A Day in Dresden

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Semperoper Dresden
Semperoper Dresden

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So, what do you do if you only have a day to devote to Dresden, Germany? Dresden is the capital of Saxony and is now over 800 years old. Perhaps most well known for being firebombed in 1945 by allied forces, it's still a cultural and historical center. Many of the destroyed buildings have been reconstructed and a journey through the Old Town (Altstadt) is really something special.

The airport serves most German cities, but if you're close, the train is probably the easiest option. The two main stations are Dresden (Dresden vacation rentals | Dresden travel guide) Neustadt and Dresden Hauptbahnhof. The Hauptbahnhof station is located at the end of the main shopping district.

Your day in Dresden should begin in the Altstadt. The Dresden Old Town is very walkable and the rest of the city can easily be reached by bus or tram. There is no subway system. Day Tickets are a good option if you'll be traveling around. They don't expire until 4am the next day and allow you to ride on buses, trams, and most ferries.

Zwinger Palace is a baroque palace featuring sculptures, pavilions, and art collections. While entrance to the palace is free, some of the special galleries have an entrance fee.

Semperoper is the Dresden opera house and is one of the most beautiful in the world. Purchase opera tickets ahead of time if you want good seats. Sometimes there are seats in the back for sale the day of a performance or you can sit on the benches behind the seats for free.

Frauenkirche is the Church of Our Lady which was completely destroyed in WWII. It's fully reconstructed and you can even climb the tower provided you're wearing good shoes.

Another fun activity is taking a paddle steamer up or down the Elbe river. Start is at the castle dock and go down to Meissen (Meissen vacation rentals | Meissen travel guide) or up to Pillnitz.

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Location: Theaterplatz 2 01067 Dresden, Germany

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