Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+49
- Best time to visitSpringtime 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.
Things to Do in Dresden
Top Attractions in Dresden
- 1Dresden Zoo
- 3Dresden Frauenkirche
- 5Dresden Castle
- 6Neumarkt, Dresden
- 7Blue Wonder Bridge
- 8Elbe River
- 9Augustus Bridge
- 10Pillnitz Castle
- 12Weißer Hirsch
- 13Dresden Panometer
- 15Dresden Cathedral
- 16Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments
- 17Dresden Porcelain Collection
- 18Grünes Gewölbe
- 19Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
- 20Yenidze Dresden
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What People Are Saying About Dresden
The visit was very well conducted. Our guide demonstrated a strong knowledge of her subject. She responded to questions in a manner which demonstrated her extensive knowledge of the history of the building. Overall the visit was an amazing experience which should not be overlooked.
The guide had extensive experience having lived most of her life in Dresden. She was able to provide a historical perspective on each element of the tour. She was willing to share her opinion on a range of issues and went out of her way to make the visit informative and stimulating. Her recommendations on further activities were excellent.
Our guide Nicole was extremely knowledgeable and gave a great tour ... Not too much info and not too little - with facts presented in the context of the history of the Semperoper and the people involved. She answered all of our questions. The pace was easy and her style was friendly. The Semperoper itself is a mighty impressive place with an equally interesting history. I was actually more awed by the Semperoper in Dresden than the Vienna Opera House, and that's saying something!
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.
A lot of interesting facts about details, which you never notice if just visit opera! Very good!