Staying in Dresden
Dresden hostel is located in a central but quiet area only a few minutes' walk from the historic old town with its churches and museums and about 2km from Dresden's central railway station. Its location makes it a perfect base for visits to Pillnitz and Moritzburg castles and the Meissen porcelain city. Dresden hostel facilities include free breakfast, internet access, TV room and a café/bar where you can meet fellow travelers and make friends along your journey. The reception is open year round 24 hours a day.
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Things to See and Do in Dresden
Sometimes called the "Florence of the Elbe", Dresden is situated in a lovely riverside setting and boasts a splendid ensemble of beautiful Baroque architecture. Although around 80% of Dresden was destroyed in air raids during World War II, the major landmarks have been painstakingly restored to their former glory. A hostel in Dresden puts you within easy reach of the city's sights.
Zwinger Palace - One of Germany's best examples of Rococo architecture, the Zwinger Palace was built in the early 1700s as an arena and exhibition gallery for the aristocrats. Today, it houses the Old Masters Gallery, a collection of over 700 paintings from the 15th through 18th centuries.
Dresden Palace - One of the oldest buildings in Dresden, this palace complex dates back to 1200 but was largely rebuilt in Baroque style after a fire in 1701. Today it is a museum complex that includes the Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault), which is the world's oldest museum filled with a rich collection of treasures.
Frauenkirche - The Church of Our Lady graced the center of Dresden until it was reduced to a 15-meter high pile of rubble during the air raids of World War II. The rubble remained untouched until rebuilding began in 1994. The church was finally restored in 2005 and now shines again as a dazzling piece of Dresden's Baroque heritage.
Brühlsche Terrasse - Brühl's Terrace lies between the Old Town of Dresden and the river Elbe. Called the "Balcony of Europe", this riverside promenade stretches past some of Dresden's most beautiful historic sights. Climb up the colossal steps flanked with bronze statues and be treated with a majestic view.
Grünes Gewölbe - The "Green Vault" predates even the British Museum. The original treasure room was built in the mid-1500s, but in the mid 1700s Frederic Augustus I lavishly rebuilt the rooms as a museum to display his jewels and prized possessions to the public-a forward-thinking idea at the time. See the splendid rooms as well as masterpieces in jewels, gold, silver, ivory and more.
Fürstenzug - The "Procession of Princes" was a painted mural commissioned on the outer Dresden Palace walls to commemorate 800 years of Wettin dynasty reign in the 1870s. Because the painting deteriorated quickly, it was replaced with over 23,000 hand-painted Meissen porcelain tiles. Today, this beautiful masterpiece is the world's largest porcelain work of art.
Albertinum - Dresden's best fine arts museum, it houses both the sculpture collection as well as the New Masters collection of 19th and 20th century artists. There's a special focus on art of former East Germany.
The list of things to see and do in Dresden is endless. For more information about attractions and local tips, ask the friendly staff at your hostel in Dresden.
Dining & Nightlife in Dresden
Restaurants in the historic center tend to be the priciest in town. One exception is Aha: fair trade store and café, where you can get a generous helping of Saxon potato and sausage soup with a chunk of fresh rye bread for under five euros. As you head into the Neustadt, you'll be hanging more with the locals and find refreshingly lower prices as you venture further outside the tourist areas.
Ready to leave your hostel in Dresden and check out the party scene? Just off Brühl's Terrace in the city center you'll find Club Bärenzwinger, which opened in 1967 as a student club near the Technical University. It's still going strong today with live music frequently on the calendar that draws students and mostly young people. The majority of the nightlife and party scene takes place in the Neustadt, the more alternative and grittier part of the city. Head here for pubs, clubs, discotheques and loads of fun.
Getting Around Dresden
Dresden has a great mass transit system that makes it easy to get from your hostel in Dresden to anywhere else in the city. To maximize your travel budget, go for the Dresden Card. When you purchase a 2+ day pass, you'll get unlimited rides, free entry to the museums of the National Art Collections of Dresden, and discounts on 90+ attractions.