Dresden is located in the valley of the Elbe River, which is why it is often called "German Florence." It is famous for its picturesque Baroque architecture and many historical places. If you rent a car, you should visit the main attractions of the city: the Dresden Art Gallery and Castle, the Japanese Palace, Neustedter-Markt Square. No less popular are the neighborhoods of the city where you can go on an excursion, say, to Saxon Switzerland or Albrechtsberg castle. Local cuisine deserves special attention. You should definitely try roast beef marinated in vinegar, Saxon potato soup, cake with cottage cheese, eggs and raisins, Saxon curd makers. The most important event is the oldest Christmas market in Germany, which opens from November 25 to December 24.
Dresden Airport ( Dresden You Airport then ) - download scheme
IATA code: DRS
Location: 9 km from Dresden
Official website: www.dresden-airport.de
Information: +49 351 8813360
The following companies provide car rental services at Dresden Airport: Hertz, Budget, Europcar, Avis, Enterprise, Interrent and Sixt. Car rental desks are located in the arrivals hall. There are several parking areas near the airport. You can save on parking by making a reservation in advance on the airport website.
Taschenberg, 2 www.skd.museum
Take a rental car to see the city’s most popular landmark, Dresden Castle. Built in the XIII century, the castle survived numerous fires, perestroika, restoration, while before the beginning of the last century it was the residence of the Saxon princes. The war brought numerous damage; the castle was finally restored only at the beginning of the XXI century. Arriving on an excursion, tourists are invited to visit the Engraving and Numismatic cabinet, “Green Arches”. It also regularly hosts exhibitions of masters of various periods. After the inspection, it is worth to climb the Hausmann tower and examine Dresden from a bird's eye view.
Theaterplatz, 1 www.skd.museum
The Dresden Art Gallery is the pride of the city where tourists like to visit, regardless of their preferences. The collection includes works by Velazquez, Albrecht Durer, Peter Rubens, Rembrandt, Titian, Raphael. The hallmark of the gallery is Rafael's “Sistine Madonna”, which has been stored in Dresden for over 250 years. You can explore the works of art on your own or use the audio guide. It is worth remembering that on Mondays the gallery does not work.
Schlosstrasse, 24 www.bistum-dresden-meissen.de
The building of the Cathedral looks statically and impressive, which is why every tourist certainly wants to get inside. The building is a vivid example of the Baroque style, it is decorated with statues of the apostles and saints. The interior is amazing luxury. The impression is made by the famous organ of Silbermann and the altar. After examining every detail of the interior, you can visit the tomb of the temple, where the Saxon rulers and the heart of King Augustus the Strong rest.
Theaterplatz, 2 www.semperoper.de/
The Dresden State Opera is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. You can get to a performance or an excursion here, during which you can learn about the history of the theater and architecture. In addition, tourists are shown theatrical rooms inaccessible to the audience and reveal the secret of acoustics. The opera’s repertoire includes not only classical works, but also modern productions organized by youth troupes.
The Frauenkirche church is located in the historic city center. It was opened just 8 years ago after decades of recovery. Outside, the temple looks majestic and pompous. Going inside, it gives the impression of rich decoration. It is interesting that the church has seven entrances, the symbols of which can be found during the tour. After that, it is certainly worthwhile to overcome the path under the dome of the temple and explore the fascinating panoramic views of Dresden. To get to the popular attractions is to rent a car.
Heidenau, Parkstrasse, 85 www.barockgarten-grosssedlitz.de/de/startseite/
16 kilometers from Dresden is the magnificent Baroque Park Heidenau-Grosssedlitz, built in the French style at the beginning of the XVIII century. Leading architects took part in the construction. Every detail is thought out to the smallest detail, and the general view of the territory makes an indelible impression. The architectural ensemble “Calm Music” decorated with sculptures, majestic statues depicting the characters of Greek mythology, picturesque alleys - everything here seems sublime and beautiful. It is best to come on an excursion in the warm season, when huge sunflowers bloom, and cascades play with bright colors. It is worth watching the poster to get to a festival, concert or exhibition, which are often held in the park.
Marienberg 1, Pattensen
Saxon Switzerland is Germany’s most beautiful park, located about 30 kilometers from Dresden. There is plenty of entertainment for tourists who prefer to actively spend leisure time. You can go horse riding or climbing, go for a swim on the Elbe with pleasure boats, ride bicycles, wander around the mountains. But the main feature of the place is its unique natural attractions. Bastei is a monumental rock of a mountain gorge, teeming with crevices and ledges. You can experience especially vivid impressions by taking a walk along the “Artists' Trail”, which winds along the edge of a cliff and ends at the Lichtenhain Falls. An equally spectacular natural attraction is Kustal (rocky gates in the Elbe Mountains). Königstein Fortress is a unique architectural monument that looks harsh and impregnable from the outside. Inside there is a historical museum and a restaurant. The park is also famous for the Rathen Rock Theater, which seats up to 2,000 spectators and is still used for its intended purpose.
August-Bockstiegel-Strabe, 2 www.schlosspillnitz.de/de/startseite/
Pilnitz Castle is the residence of Saxon monarchs, located on the banks of the Elbe. Once a luxurious architectural complex served the royal nobility, but today the sight of tourists pleases. The Botanical Garden, located on the territory of the castle, is famous for a wide variety of palm trees that were brought from all over the world and 200-year-old camellia. During the tour, you can visit the palace, take a walk in the park, and participate in the royal games. It will be more convenient to get to the castle by a rented car.
Moritzburg, Schlossberg www.schloss-moritzburg.de/de/startseite/
Built in the mid-16th century, Moritzburg Castle is considered the most striking example of Saxon Baroque. It is surrounded by several parks, whose paths certainly lead to the pond. Outside, the building looks festive and colorful. Equally impressive is the interior decoration. Exploring room after room, you can enjoy the stories of the hunting of the gods, portraits of the former owners of the castle, sculptures. During the tour it is worth paying attention to leather wallpapers and wallpapers inlaid with silver leaf. The castle has 200 rooms, but the most beautiful is the “Feather Room”. An interesting fact: it was in this castle that the film “Three Nuts for Cinderella” was shot.
The Vogtland region is famous for its numerous sources of mineral waters, the production of the Plaena lace, and health resorts. The symbol of Vogtland is the world's largest brick bridge, Gölchtalbrücke, located between Mühlau and Nechkau. An exhibition of astronautics achievements, opened in the city of Morgeneret-Rautenkranz in honor of the astronaut Sigmund Jena, is popular among tourists. You can improve your health and enjoy the picturesque scenery by going to the spa of Bad Elster, famous for its healing mud or to the spa of Bad Brambach, which is famous for its radon source with the highest radon content in the world.
Martin-Luther-Strasse, 17 www.lloyds-cafe-bar.de
When you rent a car, head to Lloyd's Cafe & Bar for morning coffee and a sweet dessert. The institution is crowded, but it will always be possible to comfortably accommodate two or a large company. In addition to sweets, it is worth trying toasts, fried eggs, a milkshake. The establishment has a cozy atmosphere, and competent staff tries to serve each guest as quickly as possible. After a delicious breakfast, you can safely go explore the sights of Dresden.
Querallee, 7 www.carolaschloesschen.de
Carolaschloesschen is a romantic establishment located in a picturesque place where you can try dishes of national cuisine. In warm weather, it is especially pleasant to sit on a summer terrace surrounded by vegetation. If the waiter’s recommendations are not to your taste, try potato soup with sausage, saxon stuffed cabbage, grilled wursts. After a meal, you can stroll through the beautiful grounds and park alleys.
Bautzner Str., 149 www.genuss-atelier.net
After a long tour, you can stop by for a meal at Genuss-Atelier. The restaurant is far from hiking trails and is especially popular with locals. The menu offers dishes for vegetarians, gluten-free dishes. Pumpkin soup with shrimp, apple pie, meat dishes - everything you order will be deliciously prepared and elegantly decorated. A cozy atmosphere and first-class service provide a pleasant meal.
Tzschirnerpl, 3-5 www.kastenmeiers.de
Gourmet lovers should visit the real gem of Dresden, Kastenmeiers. The original interior impresses. A huge mirror on the wall in the main hall, white tablecloths, dim lights - all this creates a mysterious and at the same time romantic atmosphere. Seafood and wine are beyond praise. The highlight of the institution is that dishes are prepared exclusively by order of guests. To be sure to get to Kastenmeiers, it is worth booking a table, and to get in comfort you can rent a car.
An der Frauenkirche, 16/17 www.augustiner-dresden.com
Augustiner an der Frauenkirche is a popular Dresden beer house that serves a variety of snacks and pours beer for every taste. Despite the large number of visitors, there is a place for every guest, and competent staff will quickly and kindly serve you. It is worth trying Saxon soup, beef in beetroot, white Munich sausages, shank. In fine weather, you can sit on the terrace and enjoy an evening street concert in the square.
Wilsdruffer Str., 25
+49 351 83393820 www.accorhotels.com double room - from € 39
If you are looking for a budget accommodation, opt for the Ibis Budget Dresden City. The hotel is located in the center of Dresden in a shopping center building. All major attractions are within walking distance. The rooms are cozy, the apartments for couples are equipped with a second tier of beds, which makes the children delight. Breakfast is hearty and varied, the staff is extremely attentive and polite. Thanks to good sound insulation, you can get a good night's sleep after a busy day.
Brunner Str., 11
+49 351 25620 www.achat-hotels.com double room - from € 69
ACHAT Premium Dresden is a cozy hotel located in a quiet area away from the center. The staff is attentive and polite, takes care of the comfort of guests throughout the stay. In the morning, a hearty breakfast is offered, after which you definitely don’t want to go anywhere. The rooms are simple, no frills, while cleanliness and order are maintained every day. The hotel provides a conference room, dry cleaning. Rental cars can be parked for free.
+49 351 80030 www.buelow-palais.de/luxushotel-dresden/ double room - from € 125
Bulow Palais is an elite hotel that offers a romantic getaway. The first thing that impresses is the stylish interior. Guests are offered a choice of drinks while waiting for a room. The apartments are cozy and spacious, equipped with everything necessary. As a compliment, a fruit basket will be waiting for guests in the room. At the hotel's restaurant you can enjoy a tasty meal, and in fine weather, sit on the terrace with views. After breakfast, you can head to the fitness center and in the evening to enjoy spa treatments.
+49 351 5633090 www.viennahouse.com double room - from € 105
Vienna House QF Dresden is located in the heart of Dresden. The interior is made in a modernist style with elements of classicism and baroque. The rooms offer scenic views of the main square. The rooms are bright and comfortable, equipped with everything necessary. The competent staff does everything possible to make each guest comfortable. The hotel has standard rooms, rooms for couples with children and luxury apartments.
+49 351 81510 www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/drscy-court-inn-dresden/ double room - from € 89
The main advantage of the Court Inn Dresden is its convenient location. It is also a great option for those planning to rent a car, as guests have free parking. Near the hotel there are many establishments where you can dine or pass the evening. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the cozy interior has a pleasant stay. The hotel is equipped with a fitness center, conference room, spa area.
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