Since Dresden is a magnet for all those wishing to learn about Germany’s past and contemporary culture, visitors will always find the city rather welcoming.
Having said that, why not book a flight to Dresden in December? Although the climate is cold and temperatures are on average between -1 and 4 degrees Celsius, this is a magical time to visit the city. Travellers can experience the renowned Christmas markets during this month, when Dresden comes alive with festive cheer as is typical for Germany at this time of year.
Alternatively the summer months may be more inviting to visitors who would prefer warmer temperatures of around 12 to 24 degrees Celsius. Take a flight to Dresden in June for the annual Bunte Republik Neustadt. It’s a 3-day festival celebrating Dresden’s culture through street music and culinary dishes, which welcomes both locals and visitors. Summer tends to be a popular time to visit the city so cheap flights to Dresden will be harder to come by.
Complete with fascinating museums, treasured art and a stunning landscape, Dresden is a city that captures its visitors’ hearts on first sight. Boasting one of the largest rivers in Europe, the beautiful scenery of the Elbe brings visitors to the city from far and wide. Located in eastern Germany and bordering the Czech Republic, the capital city of Saxony has experienced a vibrant past that can still be seen today.
Those planning flights to Dresden in search of cultural and historical sites will be spoilt for choice. Head to the area on the left bank of the river Elbe, where you will find various historical buildings and monuments of significance. Take a visit to the Frauenkirche known as the Church of Our Lady, which features an impressive Baroque dome. Today the Frauenkirche is an iconic symbol of Dresden’s reconstruction since World War II – so much so that it has previously opened its doors to notables such as Barack Obama. The impressive Katholische Hofkirche (or the Dresden Cathedral), is also worth a visit for those interested in Dresden’s turbulent ecclesiastical history. Cross over to the right of the Elbe and find yourself in the Neustadt (New Town). Here visitors can spend some time exploring the shops inside the Neustadt Market Hall or take in the jaw-dropping interior of the most beautiful dairy shop according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Pick up a unique gift or a holiday memento from one of the charming artisan shops located on the Hauptstrasse (main street). With a huge selection of unusual and quirky creations to pore over, as well as opportunities for refreshments and relaxation, the artisan arcades are a favourite of visitors and locals alike.
Take your pick from trams, buses, ferries and cable cars! For those interested in hiring a bike look out for the Elberadweg cycle path which allows cyclists to enjoy a scenic ride alongside the Elbe.
Dresden Airport (DRS) is located just 5.6 miles (9km) north of the city and the journey to the city centre can take just 15 minutes. Taking a taxi or transfer service to your hotel can be a convenient option to save time and hassle waiting for public transport. Alternatively, head down to the basement of the airport terminal where you’ll find the S-Bahn system that operates services from the airport into town at regular intervals. Several well-known car rental firms also have desks at the airport.