Weekend Breaks to Dresden
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Top 10 Things in Dresden on a Short Break
Bruhl Terrace, take the tram to Rathenau Platz. This imperial structure houses one of Germany's best galleries, and is named after the Saxon King Albert.
The most famous exhibition on display is the Green Vaults, an amazing collection of 16th to 18th century treasures, including rococo chests; ivory carvings; jewelry; intricately designed mirrors; and priceless porcelain. On the other floors is the Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister, which contains a collection of 19th and 20th century art, from Corot to Otto Dix.
The gallery is open from Friday to Wednesday 10h00 - 18h00. Admission is $6 for adults; $4.20 for children 6 - 18 and students; and children under 6 are free.
Rahnitzgasse 19, near the Opera. This charming and graceful hotel is one of the most popular and luxurious in eastern Germany. The hotel has a range of facilities, including an outdoor garden terrace; a restaurant and bar; lounge; and baby sitting. The rooms are stylish and comfortable, with a range of facilities including satellite TV; in house movies; radio; telephone; mini bar; and a full bathroom.
For more information visit the hotel's website: www.buelow-residenz.de
Wilsdruffer Strasse 2. The Stadtmuseum houses exhibitions detailing the history of Dresden. One of the most interesting exhibitions are the photographs of the controversial 1945 Allied bombings. There are many other interesting displays found throughout the museum, including artifacts from throughout Dresden's history. The museum is open from Saturday to Thursday 10h00 - 18h00. Admission is $4.30 for adults; $2.45 for children 6 - 18 and students; and children under 6 are free.
Tiergartenstrasse 1. The zoo is one of the top attractions for children in Dresden, and was founded in 1861. The star attractions of the zoo are the orang-utangs, but the zoo has many more animals on offer, including monkeys; snakes; penguins; lions; elephants and tigers. The zoo is very well kept, with detailed information about all the animals, whcih makes it both a fun and educational adventure. The zoo is open daily from 08h00 - 18h30 in summer and 08h30 - 16h30 in winter. Admission is $7.20 for adults; $4.80 for children 3 to 16; and children under 3 are free.
For more information visit the zoo's website: www.zoo-dresden.de
Neumarkt Dresden. The Frauenkirche, or Church of Our Lady, was built between 1726 - 1743 and is one of the greatest architectural monuments in Germany. It was famous for hosting organ recitals by J.W. Bach in the 1730's. The church was completely destroyed in 1945, all the rubble was kept and the church was rebuilt in 1990. There are free guided tours, which includes an exhibition outlining the past; present; and future of the church.The tours are run daily from 10h00 - 16h00.
For more information visit: www.frauenkirche-dresden.org/
Weisseritzstrasse 3, take the S-Bahn to Maxstrasse. The restaurant is housed in one of Dresden's best known landmarks, the 'Tabacco Mosque' wich is an old tabacco factory with a green dome, like that of a Middle Eastern mosque. The restaurants serves a wide range of excellent local and oriental dishes, with the highlight of the dining experience, watching the sun set over the river. This is a great place to relax and have a memorable dinig experience.
Located in Loschwitz-Pillnitz. This castle was built by August the Strong in the 18th century, and is one of the biggest attractions in Dresden. The main buildings of the castle have a mix of baroque and Far Eastern architectural styles, they now house a collection of 13th to 20th century arts and crafts. The castle is surrounded by large garden, which are filled with exotic plants and trees. Schloss Pillnitz is open everyday from 10h00 - 18h00.
Friedrich-Wieck-Strasse, at Loschwitzer Kornerplatz. The Christmas Market is one of the highlights on the Dresden events calendar, and is visited by many tourists from all over Germany and the rest of the world. There are hundreds off stalls that sella wide range of goods, including arts and crafts; jewellery; clothes; gifts; and much more. At night there are a wide range of concerts held, inclduing Christmas carols. The market is open from Monday to Friday 11h00 - 20h00; Saturday 10h30 - 20h00; and Sunday 11h00 - 20h00. It runs from the 4th to the 19th of December.
Rothenburger Street 3, take Tram 11. This traditional family-run hotel was opened in 1865, and has always been a favourite amongst visitors. The hotel has a wide range of facilities, including a sauna; Turkish bath; solarium; swimming pool; restaurant; bar; fitness centre; and garden terrace. The rooms have traditional decor and a wide range of facilities, including TV; mini bar; safe; telephone; and a full bathroom.
For more information visit: www.rothenburger-hof.de/
Lennestrasse, in Altstadt. This is one of the most beautiful parks in Dresden, and has a wide range of activities on offer, including many paths to take a stroll; a wonderful lake for rowing; and a miniature train going through the park.
The park also contains the zoo; the botanical gardens; a large tropical greenhouse; and the 17th century, Palais im Grossen Garten.
This is a great place to take a break from the busy city life.
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