One Day in Dresden

Dresden is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany with a long history and rich art collections. It makes for a popular one day trip from Berlin or Prague, as it is easily accessible by car or train. If you've got only one day in Dresden, take your time to visit the Old Town and then unwind with a walk along the river.

Start your visit with the Romanesque Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross) and then continue to the Old Market, Dresden's main square, which turns into a huge Christmas market every year at advent. Then move to the historical center of Dresden which boasts Frauenkirche, an 18th-century Lutheran church damaged during World War II. Its remains served as a war memorial until the church was restored in the 1990s.

Next, pass along the Procession of Princes, a 19th-century large mural depicting a parade of the rulers of Saxony. Head to the Dresden Castle, a former residence of Saxon rulers, and then to Zwinger, a Rococo style palace complex which now houses museums. Here, make sure to explore the gardens and the Nymphenbad fountain. If you've got time, visit Old Masters’ Gallery showcasing Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces.

After leaving Zwinger, admire the Semper Opera House, where Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss premiered some of their most important works. The building mixes several architectural styles and it is considered to be a great example of Dresden Baroque architecture. Finish your day by strolling the banks of the river Elbe with Brühl's Terrace stretching above it.

Day 1: One Day in Dresden

Church of the Holy Cross Dresden

The Dresden Kreuzkirche is a Lutheran church in Dresden, Germany. It is the main church and seat of the Landesbischof of the Evangelical…

Old Market

Dresden's main square is a pulsating centre of social and cultural life as well as a popular shopping area - you can either visit the…

New Market

A tribute to human persistence. The area was wiped out during World War II, than re-built in socialist realist style.

Dresden Frauenkirche

This is definitely the trademark sight of Dresden. The beautiful architecture, its imposing dome, the charming interior - it will simply…

Procession of Princes

An impressive mural, more than 100 meters long made out of 25,000 porcelain tiles depicting the lineage of Saxony princes.

Dresden Castle

You will find layers upon layers of different architectural styles on this fascinating palace.

Zwinger by Standa Vogl @ Standa Vogl

Zwinger

Visit the impressive Baroque palace which was originally built as a part of a former Dresden fort.

Semper Opera House

This imposing 19th-century opera house was named after its architect who built in in 1841 and then also oversaw its reconstructions after…

Katholische Hofkirche… @ Lukáš Nevosád

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

The majestic 18th-century cathedral is one of Dresden's most prominent sights.

Brühl´s Terrace

Be sure to visit the popular promenade located on the bank of the river Elbe which is nicknamed the “Balcony of Europe”.

Elbe Riverside

You will find that nothing is more relaxing than taking a stroll in the evening on the banks of picturesque river Elbe.

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