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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.

Dresden, Germany

Follow in Bach's footsteps to vibrant Leipzig and enjoy concerts by the Gewandhaus.

Dresden Travel and Flight Information

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 atmosphere.

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 unpretentious facilities.

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 locals.

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.

Getting Around
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.

Getting There
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 markets.

To Relax
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.

Leipzig, Germany

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Dresden by Hessle Travel

Dresden Highlights

> 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 precious artefacts

> Walk along the famous Bruehlsche Terrace known as the 'Balcony of Europe' and view the Elbe with its period paddle steamers

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