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Dresden, a city full of history, located at the transition between lowlands and mountains, has a lot to offer in terms of exciting activities. Nature and culture, history and joie de vivre, fun and relaxation: the capital of Saxony offers so much balance for your city holiday.
Maurizio MassaroBy Maurizio Massaro

7 ideas for things to do in Dresden

Paddle steamer Dresden | Flickr: Ralf Schulze CC-BY 2.0

Leisurely boat trip across the Elbe

Ride on the paddle steamer along the Elbe castles across the river in Dresden? Visit the porcelain factory in Meissen and go there and back by boat? Various boat trips across the Elbe are offered in Dresden.
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Panometer Dresden | Flickr: Denis Simonet CC-BY 2.0

Visit to the 360° installation in Panometer

The former gas tank of the Panometer Dresden now displays artworks on 360°, which can be viewed by guests from a platform in the center. Currently, the Panometer shows the exhibition Dresden 1945 on the destruction of the city after the Second World War.
Sauerkraut | Flickr: Dave Collier CC-BY-ND 2.0

Experience the culinary highlights of Dresden

In recent years, Dresden has increasingly become a gourmet paradise: whether it's a beer tour or a wine tasting, lovers of a good drop in particular get their money's worth in the city on the Elbe during culinary experiences.
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Hiking in Saxon Switzerland | Flickr: Oleg Brovko CC-BY-SA 2.0

Day trip to the nature around Dresden

The Elbe meanders southeast of Dresden through the picturesque rocks of Saxon Switzerland. From Dresden, tour providers offer various day trips for hikes and other nature experiences.
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Dresden by night | Flickr: David Schütze CC-BY 2.0

Night Watchman Tour

The Night Watchman of Dresden Old Town knows exciting and spooky stories to tell, but also has some historical facts ready. The somewhat different city tour leads of course over the most important sights in Dresden such as Semper Opera, Zwinger and Schlossplatz, which are immersed in a mystical ambience at night.
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Two-cell Bautzner Straße | Wiki Commons: Heinz-Josef Lücking CC BY-SA 3.0

Visit to the Bautzner Straße Memorial

The last prison of the Stasi (Ministry for State Security of the GDR) preserved in its original state has been open to visitors since 1994 and offers an insight into the mechanisms of the East German state of injustice and reappraisal of the situation of former political prisoners and Stasi employees.
Ceiling painting in the Semper Opera House Dresden | Flickr: Dennis Jarvis CC BY-SA 3.0

Semper Opera House tour

Once the court and state opera house of Saxony, architecturally inspired by the Italian Renaissance, the Semper Opera House in Dresden is one of the central attractions. The ceiling decorations as well as the ornamental curtain are the highlights of a guided tour through the Opera House.
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DDR Museum Dresden | Flickr: Kristian Mollenborg CC BY 2.0

Dresden city passes comparison

The official City Passes of the city of Dresden are called Welcome Cards and are offered in three variants.While the ticket called Dresden City Card includes public transportation within Dresden for 1, 2 or 3 days, the Dresden Regio Card can also be used to travel beyond the city limits into the surrounding area. Both passes also include discounts at restaurants, entry tickets to museums and discounts at stores and events. The Dresden Museums Card also includes tickets to some activities, museums and exhibitions. The latter city pass is valid for 2 days and can be solved only for individuals.
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The 6 most important sights in Dresden

Baroque Frauenkirche Dresden | Flickr: bethom33 CC-BY-SA 2.0

Church of Our Lady

As one of the most famous churches in Germany, the Frauenkirche in Dresden, which was destroyed in World War II and rebuilt between 1994 and 2005, is now a symbol of reconciliation. The Baroque monumental building, located on Dresden's Neumarkt, is one of the most worth-seeing attractions of the Dresden Old Town.
Semperoper at Night | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0


The Saxon State Opera Dresden houses the historical Opera House of Dresden, which was built according to the model of the Italian Renaissance and is another architectural delight of the city. The building is named after its architect Gottfried Semper and is a must-see in Dresden.
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Panometer Dresden | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0


In a former gas container, there are impressive 360-degree panorama exhibitions to see, currently the installation shows a panorama of the destroyed Dresden of 1945. The Panometer is a unique attraction in Dresden, offering exciting insights not only for history enthusiasts.
Zwinger Dresden | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0


Another highlight of Dresden is the building and garden ensemble of the Zwinger. Built in the 18th century, it served as a representation of the power of the Saxon rulers. Today, three museums are also located in the buildings of the Zwinger, and occasional concerts are held as well.
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Dresden Residence Palace | Flickr: Fred Romero CC-BY 2.0

Residential palace

Today, the Dresden Residence Palace houses five museums: The Historical and the New Green Vault, the Armory, the Coin Cabinet, and the Collection of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. During the time of the Electorate and later the Kingdom of Saxony, it served as the residence of the ruling families and bears architectural traces of all possible styles over the centuries.
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Cell block Bautzner Str. Dresden | Flickr: Heinz-Josef Lücking CC-BY-SA 2.0

Bautzner Street Memorial

The Stasi maintained a detention center on Bautzner Street, which has been a museum with a memorial site since 1994 and offers a vivid portrayal of the methods of subjugation during the SED dictatorship. The Dresden Stasi prison is the only one of its kind remaining in Germany, which is why it is considered one of Dresden's most important attractions.
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Maurizio Massaro
Written byMaurizio MassaroMaurizio is a cosmopolitan, a musician and comes around. In his role as a content manager at TicketLens, he is always striving to find new offers as well as writing about sights all over the world.
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