Things to do in

Dresden

With classic architecture and towering castles, Germany’s eastern capital is full of historical gems.

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Top 10 things to do in Dresden

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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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.

  • 8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Dresden

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Planning Your 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.

Sightseeing in Dresden

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What people are saying about Dresden

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 19,562 reviews

This tour was excellent! Jan still offered the tour even though I was the only one who signed up that day. Because it was just the two of us and we were hiking quickly, he offered a longer alternate route that was great. Jan was really easy to talk to and is super knowledgable about the area. I loved the views at Bastei Bridge. The arch had a great view too and we enjoyed a beer at the top before heading to lunch. The lunch had plenty of options even for vegetarians and was delicious and filling. The boat tour was pretty and Jan translated all the info into English that the boat tour guide gave in Czech. It's obvious that Jan has been doing this a long time. He has great relationships with all the service workers you encounter on the tour and it's so organized you don't have to do any thinking or planning. It was such an easy day where he did all the work and I just got to admire the scenery and hang out. It was an excellent tour and I would definitely recommend it!

This Tour was just wonderful and amazing. Something will be unforgettable. Well organized and the crew are just nice and so kind. And every station we stopped was just in time. Thanks a lot

We had a limited amount of time for sightseeing and since Dresden was famous for his riverfront mansions a boat ride was a natural solution.

Absolute aanrader voor een heerlijke daguitstap zonder zorgen. Dit hoort tot de mooiste stukken natuur van Europa.

very insightful. we probably spent a bit too much time in the opera house, and not enough time in the old city.