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Visitors to this part of Saxony rub shoulders with around 490,000 local residents.
Treat the kids and enjoy some quality time at Nordbad Dresden and Geibeltbad Pirna. For even more fun, continue on to the Dresden Funicular Railway and theater in der Fabrik.
You'll find a diverse range of local and exotic animals staring back at you at the Dresden Zoo and the Wildgehege Moritzburg.
For a real taste of this region, make sure you stop by the Castle Wackerbarth. Take a stroll through the vineyards and sample the various blends and vintages. If you don't want a great day to end, pick up a few bottles to enjoy at home.
At the Dresden Botanical Garden, you can admire an eclectic variety of stunning plants and flowers.
When the sun is shining, grab some lunch and find a quiet corner at one of the pleasant urban parks, such as the Grosser Garten and the Rose Garden. The Grosssedlitz Baroque Garden and Herzogin Garten are two more excellent places to while away a lazy afternoon and catch up on some reading.
Loessnitzbad is is a picturesque location to spot the local wildlife and skim some stones.
Set aside a day or two to explore some of the favored cultural institutions nearby. Savor the quiet and relaxing atmosphere as you check out the different displays at the Karl May Museum and the Porcelain Collection. Also worth considering are the Meissen Porcelain Museum and the Dresden Armory.
The science museums here are ideal destinations for both science nerds and those vacationers just hoping for something interesting to do. Begin your day of discovery at the Dresden Museum of Technology and Industry, and then press on at Adolph Diesterweg Observatory or the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments.
See the variety of specimens on display as you stroll among the overflowing exhibits of the Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte.
Dresden is a hive of artistic energy, with gallery spaces seemingly tucked around every corner. Start your explorations of this creative paradise with a stop at the Albertinum and the Old Masters Picture Gallery. The Dresden State Art Collections and the Leonhardi-Museum are also well worth a browse if your schedule allows.
Keen historians can explore chronicles of former times at the Green Vault and the DDR Museum. The Bundeswehr Military History Museum and the City Museum Meissen are also worthy choices.
Wander back through this region's past with a trip to the Japanese Palace or the Dresden Panometer, just two of the historical sites here. You might also like to get the camera out for some photos at the Bruehl's Terrace and Saxon State Chamber.
Blue Wonder Bridge and Augustus Bridge are age-old examples of engineering ingenuity that will survive for generations to come.
Some of the region's richest families have called Zwinger Palace and Heidenschanze "home" over the years. Be sure to snap some photos as you admire their impressive architectural features and gorgeous interiors. You may also like to walk through the leafy gardens and seek out some stories at Lingner Palace and Dresden Royal Palace.
You'll feel like a king or queen that's leapt from the pages of a fantasy book when you visit Dresden Castle and Moritzburg Castle. For even more intersting views and historical stories, stop by Pillnitz Castle and Park and Albrechtsburg Castle.
Learn about the region's spiritual side and enjoy some quiet contemplation at Church of Our Lady and Epiphany Church. If you'd be interested to check out some more religious sites, check for tours at Dresden Cathedral and Church of the Holy Cross.
This region's most popular sights can overshadow its less renowned, yet equally fascinating attractions. Some good places to begin with are the Saxon State Library and the Procession of Princes. Also, think about a trip to the Meissen Porcelain Factory and the Kunsthof-Passage if you can squeeze it in.
Located in Altstadt, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Altmarkt-Galerie Dresden, Zwinger Palace and Old Masters Picture Gallery. Semper Opera House and Dresden Castle are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Altstadt, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of German Hygiene Museum, Albertinum and Church of Our Lady. Dresden Castle and Old Masters Picture Gallery are also within 1 mile (2 km).
This family-friendly Dresden hotel is located in the suburbs, within 3 mi (5 km) of Palitzsch-Museum Prohlis and Grosser Garten. Dresden Panometer and Dresden Zoo are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in Altstadt, this hotel is steps away from Church of the Holy Cross, Kulturpalast Dresden and Old Market Square. New Market Square and Dresden Castle are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Altstadt, this aparthotel is steps away from QF Quartier an der Frauenkirche, Church of Our Lady and Albertinum. Dresden Castle and Old Masters Picture Gallery are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Altstadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of the Holy Cross, Church of Our Lady, and Dresden Castle. Old Masters Picture Gallery and Zwinger Palace are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Altstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yenidze and Zwinger Palace. Semper Opera House and Old Masters Picture Gallery are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Altstadt, this aparthotel is steps away from New Market Square and Church of Our Lady. Dresden Castle and Albertinum are also within 10 minutes.