Top attractions in Dresden
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.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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, 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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 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.
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- 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
Jan our guide, picked us up in the morning perfect in time. we drove by car to our first stop for the Elbsandsteingebirge at the german side of the mountains. it was a short walk (500m) to the postcard view everybody knows. Nearly no tourist in the moning around, (Jan really made an ideal tour schedule for the whole day). The view was stunning and we had a lot of time for pictures. after this we drove by car to the czech side of the mountains to see the Prebisch-Door. For this we had a 2 km walk up to the side through the forrest (perfect air and very relaxed). Then we went back and we took a bus for a short ride to a restaurant for lunch. It was very delicious after the walking and hiking, a great stop to releax. Then we walked through the forrest for a boat-trip. The walk was stunning, because of the nature. The boat-ride was great and funny. And in the end we went by car back home. In total a great tour, well balanced by Jan (super friendly, informativ, great company)
The tour started with the visit at the opera house, which already set high expectations for the rest of the tour . Make sure you’re on time. We were 3minutes later and the tour started without us, with no way for us to get into the opera house. However, an employee came outside to check for any late comers, which was helpful. Overall, the tour lasts 2.5 hours. Be prepared to do a lot of walking and standing. As for the guide, he was very knowledgeable and engaging. Would highly recommend this tour!
Jan, my tour guide was really good and communicates well. It was a great trip with him. There was more of hiking, so definitely comfortable shoes are required. Though it was a rainy day, the tour guide Jan had all required equipments and had a great visit to the National park. Lovely location and great lunch and drinks.
I had a wonderful experience in countess von Brühl's company for 2 hours. The countess had a profound knowledge of the history of Saxony, Pillnitz Castle and court life in the 18th century. She was kind, charming and made me feel welcome, and she was stunningly beautiful in her costume. It was 2 fantastic hours!
Children and adults enjoyed this entertaining walk through Dresden's history and beautiful old town. Our guide has a great knowledge about the Saxon mobility and explained everything in a very enjoyable way. We could listen him for hours.