The 10 Best Things to Do in Dresden, Germany

October 8, 2017 Janean Rudisill

On the banks of the lovely Elbe River, the German city of Dresden is lush and green, filled with forests and gardens and parks. The city is rich with cultural and artistic history; the great operatic composer Wilhelm Wagner debuted a number of works here in the 1800s and, today, an independent light opera company keeps the classical art form modern and fresh. Culture vultures will love the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister and Grünes Gewölbe museums, and architecture buffs will salivate over the mélange of styles reflected in the cityscape.
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1. Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister

Theaterplatz 1 | Semperbau am Zwinger, 01067 Dresden, Saxony, Germany +49 351 49146679
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister

This art museum is jam packed with masterpieces by the likes of Rubens and Titian, but it is most famous for Rafael's Sistine Madonna.

Reviewed By cameronjflint - Sydney, Australia

We spent a very enjoyable two hours here, on a rainy December day in Dresden. If it weren't for the kids (in particular, our 6yo boy) getting a little tired, we could easily have spent several hours more. A well laid-out gallery, containing several masterpieces by the Old Masters... yet not overwhelmingly immense, and pleasingly devoid of big crowds.
I particularly enjoyed seeing Titian's 'The Tribute Money', Vermeer's 'The Procuress', Liotard's 'The Chocolate Girl' and Rubens' 'Old Lady with a Basket of Coal'. Plus several winners from Cranach, Rembrandt and Botticelli. Oh, and there's a little painting called 'The Sistine Madonna' by Raphael here... famous for it's two cheeky cherubs.

2. Green Vault

Taschenberg 2, 01067 Dresden, Saxony, Germany +49 351 49143231
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Green Vault

Reviewed By Rita R - Thousand Oaks, California

This is my favorite museum which has two sections. I recommend both as each one is unique and you can buy a combined ticket which is valid for the day. I find the combination of technical prowess, artistry, the details involved in the exhibits are astounding. I found the clock room amazing. The scene from Indian Emperor Akbar's court is breathtaking when you examine all the details, particularly since was created based on conversations with traders who described the scenes of the Orient. A must see while in Dresden.

3. Zwinger

Theaterplatz 1 | Ostra-Allee, 01067 Dresden, Saxony, Germany +49 4935 1491920
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Zwinger

Reviewed By John W - Sacramento, California

Great classic museum, a highlight of Dresden. Centrally located across from the Taschenberg kempinski.

Georg-Treu-Platz 3, 01067 Dresden, Saxony, Germany +49 351 65606100
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Frauenkirche

Once one of Dresden's most famous cathedrals, this structure is currently undergoing a massive reconstruction project to repair the damage done by Allied bombings.

Reviewed By manormeow2 - Hammondsport, NY

This is a beautiful church inside and out. I was already very tired from a full day of wandering, so didn't visit the dome- not sure I could have dealt with the steep hike. Just seeing the beauty of the building was worth it.

5. Semper Opera House (Semperoper)

Theaterplatz 2, 01067 Dresden, Saxony, Germany +49 351 49110
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Semper Opera House (Semperoper)

Restored to its former magnificence after its destruction in the 1945 bombing of Dresden, this elaborate, High Renaissance style opera house presents opera, ballet and jazz Performances, and is worth a visit if only to marvel at its ornate interior.

Reviewed By Akkkk - Vancouver, Canada

The tour was simply horrible.
I cannot understand how a German opera house does not monitor the quality of its tours.
The tour guide, P***a, was all over the place - there was no structure, no storyline, no coherence.
It felt awkward at times - because of what was said ("I don't mean to be rude or unpolite (sic)" yet managing to be just that) or the way the tour was conducted (Mannerisms, tone of voice, etc.)
Overall very disappointing - stick to the outside view.
Fun fact: if you use the coat check (cloakroom) as part of a guided tour, you can only get your coat back once the whole group is back!
We left a few minutes before the rest and we had to wait till everyone was back to get our coats back and GTHO.
As if the experience wasn't horrible enough!
Add to that - you need to pay to take pictures!!!

6. Panometer Dresden

Gasanstaltstr. 8b, 01237 Dresden, Saxony, Germany +49 341 3555340
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4.5 based on 414 reviews

Panometer Dresden

Since 2006 the Panometer Dresden, a former gas tank in Dresden Reick, displays the monumental 360° panoramas “BAROQUE DRESDEN” and “DRESDEN 1945” created by Berlin artist Yadegar Asisi in a regular change. The presentation of the pictures on a scale of 1:1 and a 105 m wide and 27 m high surface is supported by the use of light and sound. Standing on the 15 m high platform in the middle of the monumental picture the visitor can thus experience the perfect illusion of immerging into the history of Saxony’s capital Dresden. Between January and May/June the Panorama “DRESDEN 1945” broaches the issues of tragedy and hope of the European city. The accompanying exhibition provides an introduction into the immediate aftermath of the bombing raids on February 13th in 1945. Inside of the Panorama picture, which is supported by light and sound effects, the incidents of this day get then even more realistic for the visitors and they get the feeling of being directly involved in the happening. The following documentary, showing interviews with contemporary witnesses, depicts Dresden’s reconstruction in the centuries after the bombing. Between June and December “BAROQUE DRESDEN” invites its visitors to a travel in time into the epoch of Baroque, Dresden’s most famous era. Inspired by the numerous vedutas of Bernardo Bellotto, also known as Canaletto, Yadegar Asisi depicts a unique overall view of Saxony’s capital city. Detailed sceneries of the city life and the courtly routine during the Augustan Epoch, dated back to 1695 - 1760, allow the visitors to plunge into the baroque heyday. The accompanying exhibition, held in vibrant colours such as magenta, deep blue and gold, concentrates on the baroque city’s daily life. Numerous exhibits illustrate different aspects of absolutism, court and religion of this time.

Reviewed By JFW_250 - Redditch

This is a pretty amazing place located inside an old Gasometer, it gives a 360 degree impression of Old Dresden or Dresden in 1945 after the bombings - they change the Exhibition around, stand around gawp at everything wondering how the hell they did it, then at the end stop and watch the movie everything will be revealed. 5 STAR

7. Canaletto Blick

Elbufer, Nahe Augustusbrucke, 01069 Dresden, Saxony, Germany
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4.5 based on 200 reviews

Canaletto Blick

Reviewed By JuiTeoh - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

August the Strong took one Italian painter and made him the court painter. When he painted the original Panorama of Dresden, who would have thought that it will forever in the future have this view bear his name, the Canaletto View. In fact, he painted 14 of these masterpieces.
To me, sunset was the perfect time to enjoy Canaletto’s inspiration. The colour casted by the setting sun is closer to the paintings. Also gone are the tourists who would pose selfies at this giant frame mockup (which incidentally is what I’m using to frame this picture. Sorry, guilty as charged). The river bank is now filled with local folk enjoying the evening, having a picnic, cycling, running and simply smelling the roses.

8. Bruehl Terrace

Georg-Treu-Platz 1, 01067 Dresden, Saxony, Germany +49 351 501501
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bruehl Terrace

Once the private garden of the Count of Bruehl, this large open plaza offers the city's best view of the River Elbe. Under the Terrace are trenches, battlements and other remnants of the city's original fortifications.

Reviewed By Gregory D - New Lambton

This Terrace gives excellent views over the Elbe river,the Augustusbrucke, the main buildings of the Altstadt and across the river to the Neuestadt. A nice stroll,,with shady trees, lots of places to sit and watch the passing parade, cafes, bars etc.

9. Dresden Christmas Market

Altnarkt, 01067 Dresden, Saxony, Germany
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4.5 based on 125 reviews

Dresden Christmas Market

Dresdner Striezelmarkt was founded in 1434, making it one of Germany's oldest Christmas Markets. The name (Striezel) derives from a local fruit cake that was traditionally sold at the market, and is now better known as Stollen. The market takes pride in its giant candle pyramid standing 14 metres tall, making it the world's tallest. The candles power blades above causing the festive ornaments on the pyramid to turn. Other Dresden traditions include wooden Smoking Men that breathe out incence and carved wooden Tchaikovsky style Nutcracker Soldiers. You can also try the local Christmas food and drink by way of prune figurines, gingerbread and mulled wine spiced with cloves and cinnamon. The famous Christmas arch displays candles and figures depicting the city's mining traditions and folklore.

Reviewed By wazza2222 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Having been to Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Cesky Krumlov Christmas markets, I can say with some assurance that this one is the best. People are relatively friendly, food is good, Gluhwine and Gluhbier are excellent. It is decorated beautifully and has puppet shows and live entertainers on stage.

10. Palais Grosser Gartens

Dresden, Saxony, Germany +49 351 4456600
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4.5 based on 142 reviews

Palais Grosser Gartens

Reviewed By CocoCantrelle - Canberra, Australia

We hire some bikes and rode though this massive park. You truly feel like you have the park to yourself it is that big. The miniature railway looked amazing and those with children will adore this. If you like open spaces this is a great place to visit.

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