Hello everyone. Today we are so ready to head out a new journey. Are you? Okay, let’s start because there’s so much to see!
The city that we’ll visit today is Dresden and as always, before to explore it let’s know something about it.
Dresden is a German city situated on the Elbe river. It is known for its famous cultural and economic sectors and because it is the home of the important Technical University. As regards the means of transport they seem to be in the vanguard. The beauty of the Rococo and Baroque style (we also want to add the beauty of the neighboring areas, like the Saxon Switzerland) attracts millions of tourists and we are among these!
It is impossible to show this city in few lines so it’s better to start our exploration!
To know more ( what to eat, where to eat, where to have fun, things to visit…) continue to read.
We begin our adventure through the world of culture.
PLACES TO VISIT (MUSEUMS/THEATERS..)
- Frauenkirche: church and symbol of the city of Dresden (is a sign of peace). The cross on the dome is a sign of reconciliation that the British wanted to give the people of Dresden.
- Kathedrale Sanctissimae Trinitatis: a church located in the center of Dresden. First it was a simple parish church later became an important cathedral. Inside it houses the largest organ called Gottfried Silbermann.
- Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister: is one of the most important museums of Europe, located in the Zwinger palace (an important architectural complex in Baroque style). The museum has many collections and paintings, including works of Italian, Flemish and Dutch art of important and famous authors (all dated between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries). There are works of German, French and Spanish as well. It is right to know what we can find within the Zwinger palace. The different cultural centers that compose this area are: Glockenspielpavillon, Zwingergalerie, Sempergalerie, Deutscher Pavillon, Französischer Pavillon, Zoologischer Pavillon, Mathemathisch-Physikalischer Salon. In this immense space there is an historic fountain, the Nymphenbad. You can’t get bored in a place like this!
- Residenzschloss: is a Renaissance building in the center of Dresden. This is one of the oldest and most significant place of city. The building includes five museums: Historisches, Neues Grünes Gewölbe, Münzkabinett, Kupferstichkabinett, Rüstkammer mit Türckischer Cammer and Kunstbibliothek Kunstbibliothek. On the outside of the house we can find the Fürstenzug a large mural of Dresden. It is an Important piece of history that shows some historical figures (dukes, electors, kings…) on horseback.
- Grünes Gewölbe: is a museum that hosts the largest collection of jewelry in Europe and it is located in the castle of Dresden. His name Grünes, which means green, comes out from its room completely painted in this color.
- Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden: one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world.
- Dresden Panometer: this is a building where there is a panoramic painting of the city and different exhibits. You can’t miss the beautiful Dresden in a 360-degree view.
- Galerie Neue Meister: is an art gallery located inside of the Albertinum (a palace of Dresden). This contains works by various artists, important exponent of romanticism, impressionism and realism. Two examples? Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh
- Another characteristic museum, located inside the Albertinum, is the Skulpturensammlung, full of sculptures (you will be immerse by them) dated in the period from Renaissance to Baroque to Expressionism.
- Walking toward the Weißeritzstraße you can notice a palace, the Yenidze, very different from the style of the city, it almost feels like you were in another city. Well this is not a church, as you might think, but it is an office. Are you surprised?
- Stadtmuseum Dresden: museum of the history of Dresden. A impressive thing abou the building is the outside staircase.
- Dresden Transport Museum: museum entirely dedicated to the means of transport once used in the city. There will be planes and boats models. A wide range of them. The museum is located at the Neumarkt.
- Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr: military museum of the armed forces of Germany. A unique place to discover the evolution of military technology and to learn more about the history of the city. The structure is very modern.
- Kunsthof Dresden: this is definitely a very interesting complex of buildings. It is a complex formed by a series of buildings: Funnel Wall, a building that on rainy days thanks to the gutters that are located on the facade emits a melodious sound. Hof der Elemente, yellow palace decorated with gilded aluminum plates that reflect sunlight. Hof des Lichts, in some areas of the building were placed mirrors that reflect the sun’s rays and produce different colored shades. Hof der Tiere, a picturesque building, like this the other two buildings are: Hof der Metamorphosen e Hof der Fabelwesen. A place where it is impossible don’t be amazed.
It’s time to know some of the main theaters of Dresden: Semperoper Dresden (the most famous), Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Staatsoperette Dresden, Projekttheater Dresden, Boulevardtheater Dresden.
Our adventure goes on. Let’s see what our way set aside.
- Loschwitzer Brücke: it is a bridge located on the Elbe river. It connects the district of Blasewitz to the Loschwitz one (two famous and the most expensive districts). You can cross the bridge by walk or by car if you, you decide!
- Augustus Bridge: this is another bridge located on the Elbe river. This connects the northern part of Dresden, Innere Neustadt, with the old part of the city to the south.
- Großer Garten: it’s a park in the Baroque style, located in the center of Dresden. It is a large green area where, in the center of it, you will find a building (the Sommerpalais). Its rectangular shape is definitely not random but specifically designed to underline its particular style (that doesn’t get unnoticed). After the creation of the park, have been added the Dresden Zoo (home to many rare species of animals) and the Botanischer Garten Dresden (botanical garden); that’s not all because between the various attractions there is a train, the Parkeisenbahn, that will let you enjoy the landscape that the park offers comfortably seated in the wagon!
- Neumarkt: a very significant place in the cultural aspect of Dresden. It is located in the historic part of the city.
- Postplatz: central square of Dresden. An important center of transportation with lots of streets (Wilsdruffer Straße, Marienstraße, Ostra-Allee…). We take this opportunity to mention the Quartier an der Frauenkirche,the main shopping street.
- Schwebebahn: here we come to one of the special attractions of Dresden. It is a monorail, a kind of suspended tram kept on air thanks to the wireless network. It is definitely an experience that needs to be done.
- Dresden Heath: is a large forest, listed as a nature reserve in Dresden. You might also be wondering how far you have to go to visit this place… well, not too much, just a few minutes from the city center. It’s definitely a place worth visiting if you like to explore the fauna and flora of you destinations.
- We will propose below some tours that you can have in the city: SEG-CITY Dresden, Segway Tour DresdenDresdenWalks, Erleben Sie Dresden Tours (city tour by bike).
- AdventureRooms Dresden: escape room.
Dresden is a pretty alive city by night and you just have to find the right places and here we are to help you.
- Katy’s Garage
- m.5 Nightlife
- Bar Paradox: cafè.
- Karl May Bar
- Kraftwerk Mitte Dresden: disco.
- Downtown Dresden Diskothek
- Zum Bautzner Tor: pub.
- Sabotage Dresden
Now we are going to introduce a new topic: typical dishes. Ready to discover the them?
- Leipziger Allerlei: side dish par excellence of Dresden and of entire region. It’s a typical dish made of carrots, asparagus, peas, turnips, cauliflower and shrimp. It accompanies most of the local food.
- Sächsische Kartoffelsuppe: potato soup (a constant dish in German culinary tradition) accompanied with bacon or sausage.
- Sächsischer Sauerbraten: sweet and sour roasted served with potatoes and various vegetables.
- Dresdner Christstollen: is a very famous sweet in the city. It is consumed in the Christmas period.
- Pulsnitzer Pfefferkuchen: it is a sweet very popular in the city. It is similar to gingerbread with the difference of being covered with chocolate.
- Sächsische Quarkkeulchen: they are a kind of sweet pancakes, but much thicker in which the potato is the special ingredient that makes this an unique sweet. The dessert is often served with a apple mousse.
- Radeberger: is the most consumed beer in Dresden.
WHERE TO EAT (RESTAURANTS/CAFE’..)
Staying on the topic, we are going to look for some places where you can taste these dishes.
- Restaurant Daniel: German, European, healthy cuisine and gluten-free menu option.
- Genuss-Atelier: pub with German, European, vegetarian cuisine and gluten-free menu option.
- Little India Dresden: Indian, vegetarian, vegan cuisine and gluten-free menu option.
- Dresdner Kaffeestubchen: cafè with German, vegetarian cuisine.
- Estancia Beef-Club: steakhouse with Mediterranean cuisine.
- Lila Sosse: German, European, vegetarian cuisine.
- Cafe Schinkelwache: cafè with German, European cuisine.
- Kurfuerstenschaenke: German and European cuisine.
- Curry 24: fast food with German cuisine.
- Zum Bautzner Tor: cafè/pub with German and European cuisine.
- Watzke Brauereiausschank am Goldenen Reiter: cafè with German and European cuisine.
- Augustiner an der Frauenkirche: cafè with German and European cuisine.
Our tour in Dresden is over but many other beautiful cities in Germany are waiting to be explored! As always stay tuned and don’t miss anything.
Let us know your opinions about this place. If you liked it or not, if you’ve been there or you’re going to go there? What you liked the most or least? We’re curious to read your opinions.
A big kiss to everyone.
Below we will list the accommodations that you can find in Dresden.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?iata=DRS&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodations next to Dresden airport.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?city=-1761619&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodations in the city of Dresden.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?district=727&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodations next to the Neustadt district.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?landmark=10607&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodations next to the central station.
In addition to all this we will suggest a beautiful hotel on the shores of Elbe river for a special stay. It is called
46 thoughts on “Dresden”
I love how comprehensive this is! I’ve added quite a few things to my to-see list.
It’s always a pleasure when we read a comment like yours!
You made me miss Germany! I was there for four months visiting family when I was a teenager and have always wanted to go back. I love how you listed everything to see in Dresden ~ definitely a post to keep on hand in case the opportunity to arises to visit. Thanks for compiling such a great list of must-dos and must-sees.
We can undestand your feelings… It’s difficult to leave a country you love, but above all if your family lives there.
Now you have another reason to come back 😉
Lovely post! I always wanted to visit Dresden when I used to live in Berlin but somehow I never made it. Your photos looks amazing !
WOW did you live in Berlin? We envy you… so lucky! We are going there, so stay tuned 🙂
This is a really great post, I have heard about so many popular cities in Germany, though havn’t really heard of Dresden. With the good work you did here, I know its a great city and I think Its a nice place to visit. Thanks for sharing!
Never heard of Dresden before? It is on every history book. This city made the history of Germany and Europe too!
Thanks to our post you have learned something new. Power of travels haha
I haven’t heard much about Dresden before! Looks like there are some pretty incredible buildings. I also really like the breakdown of most popular foods and where to buy them! Will definitely bring this bog back up if i ever make the trip.
Our aim is to offer to you the best informations about a city. In this case it was a little bit difficult because Dresden has lots of interesting things for tourists.
I have always wanted to visit Germany, and Dresden is certainly on my list! Great post!
We don’t know your list but we love it haha
Thanks for sharing this very informative post about Dresden. How does the Dresden people celebrates Christmas or New Year? Is Dresden is also a fun place too for NYE?
Dresden (like all Germany) is full of Christmas markets, you can feel the magic of this period; so characteristic!
The city lives by night therefore is a real candidate if you are looking for a NYE destination 🙂
What an inspiring blog post ! Thank you for sharing
Thank you for your time 🙂
The Frauenkirche is simply stunning! That building has had such work and heart put into it to create something that beautiful. I love that it’s a symbol of peace also for Dresden. And yes I’ve heard of the food Dresdner Christstollen! My friend has tried it and said it delicious. Ree Love30
Frauenkirche in Dresden is one of the most visited attractions of the city and you understood why.
We have to admit that all the typical foods of Dresden are very tasty!!
Dresden is so many-sided. your list of things to do in Dresden is huge and I love it. There’s so much culture there. I love cities that have so much to offer. I love visiting museums. I’d definitely go to a few. I always think army museums are very interesting and tell a lot about history. Cool that Dresden has an escape room as well!
We confess you that one of our favorite things to do in a foreign city is to visit museums. You can learn lots about their culture and their traditions, a full immersion in the history.
Another aspect to know better a culture is to eat local foods and we love it so much haha
Such a helpful post! I have tried a stollen before in the U.S. but I’m sure it couldn’t compare to having one in Dresden. We need to get to Europe!
The foods you can eat in the city where they are made have another taste. We say this thanks to our personal experience.
Wow. You have some beautiful pictures out there. I have not really been to this place and surprisingly never really hear of it before. Looking forward to know more about it.
Thank you for your reading and appreciation!
If you aren’t European maybe it’s possible you don’t know Dresden… Even if it’s a city very famous for the history of the world.
Germany has stolen my heart! We went to visit in December, and it was fantastic. We didn’t get to Dresden though, which I’m quite sad about – your guide is so comprehensive, I feel like we really missed out! I know we will be back to Germany one day, so I’m going to have to make sure Dresden is on that list! Thank you for sharing 🙂
Germany is so big that if you want to visit only the most important cities two weeks aren’t enough hahaha
Keep following us, we are going to review other german cities. The trip is long!
I found the entertainment section very interesting, I may visit Dresden just to go on a couple of nights out. Some of the bars look very good and of course the German beer is! Thanks for the hotel tips, the hotels are great value in Germany!
Dresden is a city that lives by night so if you are looking for a cool place for your nightlife, Dresden is the perfect place 🙂
Young people crowd locals!
Dresden looks like it has so much to offer – I would love to visit one day! Just wondering – what is the blue building with the musical instruments (in the pic)?
It is the Funnel Wall, a building that on rainy days thanks to the gutters that are located on the facade emits a melodious sound.
Something you can call art!
Wow what a comprehensive list. I will share it on my site soon as I don’t think it leaves a stone unturned! Thanks so much for taking the time to put it together, I will reference it if I ever get the chance to check the city out. Happy travels.
Thank you for your comment. We are happy that you liked our work!
We appreciated your words 🙂
That’s quite a comprehensive post and includes almost everything a traveller might want to know.
My best friend is from Dresden and she’s told me how much of a lovely and underrated city it is. What I’d love to see for myself is the Elbe river at dusk because my friend often keeps sharing pictures from her evening walks
Your friend is right Dresden is really lovely, an unique style. The walks by the river are one of our favorite things to do at the end of the day, so relaxing!
It’s great to look at a traveler’s perspective of a destination and their experience. I’ve never even heard of Dresden, and now that I have, I will add this place to my list of places to travel to. It’s great to have some sort of guide of places to visit, things to do, and foods to try. I’m never this good at planning an itinerary, and you’ve helped me with that! 🙂
We think the same when you say that it’s amazing to see a city through the eyes of other travelers and we add that if you can live the experience by yourself it is more than amazing!!
We are happy to have helped you 🙂
Nice post. I visited Dresden and did not manage to see all these things. A great, lovely city with loads of history. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your upcoming travels!
Thank you for reading our guide! We are sure you enjoyed your time in Dresden.
Stay updated, you can discover the world with us 🙂
I enjoyed reading your post, specially on the places to visit in Dresden… I might not be able to pronounce correctly the names, but it gave me lots of ideas about this city in Germany. Hope to be able to get a Schengen visa soon and explore Dresden.
You will need more days to explore Dresden, so we suggest you to write a good plan.
It’s not so difficult to pronounce the name of the city 😉
Thanks for this great overview of Dresden; really liked the layout of this post. We didn’t make it there on our last trip to Germany, but hopefully we’ll visit this gem on our next vacation.
You missed a city that made the history of Germany, what a pity. We are pretty sure you will return in this country, therefore write Dresden on the top of your list 🙂
Wow! What an extensive list of recommendations! I will definitely need to add Dresden to my list so I can check some of these out!
You should. Let us know when you will be there 🙂
Environment would be wonderful in spring and summer season. I love the cultural activities and accommodation facilities. Personally, I enjoyed every minute while staying in a Dresden.
Yeah we are of the same opinion! Dresden has everything you need for an awesome vacation with relax and at the same time cool activities.