous poster that you should fly Dresden-Bonn. It's often cheaper than train. The airport Dresden ist very close to the city centre, small, easy to navigate, good access by commuter train.

I'd probably travel by train Vienna to Prague. Buy another train ticket Prague to Dresden WHEN IN Prague. It's much cheaper there; shouldn't be more than 15 Euro.

Travel Tips for Dresden

Map of saxony

by Antji

This is a little map of the region SACHSEN (in english it is called Saxony!)
The capital of this region is Dresden. You can find it in southeast of Germany. Next to Saxony are the neighbourstates Poland and Czech Republic. The name of the river is ELBE. The river is very beautiful and you can go by very old paddle-steamers (from the years around 1875) and there is a long beautiful way for bicycling and skating until the border of Czech Republic.

Tal der Ahnungslosen

by Nemorino

The German Democratic Republic or GDR (a.k.a. East Germany) existed for nearly forty-one years, from October 7, 1949 to October 3, 1990.

During this time, Dresden and vicinity had the dubious honor of being known in the rest of the GDR as the Tal der Ahnungslosen or "Valley of the Clueless." This was because they were so far away from West Germany and from West Berlin that they could not receive western television stations.

People from other parts of the GDR claimed that for this reason the people of Dresden had an uncritical attitude towards the actions of the East German regime.

I don't know it this is really true (the ones I knew seemed perfectly normal). Have there been studies done on this point? Perhaps some German VT-members might have information about this.

Update: Many thanks to VT-member german_eagle (Ingo), who lives in Dresden, for a very thoughtful and informative e-mail on this topic. He says it was true that West German television could not be seen in the Dresden area except under unusual weather conditions. But it was not true that the people in Dresden were uncritical of the GDR-regime. On the contrary, peaceful protests began there as early as February 1982.

He points out that there has long been a rivalry between Berlin (Prussia) and Dresden (Sachsen) going back as far as the 18th century, so people in Dresden have always been suspicious of anything coming from Berlin. Also Dresden has a strong and self-confident educated bourgeoisie which was always critical of the GDR government and never forgave them for building a "new" socialist city instead of rebuilding the beautiful old city of Dresden which was destroyed during the war.

Radebeul - Karl-May Museum

by Antji

Radebeul is a part of dresden. In further years it was a own small town. It´s directly on the river "Elbe". You can make a trip by bicycle or by inlineskates on the Elbe from Dresden to Radebeul. Another possibilty is to take the streetcar Nr. 4 from Dresden or you will find it near the Lutherkirche (church) in the Meissner Strasse.
Here you can find the Karl - May Museum. Karl May (1848 - 1912 ) was a great german author who wrote a lot of stories about the indians in North America in 19 th century. I loved to read his stories about winnetou than I was a child. So you can see a lot about the history of the indians in this museum in "Villa Shatterhand" and "Villa Bärenfett".

Dresden Unity Night

by Antji

"Dresden Unity Night" is only one time every year. It?s mostly in october. There you can go in a lot?s of locations like bars with music, discos. You have to pay one time for all locations and get a ribbon on your hand and so you can go in all these locations in the Altstadt of Dresden. they are close by the Altmarkt.
And the highlight of this night is the big firework on the Altmarkt! It? s beautiful!!
On that way we have often fireworks on the weekends on the elb. disco look but have a warm jacket if you wanna move the locations. It´s cold in october in germany.

Don't go on warm days

by christine.j about Alte Apotheke

On our last morning we went to have breakfast in a restaurant called Alte Apotheke, as they open at 7 am and we had already packed and were ready to go home.A buffet breakfast is laid out on the counter, for 4,99 Euro set price, including one hot drink and as much juice as you like. Bread rolls, boiled eggs, jam, honey, Nutella, ham and cheese and some cereal. I thought I had taken joghurt with my cereal, but found out it was custard. Well, cereal with custard was not too bad either.

A nice selection, but I didn't like the fact that there was nothing to keep the food chilled, no fridge, nor even some ice cubes. Also the plates were not as clean as I would have liked them to be. Milk, cheese, ham etc should be kept chilled to avoid food poisoning. So , despite the good selection and the cheap price, I wouldn't go there again.


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