Discover Dresden on a short break!
Anyone coming to Dresden should seek a mixture of art, attractions and relaxation. It’s not easy to find the perfect thing amongst the variety of options and services on offer. Because Dresden impresses as a complete work of art – the Florence of the Elbe!
You can’t visit all the exhibitions and theatres, but a well thought-out and planned trip can include many attractions and allow insider tips to be discovered. When it comes to history, it’s worth seeing the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery) with Raphael’s Sistine Madonna and the royal treasury, the “Grünes Gewölbe”.
If you intend to visit several museums, you may want to think about buying the Dresden Card, which gives you discounted entry to museums and many exhibitions, and a city tour and travel on the DVB is included.
Some excursions even head to destinations away from the historic city centre and into the romantic surrounds. The Sächsischen Dampfschifffahrt paddlesteamers are a great way to visit the baroque Pillnitz palace and park complex, while the rocky landscapes of the “Saxon Switzerland” further upstream will also impress. Down the other end of the Elbe is the over-1000-year-old city of Meissen, with its world famous artistic porcelain.
A daytrip to Moritzburg to see the castle from the famous German film “Drei Nüsse für Aschenputtel” is worthwhile for the whole family. You can also take a look inside the Moritzburg game reserve, where you can get up close and personal with local animals and experience a modern wolf reserve.
Winegrowing plays a major role in Saxony’s Elbland region, and many wine festivals are held here in autumn. During the other seasons, a visit to one of the many wineries makes for a welcome diversion from the main tourist trails.