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Top 10 things to do in Dresden

Famous for its rich art collections, river views, and Baroque architecture, Dresden is an essential stop on any trip to Europe. With so much to see and do, here are some of the top sights to help you get the most out of the city.

Semperoper

This magnificent opera house and concert hall will not disappoint. With Renaissance style architecture and ornate interiors, Semperoper is a must-see on any visit to Dresden.

Dresden Frauenkirche

The glorious church dome interiors and historic construction of the Dresden Frauenkirche are spectacular. Plus you can enjoy views across the city and beyond from the 67-meter high viewing platform.

Pillnitz Castle

Costumed tours? Champagne reception? What's not to like? Travel back in time to the court of Saxony for an afternoon in the Pillnitz Castle you won't forget.

Blue Wonder Bridge

An architectural wonder at the time of its construction, surrounded by urban legends and WWII history. The Blue Wonder Bridge is a sight to behold and not to be missed.

Zwinger

Zwinger, a glorious East German palace, is beautiful on its own. Add to that a trip to the palace Gallery's collection of famous masters and you can't go wrong.

Dresden Castle

This castle is one the oldest buildings in Dresden. A former royal residence with a mix of architectural styles from Baroque to neo-Renaissance, it makes for a fascinating visit.

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Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

One of the finest art galleries in Europe, displaying some of the major works from the 15th to 18th centuries. If you're looking for some culture look no further.

Asisi Panometer Dresden

Created in 2006 inside a former gasometer, this modern attraction shows Dresden as it would have appeared in 1756 by means of an exceptional panoramic depiction.

Moritzburg Castle

For a breath of fresh air from the city you could take a short trip to some of the favorite hunting grounds of the former kings of Saxony and this resplendent baroque palace.

Church of the Holy Cross

Visually stunning, the Church of the Holy Cross is the largest church building in the Free State of Saxony. It is also home of the Dresdner Kreuzchor boys' choir and hosts other regular concerts.

Planning Your Dresden Visit

How many days should you spend in Dresden?

With so much to see and do you could easily spend a week in Dresden without running out of activities. But if you're stopping off as part of a trip to other European cities, or thinking about visiting from Berlin or Prague, 3 days will leave you satisfied without being too overwhelmed.

How to get there

Access to the city is very simple from Dresden-Klotzsche Airport. With regular buses and trains (S-Bahn, line S2) into the city. It is also very simple to travel by train from the rest of Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich) and Prague, Budapest and Wroclaw.

Good to Know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    Springtime is great for a visit with milder temperatures, longer daylight hours, and fewer tourists, but Christmas time is also recommended for the fabulous Christmas markets.

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What People Are Saying About Dresden

Great way to get an overview of Dresden.

Dresden has so many fascinating places and so much history it can be overwhelming to know where to start. The hop on hop off bus goes around to 22 important sites and explains a bit about each in about 1 1/2 hours and then you can decide where you want to go and get off the bus when you want and then back on to go to another place. We enjoyed the tour. Dresden really needs a week to do it right. We will be back.

The Great Dresden Sightseeing, Multi-Stop Bus Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/06/2016

Interesting tour inside interesting building

A lot of interesting facts about details, which you never notice if just visit opera! Very good!

Just a quick trip to Dresden? Best thing to do: Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour

Still the best way to explore a city ! Use the ticket as often as you want, hop off and on again, wherever you want and after one tour you`ll know where the main sights of the city are.

It was great, but it took us 1 hour to find the guide. We came even be

Even though we don't know deutch and the guide bearly speak english it was great.

Night Tours of Dresden by bike Reviewed by Liat, 10/18/2016

An excellent combination of trips to get an overall picture of Dresden

A great morning, but I didn't realise that it was in German until after I had paid for and printed the ticket. Audio aids would have been very useful on the bus and cable car. The boat had an English commentary.


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