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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

Very professional guide who does a great job!

Love this guide and will highly recommend. A really thorough introduction of the opera house and had some really interesting stories to share about the bridges linking the 3 buildings haha!

Outstanding tour, much better than expected; more than just Vonnegut..

The guide Danilo was very passionate about Vonnegut, Dresden, WWII history, and the parallels to our world today. He was very knowledgeable on the subjects. Very interactive tour with additional visual aids. Would recommend to anyone. Great value as well, got much more than I expected and opened my mind a bit more. Would've loved to talk more with him over a few beers! Thanks for the experience!

Knowledgeable guide who speaks with a local perspective on the city.

Took the Vonnegut Tour - was quite impressed by the tour guide’s depth of knowledge, as well as his varied overview of the city. He provides a lively retelling of the book with respect to various timeframes surrounding the narrative.

Wonderful Guide. Great Overview of Dresden in a short time

I would strongly recommend this tour as it covers all the key landmarks of Dresden and also covers the important historical events in that perspective. The our guide is very knowledgeble and willing to spend time asnwering all your questions.

Seema gave the complete family a competent introduction to classics.

The planning interaction gave us possibility to adjust Seemas presentation. Thank you Seema, for caring for our needs and the different interests in our family.