Sightseeing - The best way to discover a city and its history. Dresden is filled to the brim with sights. It's easy to lose track of everything! So that you know exactly which stops you should make on your sightseeing tour, we have put together an overview of the most important must-sees.
Must SeeSights in Dresden
Let's goThe Top 5 Sights of the Old Town
In Dresden's Old Town, architectural and historical highlights literally line up one after the other. These top 5 Dresden sights should not be missed on any sightseeing tour of the city:
Dresden Church of Our Lady
Dresden's Frauenkirche is a particularly impressive example of European architecture. After its destruction at the end of World War II, only its ruins stood for decades on Dresden's Neumarkt. Since reconstruction work was completed in 2005, it has once again graced the cityscape with its magnificent flair.
Dresden's Semper Opera House is THE star among German opera houses. It is the home of the Saxon State Orchestra, one of the most traditional and best-known orchestras in the world. You can admire the magnificent interior during a concert or a guided tour of the building.
The effigy of the 35 margraves, dukes, electors, and kings of the Wettin dynasty stretches 102 meters long. The Procession of Princes consists of a total of 23,000 porcelain tiles, making it the largest porcelain mosaic in the world.
Dresden Residence Palace
A real highlight of Renaissance architecture! The carefully restored interiors house numerous exhibits. Particularly interesting: the architectural style was influenced by several styles. All in all, definitely worth a day trip!
Cathedral of St. Trinitatis
The largest church in Saxony is a masterpiece of baroque architecture and is bursting with architectural gems both inside and out. The former Catholic court church also houses 49 sarcophagi of Wettin princes and the heart of August the Strong in its crypt.
Other sights in Dresden's Old Town
Of course, there are other popular buildings in the Old Town besides our top 5. You can find the most important visitor magnets in this table:
|Zwinger||Important Baroque building and landmark of the city.|
|Brühl Terrace & Fortress||Beneath the balcony of Europe lies the seemingly subterranean fortress.|
|Neumarkt||The most famous square in Dresden's city center.|
|Altmarkt||The oldest market square in Dresden.|
|Academy of Art||Exhibition building and seat of the Academy of Fine Arts.|
|Albertinum||The Renaissance building now houses the state art collection.|
|New Synagogue||Award-winning building on the site of the old synagogue, which burned down in 1938.|
|Kreuzkirche||Main Protestant church and residence of the Dresden Kreuzchor.|
Dresden RoyalCastles in the City
The impressive Residence Palace in the Old Town is not the only palace in Dresden. Quite pompous! Our tip: Rent a bike and take a tour along the Elbe cycle path to Pillnitz Palace. On the way, you can stop off at the three Elbe castles.
The first stop on the tour: Albrechtsberg Castle. It was built in 1854 for its namesake Prince Albrecht of Prussia. It is a real jewel of late classicist architecture, built in the style of Roman Renaissance villas. Today the palace is used as a venue for art and cultural events.
The Lingnerschloss or Villa Stockhausen is located between the other two Elbe castles and is therefore the second stop on our tour. It was built for the chamberlain of Prince Albrecht. The name Lingnerschloss comes from Karl August Lingner, who owned the villa from 1906.
The last of the three Elbe castles was built in the English neo-Gothic style. A special highlight is the large garden and the 25-meter-high observation tower. The castle is now used as a hotel.
The last stop on the palace tour. Pillnitz Palace was the summer residence of the Saxon royal family and is the largest chinoise palace complex in Europe. The huge palace park invites you to stroll and relax.
Last but not leastOther highlights in the city area
Have you already checked out everything worth seeing in the center of Dresden? Don't worry, that's not all! There are still a few sights waiting for you in the rest of the city. Here are our favorites:
The district on the right bank of the Elbe is made up of several neighborhoods. All the facts about Neustadt, its sights such as the Golden Horseman or the Pfunds Molkerei, as well as an excursion to the trendy district of Äußere Neustadt, can be found on our overview of Neustadt Dresden.
Blue Wonder, suspension railway, and funicular railway
The Loschwitz Bridge, the Blue Wonder, is a real landmark of the city of Dresden and is characterized by its blue steel truss construction as a so-called stiffened suspension bridge. Also in the Loschwitz district, you will find the world-famous, oldest mountain cable car in the world. From the top station of the funicular, you can enjoy an excellent view of Dresden.
The former tobacco factory was built in 1909 in the oriental style of a large mosque. What makes this building special is the glass dome and the chimney in the shape of a minaret.
The Transparent Factory is a VW production facility. The transparent architecture offers very special insights. There are also guided tours of the exhibition and production area.
Museums in Dresden
In Dresden, you will also find a number of well-known museums that are definitely worth a visit. You can find all the information about the most popular museums in the city in our overview of leisure activities in Dresden.