All you need to know about Dresden. When to go. Where to stay. What to see. We’ve been, we’ve checked.
Dresden is among the most visited cities in Germany. With its rebuilt from scratch Old Town, fine museums, famous panorama, and alternative art neighborhoods, it’s a tempting destination.
When to visit
We stayed in Dresden 6 days in March. This is definitely too early to visit this town. Although museums in Dresden have a lot to offer during raining days, still the city, the street life seemed to be frozen in winter sleep. It would be definitely livelier during late Spring, Summer, or early Autumn. So, take it into consideration while planning your trip.
Where to stay
Although the public transport looked pretty well organized in Dresden, having some booking experience, we strongly recommend: don’t waste your time on driving through the city, if instead you can go sightseeing. Book something close to the Old Town, even if you have to spend a few Euros more on your accommodation. We stayed in “Cityherberge” and we loved the location. The place was in a short walking distance from the Old Town to one direction and the Grosser Garden/ Botanical Garden/ Zoo to the other direction. Plus, Children’s Museum around the corner.
So, if you are looking for the perfect location in Dresden:
- pick a good location: close to the Old Town or Neustadt (New Town) depending if you are rather into sightseeing or night life scene;
- decide what you want to see in Dresden and look for some place close to your personal “must sees;”
- check if the hostel/hotel offers lunch for a good price; a very important thing. At our location, we could get quickly lunch for more or less 5 Euros, super practical: was tasty, fresh, had good price and one didn’t have to wait for food;
What to see
- The Old Town
This is really the must see number 1. It was destroyed during 1945 bombings by Allied forces and beautifully rebuilt. To realized how bad it looked back then, you can visit Dresden’s panometer with its current 360° exhibition “Dresden 1945, Tragedy and hope of a European city” (till 11.06.2017).
The buildings you should definitely pay attention during your walk through the Old Town are:
- Frauenkirche (don’t forget to check the inside of this church, still don’t expect the biggest WOW in your life)
- Residenzschloss: Dresden’s Renaissance city palace
- Zwinger: baroque palace built on the orders of Augustus the Strong. The Zwinger houses the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Gallery) and the Porzellansammlung (Porcelain Collection), as well as the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon. All three we decided to skip, but we really enjoyed a walk through the courtyard (entrance free).
- Semperoper: opera house
- Panorama of Dresden
Even if you haven’t been to Dresden yet, you probably know its beautiful panorama. For the best views we recommend an evening walk to the northern bank of Elbe River: St-Petersburger-Str – Carolabrücke after which you turn left and walk close to the river bank – Augustusbrücke – back to the Old Town
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