Population

477,653

Elevation

113 meters (344 feet)

Tourist Information

Dresden-Werbung und Tourismus, Ostra-Allee 11, D-01067, Dresden, tel. +49/351/4919 20, fax 351/4919 2116, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.dresden.de. Visitor info on Prager Strasse (near the Hauptbahnhof) and in the Schinkelwache at Theaterplatz

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Flight Arrivals

Dresden-Klotzche Airport, modernized and expanded since reunification; located five miles north of the city center. Rapid-transit S-Bahn service costs €1.70 for rail connection to Neustadt Bahnhof (13 minutes) and Dresden Hauptbahnhof (21 minutes)

Train Travel: Frequently scheduled long-distance trains, including German Rail's high-speed InterCity Express (ICE), arrive at and depart from the two stations above

Driving Distances

  • Leipzig: 67 miles, 108 km
  • Berlin:127 miles, 205 km
  • Munich: 300 miles, 484 km
  • Hamburg: 312 miles, 502 km
  • Nürnberg: 209 miles, 337 km
  • Prague: 94 miles, 152 km
  • Vienna: 286 miles, 461 km

Best Buys

Dresden Card for free public transportation (trams, buses, Elbe ferries, local trains) within the city fare zone; free admission to 11 museums of the State Art Collections, price discounts for city tours by bus, river excursions and selected shops and restaurants;€19 per person for 48 hours

Dresden Regio Card for all benefits of the Dresden Card, plus free public transportation throughout the metro region as well as steam-train trips on the area's narrow-gauge Lössnitztal and Weisseritztal railways;€29 per person for 72 hours

High-Altitude Panoramics

From the open-air platform atop the Frauenkirche's dome, reached by elevator, stairways and spiral ramps; superlative cityscape and Elbe River vistas; daily from 10am (closed 1-2pm); €8.

Boat Rides

The world's oldest and largest paddle-steamer fleet, founded in 1836, offers day trips from Dresden Altstadt's embankment to Saxon royalty's Pillnitz summer palace (€14 round-trip) and upriver to Meissen, home of the porcelain workshops and exhibition hall (€15.80 round-trip); saechsische-dampfschiffahrt.de/

Major Events

  • Elbe Steamboat Parade, Dresden-Pillnitz, May
  • 36th Dixieland Festival, May
  • Classical Music Festival, May-June
  • Elbhangfest Riverside Festival, June
  • Dresden 800th-Anniversary Celebrations, July
  • Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival, August
  • "White Fleet" Paddle-Steamer Festival, August
  • Contemporary Music Festival, October
  • Altstadt Unity Night (all styles of music), November
  • 572nd Striezelmarkt (Christmas Market), November-December 24