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Dresden

Germany
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Florence on the Elbe. Largely destroyed in February 1945, Dresden has been rebuilt and renewed into the fine city we see today.

Founded on a bend of the Elbe River, Dresden is a beautiful city. It’s also a monument to persistence and rebirth. Bombs flattened Dresden's Old Town in World War II. But the city has bounced back and regained its rightful reputation as “Florence on the Elbe.” Dresden’s signature sights? Start with the magnificent dome of the Frauenkirche, a baroque church built in 1743 then reconstructed after the war. The Kreuzkirche is another must-see, among the city's lovely church. You’ll also find excellent museums of art and history, including masterpieces from artists like Raphael.

Dresden’s architecture is lovely. But there’s also vibrant cultural life, with fine dining, street fairs, and concerts. The city’s Christmas markets are some of the most famous in Germany too. With several markets throughout the city you'll have no shortage of mulled wine and festive snacks. In summer a great option is the Grosser Garden, a manicured oasis of green in the center of the city. Sitting between Prague and Berlin, Dresden puts visitors in an ideal position for exploring more of the region. It’s perfect for a short stay on a tour of Central Europe.

What I love about Dresden

Kevin

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Known as the "Jewel Box" for its baroque and rococo palaces and spires, Dresden has been impressively rebuilt. Be sure to see the Church of Our Lady (the Frauenkirche), its facade combining charred original stones with newer stones in its original soft yellow. Across the river Elbe are unique cafes and courtyards popular with artists and students. Meissen, which produces Europe's most famous (and oldest) porcelin in its castle, is just downstream. Upstream lies "Saxon/Bohemian Switzerland", a region of sandstone mountains lying along the Elbe River, and made famous by Caspar David Friedrich. My favorite hiking spot in Germany, and once part of the European Grand Tour taken by nobility, I recommend visiting the 18th century bridge between spires at the Bastei, admiring the views from the mountaintop Koenigstein Fortress (the most impressive fortress I know of, which was never taken by any army), and crossing the Czech border to see the largest natural bridge in Europe.

Where to stay in Dresden

Dresden's Altstadt (Old Town), is the location for all of the accommodations we've selected in the city, so you can be sure you're staying within a few minutes walk of the main sights. From well-equipped studio apartments, handy for that mid-trip laundry pitstop, to grand rooms in palace built for a king's mistress, we've chosen places with the styles, locations, and ambience to suit everyone. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Family Apartments
Smart decor, a prime location on the atmospheric Neumarkt square in the heart of Old Town, and washing machines in most rooms make this an ideal home away from home.
Classic Hotel
This hotel has a classic European feel, with good amenities and a perfect location right on Neumarkt square.
Luxury hotel in a palace building
Ever wanted to stay in a palace? Built for the Saxon ruler's mistress, this is real lap-of-luxury stuff. Grand rooms and an exquisite spa area.

Things to do in Dresden

Easy to overlook or think of as just a couple of hours stop on the way from Berlin to Prague, Dresden warrants some time to appreciate its treasures. Learn about the city's royal past, the punishing air raids of early 1945 and the extensive reconstruction that has taken place since. Dresden is also the ideal base for further exploration of the region. The Saxon Switzerland National Park is a hiker's dream while former royal residence Meissen just downriver is renowned for its pottery. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package or consider for adding later.
Private Day Trip to Saxon Switzerland by Train
New Town Private Walking Tour
Private Dresden Jewish Tour
Dresden Private Walking Tour

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Dresden

Spend some time in Dresden on a tour that takes in other cities in Germany and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Dresden and other destinations make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.8 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Dresden vacation packages
Based on 4 reviews
Review by Jimmy, Grace, Stefan, Aurora, Rommel & Jenniff

Jimmy, Grace, Stefan, Aurora, Rommel & Jenniff

Idaho

I am glad I chose JayWay Travel. Their knowledge of each city made each experience worth having. If we had just shown up as a group in each city, we would not have had as rich an experience.

I am glad I chose JayWay Travel. Their knowledge of each city made each experience worth having. If we had just shown up as a group in each city, we would not have had as rich an experience.

Year : 2018
Visited : Germany, Czech Republic, Poland
Itinerary : Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Krakow
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Germany, Czech Republic, Poland
Itinerary : Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Krakow
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Review by Cindy, Robert, Jonathan & Kornel

Cindy, Robert, Jonathan & Kornel

Pennsylvania

It allows you to see Europe without being on a group tour, but with the sense of security of having someone taking care of everything for you.

It allows you to see Europe without being on a group tour, but with the sense of security of having someone taking care of everything for you.

Year : 2018
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Dresden, Berlin
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Dresden, Berlin
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Review by Nell & Christina

Nell & Christina

Michigan

Everyone at JayWay Travel was exceedingly pleasant, knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating! Your services made planning a trip almost effortless and assured there was never a concern about our itinerary, our activities and all of the details!

Everyone at JayWay Travel was exceedingly pleasant, knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating! Your services made planning a trip almost effortless and assured there was never a concern about our itinerary, our activities and all of the details!

Year : 2018
Visited : Germany
Itinerary : Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Germany
Itinerary : Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt
Rating :
4.6 / 5
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