Cycling is not only an excellent idea to get from home to work and back, it is also fun to explore the city and surroundings in your spare time.
The obvious choice is the Elbe cycling trail which runs from the Czech Republic all the way along the river (mostly on both sides) to Hamburg. From Dresden you can either take the route upstream toward Pirna and the scenic Saxon Switzerland region or downstream via Radebeul and the vineyards to Meißen and beyond. The trail is well maintained, almost always separate from roads, but often to share with walkers - caution!
More challenging are the cycling trails into the hills in the north and south of Dresden. One pupular area is the Dresden Heath with endless trails. If you're lazy you can hop on a train with your bike and start the trip in Langebrück or Radeberg at higher elevation.
Very rewarding are cycling trips in the northeast in the so called "Schönfelder Hochland", the plateau above Schloss Pillnitz with only few elevation differences, picturesque villages in beautiful rural setting, not much traffic - and charming inns. Get there by tram #11 to Bühlau or bus #61 (Weißig or Fernsehturm - TV tower).
The local section of the ADFC (General German Cycling Club) is very active. They offer free guided tours from April through October, from day trips to trips with overnight stays. A good option for beginners are the free guided after-work tours, mostly on Mondays. See their website below for more info.
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Like any German city with some self-respect Dresden has some football (for Americans: soccer) clubs where you can play the sport yourself or just watch. Currently Dynamo Dresden is the city's leading football club, they advanced from the 3rd to the 2nd league in 2011. Seems that after some turbulent years with few ups and many downs Dynamo Dresden finally found solid ground, also financially.
Few people know that the Dresden English Football Club, founded 18 March 1874, was the first club outside the UK that played football after the rules that are still valid in our days. The oldest still existing club with a football team in Dresden is the Dresdner SC, founded 1898 by former members of the Dresden English Football Club. In the years 1942 and 1943 the DSC won the German Football Championship. One of the players was Helmut Schön, a native Dresdner, who later became very successful in the (West) German National team as coach - in that position he won the World Championship 1974 and the European Championship 1972. He also was coach of the team that lost in Wembley vs. England in 1966 ... Nowadays the DSC is better known for track and volleyball.
Dynamo Dresden was founded 12 April 1953. They were one of the most popular and most successful football clubs in East Germany - they won 8 East German championships and 7 league cups. The club has more than 11,500 members and is the largest sports club in East Germany. After disastrous management decisions - players like Kirsten, Sammer, Zickler left the club, the money was badly invested - the club was relegated to the 4th league. As said before, they're back in league 2, and despite occasional hooligan problems they are looking forward to a better future.
The club's stadium was named after a famous track athlete (800 m runner) from the DSC: Rudolf Harbig. In 2007 the decision to build a new stadium was made. It cost more than 40 million Euro and has a capacity of 32.066 people. It was opened in 2009. The official name is "Glücksgas Stadion" but no local would ever say that - it's either the Dynamo Stadion or the Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion.
If you want to see a match, buy your ticket well in advance. Prices are very affordable.
There is a museum on the history of football in the stadium, but it's only accessible occasionally, on guided tours. A shame IMO.
Eurospeedway or Lausitzring (both names are used) is 50 km north of Dresden near from the city Senftenberg and Schipkau. It´ s directly on the Highway A 13 in direction of Berlin. You have to leave the Highway at Klettwitz. The Opening was in August 2000. It´s a racetrack and testing area of 357 ha. There are a lot´s of events - not only races. So sometimes there are concerts of bands or is Nightskating. I never tried Inlineskating there before - but it must be fun and I should try it. But sometimes I work in the Vip Lounge during races and it´s nice to meet some important people.;)
If you wanna know more take a look at www.eurospeedway.de
Dynamo Dresden were one of the most successful teams in the former GDR. Dynamo won their first title in 1953 and have since won 8 titles, including the last 2 (1989, 1990) before unification. They also amassed 7 cups during this time. Uniting with West German football to form the Bundesliga, Dynamo survived a couple of years before being relegated to the regionalliga for financial irregularities. Dynamo have since failed to recapture their former glories, currently playing in the 4. Liga.
Famous players to have worn the jersey are Ulf Kirsten and Matthaus Sammer, who also captained the unified German football team.
Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion. Capacity: 30,000 (10,521 seats).
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Walking Saxonian Switzerland
Saxonian Switzerland is only a short trainride away from Dresden. There are the most wonderful rock formations and great paths for enjoyable walking tours!
One of the best ways to recover from a strenuous fleamarket morning.....
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Climbing up another tower!!!
It is tini58de's and my hobby to climb up towers to enjoy the view from the top. This is usually rather "breathtaking" and not always enjoyable for people who have a certain fear of heights, but in the end it is always THE highlight of the day! Try it yourself and you will hopefully enjoy it as much as we did!
Germany's second longest river Elbe offers beautiful cycle, walking and rollerblading trails along its banks. If you are planning to rollerblade, try out the roads on the Old Town side of the river because the road is smoother and skating more pleasant. However, walking and cycling is fine on both sides of the river.
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Rudolf Harbig Stadion
On the photo (2006.) old Rudolf Harbig Stadium, home of Dynamo Dresden. Today there is modern 32000 seats Arena called Glücksgas Stadium.
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