Dresden Travel Guide

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Dresden Things to Do

  • Zwinger

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Another very interesting museum! Once again, it was "August the Strong" who founded this Museum in 1728, making it the oldest Museum in the Zwinger complex, and one of the world’s most important museums of historical scientific instruments. So, what did we see in this type of Museum? Things I saw were mechanical music instruments and a...

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  • Royal Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Royal Palace is across the road from the Zwinger. Its history goes back to the 13th century when a fort was built here, then in the 15th century, the Hausmann Tower was built. In 1530, George the Bearded - Duke of Saxony, commissioned the construction of the Georgenbau, the original city Gate and exit to the Elbe bridge. In 1701, fire...

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  • River Elbe

    Undoubtedly, the nicest way to get to Schloss Pilnitz is by Paddle Steamer. It’s not the only way mind you, but definitely the best. Because I had other ideas on the way back I didn’t buy a return ticket and it’s worth checking out the Sachsische Dampfschiffahrt website (see below) to see if the return boats fit in with your plans. The trip takes...

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Dresden Restaurants

  • Eiscafé Venezia

    One of the most popular ice cream places in Dresden is the "Venezia" in the Inner Neustadt district, right by the Golden Horseman monument at the beginning of the pedestrian shopping boulevard Hauptstrasse. It is a perfect place to relax in the sun, do some people watching and for having yummy ice cream. Service is quick and attentive, prices are...

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  • Zum Steiger

    When American friends of mine visited they wished to have dinner in a restaurant with local/regional food, so I made reservations in this one, which is centrally located, only some steps from Neumarkt square and Frauenkirche. It is in a block that was built in the communist era, has two floors, bar style on the ground floor, restaurant on the upper...

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  • Cafe Weinberg

    This gem of a restaurant-cafe is located in the southern outskirts in a nice residential area. The name "Weinberg" refers to the former vineyards (from about 1650 to 1890) at this south-facing hillside. A visit of this cafe is recommended for the architecture alone: It was built 1913, the interior was designed by Richard Riemerschmid, done by...

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Dresden Nightlife

  • Ostrapark

    Some of the former slaughterhouse buildings in the Friedrichstadt district were turned into a (night)club - Ostrapark. The entrance is vis-a-vis the Messe / Trade Fair, right by tram stop "Messe Dresden" (#10). In mild summer nights (on weekends mostly) it is a great place to hang out by the pond with fountain, palm trees providing mediterranean...

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  • Schlossbar

    This place in the upscale Swissotel, a five-star hotel in the old town vis-a-vis the Royal Palace, has become my regular hang out place after opera or concert. The Schlossbar is the Swissotel's lobby bar and cafe, occupying the room to the left of the entrance and also the main lobby. See my restaurant tip as well for dessert/coffee.It is a mixed...

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  • Filmnächte am Elbufer

    Whether you're a fan of movies or not, the ambience of the open-air cinema right by the river is very special and worth your time. The seats are on the hillside, designed like an amphitheatre, the huge screen is by the river. Behind the screen the lit up silhouette of the old town is to see.From blockbusters to independent movies, oldies, classics...

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Dresden Transportation

  • WHAT A WAY TO GO!

    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...

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  • STEP BACK IN TIME #2

    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 - 5pmADMISSION... Adults: 2 EU Children 1.5 eu Families 5...

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  • STEP BACK IN TIME # 1

    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...

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Dresden Shopping

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  • OVER 200 SHOPS

    I must say that I was quite surprised to find this lovely old building was now filled with shops of every description. The Altmarkt Galerie is a protected historic monument, and the second-largest shopping mall in urban Dresden. I liked the arches and also the Planter pots which were full of flowering Tulips, a nice way of brightening up the grey...

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  • Hot Tip tableware in Art nouveau / Art...

    If you visiting the Neumarkt and Frauenkirche in the middle of the City of Dresden. Check out the antique store at the Landhausstrasse 4. (a few steps away)It is a wunderfull shop with antiques. They are specialised on Tableware; like cutlery, glases, porcelain, silver, silverplated, light, candelstick and all the things you want to have for you...

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  • Dresdner Christstollen

    If you're planning to buy *the* local specialty at Christmas time in Dresden, the "Dresdner Christstollen", which is basically a fruitcake in the shape of a large bread, topped with powdered sugar, then there are two places I recommend: One is the hut of the bakers' guild in the northeastern corner (near tram stop) at the Striezelmarkt (Christmas...

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Dresden Local Customs

  • Christmas market Loschwitz

    Out of the smaller Christmas markets in the residential areas of Dresden I want to mention only this one, which is among my absolute favourites. It takes place at Friedrich-Wieck-Str. in Dresden-Loschwitz (from Körnerplatz down toward the Elbe river) and is organised by the local association "Elbhangfest e.V." (They organise the big festival...

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  • Advent in the Neustadt district

    Only in recent years the Neustadt district started decorating streets, windows of the shops and even organising a small Christmas market. It is getting better from year to year and - no surprise here - you can make funny discoveries in that area.The Inner Neustadt with the Baroque area around Königstraße and Rähnitzgasse gets some visitors from the...

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  • Christmas market Hauptstraße

    Most of the Christmas markets are on the old town side, but that does not mean the New Town (Neustadt) doesn't have any at all. There has been one for many years along the pedestrian shopping street Hauptstraße, under the sycamore trees - very romantic setting, but unfortunately the decoration of the stalls used to be uninspired. That has changed...

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Dresden Warnings and Dangers

  • Tickets to Zwinger Museums

    Take note that you buy the ticket for a one day entry at the basement level of the Zwinger, and go through the front entrance off the main Theatre Platz. Ticket prices to get into the museums are all separately purchased, and for most the the more popular are 6 Euro each, or you can purchase a one day ticket to get into all museums for 12 Euro-or...

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  • Wierd-Strange Dress and Styles

    I noted that there were a fair number of youth that had bizarre attire, and had that hippie looking effect. The living area around Bischwofsweg has a lot of youth, and high unemployment, which has drawn them into this mode. It is not blatant, but does exist, and be aware to watch out for the negative impacts of this type of culture.The van parked...

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  • CAsh is King

    Be aware that a lot of places do not take credit cards, or would take them, but really do not want to do so because of the merchant charge. I understand that and we paid most items in cash. We used ATM's to refill the cash needs.

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Dresden Tourist Traps

  • Validate your ticket please!

    To avoid 40 euro fine/person, please make sure to validate your ticket immediately after you enter the tram/bus. Otherwise, the ticket controller will be very happy to write a fine ticket for you. Especially if you can't speak german (because none of them can speak english).Keep in mind that the Die Bahn weekend ticket or Saxony ticket is not valid...

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  • Hop on - Hop off city tour

    A what-to-do tip or a tourist trap?If you read the description: Get in, listen to the information, get off, explore on your own, get in again, it sounds like a very good idea.The reality, however, was different!We bought our tickets, 20 Euro each, and wanted to walk to the nearest stop, when we were sent to another one.There was a large crowd...

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  • Saxon Dialect

    Saxon people are very friendly and have a huge sense of humor.However, their dialect is very difficult to understand and may sound funny. You shouldn't laugh at the people because of that and do not try to imitate. If you want to laugh about the dialect "legally" you should go to a cabaret.

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Dresden What to Pack

  • D's a great guide....

    It's always great to have a local guide and many thanks to Doreen for showing me all the nooks and crannies of her hometown, Dresden. Five years later I am lucky to call the lovely lady my wife and now I get to show her some things in her own hometown. : )

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  • Packing List

    Bring gloves if traveling in winter for those night photo shoots and wear your hat, no matter how stupid it looks. At the Christmas markets we wore long underwear and were glad we did. No amount of gluhwein makes it too warm for long undies! A tripod is essential, there's not always a handy trashcan lid. 800 ASA film is handy though you don't...

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  • Climate in Dresden

    Climate in Dresden varies over the year.Summer: Most of time warm and sunny - around 25°C (77°F). Sometimes temp can hit 35°C (95°F). Don't forget suntan lotion and sunglasses! Unfortunately, there're also rainy periods! So don't miss umbrella and warm clothes!Winter: Winter is chilly - temp around freezing point. Sometimes temp can drop down to...

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Dresden Off The Beaten Path

  • Meißen

    This is a very nice place to come and visit, possibly during the off season to avoid all those pesky tourists gawking around and tour buses dropping off their flock. Many shops are around to buy gifts, and porcelain is the main theme, of course. Be careful to watch prices of porcelain in that some shops charge maybe 50% more than another. In the...

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  • Moritzburg

    This is a hunting lodge built between 1542 and 1546 for Duke of Moritz of Saxony. There are four round towers for symmetry, and inside is baroque style, and very elegant with gold and glitter all over. A chapel was added in 1661, and later other additions came by the residents who lived here as heirs until 1945 being the last ones to occupy. The...

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  • Saxonian Switzerland

    This is a wonderful side trip to see something not usually found in Germany. The rock formations are about 600 feet above the Elbe river and formed over one million years ago resulting in jagged rocks with erosion in between them. For 200 years this has been a drawing attraction and the first bridge built in 1824 to traverse across a gap, and later...

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Dresden Sports & Outdoors

  • SKATE PARK - LIGNERALLEE

    I came across skate park Lingnerallee as I walked to the city centre of Dresden. There wasn't anybody using it, so I took my attention to a nearby Sculpture. This would be the worst sculpture I have ever seen! Look at the photo's and see what you think! Then I found more artwork on the concrete, not my taste either!The Skate park itself looked very...

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  • Glücksgas Stadium

    After exiting the "Great Gardens, I was standing at the traffic lights and happened to notice a huge Stadium located across the street and on the opposite corner. This is Glücksgas Stadium, also known as Rudolph-Harbig Stadium. The Football Stadium is home of the "Dynamo Dresden."The Stadium was built to both FIFA and UEFA standards. Just imagine...

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  • Sports (boarding) school

    In case your kid(s) want to become professional athletes, or are just interested to do more sports than usual, you could send them to the sports school in Dresden. You can choose between Gymnasium (High School, 5th - 12th grade) from where they graduate with an Abitur that would give them the opportunity to study at University/College, and...

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Dresden Favorites

  • Altstadt (Old Town)

    At some time during your day in Dresden, you will most probably need to find a Toilet. Attractions are good for the use of a FREE TOILET, but if your caught in-between, then you may be in trouble. I don't think to look downwards for Toilets, but this is what you will have to do in the Altmarkt [old town square] Look for the concrete wall, and a...

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  • Links & Maps

    The Altstadt has the best known attractions, like: -Zwinger -Green Vault -Frauenkirche -Semper Oper -Royal Mews -Fürstenzug -Royal Palace -Cathedral -Kreuzkirche -Altmarkt Square -Brühl Terrace -Academy of Arts and Art Society -Albertinum -New Synagogue -Großer Garten park -Park Train Dresden -Yenidze -Russian-Orthodox Church -Panometer -Zoo...

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  • Zwinger

    In the Zwinger are the Old Masters Gallery, Armoury collection (Rustkammer), the Porcelain Collection, Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon, and Zoological Museum. There were so many fabulous buildings and architecture, fountains, etc. I could not stop taking pictures. I only had a day and a half here and next time I will stay longer. It now ranks...

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