Germany Trip Plan:
Magnificent Dresden, Saxon- and Bohemian-Switzerland and Prague, the golden city

Germany trip plan: Magnificent Dresden, Saxon- and Bohemian-Switzerland and Prague, the golden city
Dresden, aerial view, CC-BY-SA, Wolfgang Pehlemann
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Because of the pleasant location and mild climate on the River Elbe, as well as Baroque-style architecture and world-renowned museums and art collections, Dresden is called Elbflorenz, Florence of the Elbe. Discover historical sights and modern live, visit castles and museums, take a boat trip; see the mountains and beautiful Prague in the Czech Republic.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 8 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Dresden Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Because of the pleasant location and mild climate on the River Elbe, as well as Baroque-style architecture and world-renowned museums and art collections, Dresden is called Elbflorenz, Florence of the Elbe. Discover historical sights and modern live, visit castles and museums, take a boat trip; see the mountains and beautiful Prague in the Czech Republic.

Dresden is one of the greenest cities in Europe, with 63% of the city being green areas and forests. One important part of that landscape is the River Elbe meadows which crosses the city. Post-reunification Dresden has undergone significant reconstruction and could once again present a beautiful image at its 800th anniversary in 2006. Whatever season you travel to Dresden, this city will amaze you with its rich culture, festivities and countless daily activities.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $583 for 2 persons / 8 days
Admissions: starting at $500 for 2 persons / 8 days
Car Rental: starting at $490 / 8 days
Gas: starting at $250 / 8 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1823 / 8 days
 4 persons, starting at $2706 / 8 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and dinner at the Augustiner-Brewery

Day 1: Arrival and dinner at the Augustiner-Brewery
Dresden, aerial view, CC-BY-SA, Wolfgang Pehlemann
[ source: Wikipedia]

Move in your perfect holiday apartment in historical surroundings and enjoy your first local dinner at the Augustiner-Brewery. A great location with regional specialties, beers and a great view of the unique Dresden Frauenkirche.


Day 2: Dresden by double-decker bus and on foot

Day 2: Dresden by double-decker bus and on foot
Semperoper, GNU, author Lancevortex
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Take a guided city tour on a double-decker bus to conveniently discover Dresden's cultural and architectural treasures. Stroll through the historical old town center which is quite compact and easy to walk. Must see are the Baroque Zwinger Palace with its famous art collections and the Semperoper, a building well worth visiting as it is one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. The Frauenkirche, the reconstructed Church of Our Lady, where you should not miss the tower, but bring good shoes to climb in, otherwise you will not be admitted in! Fürstenzug is the world biggest porcelain painting and shows nearly all Saxon princesses and kings in splendid parade uniforms on their horses. It leads to the Stallhof, the last preserved tournament place contained in a European castle. This place is also the location of a very romantic Christmas Market with a big fireplace. End your day in the Sophienkeller, one of the nicest vault restaurants in Dresden. Entering these historical vaults of the Taschenberg-Palais opposite the Zwinger, you step back into the 18th century and enter the world of August the Strong. The Alchimistenkeller is a cave where Johann Friedrich Böttger solved the mystery of porcelain and invented the White Gold. Saxon specialties are served here and you will discover the truly baroque way of life. A self drawn beer or a glass of Saxonian wine will make your stay even more pleasurable. Don't miss out on the famous funnel-drinking, called Dresdner Trichtertrinken.


Day 3: Dresden's Neustadt

Day 3: Dresden's Neustadt
Neustadt, Hauptstraße in spring, CC-BY-SA-2.5, X-Weinzar
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Get a different point of view of Dresden with a visit to the Inner- and Outer-Neustadt on the other side of the River Elbe. This is a very nice, lively part of Dresden with trendy fashion shops and a great local scene of pubs, restaurants and night clubs. The Inner-Neustadt was built inside the original cities fortifications and is therefore also called the Historical New-City. Many baroque style- and for Dresden important historical- buildings and museums are located here. The Hauptstraße is a pedestrian zone with lots of shopping opportunities, cafes and resting areas. The Outer-Neustadt is famous for its young pub and club scene.


Day 4: Paddle-Steamer tour to Castle Pillnitz

Day 4: Paddle-Steamer tour to Castle Pillnitz
Paddle-Steamer Dresden
[ source: Wikipedia]

Start your day in the Großer Garten, Great Garden. Only a few minutes from Dresden's city center, this beautiful big park with a little castle in its middle is used by many locals to relax or walk around. Then go on a tour with one of the old paddle-steamers of Dresden, a really great experience. The main pier is at the parks castle and brings you up to Pillnitz with its own very beautiful castle and park. Pillnitz is the old park residence of the Saxon kings and both the castle and the park were built in the end of the 18th century. The park consists of an English garden, a Chinese garden with Chinese pavilions and the Orangerie, which is home to the tropical plants in winter. A big attraction is the camellia. Imported in the end of the 18th century from Japan is it now the oldest in Europe. It flowers beautifully in spring and stands in the open during summer, but is been put in a mobile glass house during winter.


Day 5: Day trip to Prague in the Czech Republic

Day 5: Day trip to Prague in the Czech Republic
Bridge tower of the Charles Bridge, CC-BY-SA-3.0, Massimo Catarinella
[ source: Wikipedia]

A full day trip will bring you to the golden city of Prague in the Czech Republic. Situated on the River Vltava in central Bohemia, Prague has been the political, cultural, and economic center of the Czech state for more than 1100 years. For many decades during the Gothic and Renaissance eras, Prague was the seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus was also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Since 1992, the extensive historic center of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Nicknames for Prague have included: the mother of cities, city of a hundred spires and the golden city. Discover the gorgeous old town center with its market square, pass the River Vltava on the famous Charles Bridge and pay a visit to the Prague Castle, according to Guinness Book of Records the biggest ancient castle, and then step into the St. Vitus Cathedral.


Day 6: Wine town Radebeul and Castle Moritzburg

Day 6: Wine town Radebeul and Castle Moritzburg
Castle Moritzburg, GNU, author Olaf Leillinger
[ source: Wikipedia]

Radebeul is a historic villa town between Dresden and Meissen in Saxony, Germany. It is essentially a suburb of Dresden, but not officially within city limits. It is a wine town and invites you to explore vineyards and taste a good Saxon wine. Radebeul is also famous for the author Karl May, the father of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand. Learn more about him and his stories in the local museum. Then it is time for a nostalgic train ride to the nearby town of Moritzburg. It is famous for the old baroque hunting castle of the Saxon kings. Beautifully restored, it houses a great collection of historic horse carriages.


Day 7: Spa town Bad Schandau in Saxon Switzerland and Hrensko, Czech Republic

Day 7: Spa town Bad Schandau in Saxon Switzerland and Hrensko, Czech Republic
Natural rock formation Prebischtor
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The position of Bad Schandau in the heart of the romantic Saxon Switzerland has made it a place of importance, and thousands of tourists make it their headquarters. It lies close to the Czech border and the next stop of today is Hrensko or Herrnskretschen, the old German name, in the Bohemian Switzerland in the Czech Republic. Suddenly you are in the mountains and the Prebischtor, a slim rock formation and the biggest natural sandstone bridge in Europe, is only a few kilometers away. Last stop of today is the beautiful Edmundsklamm, a small valley between sandstone rock formations, which was already a tourist attraction in the 19th century, developed by sovereign Edmund. You can walk along trails which even lead you through caves and take a boat which brings you across the artificial lake to a restaurant.


Day 8: Departure

Day 8: Departure
Beautiful Dresden in winter
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After a week full of activities in and around magnificent Dresden it is time to pack your bags and return to the airport for your flight home and remember, Dresden has a lot to offer in every season of the year.


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Dresden

Dresden
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Dresden is the capital city of the German Federal Free State of Saxony. It is situated in a valley on the River Elbe. With a pleasant location and a mild climate, as well as Baroque-style architecture and numerous world-renowned museums and art collections,…  [ + ] More Details

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Moritzburg

Moritzburg
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Moritzburg is a municipality in the district of Meißen in Saxony, Germany, between Meißen as early centre of Saxony and the today's capital Dresden. It is most famous for its Baroque castle, Schloss Moritzburg.  [ + ] More Details

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