Parks, Botanical Gardens and ZOO
Großer Garten Park
The Großer Garten Park, which is located to the southeast of the Altstadt, is Dresden’s biggest and most beautiful park. The future elector Johann Georg III. commissioned the creation of a representative park in front of the town gates in 1676. In 1683, the palace was built in an early Baroque style.
Nowadays, the park is one of Dresden’s most popular resorts. Several open-air stages invite the visitor to cultural events and concerts.
Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten der TU Dresden)
Address: Stübelallee 2, Altstadt
Located on the periphery of Dresden’s largest public park, the “Grosser Garten,” the Botanical Garden invites visitors on a miniature journey around the world. Arranged geographically, the exhibition features some 10,000 plant species.
Admission: free of charge
Opening hours: daily, Winter 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., Summer 10 a.m. to 5 / 6 p.m. Tel351/4593185
Tram Nos. 2/4/10/12/13 to “Strassburger Platz”
Germany’s fourth oldest Zoo covers 13 hectares on the southern edge of the Great Garden Park. The Dresden Zoo houses about 3000 animals of almost 400 species, especially Asian animals.
The zoological garden was designed by Peter Joseph Lenné and opened in 1861 and is the city’s biggest educational institution in natural sciences.
Opening Hours: Summer 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Winter 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Price: Adults €8.00, Children (3 to 16 years of age) € 4.00, Family (2 adults and 4 children maximum) € 20.00