Samita Santoshini shares her beautiful solo travel experience in Dresden (also rightfully known as the ‘Florence of Germany’). As a female solo traveller she has been sharing inspiring travel shots on her Instagram where we first discovered her passion for travel. See more of her work here. Hope you enjoy this real travel story!
During my recent trip to Germany in September 2016, I was very lucky to spend a sunny warm weekend in the historic city of Dresden. There are plenty of trains and buses available from Berlin which will take you to Dresden in 2 -2.5 hours depending on the connections. The buses are the most frequent and direct ones and run round the clock. You can plan it ahead of time by visiting GoEuro or busradar .
Dresden is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. It is situated in a valley on the River Elbe, near the border with the Czech Republic. Its compact old town is one of the well preserved and most visited historic towns in Europe and certainly takes you back in time.
Dresden is rightfully known as the ‘Florence of Germany’. You can’t stop yourselves from falling in love with the narrow winding cobbled streets of this time capsule old town, reverberating with the sound of horse carriages. This city is just perfect!
As soon as you enter Dresden, you just can’t miss the panoramic view of the Old town and the bridge over River Elbe. There are two bridges on either side of the main bridge called ‘Augustusbrucke’ and both of them offer spectacular views depending on the position of the sun.
Once you are in the Old Town, all the places are very much next to each other, and you will come across most of the monuments more than once by just wandering around the streets. Right next to the bridge are the Dresden cathedral, the Opera house and some parts of the Dresden castle, including its ornate city gate.
The dome of the Dresden Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) is visible from almost every alley and street of the old town.
Dresden’s Frauenkirche is a symbol of the suffering of German civilians after its destruction in World War II bombing and now of reconciliation after a painstaking restoration. The church is perhaps Dresden’s most famous landmark and the image of it in ruins is known worldwide as a symbol of the destruction of World War II.
The Dresden Castle is another remarkable landmark and one can enjoy views of the city by walking along the castle walls.
And no old town is complete without the horse carriages taking curious tourists around.
A trip to Dresden can’t be complete without visiting and dining in one of the lovely restaurants in Kunsthofpassage in the area called Neustadt. This is a beautiful small passage which is decorated to resemble an Art Gallery and has some of the best restaurants with interesting menus as per TripAdvisor . The area of Neustadt is known for its nice alleys with street art and great night life.