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Places of interest

Dresden is a very popular tourist destination and there are many sights to choose from.  Click here for more information on sightseeing in Dresden.  

Frauenkirche Dresden

The Frauenkirche can be visited during the day (please refer to the below information).  The Church is open to all and offers guided tours.  Foreign language audio guides are also available for a small charge.  There are several services and devotions, concerts and sacred music events, some of which are free of charge.  Please refer to the Church’s website for more detailed information. 

Date

Time

Service

Wed, 23 May 2012

10:00-12:00

Open Church

12:00-13:00

Devotion with organ music followed by a guided tour (in German only – free)

13:00-18:00

Open Church

18:00-19:00

Devotion with organ music followed by a guided tour (in German only – free)

20:00

Dresden Organ Cycle – concert (tickets)

Thurs, 24 May 2012

10:00-12:00

Open Church

12:00-13:00

Devotion with organ music followed by a guided tour (in German only – free)

13:00-14:00

Open Church

18:00

Ecumenical Service

20:00

Dresden Music Festival: Ian Bostridge & The Orchestra of Enlightenment (tickets)

Fri, 25 May 2012

10:00-12:00

Open Church

12:00-13:00

Devotion with organ music followed by a guided tour (in German only – free)

13:00-18:00

Open Church

18:00-19:00

Devotion with organ music followed by a guided tour (in German only – free)

19:00

EVA Peace Academy 2012 (more info)

Residenzschloss (Royal Palace)

Situated in Dresden’s historic center, the Residenzschloss Dresden hosts the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collection).  The New and Historic Green Vault are prime destinations for art lovers from all over the world.  Please refer to the websites for more detailed information and for opening times. 

Die Gläserne Manufaktur (Volkswagen Transparent Manufactory)

This vehicle production site made out of glass is situated in the middle of Dresden. It is well worth visiting this factory to gain an insight into high-class car production of VW’s Phaeton.  Individual guided tours can be booked on the factory’s website. 

Asisi Panometer

The current exhibition “Rome 312 – Experience the Ancient Metropolis” invites you to travel back to ancient Rome in the 360° panorama, an impressive circular painting.  For further information and opening hours please visit the assisi Panometer website. 

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum (German Hygiene Museum)

Europe’s only museum of the human being.  The museum’s highlight is The Transparent Man – an exhibition and images of the human being in modern sciences.  Please refer to the website for more detailed information and for opening times. 

Deutsches Uhrenmuseum Glashütte (German Watch Museum Glashütte)

Travel in time from the beginnings of watch manufacturing in Saxony to the present day.  Please refer to the website for more detailed information, location and for opening times. 

Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen (Meissen GmbH State Porcelain manufactory)

One of Germany’s leading luxury brands worldwide.  Experience major production stages in the display workshop.  Please refer to the website for more information, location and opening times. 

Shopping:

Shopping in Dresden is varied: main shopping districts are between the Prager Straße and the Altmarkt.  The shops around the Frauenkirche offer traditional and contemporary pieces of arts and crafts.  

Food and Drink:

The city center is full of restaurants, wine bars and pubs and cater for a variety of tastes.  A famous street for popular pubs is Weisse Gasse.  Saxon wine is becoming more and more popular and gastronomic specialties such as Kartoffelsuppe (potato soup) or Eierschecke (cheese cake with custard) are worth exploring as well. 

Music:

Dresden is also famous for its relationship to music.  There is usually a festival or concert going on somewhere.  Please see below for a selection of events in Dresden between 23 and 26 May 2012. 

Date

Time

Event

Location

Tickets

 

Wed, 23 May 2012

19:00

L’elisir d’amore” – Gaetano Donizetti

 (Italian with German subtitles)

 

Semperoper

For more info and tickets click here

 

Thurs, 24 May 2012

20:00

“La Traviata” – Giuseppe Verdi

(Italian with German subtitles)

 

Semperoper

For more info and tickets click here

 

Sat, 26 May 2012

18:00

Opening of “La clemenza di Tito” – 

Mozart

(Italian with German subtitles)

 

Semperoper

For more info and tickets click here

Sat, 26 May 2012

21:00

Dresdner Musikfestspiele – concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja “Sounds of the Danube” – traditional music by the young Moldovan violinist

 

Volkswagen Transparent Factory

For more info and tickets click here

 
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