Top things to do in Dresden

Top things to do in Dresden

Top things to do in Dresden

With a wonderful location, pleasant climate (thanks to river Elbe), world renowned Baroque and Rococo style of architecture and countless museums and art collections, Dresden is rightly called "Elbflorenz" (Florence of the Elbe). Tagged as one of the greenest cities in the entire Europe, Dresden has over 63% of the area covered under green areas and forests. Distinguished by renowned art museums and stunning architecture of its restored old town, this city is thronged by visitors all year around. History and architecture aside, the city has a lot to offer to lovers of art, fashion, music and cinema. Dresden is among the top 10 cities in Germany to live and with warm and friendly people, you will always feel at home!

Katholische Hofkirche:

Standing as one of Dresden's foremost landmarks, the Katholische Hofkirche (Catholic Court Church) or Cathedral of St. Trinitatis is the largest church in Saxony. This beautiful baroque church is historically important and indicative of the tension between the Catholics and Protestants. It was heavily damaged during World War II and was restored during the mid-1980s. Featuring a restored organ and Rococo pulpit, this church definitely makes a place on every traveler's list.


Dresden Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) is an enchanting Lutheran church in Dresden and a sublime landmark of the city. Built in the 18th century, the cathedral was reduced largely to just a deteriorating pile of rubble during World War II, having been reconstructed back in 1993. Tagged as an outstanding citation of Protestant sacred architecture, this church has one of the largest domes in all of Europe.

Großer Garten:

Spread across a lavish area of 147 hectares, Großer Garten (Greater Garden) is a baroque-style park in Dresden. Standing as a masterpiece of landscaping design, it is also the biggest and most stunning park in the city. The garden turns into a stage for many cultural events as well as festivals and includes numerous open air stages. It was vandalized after being hit by an aerial bombardment in 1945 but was reconstructed later.


Dating back to 1887, Albertinum is a popular art museum situated in the historic center of the city housing wonderful paintings and sculptures from Romanticism to the present. The atrium, also known as "an ark for the art", which is a recent improvement in the inner roofing is also architecturally very attractive. If you are a fan of contemporary art, this museum is definitely worth your time.


Tagged as one of the most striking Baroque buildings in Germany, Zwinger (also known as Zwinger Palace) is a sandstone palace devised by court architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann between 1710 and 1719 under the reign of Augustus the Strong. Like other historic buildings in Dresden, Zwinger Palace burned down owing to the aerial bombardments in 1945 and was rebuilt later during the 1950s and 1960s. Today, Zwinger is a museum complex built in Rococo style visited by innumerable visitors all throughout the year.

Goldener Reiter:

One of the best-known landmarks of Dresden, Goldener Reiter or the Golden Rider is an equestrian statue of Augustus - the Strong. The statue was contrived from copper by the smith, Ludwig Wiedemann and was then fire-gilded. Having been restored several times, the recent changes make the statue shine in renewed glory with roughly 500 grams of gold leaf.

Green Vault:

Possessing one of the largest collection of treasures across the whole of Europe, the Green Vault or Grünes Gewölbe is an exclusive historic museum situated in the western section of Dresdner Residenzschloss. It contains over 4,000 pieces of enchanting European art displayed in a baroque setting spread over 2 floors spanning 2,000 square meters each. The museum was completely reconstructed after its destruction because of World War II. Note: Wheelchair access and multilingual audio guides are available.

Brühl's Terrace:

Popularly known as the "Balcony of Europe", Brühl's Terrace is a riveting terraced promenade located north of the recently rebuilt Neumarkt Square. It falls among the most iconic landmarks of the city. A historical ensemble, stairs leading to Brühl's Terrace are flanked by 4 bronze sculptures, each exemplifying one reason. It runs for about 500 meters along the banks of Elbe and is a great place for a refreshing walk in the backdrop of the Elbe Valley.


One of the oldest buildings in the city, the Royal Place or Residenzschloss (Dresden Castle) had been the residence of the kings and electors for almost 400 years. Known far and wide for various architectural styles ranging from Baroque to Neo-renaissance, this castle today is an abode to 5 museums: the Historic Green Vault and New Green Vault, the Numismatic Cabinet, the Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs and the Dresden Armory. Dive into history by paying a visit to this castle and do not miss the art library.

Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister:

The museum, also known as Old Masters Gallery, is famed for its unique collection of paintings from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Housing beguiling Italian Renaissance works as well as Dutch and Flemish paintings, there are also some galleries with works by French, Czech, English, Austrian and Spanish artists. The most famous work of the museum is Raphael's Sistine Madonna, widely known for the romantic depiction of two little angels.

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