Of course you can also drive to Radebeul. From motorway A4 exits Dresden-Neustadt or Dresden-Wilder Mann it is just a 2-3 km drive to Radebeul, well signposted. Major road B6 runs along the opposite bank of the Elbe river between Dresden and Meißen, but you can drive over the new bridge in Niederwartha to Radebeul.
Be prepared that traffic jams are a common occurence in Radebeul, though. There is one major road (Meißener Straße, pic 1) going in east-west direction (or vice-versa, if you want) through the town, parallel to the vineyards and the river. It is most time of the day stop-and-go traffic along this road as everyone takes it, driving through the residential areas with their small streets north of south of Meißener Straße makes no sense, is even slower. Besides, trams run along this road also (every 10 minutes) and every time the tram stops, the cars must stop, too, to let people get on and off the tram.
Another road with lots of traffic is Kötzschenbrodaer Straße, running from A4 exit Dresden-Neustadt and Elbepark shopping mall toward Radebeul-Kötzschenbroda, closer to the Elbe river than Meißener Straße. Kötzschenbrodaer is a quite narrow road mostly, but the crucial point is the village Radebeul-Serkowitz where hardly two cars can pass at some stretches. On picture 4 you see a sign, put up by locals, that asks for a speed limit of 30 km/h. Pic 5 shows a board, made by a citizens' action committee, that gives information on the noise (not even mentioning the exhaust!) caused by traffic that makes people sick. The dark red stretches on the map are the areas along Meißner Straße and Kötzschenbrodaer Straße where locals are most likely to get sick from extreme traffic noise, according to scientific studies. For more information see www.bv-elbtal.de (in German.)
Parking is scarce in touristy places in Radebeul, like Kötzschenbroda, castle Hoflössnitz and near the vineyards/in the residential areas. Schloss Wackerbarth has a big parking lot, though.
- Road Trip
Getting to Radebeul and around town by cycling is very easy - at least for the parts in the Elbe river, not so much for those up on the plateau above the vineyards (Wahnsdorf, Lindenau, but these are rarely visited by tourists.) Radebeul is right on the very popular Elbe cycling trail, used by locals as much as by tourists. From Dresden's city centre to Radebeul-Kötzschenbroda e.g. (about in the middle of Radebeul) it is a distance of 12 km, less than an hour.
The asphalt trail is well marked, wide enough and for about 95 % runs away from roads. Signposts are at every corner. Side trails take you to other places of interest, like castle Hoflössnitz, Schloss Wackerbarth, Karl-May-Museum and the steam train station or the foot of the vineyards.
If you don't mind a bit more workout, you may consider the trails through the (not too steep) side glens in the vineyards that take you up to the plateau where Schloss Moritzburg in the large Friedewald forest is. You can either cycle via Lössnitzgrund (following the steam train route) from Radebeul-Ost or Moritzburger Straße from Radebeul-Kötzschenbroda.
There are lots of bike rental shops in Radebeul, open on weekends also.
- Budget Travel
Most convenient mode to get to Radebeul, commuter train S1 aside, is the tram #4 that runs from Dresden's eastern outskirts via city centre to Radebeul and every other tram even farther to Coswig and Weinböhla. This tram is run by the Dresden Transport Company DVB and also called "culture tram line" since it passes by lots of tourist attractions, museums, theatres etc. Fares and rules of the VVO network apply. Radebeul, Coswig and Weinböhla are in one zone, Dresden in another one.
The advantage of the tram vs. the train is that it stops more often and runs along the main road through Radebeul, thus is closer to the vineyards/wineries and the castles Hoflössnitz and Wackerbarth. Be prepared the ride takes much longer than by S1 train, though.
The tram runs every 10 minutes during the day, and although the frequency becomes much lower late evening it does run till late night (once an hour after midnight.)
- Budget Travel
There are regional buses and city buses in Radebeul. The former are run by VGM (Transport Company Meißen) and the latter are run by DVB (Dresden Transportation Company). Radebeul is in the VVO transportation network, has its own zone - between Dresden and Meißen. The VVO rules and fares apply - see website below.
Since Radebeul borders to Dresden and the DVB runs city buses to and even through Radebeul, you can save money and get to the eastern outskirts of Radebeul from Dresden by paying only for the zone Dresden and maybe add a short walk. One example is bus line #64, which runs from central Dresden (University hospital) via Waldschlösschen bridge, Military History museum, Pieschen and the shopping mall Elbepark to Dresden-Kaditz, Am Vorwerksfeld. From there it is just a 10 minutes walk to Radebeul-Ost. Another option is bus #80, which runs to the northwestern outskirts of Dresden (e.g. Heidefriedhof cemetery or Boxdorf), from where you can get to Radebeul-Oberlössnitz (vineyards!) on a pleasant 15 minutes walk through the woods. Even better is bus #72, which runs from northern outskirts of Dresden through Radebeul-Oberlössnitz and -Serkowitz to Elbepark shopping mall. However, the zone Dresden only reaches as far as Radebeul-Serkowitz (from Elbepark) resp. Boxdorf, Am Grunde (from northern outskirts).
The regional buses run from Radebeul to neighbouring towns like Coswig, Weinböhla and also to Schloss Moritzburg, Meißen etc. They are fine for getting to trailheads in the Friedewald forest e.g. but for the towns better take the commuter train S1.
- Budget Travel
Getting to Radebeul by train is easy. The Suburban Railway #S1 runs every 30 minutes along the route (Bad Schandau or Schöna -) Dresden - Radebeul - Meissen. They serve the train stations Radebeul-Ost, Radebeul-Weintraube, Radebeul-Kötzschenbroda, Radebeul-Zitzschewig. Regional trains between Dresden and Leipzig (hourly) stop in Radebeul-Ost. The regional trains between Dresden and Elsterwerda (hourly) stop in Radebeul-Naundorf.
The railway runs between the Elbe river and the residential areas at the foot of the vineyards. The main sights of Radebeul are mostly from the stations toward the vineyards, so a bit of walking is always required.
Radebeul has its own tarif zone in the VVO public transportation network, so you need to buy a ticket for two zones from Dresden.
In 2015 a single trip for one zone is 2.20 Euro, for two zones 4 Euro.You can also buy a 4-single-trip ticket. Validate 2 of those strips if you start in Dresden. And the other two strips when you go back. This ticket costs 8 Euro, so it only saves you money for one zone (Radebeul) - at least in 2015. Another option are day tickets, best if several people/families travel together.
- Budget Travel
Narrow Gauge Railway to Moritzburg
Radebeul Ost station is the starting point of the narrow gauge railway to Radeburg and Moritzburg. This train route along Lößnitzgrund valley is operated by historical steam trains, nicknamed Lößnitzdackel (dachshund) due to their speed, or lack thereof.
If you plan to visit Moritzburg place, which is herewith highly recommended, these trains are not the fastest but the most romantic way of getting there. They are fun to ride.
Flyer in English as PDF
Check the timetable carefully because connections are not too dense.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Historical Travel