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Hotel in Dresden?

Need a place to stay for 1 Friday night in Sept. Taking train from Berlin to Prague. Plan to visit museums in Dresden. Public transport, hotel shuttle or taxi to hotel? What neighborhood is most convenient? (Not into bars, etc.)
We could stay 2 nights, but then we would arrive in Prague the day our RS tour of Eastern Europe begins.
Planning input appreciated!

Thanks for your help.

Posted by dcb1727
Ontario Canada
1 posts

Hi marygranger2003!
I stayed at the Hotel Kipping in Dresden. Very convenient (on Winkelmannstrase) as it's one block from Dresden Hauptbahnhof. Rooms are clean and comfy though the shower stall was small. Breakfast was fantastic! You can also grab dinner there. The area is very quiet. There is a tram at the station but not necessary as it's an easy 15 minute walk to the historic area. Nice shops along the way as well as good restaurants.

Too bad you are only planning one day as I found the three days I was there wasn't enough! So put on your comfy shoes and try to squeeze in as much as you can. You will be amazed at the sites.

You can do a hop on hop off bus but this takes away time from the sites that are all in the same area. My suggestion would be to skip that. Instead set your time for the Frauenkirche, the Zwinger (make sure you check out the side entrance with the crown), the Residenzschloss and the Green Vault. You will need to check your back pack at the palace but it is secure. Well worth it! Walk around the market areas as there is always something going on. You are surrounded by history so enjoy.

Eat outside as much as you can. It's a great way to take in the atmosphere as you watch tourists and locals go about their business. There was an outdoor cafe (Cafe Schinkelwache) by Semoeroper that had a wonderful selection of cakes and such. Also good place for a pit stop! 😜
There are also some good cafes and shops in the train station to grab a snack. The Rewe grocery store is just outside the station as well.
Hope this helps.... Happy Travels!

Posted by Tom
Lewiston, NY
11945 posts

Allow me to explain the layout of Dresden a little bit. The rebuilt historical core of the city, Neumarkt, is where most visitors spend the majority of their time. Most of the hotels in the immediate vicinity are high-end and business class (I had a very nice stay at the Steigenberger der Saxe, perfect location, but a little pricey). The Hauptbahnhof sits about a 20 minute walk away, at the end of a long pedestrian-only shopping promenade. Along this promenade and immediately adjacent is where you find the majority of the more budget-friendly lodging options (ie, Ibis-type). In very sharp contrast to Neumarkt, this area features mostly communist-era modern architecture. It's been substantially renovated in the decades since reunification, so it doesn't look gloomy or drab, but don't expect Old World Charm either. More convenient to the Hauptbahnhof, less so to the major tourist sites, but within walking distance.

Dresden has a very extensive tram system. This would likely be the easiest way to reach your lodgings if you opt not to walk.

Posted by Denny
Columbus, OH, USA
1406 posts

We stayed at the Hotel Am Terrassenufer in Dresden. A modern business type hotel, huge breakfast buffet and nice dinner options also. A five minute walk to the Synagogue tram stop and a quick ride into city center. It was well priced and worked out very nicely for our few nights.

Posted by padams
Sacramento, CA
433 posts

We stayed at the Aparthotel right across the plaza from the Frauenkirche. It was a great rate, and very spacious as it is an apartment. You can walk to all the museums and sights from there, and it was an easy walk (for us anyway) to the main train station where we caught the train for Berlin. Definitely check it out.

Posted by crooney55
89 posts

We stayed at the Gewandhaus Dresden for a week and loved every moment! The hotel is located in a quiet neighborhood, a very easy walk to the main museums, a block from two major tram stations and in an area filled with wonderful restaurants. It's located in a 18th century guild hall, with lovely bedrooms, huge bathrooms, and - best of all - a fabulous heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room -- perfect after a long day of walking - or recovering from jet lag. Yes, I know it's affiliated with Marriott (so, if you're gold/platinum, a generous breakfast is included) but we found that most guests were German and that the afternoon tea (Thurs-Sun) were a local highlight. Rates were, we thought, quite reasonable (@140E nite).