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Dresden and Saxonian Switzerland

Canaletto Dresden – Elbflorenz

Many tourists are once more flocking to visit the landmarks of one Europe's most beautiful cities. Since its destruction in 1945 the capital of Saxony has risen like a phoenix, regaining its former beauty. Get to know this thrilling metropolis at first hand!

Saxonian Switzerland

Directly beyond the city gates the Elbe Sandstone Mountains rise in the Saxonian Switzerland. The River Elbe flows peacefully there between mighty mesas and bizarre rock needles. Its tributaries effervesce crystal clear waters through quiet gorges and canyon-like valleys.


Interesting and helpful links:

City Tours I - Borowski
City guided tours of Dresden Altstadt, Neustadt, many theme tours (guided), e.g., Blasewitz, Pillnitz, Moritzburg, bar tour etc. Coach trips around Dresden and surrounding areas. Special offers also for groups / single guided tours.
Highly recommended.

City guided tours II - 'Igeltour' Dresden.
Walks, coach and bicycle tours, individual group tours. Theme walks, e.g., city history, literature of Dresden, architecture, history of specific quarters etc.
Highly recommended.

City map I - Citisam
Interactive city maps of Dresden and surrounding areas. General plan, street search, places of interest.

City map II - 'Theme' city map Dresden
Official 'Theme' city map of Dresden. Extensive search functions.

Coach and rail links in Dresden -DVB
Homepage of Dresden transport services including timetables, prices, bus-tram-train routes etc.

Upper Elbe Regional Transport - VVO
Public transport in Dresden and surrounding areas. Includes information about networks, timetables, prices, tickets etc.

Dresden Airport
Homepage of Dresden International Airport. Dresden airport lies approx. 15 km to the north of the centre. All connections to and from Dresden, actual flight information, arrival and departure information, parking facilities etc.

Taxi Dresden
Funktaxi Dresden Tel.: 0049-(0)351-211211. Further information on this website.

Elbe Paddle Steamers - Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt
The largest and oldest fleet of historical paddle steamboats in the world is here in Dresden. Enjoy the journey on the River Elbe on a historical shovel wheel steamboat upstream towards the Saxonian Switzerland or downstream towards Meissen. Further information here.
Highly recommended.

Bicycle rental I - Nextbike
This is a new bike rental system. At many locations you can simply rent bicycles. Nextbike locations in Dresden include, at the Postplatz, Frauenkirche, Hauptbahnhof, Dr. Külz Ring and Prager Straße. Further information here.

Bicycle rental II - Roll On Dresden
Bicycles, scooter and motorbikes for rent. Address: Königsbrücker Straße 4 / corner of Albertplatz. Further information here.

Places of interest in Dresden - Dresden Tourismus
Extensive overview of places of interest in Dresden with links to the different sites.

Dresden State Art Collections
The world-famous Dresden museums. Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault), State Picture Gallery Old / New masters, Porcelain Collection, Sculpture Collection, the Armoury and a lot more. Further information, tickets, opening hours, special exhibitions here.
A must for every visit to Dresden.

City Museums of Dresden – Die städtischen Museen und Sammlungen
The town museums and collections. Stadtmuseum (town museum), Städtische Sammlungen (town collections), Technische Sammlungen (technical collections), Kügelgenhaus, Carl Maria v. Weber Museum and a lot more. Further information, prices, and special exhibitions here.

Hygiene Museum Dresden
A great museum centred on humankind, nutrition, sensory perception, illnesses etc., excellent facilities for children / young people, special exhibitions. Further information here.
Highly recommended.

Church of Our Lady
Homepage of the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) Dresden. Services, concerts, events, guided tours, and information about this building, a symbol for the reconstruction of Dresden.

Semper Opera House - Semperoper
Homepage of the Saxonian State Opera Dresden, known as Semperoper (Semper Opera House). One of the most beautiful and significant opera houses in the world. Program information, tickets, special events, guided tours etc. here. Book early to avoid disappointment!

State theatre Dresden – Staatsschauspiel Dresden
Theatre and small house. The theatre, a beautiful building of the Belle Époque is located on the Ostra-Allee directly opposite the Zwinger. Program, tickets, information about the plays here.
Highly recommended.

Theatre and cabaret in Dresden
Dresden has a rich and varied theatre and cabaret culture. From the Herkuleskeule, Breschke and Schuch to the Theater Junge Generation and many more.

An insider's tip for all those interested in the old Dresden. In the former Reicker Gasometer you can experience Dresden as it was in 1756. Projected onto a giant screen you will see buildings long since destroyed. Visitors feel taken back 250 years. The view today from the Hausmannturm or the Rathausturm (tower of the Town Hall) provide for an exciting comparison.
Highly recommended.

Land of castles - Schlösserland Sachsen
Homepage of the State Palaces Castles and Gardens Company of Saxony. Full information on state castles in Saxony. In the Dresden region in particular, Castle Moritzburg and Castle Pillnitz, the Fortress Dresden, the Große Garten (large garden park) with Palace in Dresden, the Zwinger, the Gardens in Großsedlitz and Pillnitz and much more. Opening hours, prices, special events here.

Dr. Daniela Pohl and Peter Renatus Vogel
Holiday Apartments in Dresden
Wiener Straße 53, D-01219 Dresden, Germany
fax: 0049-(0)351-4701399, phone: 0049-(0)351-4702004