Dippoldiswalde Travel Guide

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Dippoldiswalde Things to Do

  • Talsperre (reservoir) Malter

    Just a kilometre northwest of the town Dippoldiswalde is a nice reservoir "Malter", built 1906 - 13 and nowadays a popular place for recreation, swimming, boating, fishing ... with beaches, large indoor pool complex, restaurants, cafes, campgrounds, cabins for rent and hotels. Villages right by the water are Malter and Paulsdorf. I personally like...

  • König-Johann-Tower

    On the road from Dippoldiswalde through the heath, at the place it enters the forest, are the nice hotel/restaurant Heidehof and the viewing tower named after King Johann (pic 1). The viewing tower was built in the years 1885/86, is 20 m tall and to get on top you must climb 102 steps. Get the key from the staff in the Heidehof, they charge 50 cent...

  • Dippoldiswalde Heath

    North of the town is the "Heath" (Dippoldiswalder Heide), a pretty large forest with nice hiking and cycling trails, some natural and historical sights. Everything is well marked and signposted. Elevation is roughly between 300 m and 400 m. On the western side is the Weisseritz valley with reservoir Malter, a popular place for all sorts of water...

  • Steam Train ride

    Dippoldiswalde is a station on the route of the steam train Freital - Kipsdorf, also called "Weisseritztalbahn" because it runs in the valley of the Weisseritz river. Only few visitors use this steam train for getting to Dippolidswalde (or departing), but it would be a shame to miss a ride on this train.The steam train has a narrow gauge of 750 mm....

  • Town Hall

    The town hall is the dominating building at the Markt square. It is a quite impressive structure with a beautiful Renaissance gable from 1560/70 as showpiece, facing the square. The two portals are typical Saxon Renaissance style from 1534 and 1543. At the corners toward to the Markt square are two sandstone figures, Maria and Laurentius, high...

  • Nicolai church

    Another church worth seeing is Nicolai church, built in late Romanesque style in the 13th century. It is located at Altenberger Strasse, close to the steam train station and the Lohgerber museum.The basilica-type church with three naves is picturesque, especially with the gravestones of the surrounding cemetery. Have a closer look at the blind...

  • Lohgerber-, Stadt- und Kreismuseum

    This unwieldy name means it's a museum on the local/regional history, which is nothing extraordinary, but also a museum on tanning, and since it is in an originally preserved tannery it is of outstanding importance. You can hardly somewhere else in Europe visit a former tannery complex built in 1750, with Baroque house where the family lived and...

  • Schloss

    The Schloss, nowadays local courthouse, was built from 1530 on using the basements of a previous castle. The facade to the courtyard, facing the main parish church, is the most beautiful one with original decoration from the 16th century (pics 1 + 2). There is not much in regards of decoration preserved inside except for some paintings in the...

  • Church St. Marien and Laurentius

    The sight you should definitely NOT miss when visiting Dippoldiswalde is the town's main parish church. It is right in the centre of the old town. The present building is the third at this place: A Romanesque basilica-type church from the 13th century was destroyed in the Hussite wars (1429), the Gothic hall-type church from the years after 1500...

  • Dippoldiswalde Schloss

    The Castle was built by the Lord of Meissen in the 12th century but burned down along with the rest of the city in 1429. The current structure dates back to the 1500's and is in the Renaissance style. It houses art exhibitions and the only public restrooms in town.

  • Rathhaus

    Dippoldiswalde is one of the oldest cities in Saxony and though founded in the 12th century, it changed hands between Saxony and Bohemia numerous times. Destroyed by fire and war on a number of occassions, this pretty city is often overlooked by all but the most local tourists. This can be a good thing though as the charming old town is devoid of...

  • Stadkirche Dippoldiswalde

    The church pictured was the first thing I saw when Doreen brought me into town over a year ago and remains my favorite building there. It was first built in the Romantic style in the 13th century but was destroyed by fire in 1429, when it was rebuilt in the Gothic style. This was short-lived however as it burned down again in 1634 and rebuilt with...


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  • Cafe Achat

    Not exactly on the Markt square, but in one of the busiest side streets is the bakery with cafe Achat, run by the Lehmann family. It seems to be the locals' favourite cafe, was very busy when I was there.Service is friendly and quick, the ambience is modern but not 'cool'-ish, instead with some old-world charm. I had a piece of berry fruit cake...

  • Breakfast

    D taught me how to make her favorite breakfast of a fried egg over fried schinken (ham) and now she admits that I make it better than she does. Hmm, maybe she just likes me to make it for her. So does sister Susie. Fresh eggs from their very own chickens and thinly sliced dark ham, similar though much nicer than American bacon. It's more like a...

  • Christmas Dinner

    Though I may like my home version of the Christmas Eve meal better I have to admit that D's family has mine beat all the way on Christmas Day. Turkey is one boring bird compared to goose and as much as I love stuffing, I love dumplings even more. Oh, and dunkles bier is not exactly something I do not like. ;)


Dippoldiswalde Nightlife

  • After Christmas Eve Dinner

    After a big Christmas Eve feast, the family retires into the living room, the candles are lit on the tree and everywhere else and the presents are opened. Yes, they don't wait till the next day, they'd rather get it over and sleep in the next morning. I would have liked to wait until midnight myself but the Dittrich Family is not so patient....

  • Local Pubs

    I admit I've never been out in Dipps. If we do go out it's generally in Dresden. We tend to have meals and beer at home with the family since our time with them is limited. But if you want to check out the local pubs they seem nice and there are some very nice local beers to try too. Rechenberger makes a great pils and dunkles beer and is very much...

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Dippoldiswalde Transportation

  • Bus

    If you use public transportation you will most likely arrive/depart by bus. Dippoldiswalde has very good bus connections with Dresden, usually hourly buses leave from Dresden main railway station (via Tech University), in rush hour every half hour. The bus number is #360, route is Dresden - Altenberg (some buses run even farther to Teplice in the...

  • Driving

    Dippoldiswalde is right on a major road - B170, leading from Dresden (north) via Dippoldiswalde, Altenberg to the Czech Republic (Teplice/Usti nad Labem, south). From motorway A4 exit "Bannewitz" it is only a 10-15 minutes drive (depending on rush hour or not) to the town, using B170. From Dippoldiswalde you can drive in the other directions as...

  • Steam Train

    Ok, only the biggest fans of trains will use the steam train to get to Dipps. The steam train departs in Freital, which is on the train route Nürnberg - Zwickau - Chemnitz - Freiberg - Dresden, but in Freital-Hainsberg, which is a minor stop on this train route which means only the slow regional trains (RB, S) stop there - not the faster RE or IRE...


Dippoldiswalde Shopping

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    by german_eagle Written Mar 28, 2015

    Most popular souvenirs from the Erzgebirge mountains are probably the wooden Christmas items, all handmade by regional craftsmen. There are shops selling these in basically every town in the Erzgebirge, Dippoldiswalde is no exception. One of the nicest shops for this kinds of souvenirs (plus other craft from the Erzgebirge, like wooden Easter items) is Kathrin Siegel's shop on Markt square, vis-a-vis from the town hall.

    Regular opening hours, Saturdays till noon.

    What to buy: I bought a smoker man, had a hard time refraining from buying more. These items are not cheap, but well worth the price.

    It's the shop on the left side
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Dippoldiswalde Local Customs

  • Parksäle

    The small town has a surprisingly vibrant cultural life. Centerpiece and most popular place for cultural events is "Kulturzentrum Parksäle", located below the old town by the Weisseritz river.The complex was probably built in the early 20th century (my guess from the architecture). It has two halls, the large one with a capacity of about 350...

  • Mining

    All the towns in the Erzgebirge mountains have a history of mining. Dippoldiswalde has one of the earliest mining shafts as was recently discovered. When Obertorplatz (pic 3) was about to be reconstructed, the state's archeologists dug deep and uncovered evidence of mining that goes back to the 12th century, probably 1185.Another relic of (silver)...

  • Christmas Market

    Honestly, the Christmas Market in Dipps has not been particularly exciting in the past. The big markets in Dresden and the romantic ones in the Erzgebirge mountains were too close than Dipps could have competed. So the number of stalls went down year by year, just like the number of visitors.However, in 2012 it all changed. They asked the locals...


Dippoldiswalde Off The Beaten Path

  • Distance columns and signposts

    Distance columns were erected all over Saxony in the early 18th century. They show the distances to other towns, still precise in our days unlike you may think when reading "6 hours" or so. Transportation back then was mostly done by horse-drawn carriages, and "hours" was meant as time that a horse-drawn carriage could go (average) in an hour. So...

  • Catholic church

    People in the region are predominantly ev.-Lutheran, only after WWII a certain number of catholics, emigrants from German regions farther east, came to Dippoldiswalde. A new catholic church was finally built 1957 - 59, architect was Egon Körner from Dresden. When the church was consecrated, it had neither bells nor organ, and it took until 1976...

  • Tatar's grave

    In the northern outskirts of Dippoldiswalde, close to the road that leads up to the Dippoldiswalde Heath but a bit tricky to find, is a grave for premier-lieutenant Mustapha Sulkowicz, a tatar, who was shot in a combat of the seven-years war, on 1 July 1762. The actual combat took place in nearby Reichstädt.As a muslim, Mustapha Sulkowicz could not...


Dippoldiswalde Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking in the Dippoldiswalde Heath

    The favourite area for hikes around Dippoldiswalde is the Dippoldiswalde Heath, a relatively large forest north of the town. The trails are well marked and signposted, never too steep and distances are not too long - you can easily get in one hour, max. one and a half hour from one end to the other. You can start either directly in Dippoldiswalde...

  • Cycling

    Dippoldiswalde is located in the gentle Weisseritz valley, surrounded by plateaus and rolling hills, no steep mountains nearby. Thus it is a good area for cycling trips. Once I passed through on a cycling trip (see pictures) from the Erzgebirge main crest (Altenberg) to Freital, where I hopped on the train to Dresden. I took the minor (mostly...

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    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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  • Fountains

    A nice feature in the old town are the fountains. The most interesting one is probably the shoemaker fountain at the corner Herrengasse/Schuhgasse (pics 1+2). It was created in 1998 by Peter Fritzsche from nearby Freital. It reminds of the former shoemakers who had their workshops in the aptly named Schuhgasse (shoe alley).Another nice fountain is...

  • Monuments etc.

    Every German town with some self respect has monuments and statues all over the historic centre. Dipps is no exception. Let's start with pic 1 - the Martin-Luther-Monument by the main parish church at Kirchplatz square. It was created 1903, is a donation of local W. Biedermann.Pics 2 + 3 show Christian wayside shrines, made of sandstone. The first...

  • Old Town

    Dipps has a nice old town but cannot compete with nearby towns like Pirna, Freiberg, Meissen, not to mention Dresden. The latest fire in 1841 was particularly devastating, the reconstruction was done in the style preferred back then, not originally, which means rather simple facades. However, the structure of the old town remained intact, so it's...


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