Dresden Germany: 2-day Itinerary

Dresden is a popular destination for its beautiful setting and location.

The city is located along the Elbe Valley, 30 km (18.64 miles) north of the Czech Republic border.

Neumarkt DresdenDresden Germany

How to spend 2 days in Dresden Germany

In this 2-day itinerary in Dresden, discover the main attractions of the city.

Day 1 in Dresden

Start the day by visiting Neumarkt, the square where the Frauenkirche Dresden is located, a symbol of the city and one of the most remarkable buildings in Germany. One of the highlights of the visit is the climb to the top of the dome.

Pass through Georgentor, the original exit for Elbe Bridge. Head to Dresden Castle, one of the city’s main attractions with a rich array of exhibits from Baroque to Classicism.

The Zwinger is another key attraction in Dresden, a museum complex housed in an early 18th-century palace. Next to the Zwinger is the Semper Opera, located on Theaterplatz, an opera house built in the style of the Italian high renaissance.

Also visit the Hofkirche, a church built in the Baroque style near the Elbe. End the day by visiting the Brühlsche Terrasse, a terrace that extends above the bank of the Elbe.

Things to see

  • Neumarkt
  • Frauenkirche
  • Georgentor
  • Dresden Castle
  • Zwinger
  • Semper Opera
  • Hofkirche
  • Brühlsche Terrasse

Day 1 Itinerary Map

Day 2 in Dresden

On the second day in Dresden, start by visiting Schloss Pillnitz, which can be reached by boat from the Elbe. Head to the Grosser Garten, on-site is the Sommerpalais.

At 3.5 km (2.2 miles) from Grosser Garten is the Neustädter Markt, where is the location of the Golden Rider.

Head to the Japanisches Palais, a 1737 baroque and neoclassical palace that houses the museum of natural history and ethnology.

Things to see

  • Schloss Pillnitz
  • Grosser Garten
  • Golden Rider
  • Japanisches Palais

Day 2 Itinerary Map

Sights in Dresden

1. Frauenkirche

Frauenkirche DresdenFrauenkirche

Neumarkt DresdenNeumarkt

The Frauenkirche is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Europe. It was completed in 1743 with Baroque style.

Neumarkt, 01067 

2. Zwinger

Zwinger Dresden

The Zwinger is a museum complex housed in an 18th-century palace. Its Baroque architecture is impressive.

Sophienstraße, 01067

3. Semperoper

Semperoper Dresden

The Semperoper is an opera house located on Theaterplatz, one of the best public squares in Germany.

Theaterplatz 2, 01067

4. Taschenbergpalais

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The Taschenbergpalais is a Baroque palace dating from 1711. Today the palace is home to the 5-star hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski.

Taschenberg 3, 01067

5. Hofkirche

Hofkirche

The Hofkirche is a church completed in 1755.

It was built in Baroque style and was completely restored after World War II.

Schloßstraße 24, 01067

6. Georgentor

Georgentor DresdenGeorgentor

The Georgentor was the original exit for the Elbe Bridge and one of the first Renaissance buildings of the city.

Schloßstraße 1, 01067

7. Verkehrsmuseum

Verkehrsmuseum Dresden

The Verkehrsmuseum is a transport museum.

It has many historic vehicles, including airplanes, cars, motorcycles.

Augustusstraße 1, 01067 

8. Brühlsche Terrasse

Brühlsche Terrasse

The Brühlsche Terrasse is a terrace that extends above the bank of the Elbe located to the north of the square Neumarkt and Frauenkirche.

Georg-Treu-Platz 1, 01067

9. Dresden Castle

Dresden Castle

The Dresden Castle was for almost 400 years the official home of electors and kings of Saxony.

Today the former palace is part of the Dresden Arts Collection, an excellent museum complex.

Taschenberg 2, 01067

10. Augustus Statue

Augustus Statue

The Augustus Statue is located at Neustädter Markt.

Augustusbrücke, 01097

11. Japanisches Palais

Japanisches Palais

The Japanisches Palais was built in 1737 with Baroque and Neoclassical styles.

Today it houses three museums: the Museum of Ethnology Dresden, the State Museum for Pre-History, and the Senckenberg Naturhistorische Sammlungen Dresden.

Palaisplatz 11, 01097 

12. Grosser Garten

Grosser Garten Dresden

The Grosser Garten was opened to the public in 1814.

Highlights of the Grosser Garten include the Botanical Garden, the Dresden Zoo, and the Grosser Garten.

Hauptallee 10, 01219 

13. Schloss Pillnitz

Schloss Pillnitz

The Schloss Pillnitz is located 11 km from Dresden old town.

The complex is home to the Wasserpalais, Bergpalais, and New Palace.

It can be reached by boat along the Elbe.

August-Böckstiegel-Straße 2, 01326

Where to stay in Dresden

1. Hilton Dresden

Hilton Dresden©Hilton Dresden

The Hilton Dresden is located in the old town close to the Frauenkirche.

Rooms are elegant and equipped with a flat-screen TV, coffee maker.

The hotel features a sauna and a swimming pool.

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An der Frauenkirche 5, 01067

2. Radisson Blu Park Dresden

Radisson Blu Park©Radisson Blu

The Radisson Blu Park Dresden  is located 7 km from the city center.

The hotel has 574 rooms equipped with a TV and minibar.

It has a spa and a swimming pool.

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Nizzastraße 55, 01445 Radebeul

3. Holiday Inn City Centre Dresden

Holiday Inn City Centre©Holiday Inn Dresden

The Holiday Inn Dresden City Centre is located in the heart of Dresden.

Rooms are equipped with a TV, coffee maker.

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Dr.-Kuelz-Ring 15a, 01067

Malls and Department Stores in Dresden

1. Karstadt Dresden

Karstadt is a German department store chain with many stores in Germany.

The company features brands like Cacharel, Clarins, Coach, Desigual, Estée Lauder.

Prager Str. 12, 01069 

2. Altmarkt Galerie Dresden

The Altmarkt Galerie is located in Dresden old town.

Brands: Apple, Armani, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Zara.

Webergasse 1, 01067

3. Quartier QF Dresden

The Quartier QF is located close to the Frauenkirche.

Brands / Stores: Van Laack, Mode de vie, Coldini.

An der Frauenkirche 1, 01067 

Plan your Trip

Dresden has easy train access from various cities in Germany. Famous cities nearby: Leipzig, Berlin, Braunschweig, Potsdam.

Distances

Leipzig – 115 km (71.6 miles)

Berlin – 193 km (120 miles)

Braunschweig – 312 km (194 miles)

Potsdam – 203 km (126 miles)

Hannover – 366 km (228 miles)

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