Dresden was established in the early 1200’s, and has since experienced a unique historical path. It is currently the capital city of Germany’s lower province of Saxony, and is home to more than a million people. It contains a diverse range of attractions, from historical structures to modern day monuments, and should be visited during any trip to Germany.
Unfortunately, international tourists don’t usually hear too much about Dresden, as the other major towns in Germany steal the spotlight in regards to tourism. Nevertheless, more than 10 million people visit the city each year, with most of these being German. These travellers can find plenty of Dresden hotels in the city centre and surrounding suburbs.
Whether tourists prefer to fly, travel by train, drive a car, or sit in a bus, there are plenty of ways for them to reach the city of Dresden. Once they do, there is certainly no looking back…as there won’t be any time to do it!
Boat Tours: there is a beautiful river running through the city of Dresden, and therefore, wonderful boat tours of this old city can be found. Paddle steamers are the most popular boat tours available, but there are tours found on more modern boats, which take visitors through the city’s main area, and even into the up-country region. Some boats travel all the way into the Swiss Mountain region, not far from the city.
Cultural Comedy Tours: there are several tours of the cultural sites that can be found in Dresden, but one of the most memorable is certainly the Barokkokko Tour, which sees comedians and actors dress up as tour guides for a joke-filled and fun-filled tour.
Night Tours: after the sun goes down, Dresden is still not ready to take it in for the night. There are night tours that operate after the sun slips away. Historical tours from pub to pub are available, or there are night walking tours available too. The drinking tour can get a little messy by the end of the night, so patrons are advised to take it slow so they can also take in the information being presented to them.
Mini Train: within the city of Dresden, there is a beautiful garden park named Grosser Garden. It is most popular during the warmer months of April to October, so visitors can easily see the sites of the marvelous green zone. However, those tourists too lazy to walk, or unable to walk, can explore the garden by mini train. Again, the miniature train only operates between the months of April and October, when the park is at its sunniest.
Cycling Tours: located near the large Dresden-Mitte Station, the area of Antrieb is the place for visitors who want to cycle the streets of the city. Rental bikes are available, and generally cost about 11 euros for the entire day. There is no better way to get around the city than by bicycle, as the footpaths and bicycle paths make for easy access this way.
Shopping Tours: for tours of the shopping precincts in Dresden, the first place to start is the Atlmarkt, which is a large square found in the heart of the city. There are food stuffs and other small stalls offering items, but close to this square is the Altmarkt Galeria, where visitors can find the latest in fashion. Be assured that the galerias in the city are more expensive than the market places.
Zoo Tour: one of Dresden’s best attractions is the Dresden Zoo, welcoming thousands of visitors a day. It is currently one of the oldest and most important zoos in all of Germany. While visiting, tour guides should be used to make the day less complicated.
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