Frauenkirche, Semperoper, Zwinger. Think of Dresden, and these sights are probably the first to come to mind. The picturesque baroque city near the Czech border boasts a wealth of architectural gems and a broad range of cultural offerings. But Dresden also has plenty to offer off the beaten tourist paths.
Dresden is a great city with lots of variety. With countless galleries and boutiques to browse through before enjoying a relaxing stop in a cosy café. Both the modern new town as well as the historic old town have plenty of special places to discover that you won’t necessarily find in the guidebooks. Here are our best tips for you:
Every city has its darker corners. In Dresden, new life was breathed into forgotten alleys to create places like the Kunsthofpassage (Art Courtyard Passage). A group of artists brought old, dark courtyards to life with mosaics, colourful statues and artistically styled rainwater pipes on the walls of the buildings. An especially good way to enjoy your time here is at one of the little cafés and restaurants.
Address: Görlitzer Str.21-25, 01099 Dresden
This Tuscan villa is located at one end of “Blaues Wunder” (“Blue Wonder”), Dresden’s most famous bridge, just a few feet away from the pier of the White Fleet. The house, which was probably built around 1860, is a historic monument whose half-timbered attic and cute wooden towers give it a special, radiant charm. Don’t miss the view of the riverbank from here! A visit is definitely worth it.
Address: Fährgässchen 1, 01309 Dresden
If you’re looking for healthy fare and sustainable organic produce, then LadenCafé aha is the place for you. Because LadenCafé aha is a full-service restaurant and fair trade shop all in one. A perfect combination! If the food is taking a bit longer to arrive, you can always browse the shop next door for a special treasure or two.
Address: Kreuzstraße 7, 01067 Dresden
Opposite the Dresden Zwinger, behind the historic façade of the Staatsschauspiel Dresden theatre, an elegant yet casual restaurant experience awaits you. For a small snack before, during or after the theatre, william is the place! Even without theatre tickets, it’s the perfect choice for an outstanding meal.
Address: Theaterstraße 2, 01067 Dresden
A moment of peace
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to relax with a cup of coffee after a stroll through town, Oswaldz is the right place for a little break. Oswaldz puts its love of coffee into every cup to make the perfect wake-me-up. While enjoying your stay, you could also check out the exciting works of art by contemporary artists. Exhibitions change four times a year.
Address: Bautznerstraße 9, 01099 Dresden
“We don’t want to reinvent the world of wine, we want to make it better!” That’s the motto of this little wine shop. Where fine wines are served in a relaxed atmosphere and everyone is welcome. Weekly specials, like the “Better-a-full-glass-than-an-empty-promise Mondays”, highlight the easy-going philosophy at Weinzentrale.
Address: Hoyerswerdaer Str. 26, 01099 Dresden
Special shopping experiences
After a visit to japée, your head will be well-protected, insulated and in style. This little atelier sells hand-made hats, which can even be sculpted directly to fit your head. Felt or straw, a creation from japée stands out heads above the rest.
Address: Bautzner Straße 6, 01099 Dresden
Looking for fancy chocolates, nougats, truffles and more? At Comondas, you’ll find selected candies made by small producers from all over the world. These sweet temptations are a perfect holiday souvenir.
Address: e.g. An der Frauenkirche 20, 01067 Dresden
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