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Excursion tips for groups



Dresden is one of Germany's most popular cities - for good reason. Many landmarks and historic buildings, cultural Baroque treasures and museums of all fields, from classical and modern painting techniques to technology and literature will transform your stay in Dresden into an exciting adventure.

Semper Opera House


The Saxon State Opera is famous throughout the world for the unique architectural style created by the architect Gottfried Semper. The key topics are the compositions of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss.



The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery), Rüstkammer (Armoury in the New Giants’ Hall), Porcelain Collection and the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (Mathematics-Physics Saloon) in the Dresden Zwinger impress thousands of Dresden visitors every year.

Church of our Lady Dresden


Heavily bombed during the second world war and rebuilt with great effort, the Church of our Lady is one of the most beautiful buildings that Dresden has to offer.

Dresden Royal Palace


The historical palace is founded on a history that spans more than 800 years. Today, it contains the "Neues Grünes Gewölbe (New green room)", the "Historische Grüne Gewölbe (Historical green room)" and the "Türckische Cammer (Turkish chamber)".

Brühler Terrace


The "Balcony of Europe" originated as part of the Dresden fortress in the 16th century, and is now one of the most important tourist attractions. The Brühler Terrace stretches across the center of the old town for 500m along the Elbe River, from the Augustus bridge to the Carola bridge.

Cruciform Church and Cross Choir


With 3,000 seats, the Cruciform Church is the largest church in Dresden, and at the same time the centre of Evangelical church music in Dresden. The Boys Choir of the municipality is world-famous, and can be heard during selected church services .

Catholic Court Church


Today, the Cathedral of the Diocese of Dresden-Meißen is named Cathedral Ss. Trinitatis . It has been serving as a Catholic place of worship for over 250 years, and was heavily destroyed during the second world war. Since the 1960s, the nave (main part of the building) is being used again.



The 2010 redesigned Albertinum houses the Galerie Neue Meister (New Masters Gallery) with a sculpture collection which spans from the romantic period to the present. An exciting journey into the history of European art which has developed since the beginning of the 19th century awaits the visitor. Especially worth seeing: Famous nature and landscape paintings by Caspar David Friedrich!



With many temporary exhibitions the Hygiene-Museum is dedicated to cultural, social and scientific trends and developments in our society. The popular exhibition "The Human Adventure" vividly highlights the topic of the human body and health through exhibits, media installations and many interactive stations.

The surrounding areas of Dresden

Pillnitz Castle & Park


Visit the summer residence of Augustus the Strong: Castle and Park Pillnitz was given to his mistress Countess Cosel as a gift from the Saxon elector and King of Poland. Located directly in front of the gates of Dresden on the Elbe River, the English, Dutch and Chinese Garden will spark your desire to take inspiring walks in the widespread park facility. Absolutely worth seeing is the famous 250-year-old Japanese Camellia, which opens its bell-shaped, crimson-colored flowers from February to April. Seedlings of the precious decorative tree are sold every year in a limited edition.

Elbe sandstone mountains


A different world starts just 30 km southeast of Dresden: bizarre rocks and rugged rock formations rise from original forests, massive flat-topped mountains emerge from the middle of the plane and deep, narrow gorges with moss-green walls evoke the memory of old legends and fairy tales. A paradise for nature lovers and hikers, as well as a popular destination for Dresden holiday-visitors.

An absolute highlight is the bastion, a rock formation near Rathen, whose stone wall reaches down steeply 194m to the Elbe river. Since 1851, the famous Bastei Bridge has been securing the striking vantage point, which offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire Elbe sandstone mountains.

Saxon Switzerland


Among the most beautiful and important places of Saxon Switzerland include the city of Pirna with its historic old town, the spa towns of Rathen and Bad Schandau, as well as the city of Sebnitz located directly on the Czech border and also known as the "City of Artificial Flowers". A sign-posted hiking trail network extends for approx. 400 km, and offers endless variations for easy or more challenging hikes.

Our tip


Travel comfortably on the Elbe to the resort town of Rathen, where you can start your hike to the Bastei Bridge. With historical paddle wheel steamersthe tour continues from the Dresdner terrace shore past the Blue Wonder, Pillnitz Castle and Pirna, all the way into Saxon Switzerland to Rathen. You can also travel the full distance to the end of the line in Bad Schandau with a stopover at the Fortress Königstein with the oldest and biggest paddle steamer fleet in the world.



The Saxon writer Karl May, famous for his fictional heros Winnetou and Old Shatterhand, chose the idyllic Radebeul as his place of residence. The "Villa Shatterhand" is impressive as a museum where the history of indigenous North American people as well as the life and work of the most widely read German author are presented. The tomb of Karl May can be visited at the cemetery in Radebeul.



Meißen doesn't just impress through its historic center and the castle, but mainly through the rich tradition of porcelain crafts. In the "Museum of Meißen Art" you will find out everything about the "white gold", its production and its history. And the area surrounding Dresden also offers many attractive excursion points. Just to name a few: the baroque garden Grossedlitz and Castle Weesenstein, the baroque castle of Rammenau, Castle Stolpen - the compulsory residence of Countess Cosel, the silver mining town Freiberg in the Ore Mountains with an historic city centre, the Cathedral, the Franciscan monastery, the Mining Museum, the Toy Museum in Seiffen - with typical Ore Mountain carvings, Görlitz - the center of the Sorbs with the Sorbian folk art museum - or the 1.000 year old city of Bautzen, the easternmost city in Germany. Our team from the Hotel NOVALIS Dresden will gladly advise you on the selection for your holiday program and give you tips on which other destinations are particularly suitable for groups. Please also observe our six to eight day group tour packages (link: 4.4 / Fascination of Saxony).