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Dresden is the capital of the German federal-state of Saxony (Freistaat Sachsen). It's often called Elbflorenz, or "Florence on the Elbe", reflecting its riverine location and its role as a centre for arts and beautiful architecture - much like Florence in Italy. While Florence flourished during the early renaissance, the Golden Age of Dresden was in the 18th century when, under August the Strong and his son, Friedrich August II, Saxony was a rich and important state and the rulers invested in lush architectural projects in their capital and supported artists of worldwide fame. Although Dresden suffered catastrophic damage from allied bombing in 1945 and then lost much of its remaining architectural heritage at the hands of the socialist city planners of the DDR era, the city managed to resurrect its charm by rebuilding the most important landmarks, culminating with the renovation of the famous Frauenkirche just in time for the city's 800th birthday in 2006. Today, Dresden remains a charming, relaxed and in many ways beautiful city and has become a very popular tourist destination, in addition to being a regional economic and academic centre. (less...) (more...)
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Dresden is a very beautiful, light-spirited city, especially in summer, when you can appreciate the serene setting of the historic centre. Although Dresden is larger than Munich when measured by area, the historic centre is quite compact and walkable.
- Frauenkirche. The original Church of Our Lady was completely destroyed during WWII; however, it has been reconstructed. The City of Coventry, which was raided by the Luftwaffe in WWII, donated the golden cross for the dome of the church. Check out some ruins in the basement. Do not miss the tower visit and bring good shoes to climb in (otherwise you will not be admitted!).
- Zwinger Palace. The baroque palace features a nympheum, many sculptures of Permoser, a bell pavilion and famous art collections. Do not miss the "Alte Meister" - you'll find the famous Madonna Sistina of Rafael there including the well known angels. There is also a very nice museum on the arms of Saxon kings, the "Rüstkammer". Entry is free to the palace but some collections such as the porcelain exhibition have an entry fee.
- Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery) – Masterpieces in a newly arranged order
- Porzellansammlung (Porcelain Collection)
- Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments)
- Grünes Gewölbe im Residenzschloss (Green Vault at the Royal Palace). The Green Vault is Europe's most splendid treasure chamber museum. You can see the biggest green diamond and the court of Aurengzeb and its precious crown jewels. This is actually two museums, each requiring a separate ticket: The Historic Green Vault (Historisches Grünes Gewölbe) is famous for the splendours of the historic treasure chamber as it existed in 1733, while the New Green Vault (Neues Grünes Gewölbe) focuses attention on each individual object in neutral rooms.
- Neues Grünes Gewölbe (New Green Vault): W-M 10:00-18:00, closed Tuesdays. Admission: €10.00, concessions: €7.50, children <16: free.
- Historisches Grünes Gewölbe (Historic Green Vault): W-M 10:00-19:00, closed Tuesdays. Admission: €12.00, including Audioguide, children <16: free. Tickets for the Historisches Grünes Gewölbe have a clearly defined time limit.
- Combi-ticket, adult: €19.50.
- Semperoper. Guided tours in English daily 15:00; Adults: €8, concessions: €4, families: €18, photo fee per person: €2 (but they don't check if you have it). Tours in German throughout the day.. One of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. The acoustics and the Staatskapelle orchestra, are marvellous. Its history saw many operas of Wagner and Strauss having their first nights there. Make sure to book tickets in advance. Some last-minute tickets are available from the box office shortly before the performance starts. Seats which do not have a good view are very cheap, and you can sit on benches behind the seats, right at the top of the auditorium, for free. varies for each performance.
- Fürstenzug. This biggest porcelain painting of the world shows (almost) all Saxon princesses and kings on their horses and splendid parade uniforms. (There is only one female person at the painting, find it.) It leads to the "Stallhof" - the last preserved tournament place contained in a European castle. In Winter, Fürstenzug is the location of a very romantic Christmas market with a big fireplace.
- Neue Synagogue, Hasenberg 2. The New Synagogue stands on the site of the former Semper Synagogue. It was designed by Gottfried Semper, famous for many other important buildings in Dresden. Erected in 1840, it was destroyed in 1938 during the Kristallnacht. Unlike the buildings in the Altstadt destroyed during the war, it has not been rebuilt, but replaced by a starkly modern construction in 2001. The cubic warship hall is accompanied by a lower service building across a stone plaza. The design in striking in an austere way both on the outside and the inside. There are 60 minute guided tours from Sunday to Thursday (except on Jewish religious holidays), at times listed here. Guided tour per person - €4, reduced - €2.50.
- Kulturpalast, Schloßstraße 2. The Kulturpalast, or Palace of Culture, is socialist era building finished in 1969, standing right in the middle of the gradually reconstructed Altstadt, in stark contrast to the historic buildings surrounding it and supplanting some of the old buildings that closed the Altmarkt from the north before the Second World War. It was originally planned to be a super-tall, ornate structure in the mould of the Palace of Culture in Warsaw, but ended up being a large concert hall with height on par with surrounding buildings, in an austere Bauhaus-inspired style. It is now a protected architectural monument, along with a giant socialist-realism themed mosaic on its western wall, facing the Schloßstraße. In 2012 the Kulturpalast was completely closed down for an extensive, and controversial among Dresden residents, interior reconstruction.
- Brühl's Terrace (Brühlsche Terrasse). The "Balcony of Europe" stretches for 500 metres along the River Elbe, some 10 metres over the water table, and being up to 20 metres wide. Freely open to the public since 1814, it provides space shielded from the danger of flooding, as well as from motorized traffic (which runs directly below over the Terassenufer) for walking, relaxing and enjoying a meal or a drink to locals and visitors, with views of the picturesque Elbe and an impressive backdrop of historic buildings at its back.
Very nice, lively neighbourhood. Part alternative, part "pseudo-exclusive" and expensive. Check out the Bunte Republik Neustadt festival in June. But you shouldn't leave your bicycle unattended without a good lock, as there can be a serious risk of damage to your bicycle as well as your car, especially on weekend nights.
- Dresden Baroque Quarter. Real baroque houses. The quarter reaches from the "Heinrichstrasse" up to the "Albert Platz". On the Heinrichstr and in the surroundings you will find a lot of antique stores. It is the quarter where you will find different nice and small shops where the owner will serve you. It is the quarter of individuality.
- Kunsthofpassage. It is a passage in the middle of Neustadt where you may find two different buildings, many little stores and some bars. A nice complex of inner courtyards artistically decorated. The complex offers art galleries as well as coffee shops
- Pfunds Molkerei, Bautzner Straße 79. A milk store which is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most beautiful dairy in the world. Decorated with 247 m² of handmade tiles.
- Großer Garten (Big Garden). Recommended for relaxing and sports (rollerblades are very common). It is Dresden's "green lung" and can be reached easily by tram. You can also go on a ride on a miniature train through the park.
- Dresden Zoo, Tiergartenstraße 1. One of Germany's oldest zoos.
- Gläserne Manufaktur, Lennestr. 1, ☎ +49 18 0589-6268, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 08:00-20:00. The "Transparent Factory" is the site where Volkswagen assembles its upmarket, luxurious Phaeton saloon, the Touareg SUV and the Volkswagen CC sports sedan. Designed to be "transparent", so that visitors can view the production, it only does the final stages of assembly, including the "marriage" of the body and the undercarriage, with both parts arriving pre-made from other VW plants by truck, and other minor parts delivered by the CarGoTram six times a day through the streets of Dresden from a railway junction.
There are German and English language tours available hourly, except on certain days and during the holiday breaks, when there are no tours, but visitors can still use the interactive terminals in the visitor centre free of charge. An on-site restaurant is operated by Dresden's Hotel Kempinski and offers both lush dinners in the evening and reasonably-priced lunches 12:00-15:00. Customers purchasing any of the models assembled at this facility can arrange with their dealers for a factory pick-up. Tour: €6.
- Yenidze ("Tabakmoschee", the tobacco mosque). An absolutely unique building of the former cigarette factory with heavily Ottoman-inspired architecture, including a mosque-like dome and a chimney shaped like a minaret. Nowadays an office building with event space.
- Schwebebahn Dresden. A historic suspension railway link between the low-lying Loschwitz district and the hill of Oberloschwitz.
- Elbe Valley. This used to be on the UNESCO World Heritage List, until the government decided to build the four-lane highway Waldschlösschen Bridge through the heart of it! So now it has joined Oman´s Arabian Oryx Sanctuary as "one of only two un-UNESCO'd sites in the world" and is still a tourist attraction.
- Elbwiesen (River Banks). Go to the (mostly) green river banks, especially in hot summer evenings/nights for a very nice view of the old parts and lot of people playing sports, having barbecues and parties. There are often big concerts and a huge movie screen offers "outdoor cinema."
- Pillnitz, August-Böckstiegel-Straße 2, 01326 Dresden (Bus line 63 stops directly at the castle. Tram line 2 and bus line 88 stop on the southern side of the river and you will need to take the ferry. Paddle-steamers operate on a regular base to Pillnitz (single from Dresden €9,20, return €14,30).), ☎ +49 351 26 13 260, e-mail: email@example.com. Park from 6AM till dusk. Pillnitz is the old garden residence of the Saxon kings, built at the end of the 18th century in a Japanese but also English style outside of what was then-Dresden, as the closest out-of-town residence of the kings. Pillnitz was the summer residence of the Saxon kings till 1918, today it hosts concerts and cultural events.
The site consist of the English garden, a Chinese garden and Chinese pavilion (with Chinese style buildings) and the Orangerie. During summer you will also see all kinds of tropical plants in pots standing in the gardens, but in winter they are all transferred into the Orangerie. There are however many other indigenous and foreign plants to be discovered. 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. It stands in the open during summer, but is been put in a mobile glass house for winter.
The castle became worldwide known for the Declaration of Pillnitz by Emperor Leopold II and Frederick William II of Prussia. Calling on European powers to intervene, this declaration was intended to serve as a warning to the French revolutionaries not to infringe further on the rights of Louis XVI, and to allow his restoration to power. It helped begin the French Revolutionary Wars There are no entry fees at the moment, although there still is a debate about a small fee..
Museums and Galleries
- Albertinum Museum. The collections of "New Masters" feature a wonderful collection ranging from romantic painters (Caspar David Friedrich, etc) to Rotloff and Van Gogh.
- Japanisches Palais (on the north bank of the Elbe between Augusbrücke and Marienbrücke). The palace was bombed out and in its partially restored state holds several small museums, including the museum of natural history of the region, museum of prehistory and a display of assorted exotic garments (ethnological collection).
- Museum Der Stadt Dresden (Dresden City Museum), Wilsdruffer Straße 2.
- Kasematten (under the Brühlsche Terrasse (the terrace at the Elbe river)). Apr-Oct M-Su 10:00-18:00; Nov-Mar 10:00-17:00. The remains of the old fort. Gives you a glimpse of what a fort in a medieval European town was like. Tour: €4, €2 concessions.
- Senckenberg Museum of Mineralogy.
- Erich-Kästner-Museum. Dedicated to author, poet, screenwriter and satirist Emil Erich Kästner, known primarily for his humorous, socially astute poetry and children's literature such as Emil and the Detectives who was born and grew up in Dresden.
- Military History Museum (Tram lines 7 and 8 or bus line 91 to stop Stauffenbergallee). Tu, Th-Su 10:00-18:00, Mo 10:00-21:00. Has many items and machines regarding the military history of Germany - and the country's complicated relationship with its armed forces and warfare. 20,000 m² of indoor and outdoor exhibition space and a stock of 1.2 million exhibits. €5; Mo 18:00-21:00 free.
- Carl Maria von Weber Museum, Dresdner Straße 44. W-Su 13:00-18:00. Dedicated to Dresden's most famous composer.
- German Hygiene Museum, Lingnerplatz 1 (Near the Big Garden.). A comprehensive museum dedicated to hygiene in various times and cultures.
- Kunsthaus Dresden, Rähnitzgasse 8. An exhibition hall for contemporary art.
- Leonhardi Museum, Grundstraße 26. A private art collection of art from the former DDR ('East Germany) including works by the collector himself.
- City Gallery of Dresden, Wilsdruffer Straße 2. Art from the 16th Century to the present day.
- Kunsthof Dresden, Görlitzer Straße 23. Assortment of public artworks, galleries, shops selling art.
Dresden is over 800 years old, having become a city as long ago as 1206. Many Saxon princes and kings called Dresden home, the most famous of them being August der Starke (Augustus the Strong), who was also the King of Poland. The many buildings that date from their reign, especially the rich art collections, are testimony to their extreme wealth. The "Madonna Sixtina" was bought by the son of August the Strong. The last Saxon king abdicated in 1918.
Three quarters of the historical centre of Dresden was destroyed by Allied bombing towards the end of the Second World War in 1945. More than 30,000 people died in the fire-storms - the exact number is unknown. These traumatic events are still remembered each year in processions and ceremonies. For many years the ruins - and now the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche with its gold cupola donated by the former British enemies - acted as a call for peace among the different nations of the world.The historical centre is nowadays largely restored to its former glory but some parts are still under reconstruction.
- Rollerblading or Rowing in small boats on the Carolasee in the Großer Garten.
- Paddle-Steamer Tour. Best start your tour from the main pier at the castle and go down to Meissen or up to Pillnitz or the Saxon Switzerland.
- Semper Opera. Be sure to book in advance.
- Math Adventure Land. An entertaining hands-on exhibition on mathematics. Suitable for all ages, multilingual. Open Tuesdays to Sundays. Located in the Technology Museum, Junghansstr. 1-3.
- Dresden Monarchs (American Football - German Football League).
- Dynamo Dresden (Soccer).
- Dresdner Eislöwen (Ice Hockey - Second National League)
- Dresdner SC (Volleyball women - First National League).
- Blade Night, Lingnerallee (Start opposite townhall at the big halfpipe). F 21:00-23:00. Blade Night starts at 21:00 every Friday in the warm half of the year (Apr-Sep), roughly 20 km through the city on blocked roads. Great fun and participation is free - you can rent rollerblades for €5. Free.
Festivals & Events
Dresden is host to a number of world famous events, often unique or the biggest of their kind:
- Bunte Republik Neustadt (BRN) ('Colourful Republic Neustadt') - a massive yearly street festival that consumes the Neustadt part of Dresden in June. The festival consists of many stages featuring local musicians of different styles. The festivities run very late into the night with plenty of booths offering a wide variety of food and drink. If you plan to overnight, then it is advisable to book accommodation outside of the Neustadt area during BRN.
- Dixieland Festival. Europe's biggest Jazz Festival. It normally takes place in the second week of May and attracts bands and visitors from all over Europe, America and the rest of the world. A great deal of the music is played on the top decks of paddleboats in front of the Old Town.
- Filmnächte (June to August) - on the banks of the Elbe, just across the castle on the other side of the river. A huge movie screen offers cinema in a beautiful setting and there are also many concerts with popular stars. Again, it is the biggest event of its kind in Europe!
- Striezelmarkt - Germany's oldest Christmas market. It takes place from the last days of November until Christmas. Actually located at the Altmarkt, all kinds of shops and Glühwein Buden (mobile cafes selling mulled wine - delicious!) now stretches through the whole city centre during this period.
The most typical fast (and inexpensive) food in Germany those days is the doner kebab, typically served as a kind of sandwich in pita (flat bread) with salad and sauce. A typical kebab including a large drink should be around €5-6. The next step above doner kebab is Italian food. There are a certain number of ethnic restaurants scattered through the city, and if you go out to the eastern part of town, you will find lots of charming cafés and Volkshäuser that serve good food.
Within the historic center and especially around the Frauenkirche are a number of restaurants, serving many different tastes. Be aware that, as this is a tourist hotspot, there are many tourist traps here which you may find overpriced while the quality low.
You may want to choose one of the various restaurants on the Brühlsche Terrasse adjacent to the river Elbe - especially in summer time this a wonderful place to be. The view and the drinks are very pleasant. Alternatively, you may choose to go to Münzgasse, lying directly beside the Frauenkirche. The little street is full of restaurants, from glamorous and expensive to the cheaper ones.
- Afro-Hütte , Lausitzer 35, Phone 351 / 26212, Deutsches Essen, €5-10/ person,
- aha, Kreuzstrasse 7, am Altmarkt, Phone 351 / 496 06 73, hearty vegetarian and vegan food in a family-friendly and comfortable environment, also serves a wide variety of free trade teas and coffees, €10-15/ person, Open 10AM-12AM daily.
- Anita , Mühlenstrasse 67, Phone 351 / 24493, Italian food, €10-15/ person,
- Antica , Hohenzollerndamm 64, Phone 351 / 9652, Deutsches Essen, Less than €30, Open Mon-Sat from 10AM - 11 PM,
- Athen, Schönhauser 94, Phone 351 / 1635, Greek cuisine, more than €5 for a snack
- Augustiner an der Frauenkirche, An der Frauenkirche 16/17, Phone 351 / 482897, German (Bavarian and Saxonian), €10-15/person, the beer is brewed on their own and is especially good.
- Britzer , Fasanenstrasse 17, Phone 351 / 20680, Deutsches Essen, voted best deli in town Open Mon-Sat from 7PM - 12 PM
- BoboQ Dresden , Prager Str. 2a, The fun drink from the Far East, BoBoQ Bubble Tea.
- Durum Kebap Haus, Prager-Straße 32 (Prager Zeile). Reputed as one of the best kebab joints in town.
- Coselpalais, an expensive restaurant in the Münzgasse
- Engelbrecht , Damaschkestrasse 87, Phone 351 / 5211, Deutsches Essen, more than €5 for a snack.
- Golden Tweenis, Alter markt 85, Phone 351 / 27228, Deutsches Essen, more than €20
- Havana, Alexanderplatz 109, Phone 351 / 20535, Serves international food, for €5-10/ person, Open Mon-Sun from 12PM - 11 PM
- India King, Sophienstrasse 45, Phone 351 / 11301, Expensive Indian restaurant
- Italienisches Dörfchen One of the most stylish places in town - the baroque pavilion features various restaurants decorated with old paintings and furniture. The prices are higher than elsewhere, but still affordable. Go for the cakes!
- Little Africa, Mehringdamm 93, Phone 351 / 25344, Serves international food and gets a relatively young crowd, Open Mon-Sun from 5PM - 11 PM
- Maredo , Fasanenstrasse 17, Phone 351 / 7922, Serves international food, light fare for €10/person,
- Merz , Kochstrasse 85, Phone 351 / 908, Deutsches Essen, light fare for €10-15/ person, Open Mon-Sun from 10AM - 12 AM,
- Mona , Blissestrasse 25, Phone 351 / 6914, Deutsches Essen, Where the locals go. Open Mon-Sat from 10AM - 11 PM
- Petit , Rheinstrasse 59, Phone 351 / 9010, French cuisine, More than €5 for a snack. Open Mon-Sun from 5PM - 11 PM
- Roter Ochs, Lindenweg 15, Phone 351 / 27587, Deutsches Essen, Large meals for €15, Open Mon-Sun from 10AM - 12 AM,
- Saigon, Grossgörschenstrasse 103, Phone 351 / 21650, Thai food, weekdays lunch time is half price Open Mon-Sun from 4PM - 11 PM
- Schützenhaus This little farmhouse-restaurant is not so easy to find. It lies behind the "Herzogin Garten" (which is a ruin) and behind the opera-house. The large Biergarden is a very relaxing place, has good food and good prices and is very pleasant. If you are vegetarian try the adjacent "Brennessel".
The Neustadt accounts for most of the trendy pubs, bars and clubs, and the majority of the restaurants in the city. You will generally have better luck finding decent food for a reasonable price north of Albertplatz in Neustadt.
- Amarena Capanna, Louisenstrasse 30 (At the southwest corner of intersection with Alaunstraße), ☎ +49 351-4969984. An Italian restaurant with a fake tropical hut and palm trees inside. €8-20
- Babos, Katharinenstraße 20, 01099 Dresden, ☎ +49 351 - 804 06 66. 9AM-4AM (until 5AM Saturday and Sunday mornings). A kebab place enjoying good reputation
- Brauhaus am Waldschlösschen, Am Brauhaus 8b. Traditional German cuisine with a taste of beer brewed on place. Located on a hill with a splendid view over Elbe riverside from the outside garden. The food is recommended for those wishing to experience what the German cuisine should taste like.
- Dürum Kebap Haus, ☎ +49 351 - 80 26 279. The original site of the reputed Dürum Kebap Haus, now also found in Prager Strasse in the Altstadt.
- Curry & Co., Louißenstrasse 64. Serves currywurst, a Berlin invention, with several flavors of sauce. Best pommes in the city. Also has vegan wursts and ice cream. There is also one in Schillerplatz.
- Devil's Kitchen, Alaunstraße 39. Nice selection on burgers and other fast food with vegan and vegetarian options.
- Raskolnikoff, Böhmische Straße 34 (Close to the Lutherkirche.). The formerly very alternative restaurant now features sand on the floors, a red lamp in front of the door and a very nice garden with a fountain. Again - in summer it is difficult to get in. Food and prices are good.
- Rosengarten, Carusufer 12 (on the north bank of the Elbe at the edge of the park just east of Albertbrücke.). A café bordering one of the public rose gardens of Dresden's riverside park, with plenty of outside seating in nice weather. The food is acceptable, but nothing special. The view is gorgeous. Worth a stop for a hot chocolate or an ice cream.
- Die Scheune, Alaunstraße 36/40. "The barn" is a restaurant with a large Biergarden in an alternative style - do not be shocked by the punks in front - they are decor. In warm summer nights you will have trouble to find a free place. Good prices. Serves Indian food. Lots of concerts and events.
- Vecchia Napoli, Alaunstraße 33, ☎ +49 351 8029055. A good Italian restaurant, with a wood fired pizza oven. You can get a pizza or pasta, or a full multicourse meal. Generally very busy, and the food is excellent. €15-40.
- Watzke Brauereiausschank am Goldenen Reiter, Hauptstraße 1, ☎ +49 351-8106820. One of their 3 locations in Dresden and is a great place to go to taste Saxonian cuisine. Their self-brewed beer is fantastic. €10-15/person,.
The eastern part of the city, toward the Blaues Wunder, has a lower density of restaurants than Neustadt, and they tend to also serve as cafés, and the food is generally tasteful and cheap.
- Alimentari, Knaackstrasse 85, ☎ +49 351 22708. Open M-Sa 11:00-23:00.
- Blaues Wunder, Gustav-Adolf-Strasse 11, ☎ +49 351 20993. Open M-Su 18:00-23:59. More than €5 for a snack.
- Cafe Toscana, Schillerplatz 7 (in the Blasewitz quarter, right by the Blaues Wunder bridge.), ☎ +49 351 310-0744. This is a very pleasant café that includes a pastry shop (Konditorei) and a restaurant. The cakes are gorgeous and will make you understand why the café is famous. The décor is fairly new, given the very long history of the place (it was called after Louise von Toscana, the run-away princess that divorced the King of Saxony). The terrace is very beautiful and overlooks the river and the famous "Blaue Wunder" bridge, real name Loschwitzer Brücke or König-Albert-Brücke. Generally it's full of locals, on Saturday afternoons, who come and chat. €8-20.
- Historisches Fischhaus, Fischhausstraße 14 (on the road into the Albertpark to the northeast of the city and 800 m from the B6), ☎ +49 351 899100. M-F 11:30-24.00, Sa 11:00-24:00, Su 11:00-23:00. As one of the oldest inns in Dresden, its history can be traced back to 1573 - long enough for the road to be named after it.
- Kanzlei, Pohlandstr. 18, ☎ +49 351 3161488. Kind of gourmet restaurant, basically German food. Ambience is classical but purely and simple, food is exceptional good, personnel is very friendly. Located in a good residential area (Striesen) it is worth walking there. Starter, main, dessert and wine €30-50 per person. M-Su 17:00-23:59
- Fischer's, Görlitzer 81, ☎ +49 351 30434. Mo-Su 10:00-23:00. deutsches Essen €20-40-person, without wine.
- Hellas7, Stollbergstrasse 95, ☎ +49 351 31992. M-Su 10:00-23:59. Greek cuisine More than €10-person.
- Pow, Exerzierstrasse 7, ☎ +49 351 19102. M-Sa 19:00-23:59. Serves international food More than €50-person.
- Schillerplatz, Schillerplatz 9, ☎ +49 351 811990. Reservations recommended. Yes, all the tour buses pull up here, but that doesn't stop the locals from heading to Schillerplatz either. A good selection of German cuisines, including an excellent schnitzel. In the summer, there is a huge biergarten along the Elbe and nice views of the Blaues Wunder.
- Villa Marie, Fährgässchen 1 (just below the Blaues Wunder on the west side), ☎ +49 351 315 440. Excellent food, excellent ambiance. Italian food done really well. Reservations strongly recommended. Try to get it on the first floor with its views of the Elbe and the Blaues Wunder, or out on their garden
- Volkshaus Laubegast, Laubegaster Ufer 22, ☎ +49 351 2509377. A simple local eatery and café right on the river. The food tends to be stereotypically German (schnitzel, sausages, and the like) and is generally good. Their fried potatoes are excellent, though their green vegetables are overcooked. Has a nice view of the Elbe and outside seating. €10-20
- Wiener Cafe Haus Richards, Schandauer Straße 94, ☎ +49 351 2508614. An inward looking café with small, curtained windows, heavy wooden tables, and upholstered armchairs for seating. They have pictures of Mozart on the walls and his music playing in the background. A charming spot to stop for a snack. €5-15
The area around the Frauenkirche and Dresden Castle is very popular with tourists. Some fine restaurants are located there. The Weiße Gasse is just around the corner of the Altmarkt near the shopping center and the historical town. Good alternative, if you do not want to go to the Neustadt.
- Bar Peanuts Brühlsche Terrasse, 351-864-2838, small, cozy bar is located at the corner of the Hilton overlooking the Elbe. Peanut shells are scattered on the floor and as the name suggests, peanuts are the central theme. Cocktails and beer are the main draws here, along with the spectacular view.
- Bärenzwinger, ☎ +49 351-495-1409. Brühlscher Garten, This popular student club is a good choice for its full schedule of nightly activities, including readings, live music, and discussions.
- Paulaner's Am Taschenberg 3, 351-491-2893, popular beer hall sells a selection of well-brewed local and regional favorites. A full menu is offered, and outside seating is available.
- Riesa efau, ☎ +49 351-866-0222, fax: 351-866-0211. Adlergasse 14, The pub is managed by a local events group and features a wide selection of drinks along with a regular slate of activities and entertainment. Good menu of regional beers and mixed drinks, as well as non-alcoholic drinks and coffees. Live music is frequently featured.
The Neustadt is a very popular destination, especially for younger people. It has a high number of bars and clubs, with many different styles. Especially the area around Albertplatz is filled with places to go.
- Blue Note, ☎ +49 351 801-42-75. Görlitzer Straße 2, This is the Dresden Jazz point. In the web page you may find the schedule of concerts. There is always very good music. This is a place to sit and enjoy good music. The scotch bar has very good drinks to enjoy during the concert.
- Blumenau. Louisenstrasse 67, 351-31-51, This popular nightspot is considered one of the best in the city for its ambience, friendly service, and broad drink selection.
- Café 100, ☎ +49 351-801-7729. Alaunstrasse 100, This full-service nightspot features a café, wine bar, and pub.
- Café Europa, ☎ +49 351-389-923. Königsbrücker Strasse 68, This pleasant café and bar is a great choice for a pre-dinner cocktail or late-night snack. The café closes only one hour a day, so stop by any time. In addition to great drinks, the menu also features a full breakfast menu, which young locals and visitors appreciate after a late night on the town.
- Café Hieronymous Louisenstrasse 10, 351-801-1739, This bar is a great place to relax with a nice local beer or a glass of wine. Live music is featured frequently. The crowd here is young, and the service is friendly.
- Downtown. Katharinenstrasse 11-13, The most popular club in the Neustadt. They play mostly mainstream/top 40/80s music. If this place isn't your scene, you can always go upstairs to Groove Station.
- Groove Station. Katharinenstrasse 11-13, Sits on top of Downtown and has more alternative music. They often have live bands.
- Hebeda's. Rothenburger Str. 30, This pub is quite popular for the locals, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. The old East German furniture gives it a cozy and retro feel. Beer is cheap and there's a small dance floor for those who feel like dancing.
- Katy's Garage. Alaunstrasse. 48, If you're walking around Neustadt, you can't miss the beer garden at Katy's Garage. It's a great place to have a drink when it's warm outside. When the beer garden closes at around 10PM, you can make your way into their night club, which consists mostly of rock music.
- Lebowski-Bar. Görlitzer Str. 5, A tiny bar themed after the movie The Big Lebowski.
- Louisengarten, Louisenstrasse 43, Located a few meters from Katy's Garage, this beer garden is only open when it's warm outside. You can come here and relax with a Lenin's Hanf, a delicious beer brewed in the Neustadt.
- Mona Lisa Louisenstrasse 77, 351-803-3151, This city center nightspot features a Mexican theme and a full menu, along with plenty of beers and well-mixed drinks.
- Ost-Pol. Königsbrücker Straße 47, Ost-Pol (translation: East-Pole) is a fairly new bar with a retro East German feel to it. They often have live bands, but is still good to go for a beer when there's no live music. The beer is pretty cheap, and is one of the few places with Pilsner Urquell on tap.
- Pinta Bar. Louisenstrasse 49, Pinta specializes in cocktails. It is very popular on Friday and Saturday nights. When the place is busy, the service is slow.
- Planwirtschaft, ☎ +49 351-801-3187. Louisenstrasse 20, This quaint bar and restaurant is in a refurbished wine cellar. The drinks menu is extensive and served by an energetic staff.
- Studiobar Görlitzer Str. 1, The best cocktails in town are available here. Located on the 2nd floor, it is a little bit hard to find. From the entrance, go into the main floor bar and straight to the back. There is a staircase that leads up to the second floor. Smoking is allowed here.
- Sidedoor Böhmische Str. between Rothenberger and Martin Luther Platz. Good selection of beers and the tastiest Long Islands you've had since college.
The main shopping district in Dresden extends along the pedestrianized Prager Strasse, which runs from the Wiener Strasse at the feet of the Hauptbahnhof to Dr.-Külz-Ring, and its extension Seestrasse, which culminates in the Altmarkt, where the historic core of the city starts. Those streets are mostly filled with modern shopping centres, department stores and street-level retail, as well as a range of standardized gastronomy. There is nothing unique or exciting on offer, but the area is rather pleasant.
- Altmarkt-Galerie, Webergasse 1, 01067 Dresden, ☎ +49 351 482040. The huge complex practically fills the western side of Seestrasse and has an appearance of being many separate buildings, but they are in fact all interconnected. You can find everything from premium boutiques to very affordable shops there, as well as a fitness centre and even an ibis budget hotel (see "Sleep" section of this guide).
- Karstadt. The quintessential German department store, covering everything from apparel and footwear through groceries, appliances and even books.
- Prager Zeile.
- Prager Spitze.
In the Äußere Neustadt area (north/east of Albertplatz), many small shops provide books, vinyl records and clothing. The Innere Neustadt (between Albertplatz and Elbe, mainly Haupstraße and Königstraße) is rather on a medium-to-fancy level. You can find supermarkets and certain other stores (major chains) at marktjagd.de .
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