With its beautiful old-fashioned atmosphere, the city of Dresden makes you feel like time has stood still. It’s not only known for its old town centre and its arts and culture, however; it is a city for nature lovers too. In the historic city centre you will find many places of interest, such as the Frauenkirche, der Zwinger and the Semperoper. There are also many shops on the old market square, so the city offers an ideal combination of shopping and culture. But anyone who wishes to escape the turmoil of the city won’t be disappointed. Dresden is one of the greenest cities in Europe. Natural parks ‘Sächsische Schweiz’ and ‘Sächsische Elbland’, both perfect for long hikes and bike rides, are just a stone’s throw away. And to top it all, the ‘Sächsische Elbland’ leads through picturesque vineyards and enchanting villages. You’ll love everything that makes Dresden so unique, especially the contrasts between old and new, city and nature, and bustle and tranquillity. All of this makes it a great place to re-energise.
What you can’t miss in Dresden
1. Semperoper Opera House
Dresden’s opera house, the Semperoper, is one of the world’s most celebrated opera houses. It is situated in the historic old city, right opposite Bellevue Hotel Dresden. According to many, it is one of the world’s most beautiful and lively opera houses. Its programme includes ballets, plays, Staatskapelle concerts and famous operas. It truly has something for everyone.
2. Der Zwinger Dresden
Der Zwinger is one of the most famous baroque buildings in Germany and, besides the Frauenkirche, it is the most famous architectural monument in the city. Der Zwinger was built in the space between the former city walls. In fact, the name literally means ‘between the walls.’ Der Zwinger was built in 1709 under the supervision of Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmanns and houses important museums such as the ‘Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister’ (Old Masters Picture Gallery). It hosts numerous events.
3. Die Frauenkirche
Right in the heart of Dresden you will find the Frauenkirche, the monumental building Dresden is most famous for. It’s not just impressive because of its beauty, but also because of its tragic history. Dresden was bombed on 13 February 1945, and the Frauenkirche collapsed a day later. The sandstone could not withstand the heat. The church was a memorial for many years, but it finally regained its splendour in 2005. It is a handsome baroque church that is finished in exquisite detail. The building is identical to its predecessor from the 18th Century.
Tip: from the viewing platform, which is 67 metres high, you get a unique view of Dresden.
1. INTERNATIONAL DIXIELAND FESTIVAL
The Dixieland Festival in Dresden has been held in May every year since 1971. During the festival, jazz is played all day every day: in the streets, in concert halls, on the Elbe, in clubs and even in the open air! 2020 will be the 50th anniversary of the festival, featuring highlights like ‘Dixie Open Air’. This year the festival will take place from 17 to 24 May.
2. BRN - BUNTE REPUBLIK NEUSTAD
The BRN is a festival in Neustadt with numerous stalls featuring national and international specialities, art, culture, street artists and bands scattered throughout the district. The festival was first organised in 1990 and takes place in the third weekend of June. Over the years, it has developed from a political statement into an event celebrating arts and culture for all ages.
3. CANALETTO - THE CITY FESTIVAL OF DRESDEN
Three days of partying in August in Dresden with more than 1000 artists and 9 stages; there we have it: the Canaletto City Festival. With more than half a million visitors every year, the Canaletto festival is huge in both Dresden and its environs. Perhaps we can welcome you next time? In 2020 the event will be held from 14 to 16 August. Bellevue Hotel Dresden is situated at walking distance from this event.
4. JAZZDAYS DRESDEN
The international ‘Jazztage Dresden’ festival is one of the biggest jazz festivals in Germany. Every year, this year from 21 October to 22 November, the festival brings numerous famous artists together in Dresden. It includes more than 80 concerts, which means more than 40,000 visitors and 500 artists from 30 countries are expected at 18 different locations in the city.
5. CHRISTMAS MARKET
It seems far away, but it's Christmas again before you realize it. In the race for the title ‘Christmas capital of Germany’, Dresden is way ahead of the pack. During what may be the loveliest time of the year, the city hosts eleven Christmas markets, all at walking distance from Bellevue Hotel Dresden. The beautiful decorations on the stalls and romantic lights throughout the city transform the Dresden into a true Christmas wonderland from the end of November. Read more.
Experience Dresden like you have never experienced it before at the breathtaking Semper Opera House ball. Every year, a number of famous German personalities are invited to present the ball. The gala is broadcast live in a number of European countries. You can also enjoy the spectacle from a distance at Bellevue Hotel Dresden, which is right across the Elbe. This unique event will only take place next year, on 26 February 2021.
The hotel's beautiful surroundings
1. Dresden Zoo
Dresden Zoo is an animal park located in the south-western part of Dresden and is one of the oldest animal parks in Germany. Explore all the continents of the earth! The park houses 1500 animals and covers a total area of 130,000 m2/13 hectares. In 2018, the zoo welcomed more than 900,000 visitors. A record number!
2. Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz
National Park ‘Sächsische Schweiz’ (Saxon Switzerland) is located 50 km from the hotel on the border between Germany and the Czech Republic. It is the perfect destination for long walks and bike rides, and both nature lovers and those who love active holidays will want for nothing.
3. Dresdner Heide
The Dresdner Heide (Dresden Heath) is located in the northeast part of Dresden and is considered to be one of the largest urban forests in Germany. If you can resist the many monuments and fairy-tale paths for walks and bike rides you’re bound to be lured by the recreational activities, like the climbing woods and the woodland swimming pool.
Bellevue Hotel Dresden
Dreaming of staying in Dresden, in the lap of luxury? Stay in one of the luxury rooms at Bilderberg Bellevue Hotel Dresden and relax with a view across the Elbe, only a five-minute walk away from the historic town centre.
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The options are endless. Looking for tips and recommendations? We will be delighted to help you plan your visit. You can contact us by email or telephone on +49 (0) 351 8050.
- Central location between old town and new town
- Mix of culture, nature and shopping
- Numerous events in the city throughout the year
Contact and accessibility
Bilderberg Bellevue Hotel Dresden
Große Meißner Straße 15
Telephone: +49 (0)351 8050
The hotel is easily accessible by public transport. The hotel is also easily accessible from Dresden DRS airport. You can park in the hotel car park for €21 a day, subject to availability.