Dresden travel guide

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You're Going to Love Dresden

Like a phoenix from the flames, Dresden rebuilt itself after World War II, meticulously recreating one of the world's most beautiful baroque cities. Nowadays, Dresden is more striking than ever, boasting numerous museums, fine food, and plenty of cultural attractions as well.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Dresden

1. A Glorious History

Dresden's golden age was in the 18th century under the Saxon ruler Augustus II the Strong. Palaces like the Zwinger and the Residenzschloss are simply stunning.

2. Some of Germany's Best Museums

Dresden is serious about culture, and this is reflected in exceptional museums like the Green Vault, the Military History Museum, and the quirkier German Hygiene Museum.

3. Art Galleries to Equal Any European Destination

Art lovers will adore the Albertinum, where Monet and Chagall sit alongside contemporary contenders, while the Old Masters Picture Gallery features big names like Raphael, Tintoretto, and Dürer.

4. Beautiful Gardens

Dresdeners are fortunate to have some beautiful parks and gardens, with the Grosser Garten head and shoulders above the rest, featuring a city zoo and botanical gardens.

5. Entertainment Options for All

Catch an opera at the lavish Semperoper, visit in May for the Dresden Music Festival, or dive into the clubs that have earned Dresden the nickname the "Detroit of the East."

Where to Eat in Dresden

Local highlights include Lila Sosse (where the German tapas are a great intro to local delicacies), and the gourmet fish eatery Kastenmeiers. Expect to pay around EUR20-30 per head.

When to visit Dresden

Dresden in February
Estimated hotel price
£8
1 night at 3-star hotel
Dresden in February
Estimated hotel price
£8
1 night at 3-star hotel

Spring is a wonderful time to visit Dresden, with beautiful weather, smaller crowds, and the excellent music festival, but Christmas and summer are almost as good.

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How to Get to Dresden

Plane

Many European low-cost airlines fly into Dresden International Airport (DRS). From there, take the 77 or 97 bus, or the S-Bahn (overland rail). Either way, the cost is EUR2.30, while taxis cost around EUR25.

Train

You can reach Dresden Hauptbahnhof from Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt with ease, while other services may stop at Dresden Neustadt. The Hauptbahnhof is more central, so check your arrival point before you travel.

Car

From Berlin, take the A13 or the A14 from Leipzig. If you are coming from Prague, take the E8, then the A17 from the border.

Bus

BerlinLinienbus, FlixBus, and Eurolines run daily services into Dresden Hauptbahnhof from other German cities.

Airports near Dresden

Airlines serving Dresden

Lufthansa
Good (1,077 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (2,329 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,780 reviews)
KLM
Good (264 reviews)
Air France
Good (271 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (944 reviews)
British Airways
Good (764 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,559 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (301 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (849 reviews)
Iberia
Good (548 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (471 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (155 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (331 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (67 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (1,028 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (268 reviews)
Finnair
Good (350 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (175 reviews)
LOT
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Where to stay in Dresden

City center accommodation options worth considering include the palatial Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden and the Hotel Suitess, while the Bülow Palais is situated in a mansion north of the river.

Popular neighbourhoods in Dresden

Altstadt - rebuilt with incredible dedication following the war, the Altstadt is a baroque masterpiece, with squares, townhouses, and civic architecture to die for.

Innenstadt - the heart of the modern city, Innenstadt is Dresden's shopping hub (don't miss Prager Strasse if you are hunting for souvenirs).

Loschwitz - prosperous and modern, Loschwitz is full of small galleries and design stores, and also hosts a couple of 18th-century castles.

Most popular hotel in Dresden by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Dresden

Most booked hotels in Dresden

Suitess - An Der Frauenkirche
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
£92+
Hyperion Hotel Dresden Am Schloss
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
£95+
Gewandhaus Dresden, Autograph Collection
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
£106+
Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
£102+
Hotel Schloss Eckberg
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
£79+
Bilderberg Bellevue Hotel Dresden
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£85+
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How to Get Around Dresden

Public Transportation

Buses and trams will take you where you need to go, and cost EUR2.30 for a single journey. Day tickets cost EUR6.

Taxi

Bike taxis are popular in Dresden and are great for short hops. Conventional taxis will cost about EUR3.50 for the meter drop, then EUR3 per mile.

Car

Car rental outlets include Sixt, Avis, and Hertz; expect to pay around EUR15-20 per day for smaller vehicles.

The Cost of Living in Dresden

Shopping Streets

Innenstadt is the place to go for chain stores, and Prager Strasse is the main shopping street. Check out Äußere Neustadt for vintage stores, record shops, and boutiques.

Groceries and Other

Local supermarkets include REWE and Lidl. Prices shouldn't be steep, at around EUR2.40 for a gallon of milk.

Cheap meal
£5.34
A pair of jeans
£68.05
Single public transport ticket
£2.05
Cappuccino
£2.27