Destination guide

Dresden's fairy tale setting is fit for a king… and you!

Based in a lush green valley, along the banks of the River Elbe, Dresden was the one-time home for the Kings of Saxony, Germany's eastern state. As a result, the city developed a rich cultural landscape, a reputation it maintains today due its world-renowned art museums and classic architecture. The city offers something for everyone, from the brick-lined streets of Old Town dotted with quaint shops and cozy cafes, to the surrounding mountains and forests, which cater to recreational enthusiasts. Book a Dresden vacation rental and you're sure to create memories to last a lifetime.

Things to do

Art lovers explore Dresden's broad canvas

If you have art enthusiasts staying in your Dresden vacation rental, the city offers plenty for them to see. Start with a tour of Frauenkirche, the city's beloved 18th-century baroque church, topped with an iconic grand dome. For an equally lavish setting, explore Dresden Castle and Zwinger, 2 former royal palaces transformed into revered art museums. You can spend weeks exploring all of Dresden's museums, with institutions dedicated to everything from military history and science to transportation. Finally, dress to the nines and treat yourself to a performance at Semperoper, the city's beloved opera house, rebuilt, like much of the city center, after heavy bombing during WWII.

Activities

Discovering Dresden: whatever floats your boat… or bike

If you're looking for a workout, Dresden offers bike-sharing stations all over the city. Pick up a 2-wheeler in Old Town and peddle your way past ornate Renaissance and baroque buildings, pausing to enjoy a leisurely lunch or a quick shopping excursion. You'll not only enjoy a unique perspective of the city on a River Elbe boat ride, but narrated tours provide insight into Dresden's rich history. Several tour companies provide transportation to Saxon Switzerland National Park, located just an hour outside the city, whose craggy hillsides make the site a popular rock climbing destination.

Weather

Walking in a winter wonderland (in eastern Germany)

Thinking about booking a Dresden vacation rental for the winter? Make certain you bundle up as daytime highs barely stay above freezing, while the lows dip below 32 degrees. The region is also blanketed in snow during the winter, with January receiving the most flurries. The city starts to thaw out in the spring with highs in the 50s and 60s. Summers bring plenty of sunshine and pleasant 75-degree temperatures. July and August are the wettest months, however, so bring an umbrella. Crisp air returns in the fall, when temperatures drop back down into the 50s and 40s.

Natural features

Rock and rolling hills—peaks and parks paint the scenery

The only thing more majestic than Dresden's grand architecture is its natural surroundings. Tucked away in a green valley dotted with untouched meadows, the city is surrounded by the towering peaks of the Ore Mountains to the south and the Elbe Sandstone Mountains to the east. Just north of the city is Dresden Heath, a 15,000-acre green forest where wild boar, hare, and deer roam free. Nearby Saxon Switzerland National Park offers dramatic scenery as thousands of sandstone rock formations rise from forest-covered hillsides.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Dresden

Fly into Dresden (DRS), the closest airport, located 5.1 mi (8.3 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, Dresden Mitte Station, Dresden Central Station and Dresden-Neustadt S-Bahn are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Dresden by jumping on the metro at Altmarkt Station, Theaterplatz Station or Pirnaischer Platz Station.

Where to stay around Dresden?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 709 vacation rentals near Dresden. From 529 Condos/Apartments to 83 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Dresden for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Dresden?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Dresden:

  • Radeberger Vorstadt: 38 vacation rentals
  • Laubegast: 25 vacation rentals
  • Kleinzschachwitz: 26 vacation rentals
  • Loschwitz: 56 vacation rentals
  • Leubnitz - Neuostra: 46 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Dresden?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Dresden. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments: 813 vacation rentals
  • New Synagogue: 826 vacation rentals
  • Canaletto Blick: 809 vacation rentals
  • Dresden Castle: 810 vacation rentals
  • Dresden Freiberger Straße S-Bahn: 806 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dresden listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Dresden?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 529 Condos/Apartments in Dresden. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Dresden include:

  • Houses: 83 rentals available
  • Villas: 6 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 12 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Dresden?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 25 vacation rentals with pool available in Dresden. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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