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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.

Basic facts about Dresden


German, but it is generally quite easy to get by in English.


The Euro has been the legal tender in Germany since January 1, 2002. If travelling within Europe, it is no longer necessary to convert the various European currencies, as most countries accept the Euro.

Cash is accessible round the clock from cash machines using EC cards, as well as international credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Eurocard.


Value Added Tax (VAT) is 16% and prices shown are always inclusive of VAT.

Tax-free shopping is available to international visitors. Stores that display the Tax Free Shopping sticker will provide customers with a voucher to present to German Customs prior to departure, to validate that goods are being exported. Europe tax-free shopping has payment points in all the major border crossings – whether departing train, plane, ship or automobile – where vouchers can be redeemed.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Dial 110 – Police
Dial 112 – fire and ambulance services


The voltage is 230V.

Retail Business Hours

Shops open between 9 and 10 a.m. and close between 6 and 8 p.m. Banks and post offices close no later than 6 p.m. Shop’s opening hours on Saturday vary, but all close no later than 6 p.m.