Dresden, Germany

The lush, green city of Dresden is surrounded by forests and filled with parks and gardens. Once one of the major arts capitals in Europe, Dresden was known as ‘Florence on the Elbe’. Many of its historic buildings were lost during World War II bombings. Thanks to numerous meticulous restorations undertaken in the two and a half decades since German reunification, the city is starting to regain its grandeur. The churches and palaces, squares and gardens are once again some of the finest Germany has to offer, while there is plenty of  shopping, riverside beer gardens and lively nightlife options to attract and please visitors.

Lying on the beautiful river Elbe, which runs all the way from the Czech Republic through Germany to the Black Sea, Dresden is a popular launching point for river cruises. Several cruise companies offering tours from Berlin to Prague leave from Dresden (following overland travel from Berlin). 

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Port Location

Cruise ships dock on the Elbe at the edge of Dresden. With no formal dock, passengers disembark via gangplanks. Shuttles are sometimes provided into town, but it is only 10 minutes away on foot. 

Port Facilities

There are no facilities where the ships dock. But the town is very close by.

Facilities near the port in Dresden include:

  • Tourist information centres
  • Public toilets
  • Restaurants and cafés
  • Souvenir stores
  • Bank and ATMs
  • Supermarkets
  • Medical centre and pharmacy
  • Post office.

How To Get Around

While Dresden is an expansive city, the Old Town is compact and easy to cover on foot. To explore further afield, the city has an efficient and comprehensive network of buses, trams and S-bahn (above-ground trains). Tickets can be purchased on-board and at every stop. The Dresden City Card allows travellers to ride all public transportation for free and gives discounted admission to some of the city’s museums. Taxis are also available at reasonable rates. 

Travel times from the Dresden Hauptbahnhof (the central train station):

On foot:

  • It is a 31 minute journey to Grosser Garten
  • It is a 7 minute journey to Historisches Grünes Gewölbe
  • It is a 19 minute journey to Residenzschloss.

By car/taxi:

  • It is a 6 minute journey to Grosser Garten
  • It is a 7 minute journey to Residenzschloss
  • It is a 7 minute journey to Historisches Grünes Gewölbe
  • It is a 20 minute journey to Dresden airport.

By bus:

  • It is a 13 minute journey to Grosser Garten
  • It is a 23 minute journey to Dresden airport.

General Information

  • Currency – The currency in Dresden is the Euro (€). Notes come in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, and €500 denominations. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and €1 and €2 denominations.

  • Time Zone – Dresden is set to Central European Time (CET). It is an hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), except from March to October where daylight savings hours puts the city another hour ahead of UTC.

  • Weather – Dresden has a cold to moderate continental climate, with relatively warm summers and cold winters for Germany. July is the hottest month in Dresden, with an average temperature of 18.1 degrees Celsius. February is the coldest month, with an average temperature of only -1.7 degrees Celsius.

Highlights

  • Grosser Garten (The Great Garden) – Home to the Zoo Dresden, this giant park is popular with visitors from all over the world. The lion enclosure and collection of African animals gather huge crowds every day. The northwest corner of the park contains a botanical garden and a transparent building, the Gläserne Manufaktur, where visitors can watch luxury Volkswagens being built. A miniature train runs through the park in the warmer months.

  • Historisches Grünes Gewölbe (The Historic Green Vault) – One of four collections housed in the Residenzschloss (Dresden’s Renaissance-style palace), the Vault displays thousands of royal treasures from the 16th to 18th centuries. Ten rooms filled with luxurious items tell the tale of Dresden’s artistic past. You’ll find gold, silver and gemstone jewellery, carved ivory, Rococo chests, bronze statues and porcelain. Visits are timed, and a free audio guide is available.

  • Zwinger Palace – One of the most impressive Baroque buildings in Germany, the Zwinger Palace was built in the early 1700s. With extensive pavilions, galleries, courtyards and an ornate gardens, today the Palace is filled with museums. When it was first constructed, the palace hosted court festivities. Even if you don’t have time on your itinerary to spend a few hours in another museum, the Palace and grounds are so beautiful that they are definitely worth the trek.

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