Th city Steam Paddle Boat rides
You can take a river boat ride on the River Elbe.
This fantastic river boat will take up the River Elbe seeing the city which lines the river.
I highly recommend taking this Paddleboat ride, I took one in Paris on the Sienne River and it was fantastic tour and information on board.
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The car and people ferry boat
There was only one way to the castle that I saw unless I was going to swim and that was not going to happen. :o)
October and Fall season in Dresden was beautiful to see the castle with the leaves changing colors.
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Bikes? Hah! Er, good idea, actually...
We laughed at the fact that everyone had their bikes in Dresden, until we realised that we were knackered from walking. Dresden is really cool for bikes, so either hire one if you can, or bring one. It's quite a big place, even if it doesn't fell that way. Your feet will tell you. Here is Terry taking a rest on the bridge. 'I wanna go back to Prague,', he's saying.
By car or train, many roads and rails go here
Dresden is to be reached by train or by car. These ways are fast and efficient.
Dresden has a good public transportation: tram, busses and taxis can bring you everywhere. A special treat for you can be a trip on a riverboat on the Elbe.
The cable car. it's quite old but has been renovated.
There is another cablecar near to this one wich is very unique: It hangs on the overhead track (not on cables). But it was been rebuilt when we were there.
By tram - definetely! It's...
By tram - definetely! It's network is quite dense and you see a lot of the city. prices: DM 2,90 for a daypass DM 8,-
check out http://www.dvbag.de/linetz/start.htm for network plan.
The picture below is only the centre-plan.
Getting to Dresden might be...
Getting to Dresden might be easy, but mostly is a bit tricky... There is an airport - if you are only visiting Dresden you can fly here, also if you have enough money to afford domestic flights. From the airport take the city transportation (bus and tram) to the city centre.
Train: you can get to Dresden by train - very good from Berlin, Hamburg Warsaw and Praha but it takes quite a while to get here from Munich or Frankfurt. From these cities you might want to try to catch a ride with the 'Mitfahrzentrale' which is an agency to connect people who drive by car and those who want to be given a ride. See in the local phone directory. Also a good try is www.mitfahrzentrale.de they have a large database of 'car connections'. Another thing you can do if you really don't have much money is to use the 'happy weekend ticket' of the german rail: it is valid saturday or sunday for up to 5 people and costs DM 40. You can travel a much as you want on this day but using only slow trains (they are called: RE, RB, SE, S). See www.bahn.de for connections. The picture shows the highspeed train ICE which is very nice to travel (goes up to 280 km/h)
The Dresden airport is rather...
The Dresden airport is rather small, but very new modern buildings make you feel comfortable.
Taking a taxi to town will cost you approximately 13-18 EURO. Taking the S-Bahn to the stations (see Dresden by rail) is fast and cheaper:
The S-Bahn station is on the lower level of the new terminal building. It takes you 13 minutes to travel from Dresden-Neustadt station, and about 22 minutes from Dresden Hauptbahnhof. A single ticket for the tariff zone Dresden is EUR 1.50 (valid on S-Bahn, tram and bus).
There are two big railway stations: The Neustädter Bahnhof is situated right of the river Elbe (recommended for all destinations on that side of the town, e.g. Neustadt, Weißer Hirsch) and the main station (Hauptbahnhof) on the left side of the Elbe (fine if you stay in the historic center or the hotels at the Prager Straße)
By car coming from
- from Cologne / Frankfurt via Eisenach take the motorway (Autobahn) A4
- from Münster / Osnabrück or Hannover via Magdeburg / Leipzig (A 14)
- from Hamburg via Berlin and the A 13
- from Munich / Nürnberg via Chemnitz (A 72/A4)
The hotels have a guiding system (a single letter and the name of the hotel on green signs) - ask your hotel for the correct route!
On www.visit-dresden.com/estverke.html you'll find links with schedules of planes, trains, busses...!
Within the city: walk! It's not *that* big...
or go by bus/tram (operated by the DVB) - reasonable prices, especially with a 24-hour-ticket (just jump on and off...)
I went there by plane. The...
I went there by plane. The fastest way to go from Dresden back to Amsterdam surprisingly brought me to Munich first. Funny world indeed, the world of Air Travel.
(PS. the propellor in the picture was turning, don't worry)
Just walk. Everything is so close to everything else that you can't even get lost. And there are several towers that serve as beacons in the night, even during the day.
By train. If you're coming...
By train. If you're coming from the west, there are ICE (super-express) trains from all of Germany and they all terminate in Dresden. There are also trains from Wroclaw, Warsaw, and Krakow in Poland, and Prague in the Czech Republic.
The best way is to use your...
The best way is to use your own car if possible, as the road network is in really good conditions. You can also take a train with Dresden being an important railway nod, or a plane.
The city's transport network is extensive, so you will be able to get anywhere you wish. Trams and buses are the means of transportation there. Taxi is pretty expensive.
I took the car and it was...
I took the car and it was quite ok. There is a lot of traffic on your way in or out of the town. Once you made your way through there are a lot of central parking areas and houses.
By foot. The sights in the city are very close by. You can also get yourself a ticket for the 'hop on-hop off' city tours. I guess these buses are going to 20 different places and you can always get on or off like you want......
If you stay for more than a day I would recommend the public transportation....
Great Leader limousine
When old Cliffie was doing the sights of Dresden with Paksoo, he had to trudge from place to place. But Kim Il Sung made stately progress, flanked by motorcycle outriders, in his Zil limousine. Obviously, all Great Leaders are equal but some are more equal than others.
Goodbye Checkpoint Charlie
Getting to Dresden is easy nowadays. No need to apply weeks, if not months, in advance for an East German visa, no tedious currency restrictions, no surly border guards rummaging through your luggage. In the old days, the most famous crossing point into the old German Democratic Republic was Checkpoint Charlie between the American and Russian sectors of Berlin. Those were the days when any trip to the East was like a Le Carré novel.
We've driven from Ffurt for a...
We've driven from Ffurt for a long an relaxing trip across Germany ... more or less 5 hours ... but with several stops to let the biggest italian fan of WURST getting tons of them :-))))
Use the great DVB tramway !!!
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