Thanks to its Baroque architecture and picturesque scenery, it’s easy to see why Dresden is called "the Florence of the Elbe". Escape to Saxony’s capital for unforgettable city breaks in Germany, where you can visit famous landmarks like the Frauenkirche and the Zwinger, enjoy a scenic river tour along the Elbe, or go bargain-hunting at popular shopping spots like the Altmarkt-Galerie. Plus, as our Premier Inn hotel in Dresden is so close to the city centre, you’ll have Saxony’s attractions right on your doorstep when you stay with us!
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Things to do in Dresden
Visit historic landmarks in Saxony
Short breaks in Dresden wouldn’t be complete without visiting the city’s top three attractions – the famous Frauenkirche in Neumarkt square, the stunning Zwinger that’s home to the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister gallery, and the Semperoper, the city’s historic opera house next to the Elbe River. With all this and more waiting to be discovered, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to sightseeing in Saxony.
Get a taste of local culture
Saxony’s capital is packed with history, so a visit to some of the best museums in Dresden is a must. Take a tour around the Dresden Transport Museum before visiting the Dresden Porcelain Collection or ‘Porzellansammlung’ as it’s known in German. You’ll find plenty of galleries to inspire you throughout your stay too, like the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the Albertinum on Brühl's Terrace.
Explore the great outdoors
From a visit to the Dresden Botanical Gardens to a walk along the Elbe, this picturesque capital has so many outdoor activities to enjoy. If you don’t mind venturing out, why not take a trip to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains? This hiker’s paradise is just an hour away from Dresden city centre, and you’ll be treated to some incredible sights like the Bastei bridge and the Schrammsteine rock formation.
What are the nearest train stations in Dresden?
Dresden Central Station – or the Dresden Hauptbahnhof as it’s known in German – is the city’s main railway station, and you’ll find it just a 20-minute walk away from the Frauenkirche Dresden. One of the best ways of getting around Dresden is actually by tram or S-Bahn, and you’ll find plenty of handy stops dotted throughout the city.
What are the best places to eat in Dresden?
Foodies will have plenty of local delicacies to try when visiting the capital of Saxony. The food culture here is rich and diverse, ranging from hearty Saxon meals to delicious desserts for those with a sweet tooth. Don’t miss out on a bite of Sauerbraten during city breaks in Dresden, a tasty dish of venison or beef that’s been well marinated in vinegar, leaves and spices. Plus, if you’re looking for great places to eat breakfast in Dresden or fancy some mouth-watering pizzas in the evening, you can head to any of our Dresden hotels for some great-value dishes!
What are the best things to do in Dresden at night?
From live events in Saxony to laid-back drinks back at one of our bars, you’ll find all kinds of fun things to do in Dresden at night. Plus, if you’re on the lookout for unique and unforgettable activities in Dresden, visiting the city’s famous ‘Filmnächte am Elbufer’ or ‘movie nights by the Elbe River’ is a must. This outdoor cinema is open during the summer months, hosting films and concerts at night with the beautiful silhouette of the city in the background, so it’s perfect for romantic breaks in Dresden!
What family friendly activities can you do in Dresden?
Planning family breaks to Germany? Saxony’s capital has all kinds of fun family activities to enjoy! Take the kids to meet the animals over at Dresden Zoo before enjoying a walk around the Grand Garden Palace – or the ‘Palais Großer Garten’ as it’s known in German – just next door. You’ll find a couple of exciting amusement parks near Dresden too – why not visit Oskarshausen or Karussel am Elbepark during your trip?
What outdoor activities can you do in Dresden?
There’s plenty to explore around this scenic city on foot, by bike – or even by boat! Sail off on a Dresden river boat cruise for a laid-back tour of the city from the water, or why not hop on the city’s suspension railway for some of the best views of the Elbe Valley? Plus, the incredible Elbe Sandstone Mountains are a must visit for nature lovers and hikers alike – embark on a walking trail and discover one of the most popular attractions near Dresden!
What indoor activities can you do in Dresden?
Whatever the weather in Dresden, there’s something to keep all ages entertained across this gorgeous capital. City breaks in Dresden wouldn’t be complete without visiting world-famous attractions like the Frauenkirche and Semperoper – culture buffs will love discovering more about these historic German landmarks, plus there’s all kinds of museums in Dresden to explore. You’ll be spoilt for choice if you fancy shopping in Dresden too, thanks to popular spots like Prager Strasse, Elbepark and the Altmarkt-Galerie – which is right next door to our Premier Inn Dresden City Centre hotel!