Dresden Transportation

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    Paddle Steamers

    by german_eagle Updated Nov 20, 2010

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    A very enjoyable way to get around Dresden is to do a trip by one of the old paddle steamers on the Elbe river.

    The central departure station is located right in front of Brühl's Terrace on the left bank of the river (old town) in the city centre. Another station is in Blasewitz at the restaurant Schillergarten. Boats run in both directions, up- and downstream. Upstream the ride goes as far as Bad Schandau in Saxon Switzerland, downstream beyond Meißen, as far as Diesbar-Seußlitz (vineyards!). There are also steamers that only run to Schloss Pillnitz and back, or that go to Pirna.

    Summer season with frequent connections starts early April and ends late Oct. Special events like steamer parade (May 1 and during City Festival/Stadtfest in August) and Riverboat Shuffle (during Jazz Festival in May) are always favourites of both locals and tourists. Reservations far in advance for these events are a must.

    The steamer steamers in front of Br��hl's Terrace paddles steamer in Pillnitz
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    Cycling in Dresden

    by Nemorino Written Dec 16, 2008

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    Of course most cyclists in Dresden are not dependent on bike-sharing systems, because they have their own bikes.

    Like any other self-respecting German city, Dresden has an active chapter of the General German Bicycle Club (ADFC). The ADFC works with local politicians and city departments to improve bicycle routes, install more bicycle parking stands and open one-way streets to cyclists going the other direction. (I am proud to be a member of the ADFC, but of course in Frankfurt not Dresden.)

    Additional photos: More cyclists in Dresden.

    1. Cyclist going past the Semper Opera House 2. Cycling in Dresden 3. Cycling in Dresden 4. Cycling in Dresden
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    Guided Tour Buses

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 10, 2011

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    There are a lot of these that drive around the city and tourists use them for guided tours, or on/off stops. Some tours also includes taking you out of the city to Meissen, or Pillnitz as examples of places to stop. Prices of the tour range from 20-50 Euro depending on the time of 2-4 hour tours, or where to go on the tour.

    Typical tour bus on the street Name of tour bus we followed
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    Velotaxi and Rickshaw

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 4, 2008

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    Want a tour of the town centre with a private guide and don't feel like walking?

    Velotaxis and rickshaws are at your service. Each of these vehicles seats two passengers. The driver will be your personal guide and take you where you want to go. I think this is a great, and environment-friendly, way of getting around if you have difficulties or just can't be bothered walking. (Haven't done this myself yet, though).

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    Rickshaw in Theaterplatz Velotaxis Velotaxi in Neumarkt Rickshaw in Theaterplatz Velotaxi on Augustusbr��cke
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    Airport

    by german_eagle Written Nov 4, 2012

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    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.

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    WHAT A WAY TO GO!

    by balhannah Written Dec 2, 2013

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    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!

    Historic Paddle steamer
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    How to get to Dresden

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 14, 2011

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    When we are driving from Moscow to Bavaria or Baden Wuerttemberg and back home we usually choose A4 autobahn which is passing close to Dresden.
    There are a plenty of signs to Dresden along the way. Usually we turn Ausfahrt #78 to road #6 or Ausfahrt #81 to the road #170 (7 km to the Zentrum).

    You can watch my 3 min 38 sec HD Video Germany Sachsen Autobahn A4 Görlitz-Dresden out of my Youtube channel.

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    Railway

    by german_eagle Updated Nov 20, 2010

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    Dresden is a railway hub in Eastern Germany, although we locals wish Deutsche Bahn would invest more money in railroads so the trains would get faster.

    Trains are running to/from Berlin, Frankfurt (via Leipzig), Nürnberg (via Chemnitz), Prague/Vienna/Budapest and Wroclaw. Regional trains and the S-Bahn are running frequently on several routes to the airport, the National Park Sächsische Schweiz, Meissen, Lausitz region etc.

    Dresden has two big railway stations: The Central railway station (Hauptbahnhof) is still undergoing reconstruction works. They do not affect the traveller anymore, though - it's convenient to get around, navigation is easy. All the services you expect are there: ticket desks, ticket machines, lockers, shops, restaurants etc. The architecture of this station is quite impressive. Built 1893-98 and severely damaged in the bombing 1945 it was reconstructed after plans of Sir Norman Foster and reopened 2006. Quite beautiful is the main hall - the huge vaulted roof is a steel construction with teflon fabric.

    The other big station is Dresden-Neustadt. Built 1898-1901 with Art Nouveau elements it is the successor of the so called Leipziger Bahnhof, the station of the first long-distance railway in Germany (1839). Relics of Leipziger Bahnhof are still to see about 100 m west of the station Dresden-Neustadt. Anyway, Dresden-Neustadt offers all the services of a big railway station and is less crowded than Hauptbahnhof. I prefer to go there to get tickets or information because lines are usually shorter (or no lines at all).

    Railway station Dresden-Neustadt (main hall) Dresden central railway station central railway station, the steel construction
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    Parking is an Issue to Consider

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 12, 2011

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    There are not a lot of available spaces to find parking, and especially ones that are cheap. In the Altmarket, there are garages, but they do cost about 8-12 Euro daily. WE found a surface lot for 6 Euro for the day, or for 3 hours it is the same in Altmarket to the west of it and south of Zwinger two blocks. By our apartment on Bischofsweg there was only parallel street parking and that was the cheapest for 3 Euro a day, which is also the price for 6 hours.
    Parking places at Weiner Platz cost 6 Euro for 3 hours, and need to pay at a booth to get ticket to get out. Airport parking is about 5 Euro a day if I recall correctly?

    Cashier booth to get ticket Park wherever you can Signage of parking garage plaza Airport parking garage
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    Two train stations

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 10, 2011

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    There are two train stations; one on the north in Neustadt called the same name, and south in Weiner Platz, just south of old center 3/4 of a mile is called Hauptbahnhof. The Weiner Platz was designed and built in 1892-97 but damaged substantially in WWII. It has 18 tracks, with 11 to take you to destinations. Over 1997 and 2006 there was a major refurbishment due to finding that the structure besides being left to deteriorate and structural faults in the roof supports, and the 2002 floods caused more havoc. NOw it is pristine looking again back to its art deco period.

    Clkose up of the building and arched dome Row of warehouse/train depot Inside of the train stop The Neustadt station
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    Trams

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 10, 2011

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    A great deal of people use the tram system as it traverses all around the city and outskirts. The system is appearing to be efficient and on time. The only hitch is that is traffic backup, the trams also have to wait a lot because the tracks run right over the streets in the traffic lanes.
    The system started in early 19oo's and has had to resort to the narrow streets because buildings were built right up close to them when there was only horse traffic. There are 28 tram routes and 12 bus routes.

    Modern day looking tram in south Tram running down the street Following or getting hit? Trams in mix of traffic
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    Bikes-Many Use Them

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 10, 2011

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    Since vehicles are expensive and parking a mess, if not impossible in areas, a lot of people of all ages use the bikes to get around to work, shop, and play, and even site see. There are also some motorbikes but not many small Mopeds or big motorcycles.

    Biker following the tram? Tours of sites on bikes Bikes at the bus stops/traffic Motorbikes in traffic
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    Elbe River Cruises

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 11, 2011

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    We did not take a cruise due to time constraints, but kind of wish we had been able to do so. A cruise down, or up river would have been nice. They take you to some places only about 5 miles away, while others can a a 4-5 hour cruise to sites about 20 miles away on the river.
    Prices range varying on the trip taken. An example is Dresden to Meissen (30 miles away) is 11 Euro, and to Pillnitz (15 miles south) is 9,40 Euro. Local short rides going by closer in sites may be about 10 Euro.

    Paddlewheel ship by Bruhl Terrace Docked cruise ship at Bruhl Terrace by CAthedral Cruise ship going down the Elbe
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    Dresden by foot

    by Raimix Written Jan 4, 2013

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    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.

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    STEP BACK IN TIME # 1

    by balhannah Written Dec 2, 2013

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    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.

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