Dresden and Leipzig are two popular destinations in Germany. Dresden is the twelfth largest city in the country, while Leipzig occupies the tenth place.

Dresden or Leipzig?

1. Dresden x Leipzig Overview

Dresden a city in GermanyDresden – ©Paul G

Leipzig a city in GermanyLeipzig – ©ᴘᴀᴜʟ ᴋᴀᴘɪꜱᴄʜᴋᴀ

Dresden is a charming city located on the banks of the Elbe, with beautiful Baroque and Rococo architecture. It is the capital of the state of Saxony.

Leipzig is known for its Romanesque churches, Art Nouveau buildings and its famous Monument of the Battle of the Nations. It is a popular destination in East Germany.

2. Hotels

Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden©Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden

Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof Leipzig©Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof Leipzig

In Dresden the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 95 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 173.

And in Leipzig, the average price for a 3-star hotel is USD 69 and for a 5-star hotel, USD 155.

3. Shopping

Dresden, altstadtDresden

Leipzig altstadtLeipzig

In Dresden there are excellent shopping options for shopping such as Centrum Galerie Dresden, QF Passage Dresden and Elbepark Dresden.

Leipzig also offers great shopping places like the Höfe am Brühl, Allee-Center Leipzig and the Paunsdorf Center.

4. Museums

Museum in DresdenDresden

GRASSI Museum Leipzig©GRASSI Museum Leipzig

Dresden offers excellent museums options such as the Zwinger, Verkehrsmuseum Dresden, the Stadtmuseum Dresden, the Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr and others.

Leipzig has excellent museums and galleries. Outstanding museums include the GRASSI Museum and the Naturkundemuseum Leipzig.

5. Parks

Lingnerpark DresdenLingnerpark Dresden – ©Florian Weichelt

Green area in LeipzigLeipzig – ©Kanan Khasmammadov

Dresden is home to beautiful gardens and parks like Schloss & Park Pillnitz and the Grosser Garten.

Leipzig is home to beautiful gardens and parks like Rosental, Johanna Park and Mariannen Park.

6. Day Trips

Moritzburg in GermanyMoritzburg – ©Peter Steiner

Freiberg GermanyFreiberg – ©Sangga Rima Roman Selia

From Dresden it is possible to combine day trips to destinations such as Moritzburg, Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz, Meissen, Görlitz.

And from Leipzig it is also possible to combine excellent day trips to destinations like Erfurt, Freiberg and Moritzburg.

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See also

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