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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.

Semperoper

Semperoper

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.

Dresden Frauenkirche

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.

Pillnitz Castle

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.

Blue Wonder Bridge

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

Zwinger

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.

Dresden Castle

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.

Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
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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.

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.

Moritzburg Castle

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.

Church of the Holy Cross

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 Dresden 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.

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • 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

A friendly guide who knows how to get you to think!

This tour is a great way to make you think about Dresden in a totally different way than the picturesque old city does. I loved it, and the guide is so friendly and passionate about what he does.

On the Trail of Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse 5 Tour Reviewed by Stephanie, 11/06/2018

Very enjoyable and well-informed guide - thank you Susie

The historic city walk in the Left Bank was great and our guide Susie was a real gem. She made several helpful tips for city views from above street level which we followed the next morning - the free Zwinger ramparts walk close to the Meissen ceramic clock chimes and accessed from (unmarked) steps outside, and the panoramic 5€ tower only view from the Royal Palace. We also learnt that Saxons did not come from Saxony nor the Zorb nation... so I'll remember this tour with awesome sights and an excellent, funny, guide

Excellent overview of the history and the city. Highly recommend!

One of the best tours we did while traveling. Thanks Karen for a great afternoon!

Discover Dresden's Old Town: Historical Walking Tour Reviewed by Patricia, 09/24/2018

Informative, interesting, just wonderful !

I had a tour with DresdenWalks, with the guide Jana. She is so awesome ! She us very kniwledgeable, had an answer to every possible question and a little story behind the answer ! She told us about the early history as well as the reconstruction after the war. Very interesting and a great intro to the city !

Wonderful day enjoyed everything Dresden is a very interesting place

Now my husband and I both thought Oren was a wonderful guide and extremely knowledgeable about all the history of Dresden and Germany we learnt a lot from him. Would definitely not hesitate to do another tour with this company in the future. Sue and Chris Costoglou Australia.

Day Tour to Dresden from Berlin Reviewed by Christopher, 09/06/2018