Dresden, in our humble opinion, is very much underrated. Beautiful architecture, small enough to walk from a to b, but big enough so old meets new and on top of that the city is filled to the brim with culture - theatre, operas, ballet and museum. If you decide to go around the holiday season you can also eat your way through the city and warm up with mulled wine in different flavours.
We did that for research, of course.
Should you travel in the summertime you will be able to sit by the river and enjoy the sunshine.
We put together a city guide for you hoping you will enjoy Dresden as much as we did.
So far so good. Let's give you more details.
Where to stay
We stayed at the Maritim Hotel in Dresden. It used to be an old warehouse, right on the bank of the river Elbe. Make sure you ask for a room facing the river. Right next to the hotel you find the state parliament. It is a big hotel, with a swimming pool for you to take a dip and your breakfast is served in a goregous winter garden overlooking the river.
The hotel is a few walking minutes away from the old town with the Frauenkirche, Semperoper and Zwinger. A perfect place to start your exploring.
Maritim Hotel Dresden
WHAT TO SEE
It is very likely that you will start your sightseeing at the Zwinger. You couldn't miss it, even if you tried. It served as an orangerie back in the day and now houses the Old Masters Picture Gallery and the Dresden Porcelain Collection. You will be able to walk through several gates, you can go up on it and walk on top of the Zwinger taking in all the views.
Right next to the Zwinger is the Semperoper. This exterior of the opera house is used in a German beer comercial and there are people who believe that this building is actually a brewery and not one of the finest opera houses in the World. You can book a tour to see the inside of it. And it is very much worth it.
Do you wanna see what it looks like backstage? Well, we got you covered. Take a look at Spectacle's post about our trip through the backstage area of the Semperoper when we went to see the Nutcracker.
This Lutheran church is smack dab in the middle of Dresden - Die Frauenkirche. This magnificant building was completely destryed during the Second World War and there are still people who will be able to tell you that the stones of the church were stored all over the city until it was rebuilt. The church was reconsecrated in 2005 and now it is open to the public. There is no entrance fee, be prepared that it will be packed! Even if you are not religious, it is certainly worth a look inside.
This little gem is a not in the city center but you can get there easily by taking the tram.
Pfunds Molkerei is the worlds most beautiful dairy shop! Covered in tiles, you can find everything your dairy loving heart can desire. Have yourself a glass of buttermilk and bring home some soap and cheese for your loved ones.
Dresdner Molkerei Gebrüder Pfund
Bautzner Str. 79
Now, old arcitecture, history and culture is our jam. But visiting other neighborhoods with shops, street art and great places to grab food is just as wonderful. In Dresden that area is known as Neustadt. Thats also where Pfunds Molkerei and the oldest Jewish cemetary is located so you have many reasons to take the tram and ride about 15-20 minutes from city center to Neustadt.
Where to eat
We were lucky anough to be in Dresden during the Christmas market and pretty much eat our way through the city. We did eat in a few restaurants, places we found along the way. We are used to high prices in city centres, but that i snot the case ith Dresden. You will get great food for a great price.
We are sending you off to Dresden with a photo of the famous Eierschecke, a cake made out of apples and curd, that you should try in Dresden!
Enjoy Dresden and enjoy the Eierschecke.