Dresden


Dresden, the capital of Free State of Saxony in Germany, is located in a valley on the River Elbe , close to the Czech border. It is well-known for the Bruehl’s Terrace and the land marks in the Old Town.

Although mostly popular among German tourists, the level of international travelers is growing and Dresden has become a stop for those who travel between Prague and Berlin.

Weather

The climate in Dresden is continental with cold-moderate influences. The summers are hotter than in the rest of the country but the winters are colder. The driest months are February and March; the hottest are July and August, while the coldest are January and February.

Sample temperatures

Jan avg high 1C / avg low -2C
Mar avg high 7C
Aug avg high 22C/ avg low 13
Dec avg high 3C

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How to get to Dresden

Dresden is served by Dresden-Klotzsche Airport / Dresden International (DRS), which is located just 9 km from the city center . It is not hub for any airline and mostly receives seasonal charter flights. There are some domestic year-round flights and also some flights from other European cities.

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Dresden is served by two train stations, but the main one is located close to the Old Town. It is well connected to the rest of Germany and to Prague (Czech Republic) and Budapest (Hungary), which further connects it to the rest of Europe.

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There are also direct buses from Berlin to Dresden. And the roads also offer good connections to the rest of Germany and near-by countries so renting a car is a good way to get around.

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Where to stay

Dresden doesn’t lack places to stay which cater for any budget. There are hostels , mid-range hotels and of course, luxury hotels. Expect to pay from €12.50 per night for a bed in a dorm.

What to do in Dreseden

Although almost completely destroyed during World War II, the Old Town center has been rebuilt and largely restored to its former glory. The city center can be easily tackled on foot.

Make sure to visit Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), which has been rebuilt to its former glory. There are some ruins to see in the basement and you can also climb to the tower (please wear appropriate shoes!)

Don’t miss walking on Brühlsche Terrasse or The Balcony of Europe, located between the Old Town and river Elbe. It is a delight to walk here and pass by some of the most important historical buildings in the city.

You can also visit Zwinger Palace, Schloss und Grünes Gewölbe — with its superb treasures museum — or tour the Semper Opera. If you want to relax, take a walk in the Big Garden or along the River Banks. Or you can spend time in one of the oldest zoos in Germany.

There are also plenty of places to spend your time shopping. Or you can attend one of the festivals if you visit the city during Summer. Don’t miss a visit to the Pfund Molkerei , the most beautiful milk shop in the world.

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