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Dresden

Dresden absolutely surprised me: I hadn't expected such an interesting city! The reconstruction of the city, which was completely destroyed during the war, has turned Dresden into a diverse place! A place whose facets you have to get to know at least once in your life!

26/10/2020

dear(travel)diary,

when Bene and I were talking about the places we've already visited in eastern Germany, I realized that I've seen very little there so far. What a shame! Because the east of Germany is very interesting and has a lot to offer! Luckily, we've now added two places to the list: Saxon Switzerland and Dresden.

Dresden really surprised me. I was completely perplexed when Bene and I walked through Dresden's old town and he told me which buildings had all been rebuilt after the war. He pointed out to me that some of the buildings had black and white stones. The black stones are remnants from before the war. The white stones are new components for the reconstruction. I find it fascinating that not only were new buildings erected, but the old buildings were rebuilt.

In addition to these impressive “new-old buildings”, Dresden is also home to typical GDR buildings. The city is also characterized by a diverse culture. This mixture gives Dresden a special structure that cannot be found anywhere else in Germany. It is worth visiting Dresden for this alone!

xx Chiara

Overview:


WHAT TO see & DISCOVER

  1. Marvel at the Dresden Frauenkirche on Neumarkt square
  2. Take a look at the city from above: Hausmannsturm and Kreuzkirchenturm
  3. Going out in the Outer New Town: Assi-Eck
  4. Look out over the Brühl Terrace from the Elbe meadows
  5. Take a leisurely stroll through the Kunsthofpassage
  6. Discover Dresden's old town: Kreuzkirche, Altmarkt, Residenzschloss, Fürstenzug, Dresden Zwinger, Semperoper, Green Vault, and much more.
  7. Inner Neustadt: Stroll across the Elbe meadows to the Japanese Palace, continue along Königsstraße to the Dreikönigskirche church and the Neustädter Markthalle market hall
  8. Outer Neustadt: Shop in one of the small boutiques, stroll through the Kunsthofpassage or visit the Pfundsmolkerei dairy!
  9. Stroll through the Dresden Heath
  10. Explore Dresden's wealthy Weißer Hirsch district
  11. Ride the Dresden suspension railroad
  12. Cross the Elbe over the Blaues Wunder bridge
  13. Experience art & culture at Kraftwerk Mitte
  14. Marvel at the Yenidze
  15. Relax in the Great Garden or the Aulanpark


WHere to Eat & drink

If you're hungry, you're sure to find what you're looking for in Dresden's Weiße Gasse. This street is known to be lined with several restaurants and bars. So you'll quickly find something to suit your taste! But you can also find good restaurants and cafés all over the city. We can recommend the following, among others:

  • Restaurant Neue Sachlichkeit, Kraftwerk Mitte 7, 01067 Dresden
  • Kinh-Do, Weiße Gasse 4, 01067 Dresden
  • Brewery Hotel Am Waldschlösschen, Am Brauhaus 8b, 01099 Dresden
  • T1 Bistro & Café, Kraftwerk Mitte 4, 01067 Dresden
  • Lebowski Bar, Görlitzer Str. 5, 01099 Dresden


Where to sleep

We decided very spontaneously that we wanted to spend a night in Dresden. We booked our hotel on Saturday and arrived on Sunday. We did a quick search on Booking.com and decided on the NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt. NH is a hotel chain that I already knew. So we knew that we wouldn't go wrong with the NH hotel. We also paid a good price for our room with breakfast. The room was large, we had a great view of the Kreuzkirche, the breakfast was delicious and the location was great! I can therefore definitely recommend the hotel!


Costs

Our costs in Dresden were kept within reasonable limits. Although we spent two full days in Dresden, we only stayed there for one night. So we already saved the costs for this. To give you a small overview of what a weekend in Dresden will cost you, I have summarized our expenses here:

  • Accommodation for 2 people for 1 night incl. breakfast: 72€
  • Parking at the hotel: 25€/24h
  • Tourist tax: 2€ p.p.
  • Food for 2 people in total: approx. 60€
  • Drinks Lebowski Bar: 8€



I have put together a list of all the places on Google Maps.

You can find the list here.


From the community for the community

Tips from the community

"I have three café tips: The 'Teegadrom' and the 'Schokoladenbar' in the Neustadt and the 'England England', if it still exists!"

maikeee_n

"Definitely see a play at the Semperoper!!! And another real insider tip: in the side street behind the Grand Hotel Taschenbergpalais is an Italian restaurant called “enotria da miri”. A bit fancier but top value for money. If you like truffled pasta from the Parmesan, this is the place for you!"

juliabergmn

"Musical at the Semperoper!"

my.ticket.to.happiness


Do you have a tip for Dresden? Or a suggestion for the blog? Or would you simply like more information about the city? Then write me!