Dresden Transportation

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    HORSE & CARRIAGE / WAGON RIDES

    by balhannah Written Dec 1, 2013

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    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.

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    STEP BACK IN TIME #2

    by balhannah Written Dec 2, 2013

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    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

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    The World’s oldest Paddle Wheel Steamer

    by Kakapo2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Dresden prides itself of having the world’s oldest and biggest fleet of paddle wheel steamers. They have nine such historic ships, 80 to 130 years old.

    They travel through Dresden’s Elbe Valley which has UNESCO World Heritage status, and get into Saxon Switzerland (Sächsische Schweiz) and to the border of the Czech Republic. Also 90 min city tours, so called Bridge Tours (Brückentour), are on offer.

    The steamers travel between Seußlitz in the north-west to the border town Schmilka in the south-east, and pass at Meißen (wonderful town of the royal porcelain manufactory), Dresden, Schloss Pillnitz, Pirna and Bad Schandau.

    The stop in Dresden is called Terrassenufer. That is just at Brühlsche Terrasse, below the castle, between Augustusbrücke (Theaterplatz) and Carolabrücke.

    To give you an idea about the price of a trip (as Oct. 2008):

    Dresden – Meißen costs 11.40 Euro single/16.80 return
    Dresden – Schloss Pillnitz 9.60/14.80
    Dresden – Bad Schandau 20.50/20.50 (yes, not more)

    If you plan to cruise quite a bit and use land transportation as well you should think about purchasing a so-called Kombiticket for 27 Euro (children 16.50/family 43.00). Those tickets can only be purchased at the shipping company’s counter.

    They also offer themed cruises at special rates.

    On the VVO website you can also find trips on passenger ships that cruise along the vineyards etc.

    The paddle wheel steamer Pirna on the Elbe.
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    Cycling

    by german_eagle Updated Mar 31, 2012

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    Cycling becomes more and more popular in Dresden. Currently 18% of all trips within the city are done by bicycle, which is not overly exciting - yet, but a major improvement compared to some years ago.

    Major roads have cycling trails on the sides, there are cycling routes signposted that cross the city from east to west, north to south. Especially students who live in the Neustadt district (right bank) are happy about the new cycling trails straight through the old town to the Tech University in the south (left bank). A nuisance are the cobbled streets in the old town and 19th century residential areas, but that won't change.

    While most of the city is flat there are some hilly areas in the north/northeast and south where it can be quite strenuous to cycle UPHILL. In those areas you might prefer to hop on a bus and take your bike with you. Same applies to ferries - since there's no bridge in the eastern districts of Dresden you have to use the ferries to cross the river (Kleinzschachwitz - Pillnitz e.g.) The local transportation network VVO charges nothing for bicycles if you have a monthly or annual ticket. Otherwise you must buy a discounted ticket for your bicycle - fare is 1.40 Euro (2012).

    I clicked on Dresden as well since you can easily cycle along the Elbe river cycling path to Dresden, coming from downstream (Hamburg) or upstream (Czech Republic). A very pleasant way to travel to the city!

    Cycler in Grosser Garten Cyclers in Grosser Garten Cycler in the Neustadt district bicycles at the University of Applied Sciences bicycles on the ferry Kleinzschachwitz - Pillnitz
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    Airport

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 11, 2011

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    The airport is north of the city main center about 6 miles, by going up Rt 97, or Konigsbrucker Strasse. It is easy to find the airport and parking and rental cars there are pretty simple to get into the garage. Since there are not many flight coming here daily, the ability to get around and through the airport is easy.

    Airport entrance from the street Main section to enter airport Main info counter near entrance Picture of lobby of airport
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    Horse Drawn CArriage Rides

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 11, 2011

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    Around the Theatre Platz area are many horse drawn carriages if you would like a ride. They range from elaborate coach type carriages to a horse drawn cart. Prices range from 10-20 Euro, and most rides are 12/ to 3/4 hour. They go slowly by the sites in the Platz and some side streets along the Hofkirche and back streets.

    Cart pulled by horses Double deck coach ride
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    historical train

    by Antji Written Feb 23, 2004

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    Radebeul is a part of dresden. There you can find the historical train called "Loessnitztalbahn". You can go from Radebeul to Radeburg with this train and you should make a stop at the moritzburg or some other beautiful places.

    at the trainstation in radebeul

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    Overnight trains

    by sourbugger Written Jan 25, 2006

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    Over-night German trains are still a wonderfully civilised way to travel.

    German engineering means smoothe rails, and a good (and cheap) night's sleep.

    Dresden has a number of overnight trains to places like Frankfurt, Zurich, Munich, Stuttgart and Dortmund. Note that not all trains run every day.

    Dresden's central station
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    Take a Ride on Johanna or another Elbe Ferry

    by Kakapo2 Written Oct 6, 2008

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    We tried Johanna. Johanna is one of the 19 ferries that provide regular, efficient and cheap transportation across the upper part of the river Elbe (Oberelbe). In total there are about 30 such ferry connections. On the 52 kilometre stretch between Dresden and the Czech border they have 13 ferry sites, so one each four kilometres.

    Johanna connects Neustadt and Johannstadt where you have these famous and fabulous Elbwiesen and Elbauen, those meadows and grassy floodplains. We walked to the ferry site in Neustadt from Pfunds Molkerei (not very far) and on the city side back to the centre (a bit further… more than 1 km).

    More than 10,000 people use the ferries daily, often more. They often are the essential and short links for villages on the “wrong” side of the Elbe to the railway stations on the other side.

    Of course, the ferries are also tourist attractions. When we were on the ferry there were only tourists on it. Some ferries also criss-cross the Elbe, so you can get from place to place, especially along Saxony’s vineyards. The ferry from Schöna to Hrenska is even international.
    The fare inside the Dresden tariff zone is included in the Transportation Passes – and is cheap if you have to pay.

    A single trip costs 90 Euro cents, a return trip 1.50 Euro.
    Car transportation costs 1.50 Euro, bigger vehicles 5 Euro..

    Johanna connects Neustadt and Johannstadt.
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    An alternative Trip to Dresden

    by Kakapo2 Written Oct 6, 2008

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    We always write tips about whether to travel to a destination by airplane, train, bus or car. However, Dresden can also be reached by ship.

    I have not done it – but I have checked some cruise websites and looked up how long the trip takes.

    So you can travel from Cuxhaven or Hamburg to Dresden. A trip from Hamburg to Dresden on the cruise ship “MS Dresden” takes about 4 to 5 days, with stops in Magdeburg, Wittenberg, Torgau and Meißen. Then they cruise into the Czech Republic (Decin), and back to Dresden. So the whole trip is over after 8 days. Those trips cost from about 550 to 1000 Euro.

    This is quite a good website:
    http://www.e-hoi.de/elbe-flusskreuzfahrten/fahrgebiet-110.html

    On this website you find another description of the cruise (however, I gave up finding dates and prices…):
    http://www.abadoor-kreuzfahrten.de/flusskreuzfahrt-elbe.html

    Elbe Info

    The Elbe is the third longest river of Central Europe and Germany’s second longest river. It is 1165 kilometres long – 793 kilometres are in Germany. The spring is in the Giant’s Mountains in the Czech Republic, near a place named Vrchlaby (in German: Hohenelbe, meaning: Upper Elbe) – at least I have been there ;-) And its estuary is near Cuxhaven at the North Sea.

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    Grossner Garden Narrow Rail Train

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 28, 2011

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    This ride is mostly for children, but also many adults take it to save on walking around Grossner GArden Park which is one mile long, and of course one mile back to where you started. The ride is 4 Euro, and that is pricey. A 2 Euro discount is good with a Schlosserland Saxony card

    Entrance to pick up the train
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    Hop on hop off bus tour

    by kawanua Written Jul 21, 2008

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    Stadtrundfahrt Dresden offers the hop on/off bus tour for €20 (1-day) or €26 (2-day). You get a €2 discount when buying the ticket from the Tourist Information office. The main route makes 22 stops in around 1.5 hours. The starting point of the bus tour is at the Theaterplatz bus stop, between the Semper Opera House and the Augustus Bridge.
    But the best part of the deal is the included three guided tours of the Zwinger, the Wall of Princes, and Around the Church of Our Lady. All these three guided tours taken together one ofter another last for about 2 hours, and are highly recommended. Since there are only 3 guided tours per day, plan your trip around these tours. The evening bus runs till 22:00.

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    Tram

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 11, 2014

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    Dresden has a very modern and reliable tram service called Straßenbahn.
    The trams are quiet and have low floors.
    Information about the next stops are displayed and announced.

    Downtown tramlines (red lines)

    Special visitor tickets

    Real time Public Transportation info on the Dresden map

    The Dresden tram lines:
    -1 Prohlis – Gruna – Straßburger Platz – Postplatz – Bahnhof Mitte – Friedrichstadt – Leutewitz
    -2 Kleinzschachwitz – Gruna – Straßburger Platz – Postplatz – Bahnhof Mitte – Cotta – Gorbitz
    -3 Coschütz – Plauen – Hauptbahnhof – Pirnaischer Platz – Albertplatz – Bahnhof Neustadt – Trachenberge – Wilder Mann
    -4 Laubegast – Striesen – Straßburger Platz – Postplatz – Mickten – Radebeul – Coswig – Weinböhla
    -6 Niedersedlitz – Blasewitz – Albertplatz – Bahnhof Neustadt – Bahnhof Mitte – Löbtau – Wölfnitz
    -7 Pennrich – Gorbitz – Löbtau – Hauptbahnhof – Pirnaischer Platz – Albertplatz – Klotzsche – Weixdorf
    -8 Südvorstadt – Hauptbahnhof – Postplatz – Albertplatz – Hellerau
    -9 Prohlis – Strehlen – Zoo – Hauptbahnhof – Postplatz – Mickten – Kaditz
    -10 Striesen – Straßburger Platz – Hauptbahnhof – Bahnhof Mitte – Friedrichstadt
    -11 Zschertnitz – Hauptbahnhof – Postplatz – Bahnhof Neustadt – Albertplatz – Weißer Hirsch – Bühlau
    -12 Striesen – Blasewitz – Straßburger Platz – Postplatz – Löbtau – Cotta – Leutewitz
    -13 Prohlis – Strehlen – Zoo – Straßburger Platz – Neustadt – Pieschen – Mickten

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    Rent a Bike - NextBike

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jul 4, 2010

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    If you want to explore the city on your own pace, you could opt for renting a bicycle.

    Dresden pick-up points.

    The average price is 1€ per hour and from 5€ per day.

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    River Cruise

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jul 4, 2010

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    The Sächsichsische Dampfschiffahrt company has a number of ships ready for a great cruise over the Elbe river.

    The trips go both to the North and South over the most beautiful parts of the Elbe river.
    The Northen trip goes to Seußlitz at Meißen,the Southern one goes to Bad Schandau in the "Sächsischen Schweiz".

    Besides these full dautrips you can board for a shorter 2.5 hours trip in the evening.

    Stadt Wehlen - Dresden August der Starke - Dresden
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