Travel your way to Dresden


Holidays in Dresden

The city of Dresden is widely known as “Elbflorenz” or “Florence on the Elbe” because of the baroque and rococo beauty of its architecture. Almost completely during World War II, Saxony’s state capital has since been reconstructed to its former glory, enchanting visitors with magnificent buildings such as the Frauenkirche, the Semperoper and the Residenzschloss with its famous Green Vault (Grünes Gewölbe).

You can enjoy the most beautiful view of the city from the right bank of the Elbe, below the Augustus Bridge (Augustusbrücke). This panorama of Dresden has barely changed since it was first portrayed in 1748 by artist Bernardo Bellotto. You can find the original paintings in the Old Masters Picture Gallery (Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister) in the Zwinger, alongside other masterpieces created between the 15th and 18th Century.

Go to the northern part of the city and you will discover a completely different side of Dresden. The Neustadt quarter, with its variety of cafés, bars and galleries, is a buzzing and modern hotspot for students and artists.

The two main train stations, Dresden Hauptbahnhof and Dresden Neustadt, are the main transport hubs in Saxony’s capital. You can reach both train stations with ICE trains from Frankfurt am Main, Leipzig as Magdeburg as well as the Ruhr area and the Rhineland. There is also an EC train connecting Dresden to Berlin, Prague, Bratislava and Budapest. Dresden Hauptbahnhof and Dresden Neustadt are also accessible by remote bus connections, and Dresden airport is situated 10 km north of the city centre.


Where is Dresden in Germany?

Dresden is the capital of the Free State of Saxony, lies in the centre of the state and spans both banks of the river Elbe.

Who bombed Dresden in 1945?

The inner city of Dresden was largely destroyed by WWII bombing, carried out by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) and the Royal Air Force (RAF) between 13th and 15th February 1945.

Which castles can be visited near Dresden?

Albrechtsburg is about 20 km northeast of Dresden in Meissen and was built in 1471, making it the oldest German castle. And Moritzburg, the beautiful hunting lodge of the Saxon princes, can be found 13 km north of Dresden.

Where is Dresden china made?

The Saxon Prince Elector August the Strong ordered Dresden china to be manufactured in the early 18th century. Initially, the Albrechtsburg in Meissen served as the production site for Dresden china, also known as “Meissen porcelain”. Nowadays, the modern porcelain factory “Erlebniswelt Haus MEISSEN®” is situated at Talstraße 9, along with a china museum.

How long is the journey from Dresden to Prague?

You can get from Dresden to Prague by train or by bus in about 2-2.5 hours.

Which is the nearest airport to Dresden?

Dresden has its own airport. The regional train service S2 runs from the airport’s train station “Dresden-Flughafen” runs to Dresden-Neustadt within 12 minutes, and to Dresden main station within 20 minutes.

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