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Where to stay in Dresden? Best districts + Hotels

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Follow the guide, we have tested, listed and detailed for you the best districts in which to sleep in Dresden as well as the best accommodation in this city that we love.

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Here are the best areas to stay in Dresden, with hotels ranging from upmarket to budget. They all have excellent ratings and are in great locations.

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Where to stay in Dresden for the first time: Altstadt

The true beauty and history of Dresden can be captured in all its splendour by staying in the heart of the city, in Altstadt. You can hear the history of this magnificent city in all sorts of ways, through its museums, art galleries or architecture.

Whether you like to walk around the city or take the tram, you’ll be right in the heart of this lively city if you stay in Altstadt!

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5 things to do and see in Altstadt:

  • Visit the Dresden City Museum! It will tell you all about the city’s 800-year history and contains amazing works of art and collections of historical objects and documents.
  • What was once the residence of kings is now an incredible museum and art gallery! Step back in time with a visit to Dresden Castle, where you’ll find the famous Green Vault, the Dresden Armoury and the Dresden State Art Collections!
  • The Zwinger is a palace in the centre of Dresden that was once the Mecca of the Dresden court! Today it’s an art gallery and museum!
  • Take a stroll on the Bruhl terrace – nicknamed “the balcony of Europe”, it’s the best place to see both stunning architecture and brilliant views of the Elbe. Perfect for a sunny stroll!
  • At the heart of the Altstadt lies Dresden’s Frauenkirche, an ornate Lutheran church. If you’re lucky, you might even hear the famous boys’ choir, the Dresdner Kreuzchor!

Where to stay in Dresden with your family: Strehlen

If you’re looking for a family getaway, look no further than Strehlen! Slightly south-east of the city centre, it’s an area full of green spaces and activities for all ages. You’re still close to the city centre and the magnificent River Elbe, but you can also enjoy the huge Grosser Garten, where you’ll find a zoo and botanical gardens!

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5 things to do and see in Strehlen

  • Take a trip to the Loschwitz Bridge – iconic and built in the late 1800s, a walk over this bridge will give you a stunning view of the Elbe and all of Dresden!
  • The Dresden Panometer is so named because it contains one of the panoramic paintings by Austrian-born artist Yadegar Asisi! Perfect if you’re an art lover!
  • Want to get the kids out into the fresh air? Why not visit the Dresden Botanical Gardens, which are open every day and free of charge!
  • If you’re an animal lover, look no further than Dresden Zoo! With over 3,000 animals of almost 400 species, this place has something for all the family!
  • Take the whole family for an exceptional day out in contact with nature in Dresden’s Elbe Valley. There are beautiful walks through the valley where you can enjoy the spectacular scenery!
  • Why not take the children to learn something at the German Hygiene Museum? It’s one of the most visited museums in Dresden!

Albertstadt, the best place to stay in Dresden on a budget

This charming district of Dresden lies a little to the north-east of the city centre. Here you’ll find some of the most fascinating museums and ancient monuments. It’s also here that you’ll have the best opportunity to discover Saxony’s beautiful surroundings.

If you want to come to Dresden without breaking the bank, the best place to stay is definitely Albertstadt!

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5 things to do and see in Albertstadt

  • Take a trip north to Hellerau, Dresden’s famous garden city, the first of its kind in Germany! It’s home to all kinds of history, but also a bit of culture! The Festspielhaus has had a tumultuous history, serving as a barracks and gymnastics training centre. Today, it’s a great place to see some dancing!
  • Take a trip a little further down the river to Pillnitz Castle. Situated on the Elbe, it is a magnificently restored Baroque palace and former residence of the King of Saxony!
  • Dresden is known the world over, not least for its wartime history, and the best place to learn all about it is the Bundeswehr Museum of Military History! Here you’ll find artefacts, uniforms, firearms and military technology.
  • If you want to have some fun, head to Eiswelt Dresden, one of the biggest indoor ice and snow exhibitions in the world!
  • Hellerberge is a wonderful place to go hiking and enjoy the magnificent scenery surrounding Dresden!

Neustadt, the best place to stay in Dresden for nightlife

Dresden isn’t just a place for those who like to stroll in the sunshine and visit museums. It’s also an exciting place if you like to go out after dark, to explore the newer, more contemporary parts of the city.

On the north side of the river you can still see the beautiful River Elbe, but there’s so much to explore in this area to the north too!

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5 things to do and see in Neustadt

  • If you love beautiful architecture, head to the Sachsische Staatskanzlei, a beautifully decorated state office on the banks of the Elbe!
  • If you want to step back in time, visit the Landesmuseum fur Vorgeschichte, Dresden’s archaeological museum!
  • Head to the heart of Neustadt to see the Golden Horseman, a world-famous statue of Augustus the Strong, a former monarch of the region!
  • For some fresh air, head to the Palaisgarten, where you’ll also find the magnificent Japanisches Palais. There are some magnificent gardens with easy-to-follow paths right on the banks of the Elbe!
  • Not only is Dresden exciting during the day, its nightlife is great too! Some of the best places to visit include Club Standesamt, Loft House, LOBO and Ostpol – where you’ll also find live music!

Friedrichstadt, the coolest place to stay in Dresden

A little to the west of the city centre lies the Friedrichstadt district, and this is undoubtedly one of Dresden’s up-and-coming areas. Here you’ll find one of the world’s most famous museums, which has so much to teach you about this fascinating place.

There’s even the chance to have a bit of fun in a water park and also, for the culture vultures among you, some great places to see fantastic shows!

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5 things to see and do in Friedrichstadt

  • The Semperoper is Dresden’s main opera house. It was rebuilt after the huge bombardment of the Second World War and remains a magnificent and imposing building!
  • You wouldn’t believe that the Yenidze was once a cigarette factory! Today it’s just an office building, but it’s definitely worth a look! It’s a fantastic structure, ideal for architecture lovers!
  • Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden is one of the oldest and most famous museums in the world! It is made up of 12 different museums, all displaying amazing artefacts, art collections and historical documents!
  • If you want to have the time of your life, head to Elbamare Erlebnisbad, a fantastic water park where you can become a child again for an afternoon!
  • Dresden’s largest performing arts centre, Staatsoperette Dresden, is located here. Don’t forget to check out the superb shows taking place here during your stay!

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