WHAT TO DO IN DRESDEN IN 1-4 DAYS
- 1 WHAT TO DO IN DRESDEN IN 1-4 DAYS
- 2 TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR DRESDEN ITINERARY
- 3 TOP THINGS TO DO IN DRESDEN
- 4 DAY 1 – ALTSTADT – OLD TOWN
- 4.1 Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) + Dome Ascent Frauenkirche
- 4.2 Neumarkt Square – Neumarkt Platz
- 4.3 Transport Museum (Verkehrsmuseum)
- 4.4 Fürstenzug (Procession of Princes) + Stallhof (Stable Yard)
- 4.5 Royal Palace (Residenzschloss)
- 4.6 Sanctissimae Trinitatis Cathedral (Katholische Hofkirche)
- 4.7 Semper Opera House (Semperoper)
- 4.8 Zwinger Palace (Zwinger)
- 4.9 Brühl‘s Terrace (Brühlsche Terrassen)
- 4.10 Albertinum
- 4.11 Terrassenufer
- 5 More Things to See in the Old Town of Dresden
- 6 DAY 2 IN DRESDEN
- 7 More Activities for Day 2 in Dresden
- 8 Day 3 in Dresden
- 9 FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE BEST DRESDEN ACTIVITIES
If you are planning your Dresden itinerary, you might be wondering about the best things to do in Dresden. If so, then this post is for you. Here you will find what to do in Dresden along with many travel tips for a great trip – whether you stay 1 day in Dresden or longer.
TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR DRESDEN ITINERARY
Dresden is beautiful! Yes, it is! Dresden, the capital of the state of Saxony, is one of the prettiest cities in Germany – if not the prettiest.
Nicknamed the Florence of the Elbe, Dresden is full of gorgeous architecture and a beautiful riverfront. It took me many, many years to finally visit (I will share with you later why that was the case), but now I can say that it is really…pretty! And not only is Dresden pretty but also the surroundings are pretty – from castles along the Elbe River, which is just a stone‘s throw away, to fortresses and the unique landscapes of Saxon Switzerland.
But before talking about the top Dresden activities, here are a few tips for your trip.
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Is Dresden Worth Visiting?
Yes, Dresden is worth visiting. It is a beautiful city that is rich in history, stunning architecture, lively nightlife, gorgeous places to visit nearby, and much more.
Dresden History at a Glance
Dresden has a long history that played an important role in the region – reflected in numerous castles in and near Dresden that served as palaces for kings and queens When we talk about the previous Saxon rulers, Augustus the Strong will probably be the one you will hear/see the most about. He was Elector of Saxony from 1694 as well as King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He belonged to the Albertine line of the House of Wettin and had a lasting influence on Dresden and the many buildings you will see in Dresden.
During the Second World War, the center of Dresden was largely destroyed by bombs dropped by the Allies – and world–famous buildings like the Frauenkirche burnt down.
Due to its location in eastern Germany, it became part of East Germany (the DDR – or GDR in English) and fell under Soviet occupation after World War II. While parts of Dresden were rebuilt up until the 1990s (when West and East Germany reunited), many buildings were actually only rebuilt after the reunification.
The destruction of Dresden and its main sights, along with the partition of Germany, will be the main topic of recent history – along with a disastrous flood in 2002 that also destroyed many buildings. The flood is also the reason for some construction work – e.g. around the Zwinger.
There is much more about the history of Dresden to talk about, but we will leave it for now and have some bits of history here and there when we talk about the sights. But to really get a grasp of the history, I highly recommend doing some guided tours in Dresden.
HOW TO GET AROUND
Many sights are either located in the old town in Dresden or the new town. Since this post also serves as an itinerary, I clustered the attractions so that you reduce the amount of time walking. Within the old town, you can walk to most sights, and in the new town as well.
However, there are some areas where you will need a bike, car, public transportation, or a sightseeing bus.
- Make sure to wear comfy shoes – many parts of Dresden are best explored on foot and the cobbled-stone streets are not made for high heels!
- I got a ticket for a sightseeing bus and used it for the old town because the views from the double–decker bus, along with some information, are nice, but also because I wanted to get outside these two areas and thus, a sightseeing bus was the best choice for me. Also, the sightseeing bus company I chose offered free walking tours, including a night watchman tour. Check out their prices here.
- Cycling around Dresden is a great idea – getting around by bike, especially along the Elbe River, is a very popular way to see Dresden. And on sunny days, it’s actually a popular activity.
- I got to Dresden in my van, but did not really use it to get around, and rather booked a guided tour to Saxon Switzerland to avoid traffic and searching for parking spots.
- Boats are also a great mode of transport for some spots on this itinerary – especially when visiting some areas outside the old and new town – like Pillnitz Castle – you should consider using a boat.
- For each day, I will give you some tips on what mode of transport is best.
HOW MANY DAYS IN DRESDEN?
I stayed 4 nights in Dresden, but wish I‘d had a few more days. Two days in Dresden is a minimum in my opinion – if you want to explore nearby places, then 3 days in Dresden are a must. If you can stay longer, even better, but with two days, you can see the main attractions. I try to cluster the sights, so you can use this as a Dresden itinerary – so, whether you are spending 2 or 3 days in Dresden, this is your post!
TOP THINGS TO DO IN DRESDEN
There are several parts of the old town (Altstadt) and new town (Neustadt) that I will focus on, as well as the Dresdner Heide and Saxon Switzerland.
DAY 1 – ALTSTADT – OLD TOWN
The old town is on the left–hand bank of the Elbe River. It houses most of the “historical“ sights and is the main tourist magnet. For day 1 in Dresden, this will be our main focus. Most buildings were completely destroyed during the Second World War, but the most important buildings have been rebuilt, so it is full of attractions. If you stay in the old town of the city, you can just walk to the sights. They are located so close to each other that you will just have to walk a few kilometers to cover the sights.
Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) + Dome Ascent Frauenkirche
The Frauenkirche has probably become the most famous symbol of WWII in Dresden. The original church, a Protestant church that replaced an earlier Catholic church, was constructed between 1726 and 1743. It was almost completely destroyed during World War II and was rebuilt in the 1990s and then reconsecrated in 2005.
It is located on the Neumarkt, surrounded by pretty buildings, yet the Frauenkirche stands out because of its size and because the church itself looks stunning – from the outside as well as the inside.From the outside, you might notice some darker stones in between the sandy stones – these are original stones that were reused for the reconstruction of the church.
Also, in front of the church, you will see one giant rock – it was part of the Frauenkirche before it fell off during the airstrikes.Now, it serves as a reminder.
It is free to go inside and look around – the interior is a replica of the previous church which git destroyed. You can also go to the top of the church and enjoy some phenomenal views of Dresden from up there.
- The church is free to visit. Check out opening hours before your visit (there might be weddings and opening hours might change).
- You can also do guided tours of the church.
- The Dome ascent is 10€. There are almost 300 steps to the top, but you could use an elevator and then only have to climb another 123 steps.
Neumarkt Square – Neumarkt Platz
The Frauenkirche, located at Neumarkt Square, is one of the liveliest and most central squares in Dresden.
And it is considered quite enormous for a square by German standards. While there is still some reconstruction going on, the pastel–colored buildings make it picture–perfect – with statues, shops, restaurants, and sights.
Transport Museum (Verkehrsmuseum)
In Neumarkt Square, you will find one of the main museums in the city. The Transport Museum displays vehicles of all modes of transport, including railway, shipping, road, and air travel. This museum is probably perfect for families or anyone interested in different modes of transport – also a perfect option for rainy moments.
Fürstenzug (Procession of Princes) + Stallhof (Stable Yard)
Then head to the Fürstenzug, which is just a few minutes away from the museum/Neumarkt. The 101-meter tiled mural depicts the rulers of Saxony, and this unique sight is behind the Royal Palace, outside the Stallhof.
This artwork was completed in the 19th century as a sgraffito on the outside wall of the Langer Gang to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Wettin Dynasty, Saxony‘s ruling family.
Weather conditions made the work quickly fade, and so it was transferred to Meissen porcelain tiles between 1904 and 1907 to preserve it. More than 24,000 tiles were used to represent the 35 margraves, princes, and kings, as well as 59 scientists, artisans, craftsmen, and farmers – making it the biggest porcelain mural in the world. A guided tour with information about certain rulers might be very helpful to understand more about the history of Saxony.
Behind the Fürstenzug, you have the Stallhof. The Stable Yard is a 16th–century courtyard that was used for games and tournaments and is now known for its Christmas markets in December.
It actually is part of the royal palace complex, but I felt that many people skipped it even though it is worth going through.
- Both attractions are free to visit and are open 24/7.
Royal Palace (Residenzschloss)
The reason for the many palaces and castles in Saxony – especially Dresden’s Royal Palace – is that it was once the hub of power for the Saxon princes and kings. This big castle complex was first mentioned in the 14th century, and the four–wing palace structure was developed in the 15th century.
It had been destroyed twice – once by fire in 1701 (and then reconstructed under Augustus the Strong) and again during WWII by air strikes. About 500 halls and rooms burned down to their foundation and most of the valuable interior furnishings were lost. Reconstruction started in 1985, and now it houses several museums, a tower with great views, and more.
These are the museums of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, inside the Royal Palace.
- Royal State Apartments of August the Strong the Porcelain Cabinet
- Cabinet of Prints and Drawings
- Coin Cabinet
- New Green Vault (Neues Grünes Gewölbe)
- Renaissance Wing
- Giant´s Hall of the Armory
- Turkish Chamber
There is also the Historical Green Vault- the museum was founded in 1723 by Augustus the Strong, and it features a variety of exhibits in styles from Baroque to Classicism.
- Tickets for all museums cost 14€
- For the Historic Green Vault, you need an extra ticket, which is an additional 14€. When I visited, tickets for the day were already sold out.
- On busy days (bank holidays or the main season), buy your tickets in advance if you want to visit this museum.
Visiting all the museums would probably take 2 days or so. If you have a limited amount of time, then you have to focus on a few museums (or skip them altogether).
Another highlight of the Royal Palace is the Schlosshof – this courtyard is now open to the public and you will have some gorgeous, gorgeous buildings to admire. Like many parts of the country, this area was destroyed but now has been rebuilt and just opened to the public in 2022.
- You can also climb the 232 steps of the Hausmannsturm to enjoy some great views of the courtyard and the surroundings.
- There is an entrance fee of 5€ for the Hausmannturm – I think the views are worth it.
Sanctissimae Trinitatis Cathedral (Katholische Hofkirche)
One of the most recognizable buildings in the old town is the cathedra..Known as the Catholic Court Church, it is located between the Semperoper, the Zwinger, and the Fürstenzug.
It is Saxony‘s largest ecclesiastical building, and its crypt contains 49 sarcophagi of the Wettin princes and kings, as well as their relatives. It is also the resting place of the heart of Augustus the Strong.
It was built by Chiaveri in the Baroque style in the 18th century. Since 1980, it has been the cathedral of the Dresden–Meissen diocese.
- It is open to the public, but make sure to check out the opening hours.
Semper Opera House (Semperoper)
After the Frauenkirche, the Semper Opera House is the most famous building in Dresden – and the most famous opera house in Germany.It is named after Gottfried Semper, who built the opera house between 1838 and 1841.
In 1945, it was hit by the Allied air attacks and burnt down – it has been rebuilt and can now be visited (even if you are not planning to see an opera). The Semperoper started as a theater and this is why you have the statues of Goethe and Chiller in front of the opera, but later became an opera exclusively.
It houses the Saxon State Orchestra, one of the world’s oldest and best–known orchestras.To get inside the Semper Opera, you can either book a ticket for an opera or you can book a guided tour. These normally take about 45 minutes and you get to see the stunning inside (Spoiler: basically, all you see there is a reconstruction).
- The tour costs around 13€ and there is an additional 3€ fee if you want to take pictures inside. You can buy tickets online here.
- Tickets for an opera start at around 11€ – depending on the play, seat, and the day of your visit.
Zwinger Palace (Zwinger)
Another must–see in Dresden is the most significant building of the late Baroque period (built between 1710 and 1728)) – the Zwinger. It is a composite work of art combining architecture, sculpture, and painting, and you could spend a full day here exploring the outer area and the museums.
Originally designed as an orangery and a setting for court festivities, it was, however, later used for exhibitions. Like most other places in Dresden, it was destroyed during the Second World War – but got rebuilt later. There is a lot of construction work going on due to the flood in 2002 that destroyed parts of Dresden. Now, the Zwinger houses several museums like the Old Masters Picture Gallery, the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments, and the Porcelain Collection.
But even if you do not visit any museums – all the sculptures and buildings themselves are art.
Make sure to also walk the upper pathway and walk to the more or less hidden water fountain. The little, chubby sculptures were probably my favorite sculptures to photograph.
- You can visit many parts of the Zwinger for free, including the garden and the upper pathway.
- There are entrance fees for the museums. Check out prices for the museums here.
Brühl‘s Terrace (Brühlsche Terrassen)
A great way to end your day in Dresden is with a walk and then a drink at Brühl‘s Terrace. This beautiful, elevated “pedestrian street“ is located on the Elbe‘s banks and was laid out in the mid-18th century as Count Brühl‘s private pleasure gardens.
The views of the Elbe River, the right–hand side of the river, and stunning architectural buildings – especially the Art Academy and the sculptures – are impressive and make it a perfect place to spend some time.
Start your walk at Theaterplatz and go all the way to Brühlischen Garten – it is just a few hundred meters with some greenery at the end. From the terrace, you can access the Art Academy, Dresden Fortress, and the Albertinum.
The Albertinum is a modern art museum in a Renaissance revival building on Brühl‘s Terrace – amongst art lovers, the Alberzinum, named after King Albert of Saxony is a must-see.
It hosts 1) the New Masters Gallery with some amazing paintings, and 2) the Sculpture Collection of the Dresden State Art Collections (featuring some very famous sculptures).
Below Brühl´s Terrace, you have the Terrassenufer – it is another beautiful place for nice walks, with views of the Elbe. Also, this is the place where boat cruises start/end.
You could walk all along the Terrassenufer and even continue your walk along the Elbe for several kilometers.If you plan a boat cruise, this is most likely where you will either embark or disembark (more on boat cruises from Dresden later).
More Things to See in the Old Town of Dresden
Here are a few more places in Dresden/activities you could add to your first day.
Just below the Brühl´s Terraces, you have the fortress of Dresden. Here at this 17th–century fortress, European porcelain was invented. But these days it is home to a rather unique experience with 360-degree projections and 3D audio technology.
Duke Maurice will guide you through the 450-year–old ruins and tell you all about his adventures in what used to be the most modern bastion fortress in Germany. I enjoyed my experience, though I would not recommend it if you are on a tight budget or have just 1 or 2 days in Dresden.
- The entrance fee is 10€ (including the audio guide). I booked my ticket together with my hop-on and hop-off ticket here.
Night Watchman Tour
Learn about the sights with a historical night watchman – spooky Dresden by night is beautiful. The best way to experience it might be via a Night Watchman Tour. Learn about the sights with a historical night watchman – spooky stories and amusing anecdotes included.
- Tours take about 90 minutes, and even if you did the walking tour during the day, this will be a different experience. You can book tours here.
If you have a ticket for a hop–on and hop–off ticket, night watchman tours are included.
Guided Walking Tour
A fantastic way to learn about a place – whether here or anywhere else in the world – is via guided walking tours. These tours are often led by locals or people who have been living in the place for a long time, and who can give you tons of tips for main attractions and also some insider information.
There are different tour operators, but most cover the same places and the same route.
I booked my “walking tour with a coffee,“ which started inside the mall next to the Frauenkirche (and the tourism office). If you wonder when you‘ll get that coffee during the walk, you will receive a voucher that you can use for a cafe inside the mall. Check out the guided tour I did.
Later I found out that there is a walking tour included in the hop-on and hop-off bus ticket.
DAY 2 IN DRESDEN
The New Town is the main focus of day 2 in Dresden – it is the district on the right–hand bank of the Elbe. Though it is a new town, you will find many historic sights here – actually, this district was the oldest in the city to be destroyed by fire in the 17th century. Under Augustus the Strong, it was created as a Baroque Quarter – home now to beautiful buildings, statues, and alleyways.
Also, this is the more hip area, with many cafes and quirky attractions. However, we will start with a main attraction at the eastern end of Dresden.
Pillnitz Castle (Schloss Pillnitz)
Pillnitz Palace is a must–see in 2 days in Dresden. This restored baroque castle is located on the bank of the Elbe River, in the former village of Pillnitz, which is now part of Dresden. On your way there, you will see its picturesque location in the Elbe Valley with its vineyards. It is easy to see why Saxon rulers chose this place to reside during the summer months.
A gorgeous combination of baroque and oriental architecture, with even more gorgeous parks to discover, Pillnitz Palace is a great place to start your day!
The main wings, built by Augustus the Strong in the early 18th century, are today the home of the Museum of Decorative Arts, where you can also visit the Palace Museum with its royal kitchen, domed hall, and chapel.
Stroll the English, Dutch, and Chinese Gardens, and then visit the Palm House, where a 250-year–old camellia is kept in a greenhouse in the winter months. You could surely spend a full day here – but there are many more places to visit in Dresden, so you might want to continue.
There are different ways to get to Pllinitz Castle: Get there by boat, car, or local bus – or enjoy a scenic bike ride from the old town along the Elbe River.
- There is an entrance fee for the parks of 3€ for adults (totally, totally worth it).
- The entrance fee for the museums “Place Museum and Museum of Decorative Arts” is 8€ and the entrance fee for the Palm House is 3€.
- Check out opening hours and more here.
Loschwitz Bridge (Blaues Wunder)
The Loschwitz Bridge is a cantilever truss bridge over the Elbe that connects Dresden´s districts of Blasewitz and Loschwitz. These two affluent residential areas are amongst the most expensive in Europe.
For more than 125 years, the bridge has been one of the main landmarks in Dresden – and if you are wondering why its name is the Blue Bridge in German, it’s because the steel of the bridge is blue (I seriously would not have noticed without this piece of extra information).
You can walk, cycle, or drive the bridge. It is heavily frequented, and when I passed it on the sightseeing bus, I missed the chance to enjoy the views from the bridge.
Here it is about beautiful views! The 19th–century palace, which is under renovation at the moment, still offers a great panorama from its terraced garden, restaurant, and cultural events.
Also, prices for the outdoor cafe are very reasonable. Just watch that they do not overcharge you, as they did with me. I only noticed later that they charged me for a large drink when I only had a small one.
The Lingnerterrasse is a gorgeous stop – easily accessible by car, sightseeing bus, or tram line 11.
Continue your journey and head to the next stop by tram or bus.Known as the most beautiful dairy/milk shop in the world, this store is located in New Town and has become a tourist magnet.
Personally, I try to avoid dairy products, however, I did want to mention it because it is really pretty and is often named one of the top 10 sights in Dresden.With 247.9 m² of hand–painted tiles from the company Villeroy & Boch (one of Germany´s leading manufacturers of ceramics), the store tells the story of the Pfund brothers, who opened the shop in 1892.
There are now also two additional shops next door, selling soaps and regional products, including vegan food. The shop is closed on Sundays and bank holidays (this is why I could not enter and could only look through the window). There is no entrance fee.
Callejón del Arte (Kunsthofpassage)
From there, you can walk (about 15 minutes) to a rather quirky sight in Dresden: Neustadt. This area is full of charming, alternative, quirky, but also beautiful, cafes and restaurants – some of them you will find within the Kunsthofpassage, which is a network of decorated courtyards housing outdoor cafes, artists‘ studios, and independent boutiques.
House of the Church of Dresden (Dreikönigskirche)
The main church, you will notice, (though it is not the only one in this area) is the Dreikönigskirche, which was built in the 18th century. Its neo-baroque tower was added about 100 years later.
After it was destroyed in World War II, it got reconstructed. You can now visit the church itself, as well as the tower, from which you can enjoy nice panoramas, including the Canaletto View (more on that in a bit).
- The entrance fee is about 5€ for the tower.
- The church is free to visit.
After visiting the church head (back) to the main alley – the Hauptstrasse.It is a gorgeous pedestrian street with plants, patrician houses, restaurants, and shops, and also inner courtyards (which often have restaurants or boutiques inside them) that make this place a perfect one for great strolls.
Golden Horseman (Goldener Reiter)
The Statue of Augustus the Strong has been located in the New Town market since 1736.
If you walk down the beautiful alley (with a short detour to the Dreikönigskirche), you will see the huge monument for Augustus the Strong, who together with his son Frederick Augustus II, gave rise to those baroque buildings and unique art collections, which earned the Elbe metropolis the name “Florence on the Elbe.“ This is why he is one of the people you will come across the most when you hear about the history of Dresden.
Canaletto View From the Beach Area
After you pass the Golden Horseman statue, walk to the bridge. But before you actually reach it, turn right and walk towards the Elbe River. Here you have a great panorama – also known as the Canaletto View.
A court painter of Augustus III (son of Augustus the Strong), Canaletto created a series of 14 large–sized views of the baroque Dresden in the mid-18th century – earning Dresden the name “Venice on the Elbe“ (to later become “Florence on the Elbe“). The view of some of the most gorgeous sights – like the Frauenkirche, the Hofkirche, and more – makes it a must–see. Also, you can enjoy some time at the “beach.“
This section of the Elbe River is quite popular amongst locals and tourists alike, and perfect for dipping your toes into the water! Then you can have your drink/dinner in this area or head back to the old town by walking the Augustusbrücke (Augustus Bridge).
More Activities for Day 2 in Dresden
Here are a few more activities you could combine with above-mentioned sights.
Elbe River Cruise
A boat cruise on the Elbe River is very popular. It is not necessarily an activity in Neustadt, but I added a boat cruise for this day, as you can get to Pillnitz Castle by boat and explore before taking a local bus or boat to continue your journey.
You can also combine your trip to Königstein Fortress or Meißen with a boat cruise, or just do a “random“ boat cruise on the Elbe River.
Day 3 in Dresden
If you are in Dresden for a couple of days, you should explore the nearby nature. The pretty vineyards near Dresden are worth a visit – but if you head further east, then some of the most unique rock formations in Germany will await you.
Saxon Switzerland – Bastei & Bastei Bridge
Saxon Switzerland A must–see near Dresden is Saxon Switzerland. This unique area is a national park around the Elbe Valley, southeast of Dresden. Together with Bohemian Switzerland in the Czech Republic, it forms the Elbe Sandstone Mountains – it has nothing to do with the actual country of Switzerland, except for its beauty!
The Bastei and the Bastei Bridge are the most famous sights there – for good reason. The unique rock formation looks absolutely stunning!
The bridge can be walked (for free) and there are several viewing platforms from which you can enjoy an actual view of the bridge. Hikers will have plenty of options to go on shorter or longer hikes, but even if you are not really fit, you can get to the vista points with only a little physical effort.
If you do the tour I did, you will have about 2 hours here, which is more than enough to stroll the area, take pictures, and have a snack from the stall restaurants nearby. You can get to the Bastei in about 1 hour from Dresden.
While I mostly travel independently and organize everything myself, I opted for a guided tour a) because it is quite affordable (just 20€), and b) because it can be quite nice to relax, not worry about parking, etc.
You can do this tour by yourself, too – either by getting around in your own car or by taking local buses. Local buses also go there and there is a parking lot about 1 kilometer from the bridge where you can leave your ca. If you want to check out the tour I did, click here.
- There is just a small entrance fee (about 2.5€) for the extra viewing platform – you can pay by card.
This huge, hilltop fortress about 35 km from Dresden has more than 50 imposing buildings – like the barracks, casemates, deep well, gardens, and more – which make it an amazing stop for people of all ages.
From the parking lot, a lift will take you up and you can walk the 1.7-kilometer–long panorama walk along the fortress – and enjoy some really stunning views of the mountains and the Elbe River. For the smaller ones, there are canons, museums, and more. You could spend a day here, but even 2 hours will be enough to enjoy the panoramas, visit a museum or two, and have a coffee before heading back to Dresden.
- The cost for the entrance is 13€ – which is not a little.
But there is quite a lot to do and see, and I think that it was worth it after all.
Day 4 in Dresden – Meissen (Albrechtsburg) and Moritzburg
If you stay 4 days in Dresden, you can add a few more castles to your itinerary. For one, there is the very cute town of Meißen, just 20 km west of Dresden, with a famous castle known as Albrechtsburg.
The Albrechtsburg is a late gothic and early Renaissance castle from the 15th century. It is located on a hill above the Elbe River in Meissen, adjacent to the Meissen Cathedral.
Though the best views of the castle are from the other side of the Elbe River (just cross the bridge), you might want to check out the castle itself as well before visiting the Cathedral and exploring the small town center with its pretty and colorful buildings.
- There is an entrance fee for the castle, the cathedral, and its tower. 13€ for a combined ticket (cathedral and castle), plus 2€ for the tower.
- You can get to Meissen by car, bus, or boat.
- Check out river cruises to Meissen here.
Moritzburg Castle is another beautiful castle worth a visit. It is named after Duke Maurice, who built it as a hunting lodge for himself in the 16th century. In the 18th century, Augustus the Strong converted it into a baroque castle in the middle of a large pond and park.
You can see one of the most important collections of hunting trophies in Europe, ornate gilt leather tapestries, and the “Feather Room,“ which includes over a million colored feathers!
- The entrance fee for the castle is about 10€.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE BEST DRESDEN ACTIVITIES
Dresden is a gorgeous city, offering plenty of activities for its visitors. Whether you are in Dresden for 2, 3, or 4 days, you surely will not get bored because there are many things to do in Dresden!
Enjoy and stay safe!