Dresden, Germany is a beautiful city with SO much to offer. It is located in a region called Saxony Switzerland (which is weird, because it isn’t in Switzerland), but nonetheless, it is an amazing and picturesque region with such a unique landscape.
I loved visiting Dresden and cannot wait to get back – not to mention it is the perfect city to use as a home base for exploring surrounding areas of Germany. Below are 13 of the best things to do in Dresden when you visit!
Quick Facts About Dresden
- Currency: Euro
- Dresden is a 2 hour bus ride from Berlin
- Nicknamed “Florence of the Elbe” – Dresden is BEAUTIFUL
12 Best Things to do in Dresden, Germany
1. Visit the Zwinger
The Zwinger is a free attraction with incredibly picturesque architecture and an incredible garden area – right in Dresden’s downtown! It’s a beautiful spot to spend an afternoon taking pictures, enjoying a picnic, or just taking in the views.
2. Visit the Christmas Markets
Dresden has incredible Christmas Markets, and being a short train ride from Berlin, it’s a great place to stop at! Especially if you’re hopping from market to market, Dresden is an easy stop to work into your itinerary!
3. Brühl’s Terrace
Bruhl’s Terrace is known as the “Balcony of Europe”. It’s an area along Dresden’s riverbank and it is beautiful at any time of the day. Pick up some ice cream and spend time strolling down the terrace and along the river bank – it’s incredible!
The Albertinum is actually an art museum that is located on Bruhl’s Terrace. Even if you aren’t interested in museums, the building itself is stunning! The average price to visit the Albertinum is 12 euro – find more information here.
5. Dresden Castle
I love Dresden Castle! No need to travel far and wide for another castle in Europe – it is located right in Downtown and is soo easy to get to! It’s a great site to see and so beautiful.
6. Kunsthof Dresden
Google this place – I learned about it after I had visited Dresden, so when I go back this will be my FIRST stop in the city. It is such a unique building – I haven’t seen anything like it around!
7. The Procession of Princes (Fürstenzug)
This is a huge mural (also located centrally in Dresden) that you can’t miss! It’s made out of 23,000 porcelain tiles which is pretty incredible, and features all of the past rulers of Saxony.
8. Castle Moritzburg
This castle is a 20 minute drive out of the city of Dresden, so it might require a bit more travel on your end, but it is a cool castle to visit and not actually that far compared to other castles around Europe!
9. Frauenkirche – Dresden Cathedral
The Dresden Cathedral is SO COOL. I love it, it is located in the center of Dresden and is so stunning – the bricks it is made out of are black and white, and this is one of the reasons why I love it. The darker stones are old stones from when the Cathedral fell from the Dresden bombing. The brighter stones are new stones that are mixed in….SO COOL!!
10. The Opera House (Semperoper)
The Opera House is located right near the Zwinger by the River Elbe and is a stunning building! If you are travelling to Europe and are a fan of architecture, the Semperoper is the perfect place to go! I love it, and if it’s open when you’re visiting Dresden the ballet is supposed to be incredible!
11. Take a Day Trip to the Bastei Bridge!
The Bastei Bridge. is. amazing. It is so easily done in a day trip from Dresden and is so so worth it. You do have to hike to get there and the trail head is in a small German town where they don’t speak much English – but it is so so so cool and so worth it! The Bastei Bridge was a highlight of my Europe trip.
12. Take a Day Trip to Devil’s Bridge (Rakotzbrücke)
The Devil’s Bridge is iconic and incredible. If you have ever seen a photo of that perfectly circular bridge with the reflection in the water, this is Rakotzbrücke. And the good news is, is it is only a 1.5 hour drive from Dresden! This place is a travel photographer’s dream and definitely worth a visit if you have time!
13. (Bonus!) Just Explore!
Walking the streets and just exploring Dresden was one of my favourite things to do in Dresden. The streets, the architecture, and just everything is so so beautiful. The city is so unique and filled with so much history – so leave time to just wander and take it all in!
Germany is AWESOME. Hopefully, these 12 things to do in Dresden, Germany helped you plan your trip or gave you some inspiration!
Have you been to Dresden? What was your favourite thing to do there? Let me know in the comments or send me an email!
Hey! I’m Kat. Based in Alberta, Canada I love to travel to the Rockies and explore new places around the world. Follow along on my adventures and find inspiration and tips for your own travels.