10 Best Day Trips From Dresden, Germany - Updated 2023

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Memorialized by Kurt Vonnegut in his novel Slaughter House Five, Dresden is well known as a World War II landmark. Although Dresden’s fine dining and nature may have attracted you to this Saxon town, with its history and museums, Dresden in a history buff’s dream. Dresden is perfectly situated to explore the rest that Saxony and the Sudetenland have to offer. Whether you’re a historian, adventure traveler, or just looking to relax, there’s a day trip from Dresden for you.

1. Explore the art scene at the Kulturni Centrum Rehlovice

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Cross over into the Czech Republic to visit the provincial town of Rehlovice, less than an hour outside of Dresden. The Kulturni Centrum is an old farmhouse that was converted into a living art exhibit. It hosts an ever changing ensemble of artists that live together as a community. Visit the Kulturni Centrum to learn about the history of the Sudetenland and to appreciate the rolling hills and farmland.

Kulturni Centrum Rehlovice

Address: Řehlovice 20, 403 13 Řehlovice, Czech Republic

Website: Kulturni Centrum Rehlovice

2. Experience the mystical at Adršpach-Teplice Rock Park

Adršpach-Teplice Rocks
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Just three hours from Dresden is the Adršpach-Teplice Rock Park, which hosts some of the worlds most unreal rock formations, making it a favorite among hikers and rock climbers, although the park also offers trails for those who prefer a casual stroll. Walking through the rocks you’ll be treated to whispering brooks and waterfalls. The park is situated around a large, crystal blue lake, perfect for a photo-op or dangling your feet in cool water.

Adršpach-Teplice Rock Park

Address: 549 57 Adršpach, Czech Republic

3. Feel like a noble at Moritzburg Castle

Aerial View: Moritzburg Castle
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Less than 30 minutes outside of Dresden, Mortizburg Castle, situated on an artificial island, is the former hunting lodge of Saxon nobility. Today you can take a tour of the castle or explore its extensive gardens. For the animal lover, Mortizburg also hosts an acclaimed wildlife park, Wildgehege Moritzburg.

Moritzburg Castle

Address: Schloßallee, 01468 Moritzburg, Germany

Website: Moritzburg Castle

Wildgehege Moritzburg

Address: Radeburger Strasse, 01468 Moritzburg, Saxony, Germany

Website: Wildgehege Moritzburg

4. Bask in the natural beauty of Saxony at the Bastei Bridge

Bastei bridge oustide dresden
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About an hour outside of Dresden by car or public transport, visit the Bastei Bridge in the Saxon Switzerland National Park. Crossing the Bastei Bridge offers the best views of the Elbe River Valley. Because of its incredible views, Bastei Bridge is a favorite among landscape painters. While Saxon Switzerland National Park offers advanced trails for hikers, the Bastei Bridge is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the park at a relaxed pace.

Bastei Bridge

Address: Bastei, 01824 Lohmen, Germany

Website: Bastei Bridge

5. Learn about German history in Pirna

DDR-Museum Pirna
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If you’re interested in history, Pirna hosts the DDR museum, dedicated to studying communist history in Germany. If that’s not your thing you can visit the Landschloss Zuschendorf Gardens or bike along one of Pirna’s amazing trails, while the musician might like a visit to the Richard Wagner Museum. Like Dresden, Pirna sits of the Elbe River, granting the town majestic views of the water. Pirna can be easily reached from Dresden by public transport. Getting to Pirna via public transport will take about 20 minutes, while driving will take 30-40 minutes. If you’re thinking of visiting Saxon Switzerland National Park, it is located about 35 minutes away from Pirna.

DDR Museum Pirna

Address: Rottwerndorfer Str. 45M, 01796 Pirna, Germany

Website: DDR Museum Pirna

Landschloss Zuschendorf Gardens

Address: Landschloss 6 01796 Pirna, Germany

Website: Landschloss Zuschendorf Gardens

Richard Wagner Museum

Address: DumTchaikovskipl. 7, 01796 Pirna, Germany

Website: Richard Wagner Museum

6. Explore the hidden gem of Rabenauer Grund

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Rabenauer Grund is a nature preserve 30-45 minutes outside of Dresden by car or public transportation, revered for its waterfalls, hiking trails, and lush forests. Rabenauer Grund offers trails ranging from easy to advanced. The town also hosts quaint restaurants, cafes, and shopping. For a luxurious dining experience, check out the Michelin star restaurant Zum Rabenauer Grund.

Rabenauer Grund Nature Preserve

Address: Am Westhang 15, 01734 Rabenau, Germany

Zum Rabenauer Grund

Address: Somsdorfer Str. 6, 01705 Freital, Germany

Website: Zum Rabenauer Grund

7. Appreciate the finer things in Radebeul

Radebeul Mätressenschlösschen
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About 20 minutes outside of Dresden, Radebeul can be accessed by train, tram, or car. Radebeul is beloved for its restored 19th-century architecture. For the food lover, Radebeul is where Nudossi, the German version of Nutella, is made, while the wine aficionado will love Radebeul’s wineries. A train from Radebeul connects directly to Moritzburg Castle, if that is also in your itinerary. If you prefer to drive, Radebeul is just 15 minutes away from Moritzburg, making a visit to both towns an easy day trip.

Sächsisches Staatsweingut Schloss Wackerbarth Winery

Address: Wackerbarthstraße 1, 01445 Radebeul, Germany

Website: Sächsisches Staatsweingut Schloss Wackerbarth Winery

Nudossi Factory

Address: Kötitzer Str. 27, 01445 Radebeul, Germany

Website: Nudossi Factory

8. Indulge yourself at Bad Schandau Spa Town

Toskana-Therme Bad Schandau
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Bad Schandau is beautifully situated on the Elbe, surrounded by rolling hills and lush forests. It can be reached by train, in 30 minutes, or by car, in 1 hour, from Dresden. While nature lovers can enjoy watching the leaves change in autumn or visit the Kuhstall Natural Arch, for a more relaxing experience, Bad Schandau is known for its modern and extremely luxurious spas as well as the Toskana Thermal Baths.

Toskana Therme Bad Schandau

Address: Rudolf-Sendig-Straße 8A, 01814 Bad Schandau, Germany

Website: Toskana Therme Bad Schandau

Kuhstall Natural Arch

Address: Kuhstallstraße, 01814 Bad Schandau, Germany

Website: Kuhstall Natural Arch

9. Visit historical landmarks in Leipzig

St. Thomas Church, Leipzig
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Leipzig, known as the burial place of Johann Sebastian Bach, is perfect for the lover of history and architecture. The Renaissance town hall holds a museum of the city’s history. For those interested in communist history, St. Nicholas Church was the meeting place for the revolutionaries who ultimately brought down the communist regime. The Gothic constructions, St. Thomas Church, is the burial place of J.S. Bach and hosts a world renowned choir. The Leipzig Zoo and Wildlife Preserve make Leipzig a great place for families to visit.

St. Thomas Church

Address: Thomaskirchhof 18, 04109 Leipzig, Germany

Website: St. Thomas Church

Leipzig Zoo

Address: Pfaffendorfer-Strasse 29, 04105, Leipzig, Saxony, Germany

Website: Leipzig Zoo

10. Relax and drink wine on a river cruise (from USD 30.03)

Albrechtsburg castle
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Meissen is a German town just a two-hour leisurely boat ride from Dresden. Meissen is famous for its Gothic architecture, a historical porcelain factory, and Christmas markets. For wine lovers, the area between Dresden and Meissen is known as the Saxon Wine Route. Once you get to Meissen, take a tour of the Gothic 15th-century castle, Albrechtsburg. On the same hill is the Meissen Cathedral, also an impressive example of Gothic architecture.


Address: Domplatz 1, 01662 Meißen, Germany

Website: Albrechtsburg

The Meissen Cathedral

Address: Domplatz 7, 01662 Meißen, Germany

Website: The Meissen Cathedral

Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Meissen

Duration: 3.0 hour

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You'll never want to leave

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It might be hard to motivate yourself to leave such a beautiful and culturally enriching city, but if you can manage it, you won’t be disappointed. Dresden is the perfect hub to explore the surrounding natural beauty and art, both in and outside of Germany. Whether you’re a rock climber or want to take a meandering cruise down the Elbe River, be sure to take full advantage of everything Saxony has to offer.

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