I had planned to do a trip on one of these lovely historic Steamers, this didn't eventuate! Dresden had too much to see - all good though!
The closest I came was to view one in Port!
From my information, this is the largest and oldest fleet of historic paddle steamers in the world!
The company has nine side-wheel steamboats aged from 1879 to 1929 of which you can do tours on. I have done tours on Steamers before and always enjoy them. It is so different being under steam power, you can smell the steam, and watch the paddle as it turns and splashes. The Elbe Valley is very scenic, we drove along the edge later on!
I suggest you look at the listed website as this has the times and days the cruise run, and most importantly - the cost!
Another form of travelling in a historic vehicle!
The Dresden Tram Museum has 37 Trams ranging from 1902 to 1931. I saw a few as I was walking around, I guess the people were doing a sightseeing trip around Dresden. Nice way to go!
Straßenbahnmuseum Dresden - The Tram Museum is OPEN from 10 - 5pm
ADMISSION... Adults: 2 EU Children 1.5 eu Families 5 euro -2 adults and up to 4 children
I must admit I didn't go on a tour on one of these old buses, I just happened to see one and found it interesting.
The local transport heritage association maintains a number of historic Omni buses and makes them available for special outings and sightseeing tours around Dresden. They have six vehicles in total, including on the oldest buses in existence in Germany. How nice to see them being put to use again and people having the pleasure of riding in one of these historic vehicles.
First I didn't do this as I like to walk!
The horse & carriage rides differed in Dresden, in that they ranged from quite beautiful 4 person Landaus, to a larger wagon that would accommodate a lot more people. The Wagon, was covered in, a would have been a lot warmer for the type of cold weather on that day. It really should be cheaper too!
I did notice the coachman who was taking a couple around, was very obliging, stopping for them to buy some lunch and to take photos. Did they pay extra? Who knows!
They were lined up at the Schlossplatz.
Near our Hotel was a Tram stop, so we decided to catch the Tram into the city centre on one of our days. We found the Trams very modern and comfortable, with good sized windows for viewing.
When you buy a ticket, it covers you for travel by Bus and Tram. We bought the 1 zone ticket, as I had decided to walk around Dresden.
Fares for this are priced in zone numbers. Best to ask at your accommodation what ticket you need to buy...eg. number of zones. Our ticket lasted for 1hour. We could hop on and off different Trams or Buses on the one ticket, as long as it was within the 1 hour.
1 tariff zone, maximum 1 hour 2.00 € adult fare 1.40 € reduced fare
2 tariff zones, maximum 1.5 hours 3.80 € adult fare 2.60 € reduced fare
3 tariff zones, maximum 2 hours 5.60 € adult fare 3.90 € reduced fare
If you intend to use the Tram or Bus a lot, then the ONE DAY TICKET may be for you.
1 tariff zone Until 04:00 a.m. of the day following validation 8.00 €
2 tariff zones Until 04:00 a.m. of the day following validation 13.00 €
We bought our ticket from a machine, then validated once onboard the Tram.
Remember to validate the ticket the first time you use it.
Fast and efficient, we were impressed!
The website has lots of information on using public transport in Dresden
The most central railway station in Dresden is not Hauptbahnhof (main station), but Dresden-Mitte. However, only regional and commuter trains stop here - long-distance trains do not. It was opened in 1897 as stop Wettiner Straße. The railroads are elevated so they do not interfere with other traffic, and were covered by a large steel-glass construction, similar to the big railway stations. That hall was flanked by four slender towers.
The station was damaged in the bombing in 1945. Restoration was possible but the communist administration decided to tear the steel-glass construction down in 1953. Since then the station has been neglected, it was in decay until some restoration was done in the years 2001-04.
The station is only 500 m from the Zwinger, even shorter from the Congress Centre and the new Operetta theatre and Art center in the former power plant Kraftwerk Mitte is right next to the station. Trams #1, 2, 6 and 10 as well as bus 94 have stops right at station Dresden-Mitte, so it is a major hub in the city. From 2014 on major construction works and development are planned, so stay tuned - even a manned ticket counter would be a major improvement.
In case you were on the virtual Friedrichstadt walk you are finished now. Go back to the respective tip in the "Favourite" tip category or return to the main Dresden page.
The sightseeing buses offer a 1.5 or 2.5 hour sightseeing of Dresden with a number of stops to visit some attractions.
Ticket price: Euro 15.00 (1.5 hour tour) or 23.00 (2.5 hour tour)
Hours: April - October: Daily:
9:30 • 10:30 • 11:00 • 11:30 • 12:00 • 12:30 • 13:00 • 13:30 • 14:30 • 15:00 • 15:30 • 16:00 • 16:30 • 17:00
Departure location: Wilsdruffer Strasse at the Stadtmuseum.
Dresden has a modern and reliable bus service called Stadtbus.
Downtown bus lines (blue lines)
Special visitor tickets
The Dresden bus lines:
-61: Löbtau – TU – Strehlen – Gruna – Blasewitz – Bühlau – Weißig / Fernsehturm
-62: Dölzschen / Löbtau Süd – Plauen – Prager Straße – Johannstadt / Uniklinikum
-63: Löbtau – Plauen – Südhöhe – Strehlen – Gruna – Blasewitz – Pillnitz
-64: Kaditz, Am Vorwerksfeld – Elbepark – Hp. Pieschen – Stauffenbergallee – Waldschlößchen
-65: Blasewitz – Seidnitz – Reick – Leuben – Heidenau / Luga
-66: Coschütz / Mockritz– Südhöhe – Hauptbahnof – Strehlen – Prohlis – Lockwitz / Nickern
-70: Gompitz – Cotta – Trachau – Hellerau – Bf. Klotzsche – Industriegebiet Nord
-71: Kleinnaundorf – Coschütz
-72: Elbepark – Altkaditz – Kaditz – Radebeul – Boxdorf – Hellerau – Bf. Klotzsche (– ZMD)
-74: Johannstadt – Striesen – Gruna – Bf. Reick – Reick
-75: Goppeln – Leubnitzer Höhe – Strehlen – Pirnaischer Platz / Postplatz – Messe Dresden
-76: Hp. Pieschen – Justizvollzugsanstalt
-77: Flughafen – Infineon
-78: Hellerau – AMD – Boxdorf, Gewerbegebiet
-79: Mickten – Übigau
-80: Bf. Klotzsche – Flughafen – Boxdorf – Trachau – Cotta – Omsewitz
-81: Wilschdorf, Industriegebiet – Wilschdorf – Liststraße – Bf. Neustadt
-84: Bühlau – Rochwitz – Oberloschwitz – Blasewitz
-85: Striesen, Niederwaldplatz – Gruna – Strehlen – Plauen – Löbtau Süd
-86: Heidenau – Kleinzschachw. – Laubegast – Dobritz – Prohlis – Lockwitz – Kreischa
-87: Striesen, Altenberger Straße – Tolkewitz – Reick – Leubnitz – Mockritz, Otto-Pilz-Straße
-88: Kleinzschachwitz, Fähre – Niedersedlitz – Prohlis
-89: Niedersedlitz – Lockwitz – Röhrsdorf
-90: Löbtau – Naußlitz – Altfranken – Gompitz
-91: Gompitz – Unkersdorf – Merbitz – Cotta
-92: Cotta – Ockerwitz
-93: Cotta – Merbitz – Mobschatz – Cossebaude – Oberwartha
-94: Postplatz – Friedrichstadt – Cotta – Cossebaude / Niederwartha
-95: Bf. Cossebaude – Gohlis – Bf. Cossebaude
-97: Leutewitz – Zschonergrund
NextBike is a private bicycle sharing system that is quite similar to DB Call-a-Bike except that it is partially paid for by advertising directly on the bike -- and it is cheaper. Rental of a NextBike costs one Euro per half hour or nine Euros for up to 24 hours -- nine Euros as opposed to fifteen for Call-a-Bike. (Prices as of 2013.)
Online registration for NextBike is easy provided you are willing to give them your credit card number and cell phone number. Registration costs nine Euros, but this amount is applied to your first bike rentals.
I had already been registered with NextBike for a while, but Dresden was the first place I had a chance to try it out. I checked out a bike at the main station, rode it through the Großer Garten to the Adult Education Center, left it locked up there all afternoon and then rode it back when I was finished with my workshop.
Aside from being cheaper, I found NextBike to be somewhat less hassle than Call-a-Bike -- though you do need a cell phone for both.
NextBike is currently available in Dresden, Erlangen, Frankfurt am Main and Nürnberg, and they say it will be expanding soon to include nine more German cities and even some in Austria and New Zealand.
Second photo: My NextBike in the Großer Garten (Large Park).
Thanks to VT member german_eagle I got to know nice company Berlin Bus Linen with nice discounts to go to different places in Germany from Berlin, also to some neighbor countries, as Denmark, Netherlands or France.
So, I got a ticket Berlin – Dresden – Berlin for only 18 Euros, the time was fixed and ticket not refundable if you don’t use it. I reserved it maybe 1 month before my trip.
I took a ride Berlin – Dresden with a nice old man, who was explaining some facts about Dresden (it was his hometown), I am happy to understand a bit, as it was in German :)
I love places, where you could simply see mostly everything in walking distance, so it is quite typical to Dresden also. It is for sure relatively small city, let say, comparing to Berlin.
Sightseeing of Dresden could be made by seeing old town (Altstadt), and some places a bit further - as Dresden parks and Hygiene museum. Also sightseeing could be continued to other side of Elbe with New town (Neustadt) and such interesting places as singing house.
Dresden has a nice network of trams. I used them to reach my hosts living place, but I didn‘t need it for moving around historical part of Dresden, as it is quite compact.
As I needed to use more than two rides per day, I bought a one day tickets for 5 Euros, one ticket price was 2 euros, so if you go more than two times per day, it is not worth buying single ticket.
Dresden has a rather small airport. Most flights are within Germany or to hubs in Germany or Europe (Frankfurt, München, Zürich, Moscow) where you can change to intercontinental flights. There are also charter flights to tourist destinations in the Mediterranean region, Egypt etc. from Dresden.
The airport is only 9 km north of the city centre, easily reached by car, taxi, tram/bus or - most convenient - by commuter train S1 which runs once or twice per hour (depending on daytime). The trains arrive and depart in the basement of the terminal, ticket machines are on the platform (2 Euro for a single trip to the city centre in 2012). The buses and taxis depart right in front of the terminal.
The airport offers the basic services, there is not much in regards to shopping there. You can rent a car, have a snack, coffee etc. or buy some basic food.
Hope this doesn't come too late for you: Stop at Dresden Hauptbahnhof (main train station), all the sights are in walking distance, as are plenty of hotels. From there you can catch many daily trains to Berlin. I would get off at Alexanderplatz (one of the bigger train stations) since it looks like your hotel is there. Public transport is excellent in both cities.
A very special service for handicapped people is the assistance that the DVB (Dresden Transport Company) offers FOR FREE!
From Monday through Friday 7 am to 6 pm handicapped and even elderly people who are uncertain of how to get around or need help can call the phone number below (I recommend about two hours in advance at least) and ask for assistance. The DVB will send two employees to your apartment (or hotel) who whill help you to get to the next tram/bus stop, help with buying the ticket, accompany you while you're on the tram/bus until you get off at your destination. And they will do the same on the trip back.
Once again, this service is totally free, a valid ticket is all you need. Usually I see DVB employees pushing a wheelchair or helping an elderly lady with crutches a couple of times per week or so. It makes me smile and I am happy to contribute to this service with the payment for my monthly ticket.
(Website in German only, sorry, but that doesn't mean it's only for Dresden residents.)