Reconsecrated 60 years after being destroyed by the Allied bombings, the Baroque sandstone 'Church of our Lady' is a must for any visitor to Dresden. Acting as a reminder of the city’s painful past, its recent transformation and where it is heading in the future. The charred remains of the church were left untouched by East Germany’s communist authorities to serve as a reminder of World War II, but is today yet again the most famous part of Dresden’s skyline.
Constructed in the 16th century and still magnificent today. It's obvious why Dresdner Schloss still attracts tourists from all over the world, having been the residence of kings for over 400 years, and Baroque in style. Today, the castle houses 5 museums which present special literature, paintings, and armoury.
If you are looking for a night filled with high-quality entertainment, visit the Semperoper, the opera house of Dresden. You will not only be charmed by the performance of the actors, but also by the beautiful Neo-Renaissance style. The opera house even premiered the famous works of Wagner and Strauss.
Translated to 'The Procession of Princes', this huge mural portrays 93 people, of which 35 are kings, princes and dukes. The mural was created during the late 19th century to celebrate the 800-year anniversary of the Wetting dynasty, and has been a touristic attraction ever since.
Be amazed by the collection of gold, gems, silver and so on. The Grünes Gewölbe even has the biggest green diamond in the entire world on display. The Historic Green Vault showcases authentically restored rooms filled with treasures and the New Green Vault displays special exhibits.
'Dresden's Green Heart', as this public park is known, is located just to the southeast of the city centre and offers both visitors and local Dresdeners a verdant respite from city life. They can be seen rollerblading, strolling or simply lying in the grass and taking in the sun.
This venue is located in one of Dresden’s most beautiful parks, with views of the Carola lake and its fountains. They offer two different restaurants, the Grand Café and the Galerie. In the summer, the splendid food – including German, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine – can be enjoyed at one of the venue’s three terraces, all with magnificent views.
Housed in a building dating back to 1573, this cosy restaurant offers traditional German and international food by the fireplace, or in the heath garden on sunny days. Add fine wines, home-baked delights from its wood-burning oven and fresh flowers, and you simply cannot go wrong.
A restaurant located in a beautiful palace with amazing regional food neatly summarises what Kastenmeiers stands for. The interior is defined by old brick walls, and Kastenmeiers has a few signature dishes, such as scallops wrapped in kataifi, and a loup de mer served with ratatouille.
Borowski is located on one of Dresden’s most popular shopping streets, Prager Strasse. This cafe and bar with its cosy terrace and trendy interior is the perfect place for a well-deserved break from the many boutiques and shops. Watch people walk by, surf away on one of the Internet terminals or watch the latest music videos on the venue’s many flat screen monitors. For starving shoppers, there is an extensive selection of Mediterranean food, while those who fancy a tipple can indulge in a wide range of cocktails and other drinks.
A classic German coffeehouse. Café Schinkelwache offers traditional cakes and stuffed savoury crêpes to its customers. Ranging from the famous Schwarzwälder-Kirsch-Sahneschnitte to a crêpe filled with fine veal stew, the cafe has a huge variety when it comes to German dishes.
This might just be world's prettiest dairy shop, and it's not hard to see why. The tiles of Dresdner Molkerei Gebrüder have been hand-painted by Villeroy & Boch and there is even a replica of a historic milk fountain! Gaze in awe whilst enjoying a cheese ball, chocolate milk or even a milk-based liquor.
Besides the regular assortment of espresso, latte macchiato and cappuccino, they are known for their hot chocolate. They use a variety of concentration percentages for their chocolate drinks. You can, for example, go for a Chocolat de Cru, which consists of 65% cacao, or Xocitto, which is an entire 100% cacao.
This bakery is filled with every German pastry that you could possibly dream of. One thing that you certainly can't miss when you visit Emil Reimann is a piece of their famous Stollen. Drink a cup of coffee with their home-roasted coffee beans and you are ready to take on the rest of the day.
Described as the ‘Bavarian Embassy in Dresden,’ Paulaner’s serves excellent beers and classic Bavarian food in comfortable surroundings right in the cultural heart of Dresden, offering stunning views of the Castle and the Semper Opera from its romantic beer garden. It is a popular place to meet before or after the opera, though the bar also fills up with party-hungry cocktail lovers at night.
One of Dresden’s oldest pubs, The Red Rooster offers a friendly atmosphere, great Irish food, and an incredible selection of drinks, more than 100 Scottish single malt whiskeys, a wide range of international beers and the best of Irish tipples. It's a very popular place, so come early if you want a seat.
Originally built for Dresden’s shooting guilds, the historic Schießhaus, or Shooting House, was first opened in 1554, and has been at its present location since 1768. This bar and restaurant features a wide range of different rooms, such as the Marksman Room for banquets, the beer and wine room, and the Albert Room for functions and events. In the summer, the beer garden with seats for 100 people is the scene of shooting tournaments and boisterous drinking parties.
Germans are crazy about their techno, and if you feel the same way, a visit to Strasse E is an absolute must. Housed in an old factory building, the venue comprises several different clubs, including the Old Spinning Mill, the Bow and the Bunker, and plays host to both local and international DJs.
Old car doors, rusty wheels and everything else that you can expect to find in an old garage. Luckily, Katy's Garage isn't exclusively about cars, but has a bar filled with all kinds of liquor from all over the world, and even a smoke lounge on the second floor. There is a beer garden operating from April to October which also serves grilled dishes.
Karl May Bar is filled with American Old West memorabilia, since the famous writer Karl May wrote most of his books about that time and part of the word. The Karl May Bar pays tribute through not only its decor, but also via serving some of the best cocktails of Dresden - from Flying Kangaroo to Singapore Sling, the choice is yours!
Coffee, food, flowers and all the pretty things that Dresden has to offer under one roof. The Neustädter Markthalle Dresden has been established in the 19th century, and is as popular as it was back in the day. They have a huge variety of shops where you can buy anything that your heart desires.
Handmade ornaments, decorations and other items rooted in German tradition. The pieces are crafted with such detail and dedication that it easily became one of the favourite shops of tourists and locals. It's almost impossible to leave the shop without one of their a hand-crafted objects!
If you enjoy Christmas festivities, visit during November and December, when the city is all lights, mulled wine and market stalls - there is even a festival dedicated to stollen cake during that period. Because of the climate, the summers can get intensely hot and winters extremely cold. During September and November the temperatures are moderate, so you can truly enjoy the colours of autumn.
Germany can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Dresden Airport is situated 9 km from the city centre and with bus, tram and urban railway/S-Bahn connections to and from Dresden, it is very easy to get to and from the airport. The journey with the S-Bahn takes 13 minutes to Dresden-Neustadt station and 21 minutes to Dresden Hauptbahnhof.
With 12 trams routes with making up some 200 km, 27 bus services covering a total length of 290 km, as well as suburban railways, Dresden is a city getting around which could not be easier. A single ticket for the bus and tram services may vary in price depending on distance travelled. Day and family travel cards are also available.
Different pharmacies are open around the clock on different days of the week. To find out which pharmacy is open on a particular night, visit the pharmacy nearest to you. It will have a note in the window or on the door listing the address of the emergency pharmacy, or Notdienst. The pharmacy emergency section in the local newspapers also have a list. Note that you might have to ring a bell for attention out of hours, and that there is an additional charge for night and weekend services.