Dresden and Leipzig Travel Information
Steeped in baroque history, with a blend
of rich musical and cultural legacies,
Dresden and Leipzig are hidden gems.
Positioned on the River Elbe, majestic Dresden offers the magnificent Zwinger
Palace, Semper Opera and diverse museums.
Follow in Bach's footsteps to vibrant Leipzig and enjoy concerts by the
Dresden Travel and Flight
The state capital of Saxony and former seat of kings, Dresden is a
modern city with a picturesque old quarter at its heart. Hugging the
south bank of the Elbe River, the old town is rich in fine Baroque
architecture that includes the Taschenberg Palace, Royal Mews and
various public buildings harking back to its golden era during the 18th
and 19th centuries, whilst parks and riverside walks make for a relaxing
Associated with intense bombing in World War II, the
ruins of the magnificent Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) were
reconstructed for the city's 800th anniversary in 2006.
In east Germany in the state of Saxony, 205km (128
miles) south east of the capital, Berlin. 338km (210 miles) north east of
Nuremberg; 153km (95 miles) from Prague (Czech Republic). 9km (5.5 miles)
south of Dresden-Klotzche airport.
Astride the Elbe River, surrounded by the undulating Lusatian Uplands,
extensive forests and ringed by the Eastern Erzgebirge Mountains.
Where to Stay
Dresden has a broad range of hotels, pensions
and simple guesthouses. Most in the centre are middlemarket
business-orientated properties offering adequate although generally
What to Do
Daytime: Historic Old City with numerous sights is on the left bank of
the Elbe. Enjoy coffee and people-watching on the elegant Baroque style
Neumarkt square, visit the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) with its
imposing domes spires, or the restored Royal Palace and Academy of Arts
with its art exhibitions.
A choice of riverboat trips up and down
the Elbe River. Children will enjoy the Great Garden with its park
railway and Dresden Zoo. Botanical gardens and several well-planned
parks. Stroll along the Bruhl Terrace high above the river with the
Nightlife: Lively and varied. Everything from lively beer
cellars, pubs, pavement cafes and the usual discos to regular concerts,
music festivals, theatre and opera.
The whole international spectrum with particular emphasis on traditional
German fare. Several well-known fast-food chains, beers cellars and
informal pavement cafes. Huge variety of national beers and wines.
For shopping there are three principal areas: the
Wilsdruffer Strasse has a wide range of fashion outlets, electronic
retailers and department stores as does Prager Strasse, with colourful
market stalls on the central Altstadt square. Numerous side streets hide
little boutiques, antique shops and art galleries.
Numerous organised tours by coach and train.
Castle and cathedral at Meissen. Radebeul vineyards; numerous Baroque
hunting lodges and royal estates. Panoramic Saxon "Switzerland"
countryside; Erzgebirge Mountains; Spreewald Forest. Prague (Czech
Republic) for full day or overnight.
A combination of modern buses and trams covers the entire city with
typical German efficiency. Dresden Card can be purchased for 1 to 5 days
with free travel on the tram and trains, free entrance into some museums
and discounts on local excursions. Mainline rail services to other major
German and international cities.
Much of both cities of Dresden
and Leipzig is pedestrianised and best seen on foot, although
comprehensive, efficient and cost effective public transport networks
operate. Taxis are readily available.
Who is it for?
Predominantly business and convention clientele, augmented by large
numbers of culture-loving tourists from Western Europe.
Various direct flights from the UK are available to Frankfurt, Munich or
Dusseldorf where Dresden and Leipzig are within easy reach. The
Flight time is approx 3 hours.
Dresden - Must See and Do
The Zwinger Palace is a must. Take a river cruise by paddle steamer or
hop on a city tour. Shop on Prager Strasse or try the Christmas
A wide range of nightlife is on offer in each city with a wealth of
cultural and arts events, especially opera, ballet, cabaret and jazz.
Daily average temperatures in Dresden (Approx) 'C
Leipzig - Must See and Do
Visit the Bach Museum, St. Thomas' church and Colditz CAstle. The
Bach Festival is held in the summer. Visit the Auerbachs Keller
restaurant and Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum cafe and coffee museum.
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Dresden by Hessle
> Perched on the River Elbe, Dresden was the jewel of German Baroque
until the city was targeted by allies in 1945
> Now extensively rebuilt, the city offers unique art treasures,
fascinating architecture and world famous opera
> See the famous Sistine Madonna by Raphael in the Zwinger Palace
The Zwinger Palace, Dresden
> Visit the world renowned Green Vault which houses over 3'000
> Walk along the famous Bruehlsche Terrace known as the 'Balcony of
Europe' and view the Elbe with its period paddle steamers
Book yourself a flight or city break to Dresden with Hessle Travel