Dresden

Dresden enchants visitors as a complete work of art. The city on the Elbe is the capital of the Free State of Saxony, and boasts impressive architecture. The Frauenkirche and Semperoper are just a few examples which will blow the minds of visitors to the “Florence of the Elbe”, as Herder once called the city. Dresden also has a virtually endless list of museums. Artistic treasures and exhibitions attest to a history extending from the magnificent royal years to the difficult wartime.

But Dresden wouldn’t be considered a cultural metropolis if it didn’t also host current events throughout the year. Apart from the Semperopernball, Schlössernacht (castle night) and film nights by the Elbe, Dresden connoisseurs will also be familiar with the Striezelmarkt. As the New Year approaches, Germany’s oldest Christmas market envelopes the baroque historic centre in a blaze of lights, the scent of mulled wine, and Christmas music. The annual highlight continues to be the Stollenfest, when the spotlight falls on Dresden’s “Christstollen” (fruit cake).

Whether it be the Striezelmarkt, the traditional Christmas market at the Neumarkt at the base of the Frauenkirche, or the Augustusmarkt on Hauptstraße in the Neustadt – the Christmas tradition is closely entwined with the city, so it’s no wonder Dresden is considered the home of Christmas.

Opening hours

MON-THU 11AM-09PM
FRI 11AM-10PM
SAT 10AM-10PM
SUN 10AM-09PM

Located on the Hauptstraße between the Golden Rider statue and Jorge Gomondai Square