Dresden

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Basic about Dresden

Dresden is the capital of the Free State of Saxony, in southern Germany. The city has approximately 500,000 citizens and more than 10 million visitors per year.

Excursions

“River Sightseeing Tour”

Guided city tour aboard a paddle-steamer

Route: Dresden – Blasewitz – Dresden
Sights: Historical city centre of Dresden, Elbe palaces (Albrechtsberg, Lingner and Eckberg Palaces), former Elbe villages Blasewitz and Loschwitz, today attractive villa districts. Blue Wonder bridge.

Duration:90 minutes

Guide: A city tour guide is on board to point out the sights along the river bank.

English: Tours departing at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. are accompanied by an English- speaking guide from Thursday to Sunday between May and October.

Price list:
http://www.saechsische-dampfschiffahrt.de/downloads/sds_preisliste_en_2008.pdf

Summer night cruise

Route: Dresden – towards Pillnitz – Dresden

Enjoy the special atmosphere of a summer night with a cruise aboard a comfortable salon ships –includes dancing and a buffet.

Departures: Saturdays, May to October,

Time: 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight

Embarking/return: Dresden Terrassenufer Quayside

Price: Adults €32.00 Children (3-14 years) €16.00

Pillnitz Castle

Tel. 351/ 2613260

The castle lies on the banks of the River Elbe in Pillnitz Park. With its flying buttresses and chimneys ornamented with crowns, this is the only castle of its size in Europe in Chinese style. The castle’s park gardens are designed to reflect the variety of eras. The Pillnitz Greenhouses include 250-year-old banks of flowering camellias and are a riot of scarlet in the spring, with 35,000 scarlet blooms.

Open:
Upper Palace: May – October from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Mondays
Riverside Palace: May – October from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Tuesdays

Price: admission to the palace park is free

http://www.germany-tourism.de/ENG/culture_and_events/castles_and_palaces_exclusive_burgen_pillnitz.htm

Saxon Switzerland – Elbe Sandstone Mountains

The Saxon Switzerland National Park located 30 kilometers southeast of Dresden. The National Park protects more than 36,000 hectares of Elbe sandstone created by the Elbe river over a period of 100 million years. The area, with its chalky sandstone cliffs, deeply carved valleys, table mountains and gorges of eroded rock formations, which date from the Cretaceous period, offers an unforgettable experience to visitors.

For direction and other information, please visit:
http://www.germany-tourism.de/ENG/destination_germany/master_tlstadt-id1069-fstadt_museen.htm