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

Hamburg or Dresden?

1. Hamburg x Dresden Overview

Hamburg in GermanyHamburg – ©Chris Unger

Dresden, a city in GermanyDresden – ©Radek

Hamburg is located in northern Germany, is known for its port area, the Port of Hamburg. It is also an important cultural and commercial center in Europe.

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.

2. Hotels

The Westin Hamburg©The Westin Hamburg

Relais & Châteaux Bülow Palais Dresden©Relais & Châteaux Bülow Palais Dresden

In Hamburg the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 100 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 196.

And 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.

3. Shopping

Shopping area in HamburgShopping Area in Hamburg

Shopping area in DresdenDresden – ©Peter Gonzalez

Hamburg has department stores and shopping malls such as the Alsterhaus, Levantehaus and Hamburger Meile. And at Neuer Wall you will find the luxury stores.

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

4. Museums

Museum in HamburgHamburg

Museum in DresdenDresden

In Hamburg there are excellent museums such as the Miniatur Wunderland, the Hamburg Museum, the Chocolate Museum (CHOCOVERSUM) and others.

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

5. Parks

Park in HamburgPark in Hamburg

Green area in DresdenBeautiful green area in Dresden

Hamburg offers several possibilities for outdoor activities around the lake and also green spaces like the Planten un Blomen and the Stadtpark.

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

6. Day Trips

Schwerin a day trip from HamburgSchwerin Castle, Germany

Meissen a day trip from DresdenMeissen, Germany

From Hamburg you can visit beautiful destinations like Lübeck, Schwerin, Kiel, Lüneburg on a day trip.

And from Dresden it is possible to combine a day trip to destinations like Moritzburg, Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz, Meissen, Görlitz.

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See also

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