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    SKATE PARK - LIGNERALLEE

    by balhannah Written Oct 18, 2013

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    I came across skate park Lingnerallee as I walked to the city centre of Dresden. There wasn't anybody using it, so I took my attention to a nearby Sculpture. This would be the worst sculpture I have ever seen! Look at the photo's and see what you think! Then I found more artwork on the concrete, not my taste either!
    The Skate park itself looked very good, presenting plenty of challenges for the users. The park can be used by professionals and beginners.

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    Glücksgas Stadium

    by balhannah Written Oct 17, 2013

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    After exiting the "Great Gardens, I was standing at the traffic lights and happened to notice a huge Stadium located across the street and on the opposite corner. This is Glücksgas Stadium, also known as Rudolph-Harbig Stadium. The Football Stadium is home of the "Dynamo Dresden."
    The Stadium was built to both FIFA and UEFA standards. Just imagine what it would have been like in this huge stadium watching the FIFA 2011 Women's World Cup match, the atmosphere would have been great!

    If your a football fan, then you can do a tour that takes you behind the scenes from the cab to the dugout, to a seat in the stand, even into the Press box. What about sitting on the hallowed turf, that would be something to tell your footy friends!

    The tours run every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month @ 3pm
    Duration: 90 Minutes
    Meeting point: Main entrance Lenne Strasbourg, next to Dynamo fan shop

    ADMISSION Adults: 6 € (Concessions and up to 18 years € 3)
    Pre-registration required at:
    Telephone +49 351 25088-100
    Email info@stadion-dresden.com

    Dynamo fan shop Lennéstraße 12
    Opening times: Mon-Fri 10 - 7pm Sat 10 - 3pm

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    Sports (boarding) school

    by german_eagle Updated Sep 15, 2013

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    In case your kid(s) want to become professional athletes, or are just interested to do more sports than usual, you could send them to the sports school in Dresden. You can choose between Gymnasium (High School, 5th - 12th grade) from where they graduate with an Abitur that would give them the opportunity to study at University/College, and Realschule (Secondary/Middle School, 5th - 10th grade) from where they graduate with a General Certificate that allows them to get a vocational training.

    The schools are acknowledged by the German Olympic Sports Association, are Elite School of the German Football (soccer) Association e.g. and offer training in many other sports: all sorts of ice sports, sports related to water, track and field, even chess ...

    Kids of local families live at home, but there is also a boarding school.

    For the tourist the school is interesting for the buildings (architecture, art) and the events that take place. The older buildings are the earlier homes of employees of the slaughterhouse complex, the newer buildings are sports halls etc. erected 2005-2007.

    Continue your Friedrichstadt walk here.

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    Ostra Sportpark

    by german_eagle Updated Sep 14, 2013

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    In case you feel up to exercising some sports yourself, and not just watching - but that, too - your first address in Dresden is Ostra Sportpark. It is located in the Friedrichstadt district, next to the landmark Yenidze, right on the Elbe cycling trail (left bank, so old town side of the river). You get there by tram #6 or #11 to stop Kongresszentrum, from there it is a five minutes walk, passing Yenidze and Heinz-Steyer-Stadium.

    The soccer/football, badminton, basketball, volleyball fields and table tennis are accessible all year round for free. Ditto climbing installations for kids and several other fitness/gym (outdoor) themed stuff. For using the beach volleyball fields you need to go to the info centre at EnergieVerbund Arena (pic 4, see contact info below) and pay 10 Euro per hour. In that EngergieVerbund Arena you can do or watch ice related sports (skating, hockey etc.) from October - March.

    Sports like Rugby, Cricket, Lacrosse, Tennis and others are doable, too, but you need to contact the respective clubs there (and pay).

    Equipment: Showers and lockers are available for free at the InfoPoint, renting balls for beach volley ball is included in rental price for the fields. Other equipment (balls for soccer or so) is also available, but I recommend to bring your own.

    Continue your Friedrichstadt walk here.

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    Heinz-Steyer-Stadion

    by german_eagle Updated Sep 8, 2013

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    The sports arena with probably the most important history in Dresden is the Heinz-Steyer-Stadion. It was built on farmland in the Friedrichstadt district, close to the Elbe river, and opened in 1919. From the beginning it was mostly used for soccer (Dresdner Sportclub 1898) but also for track and field. Even a couple of international soccer matches took place here, so in 1921 Germany vs. Austria (3:3) or in 1935 Germany vs. Czechoslovakia (2:1) with 61,000 spectators. On 31 Dec 1949 this stadium got the first flood-lighting in the whole of Germany.

    From 1972 on many international track-and-field competitions took place here, so the annual "Golden Oval". 13 (other counting: 14) world records in track and field were set in Heinz-Steyer-Stadion between 1935 and 1986.

    The stadium was severely damaged in the flood 2002, saw only a makeshift repair and is still waiting for thorough reconstruction. According to the plans this should start end of 2013, but who knows ...

    Nowadays the stadium is mostly used for track and field and American Football (Dresden Monarchs).

    Continue your Friedrichstadt walk here.

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    Walking: Goldene Höhe - Mockritz

    by german_eagle Updated May 9, 2013

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    This walk is about 5-6 km long, depending on where you plan to end it, and takes about two hours including some photo stops and time for a meal/picnic. My recommendation is to take bus #360 from the main railway station (Hauptbahnhof, direction Dippoldiswalde/Altenberg) to Hänichen. The ride takes about 15 minutes, I'd say, the bus runs at least hourly, on weekdays more frequently. From the main road turn left and follow Goppener Str. for a few hundred meters, then turn left again and walk up the hill to Lunapark, a small park that was created in 1930 and restored in the late 1990s. The view is somewhat obstructed by the trees/bushes, but you can still catch a glimpse of the Erzgebirge mountains in the background and the cute village in the foreground (pic 1).

    Continue on the small path above the fairly new family houses, turn right to the top of the hill, which is called "Goldene Höhe" (Golden Height, altitude 349 m). There is a trigonometrical column from 1865 on the top (pic 2), now totally surrounded by trees, so not of much use anymore. From 1844 on a popular restaurant existed there, too, but it burned down in 1965. In 1929 they found two 3,200 years old urn burials on the hill, evidence for a very early settlement. Shortly later, some steps down the hill, you get great panoramic views of the city and the Saxon Switzerland mountains (pic 3).

    Some minutes later you reach Bannewitz, a municipality of its own with a small, rural historic centre but more and more growing into a residential suburb of Dresden. Either follow the marked trail along the creek or take a detour through the centre - you'll end up at Eutschützer Mühle (pic 4), a former mill and now popular restaurant with very reasonable prices. Take the small path at the left side of the building. The following leg of the walk leads through a lovely, shady glen, always by the creek. At the end of the glen you see Schloss Nöthnitz left uphill, see separate "Off the beaten path" tip. Cross the creek, walk 100 m uphill on the street, then a small street to the right. You pass a horse farm (pic 5), walk through a nice orchard and under the motorway A 17 bridge (ugh, noisy), finally end up in Gostritz at allotment gardens. Take Babisnauer Straße left and you'll reach a stop of buses #66 and 63.

    Either take the bus back to the main railway station or walk ahead to Mockritz in the valley ahead of you - another nice village-like district of Dresden, you can catch bus #63 there, too - and walk up the hill to the stop of tram #11. This tram also takes you back to the main railway station or to the old town.

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    Walking: Seifersdorfer Tal

    by german_eagle Written Jul 28, 2012

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    Just outside the city limits is a lovely valley which is worth a walk (you cannot call it "hiking"). You start in Liegau-Augustusbad, accessible by bus #308 from Dresden-Klotzsche train station, walk from the village down to the Große Röder valley which you reach at an old mill, the Marienmühle (10-15 min), which is sadly not a restaurant anymore. Cross the small river and turn left. After another 5-10 minutes you pass the first plaque with information on the park "Seifersdorfer Tal" - in German only.

    From 1781 on the count von Brühl and his wife designed an English style park in this part of the valley, close to their manor in nearby Seifersdorf. It became well-known as one of the earliest romantic parks and attracted lots of visitors, like writers Jean Paul and Wieland, the sculptor Schadow, painter Caspar David Friedrich. Unfortunately the park was not well maintained later, thus not too many of the small buildings and monuments are preserved. It's still worth a visit, though, and restoration has started.

    Along the way you'll see some monuments, busts, later pass the restaurant Marienmühle (see restaurant tip). Shortly behind Marienmühle you see the Festwiese, which is the central part of the park where from time to time choir concerts are given or so, finally you'll see the run-down building of the Niedermühle which marks the end of the park - time for the walk through the park is about an hour if you see the monuments and read what's written on the information plaques. Don't cross the river but walk up to the plateau. After getting out of the woods you walk on through farmland until you reach the village Dresden-Schönborn. Hourly buses back to Dresden-Klotzsche train station.

    Equipment: The trails are well maintained, no special requirements for equipment. A map would be helpful, though, information on the bus schedule also (www.vvo-online.de). If you don't plan to have a meal and/or drink at Marienmühle you might want to take a picnic and some water to drink with you.

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    Walking: Plauenscher Grund - Hoher Stein

    by german_eagle Updated Apr 8, 2012

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    This is another nice walk in the outskirts of Dresden. It starts at the commuter/regional train stop Dresden-Plauen and takes you on a loop through the Weisseritz river valley up to the viewing tower Hoher Stein and via the 19th century residential district Plauen with beautiful parish church back to the train stop. The path along the valley is part of the longer trail along the Weisseritz river called "Grünzug Weisseritz" that starts at train station Dresden-Mitte. But IMO the part closer to the city center is not as attractive as the part described here.

    It's hard to imagine nowadays but the part of the Weisseritz valley up from the train stop was a lovely, romantic spot until the middle of the 19th century when on the other end (now the town Freital) industrialization began and road and railroad were built in the valley. In 1719 parts of the festivities on occasion of the marriage of the Elector duke's son with the Hapsburg daughter were held here, in the romantic era Caspar David Friedrich and others painted the valley. Anyway, your walk follows the river, first leads through woods, then crosses the Hegereiter bridge from the early 18th century with view of the small barrage and the stone quarry vis-a-vis. The industrial area "Felsenkeller" follows, built 1857/58 as one of the largest beer breweries iin Germany back then. As the name indicates, there are big cellars in the rocky hillsides (9 of them are preserved), nowadays partially used by scientists for researching dark matter. Other business here are stained glass manufacture, bike shop, offices, a salt grotto etc.

    Behind the area a couple of smaller paths lead through woods up to the plateau. Turn left, walk to the viewing tower "Hoher Stein" and don't miss the several viewing points along the way. The tower is usually open during the day. If not, ask for the key at the restaurant at its foot (free, but deposit). The view of the Weisseritz valley is very impressive, the view of the city unfortunately a bit obstructed by nearby tall trees. However, it's well worth to climb up.

    Continue the walk through open meadows with fruit trees, passing more viewing points along the way, down to the Parish church Dresden-Plauen which is open Tue, Wed, Thur 11-15 h. Well worth to see!

    Equipment: The Dresden Transportation company (DVB) has a well done leaflet on this hike, with description in German and map - available for free at the service points.

    No special equipment required. Binoculars would be a good idea for the views from the tower.

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    Walking: Zschonergrund

    by german_eagle Written Apr 8, 2012

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    You can do an easy walk in the western outskirts of Dresden starting in Gompitz (tram #7, bus #70, 90, 91). From the shopping mall walk through the recently built residential area to the older farmhouses along Altnossener Str. (pic 1). Take the path through the woods of Pennricher Park (parking and info board, pic 2) - Since 1994 the locals of Gompitz plant a tree for each newborn child, an oak tree for a boy and a linden-tree for a girl.

    Soon the path leads you down into the wooden valley. Follow the path along the creek. You mostly walk in the shade of the woods (pic 3), shortly before you arrive at the restaurant Zschoner Mühle (a former mill) the view opens to a pasture with cows (pic 4, sorry no cows on the pic).

    The restaurant is at about half way of the walk/hike. It is a fabulous, romantic place for a meal or just a beer or wine. See my Off the beaten Path tip also.

    After Zschoner Mühle the valley widens, more pastures/meadows there. Finally you walk by the public swimming pool and arrive at a hotel with gourmet restaurant in Dresden-Briesnitz. Take the small street up to the right, leading you right to the cemetery and old parish church Briesnitz (see Off the beaten Path tip also). From there go back to the city centre by bus or, if you have more time, turn right and stroll through the early 20th century residential areas to Gottfried-Keller-Str. where you catch trams #1, 12.

    Equipment: The Dresden Transportation company (DVB) has a well done leaflet on this hike, with description in German and map - available for free at the service points.

    Sport shoes recommended but not really essential. The upper valley path can be a bit muddy after heavy rainfall.

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    Walking and Hiking

    by german_eagle Updated Apr 7, 2012

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    Dresden is the ideal place to combine a city with walks/hikes. If you're tired of the hustle and bustle of the city (hardly happens in Dresden, though) you can either go to one of the parks/gardens in the city, relax on the large green meadows by the river - or you decide to go for a shorter or longer walk in the outskirts.

    These outskirts are really only a very short distance from the city centre. In the south you have e.g. Plauenscher Grund, only one stop by commuter train from the main railway station, in the Northeast is the Dresden Heath, bordering to the 19th century residential areas of Weißer Hirsch, Klotzsche and the Neustadt district. In the East the hills from the Blue Wonder bridge in Loschwitz to Pillnitz offer interesting hikes into beautiful small valleys and to places with scenic views. In the West Zschonergrund is a quaint and lovely valley where you can hike e.g.

    For longer and possibly more challenging walks/hikes go to Tharandter Wald in the southwest (15 minutes by commuter train S3 from main railway station) or the National Park Saxon Switzerland beyond Pirna (30-40 min by commuter train S1).

    I'll add more tips with detailed info on specific hikes from time to time.

    Equipment: Usually sport shoes are fine. Hiking boots are better, of course. Better bring your own, I'm not a fan of renting shoes.

    A map is very helpful. Either buy one at Thalia or any other bookstore or check in the "Bürgerbüro" in the town hall (and dependancies in the residential districts of Dresden, Blasewitz e.g.): They have well done brochures on hikes in Dresden and near surroundings with descriptions in German and (not too detailed, but sufficient) maps for only 2.50 Euro.

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    Canoeing/rowing

    by german_eagle Written Apr 7, 2012

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    As expected in a city that's on a major river there are lots of people here who have boats, canoes, kayaks etc. and on sunny days there's a lot of traffic of that sort on the river. Canoeing/kayaking on the river is easy since it flows relatively slowly. It's fun and relaxing to take direction downstream, but quite exhausting upstream. So don't overestimate your condition!

    Friends of mine rented kayaks and started some km upstream in the National Park Saxon Switzerland in the morning, stopped several times along the way to have lunch etc. and finally arrived in late afternoon in Dresden. A fun day with the kids!

    Equipment: Rent your equipment e.g. at Kanu Dresden, website below.

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    Tennis

    by german_eagle Written Apr 6, 2012

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    The leading tennis club in Dresden is Blau-Weiss Dresden-Blasewitz. They have a very beautiful property in the large Waldpark, a green oasis in a upscale 19th century residential area. Their first court was built in 1889, nowadays they have 16 (red sand) courts, the club has more than 700 members. Non-members can play, too, for a relatively small fee. Definitely make a reservation in advance. If you're a bloody beginner - they also have a tennis school.

    Blau-Weiss also has a "center court" which has a capacity of 1,600 seats. There used to be an ATP challenger tournament until 2008 (I think) but due to conflicting dates with Hamburg and other bigger tournaments it was unfortunately cancelled. In 2012, after some changes in the international tournament calendar, Carl-Uwe Steeb planned a revival but could not find enough sponsors. He plans to try again next year and you can be sure I am keeping my fingers crossed. The challenger tournament was a wonderful opportunity to meet young and coming players. We saw guys like Yuri Kafelnikow, Marcelo Rios, etc. but of course mostly the German players.

    Pic #1: The center court
    Pic #2: Janko Tipsarevic
    Pic #3: Next to players in the audience
    Pic #4: Brands/Jun vs. Kas/Petzschner, handshake after the match
    Pic #5: Tennis club SV Dresden-Mitte

    The other upscale club is Bad Weisser Hirsch, located at the edge of the Dresden Heath in another 19th century residential area (see website "other contact"). It was founded in 1908. They also have a very beautiful property, lots of woods around it, also with a restaurant from where you can watch the matches.

    There are several other tennis clubs in Dresden. Just recently, after the flood in 2002, tennis courts were built in the Ostragehege district which is developed as the sports district of the city (see pic 5).

    Equipment: You can bring your own (recommended) or rent/buy in tennis shops. Blau-Weiss Dresden-Blasewitz has a shop on the grounds where you can rent. Otherwise have a look into Karstadt Sport or Sport Scheck shops in the city centre.

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    Play golf!

    by german_eagle Written Apr 5, 2012

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    There are two golf clubs in/near Dresden, one in Dresden-Ullersdorf in a northeastern rural residential area, the other a few km south of Dresden in Possendorf, a village that belongs to the municipality Bannewitz. I played a couple of times in the latter club.

    The Golf Club Elbflorenz in Possendorf has its home in a nice rural estate, one of the earlier owners was Ferdinand von Schill, known as leader of a Freikorps in the Napoleonic wars, so some history there, too :-)

    Their 18 hole championship course is a par 73. Please note that Tuesday is Ladies' Day and Wednesday is Men's Day. Open March - November. Green fees for 18 holes are between 35 and 55 Euro, depending on day/time. Reductions for juniors/students. Driving range (5 Euro per day), chipping, pitching and putting greens (free) are available.

    Equipment: A golf shop is right there. Equipment can be rented for a small fee. But, please, bring proper shoes and dress properly.

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    Gym

    by german_eagle Written Apr 5, 2012

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    I trust you don't really want to go to a gym if in Dresden only for a couple of days. But in case you're in the city for longer or are a dedicated fitness person, then you might want to do some workout. A pretty good place is the gym at the main railway station which belongs to the Fitness First chain. It occupies the whole first floor, is really large. Advantage is that it has daylight everywhere - all glas around. It offers all the usual machines for cardio and weight training, barbell area, spinning, all sorts of courses. Another plus is the pool (6x15 m) and sauna with relaxing area.

    It's a nice place to meet people, have a (cheap and good) tea or coffee and spend some hours on a rainy day, especially watching people on Prager Strasse :-) Day tickets are quite expensive, but if you have a worldwide membership for Fitness First (I do) you can use it for free. Or ask me, I can bring someone along on weekends for free :-) Another option is to ask for a free day pass on their website. See link below!

    Equipment: Bring sport shoes, t-shirt and shorts and a small towel. Maybe bring an empty bottle and fill it with tap water (which is fine to drink in Dresden). But you can also buy mineral water or so.

    Bring another towel for the shower or sauna, bring swimsuit if you plan to use the pool. Shower gel is provided.

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    Skating/Rollerblading

    by german_eagle Written Apr 5, 2012

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    Since 1998 Dresdners and guests meet on Fridays at 8 pm (April - October, start is 9 pm) for night skating. Meeting point is at the halfpipe at Lingnerallee (vis-a-vis town hall, beyond St. Petersburger Strasse in direction of Grosser Garten). You can choose between routes of 15 or 25 km, or even shorter, tailored for beginners and families as well as excellent skaters. Police and marshals make sure you're safe during the skating tour (which follows the streets which are closed for traffic then). Expect up to 3,000 participants!

    Before the night skating - or at any other time - you're free to use the halfpipes and other attractions at Lingnerallee. It's a popular place for kids to meet during the days and show their skills.

    Other popular/great places to do skating/rollerblading are the largest park in Dresden, Grosser Garten, and the cycling trails along the Elbe river. Better avoid the old town and the 19th century residential areas, lots of cobbled streets there.

    If you're a bloody beginner you might want to start with classes first. See the 'other' link below, they offer classes for little money.

    Equipment: Bring or rent protection! Rental of skates incl. protection is possible right on the spot on Friday evening: 5 Euro only. You can check your clothes for 0.50 Euro. A repair service is also available.

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