Dresden City Guide

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Dresden City Guide


Dresden can look back on more than 800 years of history. Visitors from Germany and abroad love the city for its exciting history, its wealth of culture and the arts and above all its hospitality. The capital of the Free State of Saxony promises an unforgettable stay thanks to a historic ensemble of buildings, a rich history, abundant art treasures and special flair..


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Dresden City Guide

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The ARCOTEL HafenCity puts you in the heart of Dresden’s lively and bustling Neustadt, an especially vibrant district with countless bars, cafés, restaurants, clubs, galleries and local theatres. Neustadt is the epicentre of Dresden’s young and alternative scene with lots of street art ranging from massive murals to hidden artistic treasures.

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If you have a sweet tooth, you can indulge your heart’s desires at Bautzner Straße 65. Amina Kühnel’s Dresdner Schokoladenhandwerk  is the first port of call for unique, homemade chocolates that are a far cry from the ordinary. For even more delectable delicacies, the Neustadt Market Hall is your go-to place. The innovative and creative potential here is a hotbed of fantastic shops as well as trendsetting fashions.

The Kunsthofpassage  in Neustadt is a series of artistically designed courtyards where mythical creatures roam free and music is created by water running through a set of interlinked rain pipes. With small restaurants and charming arts and crafts shops, photo opportunities await at every turn. Another special place in Neustadt is Pfunds Molkerei, which has been described as the most beautiful dairy shop in the world. Founded in 1880 by the Brothers Pfund, the shop at Bautzner Straße 79 is definitely worth a visit. Discover delicatessen, dairy products and even specialty soaps made from milk in beautiful retro packaging.

Everything within reach

Dresden is a city of short distances. All the most famous sights and attractions in the old town can be easily reached on foot and are only a few minutes apart. Even the congress centre in Dresden is more centrally located than in any other major German city, just 500 metres from the Semper Opera House. Visitors will find a wide variety of thematic city tours to choose from. The surrounding countryside, which is worth a visit of its own, is also easy to reach by public transport. From Dresden, the famous porcelain factory in Meissen is just 30 minutes away, and it takes just 40 minutes to get to the bizarre rock formations of Saxon Switzerland.

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A Treasure Trove of Art

With their quest for prestige and passion for collecting, the princes and kings of Saxony helped turn Dresden into a centre of art and culture that is on a par with Europe’s great metropolitan cities. More than 50 museums call Dresden their home today. The State Art Collections Dresden, one of the most important museum institutions in the world, comprises 14 museums originating from the Saxon princes’ collection of curiosities, rarities and works of art.

Music is in the air

What would Dresden be without music? Music is an inseparable part of the city. All the great masters of music history – Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, Carl Maria von Weber – have been to Dresden and they all left their mark on the city. And the city continues to attract music lovers from all over the world. With over 30 stagesfor opera, theatre and concerts, the selection is enormous. The Semperoper, home to the Saxon State Opera and the Saxon State Orchestra, regularly features great musical moments with classical and modern productions. Popular musicals and operettas are staged in Germany’s only independent operetta house in the new arts and creative area Kraftwerk Mitte.

City of concerts and festivals

The city’s music festivals, like the Moritzburg Festival, the Dixieland Festival. the Dresden Music Festival or Jazztage Dresden, are highlights on Europe’s cultural scene, while the Movie Nights on the banks of the Elbe, the Long Night of Theatres and Long Night of Museums, the City Festival and the Elbhangfest street festival are permanent fixtures on Dresden’s cultural calendar. The city’s largest event location. the Alte Schlachthof, is not far from the hotel.

Fun for the whole Family

Pack your bags and don’t forget the kids! It’s time for exciting discoveries in Dresden and the Elbland region. Culture and sightseeing – or an outdoor adventure? Dresden Elbland will turn your holiday or weekend getaway into a tour of discovery. For school children, the Museum of Science and Technology offers interactive learning experiences to enjoy. Kids of all ages will love the Dresden Zoo. And if you’ve got teenagers in tow, you’ll be sure to keep them entertained at Festung Xperience. The puppet theatre performs fairy tales and other stories to put smiles on the little ones’ faces. Theater junge Generation, as the name says, is a theatre for the young generation, with children’s plays like Lottie and Lisa. Other options include leisurely bike rides with a picnic, a raft ride on the river or quiet time spent in the great outdoors. Perfect possibilities for a family holiday in Dresden Elbland.

Travelling with your four-legged Friend

Coming to Dresden with your faithful companion? Then ARCOTEL HafenCity is the place for you! We’ll help you forget the stress of the journey with plenty of options for you and your four-legged friend to go out and explore the area in peace. Beautiful walks along the banks of the Elbe are waiting at the doorstep. At Augustus Bridge, you can even let your darling off the leash as long as he responds to your calls and gets along with the other dogs. Dresden is a dog-friendly city. At least according to theDog Bible. Sightseeing with dogs is a breeze in the Old Town. And of course, the banks of the Elbe are a natural paradise for your four-legged friend. Dogs are even allowed on the city buses! With a muzzle and on a lead, you can take your canine companion with you almost everywhere in Dresden.