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Dresden has about ten million tourists a year, most of them from Germany. The Zwinger was rebuilt in 1964, the Semper Opera house in 1985, and the now most famous landmark of Dresden, the Frauenkirche, in 2005. When asked what they like most about their city, Dresden citizens will reply Old Town (which is quite compact, even though it has a lot of well-known attractions and museums of worldwide meaning), Dresden-Neustadt (an alternative central quarter) and the surroundings like the wine town [[Radebeul]], the climbing area [[Saxon Switzerland]], lots of castles, and most of the city landscape of about 80 quarters.
 
Dresden has about ten million tourists a year, most of them from Germany. The Zwinger was rebuilt in 1964, the Semper Opera house in 1985, and the now most famous landmark of Dresden, the Frauenkirche, in 2005. When asked what they like most about their city, Dresden citizens will reply Old Town (which is quite compact, even though it has a lot of well-known attractions and museums of worldwide meaning), Dresden-Neustadt (an alternative central quarter) and the surroundings like the wine town [[Radebeul]], the climbing area [[Saxon Switzerland]], lots of castles, and most of the city landscape of about 80 quarters.
 
   
 
   
The level of international tourism is growing, especially from the US and China since Dresden is a stop between [[Prague]] and [[Berlin]]. Architecturally, Loschwitz is the most interesting living quarter, despite it being a hilly landscape.
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The level of international tourism is growing, especially from the US and China since Dresden is a stop between [[Prague]] and [[Berlin]]. Architecturally, Blasewitz is the most interesting living quarter, despite it being a hilly landscape.
  
 
Some people think that the sand stone buildings look black because of burnings or pollution. This is not true. Sandstone turns naturally dark as it ages. You can see the dark stones as well in the near by Saxon Switzerland and on pictures of Dresden from the 18th Century, where the sandstone-buildings are black as well.  
 
Some people think that the sand stone buildings look black because of burnings or pollution. This is not true. Sandstone turns naturally dark as it ages. You can see the dark stones as well in the near by Saxon Switzerland and on pictures of Dresden from the 18th Century, where the sandstone-buildings are black as well.  
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[http://www.dresden.aero '''Dresden-Klotzsche Airport'''] is located north of the city and can be reached by bus (line 77 and 97) and tram line 7 (change for the bus at tram station ''Infineon Nord''). Even faster is the connection with local train lines (''S-Bahn'', line S2) which takes 21 minutes to reach the main station.
 
[http://www.dresden.aero '''Dresden-Klotzsche Airport'''] is located north of the city and can be reached by bus (line 77 and 97) and tram line 7 (change for the bus at tram station ''Infineon Nord''). Even faster is the connection with local train lines (''S-Bahn'', line S2) which takes 21 minutes to reach the main station.
  
Flights leave to nearly all important German cities and a few European destinations, like [[Moscow]] and [[Zurich]] (but not [[London]] or [[Paris]]). The emergence of low-frills airlines has led to reduced fares to [[Cologne]], [[Düsseldorf]] and [[Stuttgart]]. [http://www.lufthansa.com ''Lufthansa''] operates to most domestic destinations.
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Flights leave to nearly all important German cities and a few European destinations, like [[Moscow]] and [[Zurich]] (not [[London]]). The emergence of low-frills airlines [http://www.germanwings.de ''Germanwings''] and [http://www.airberlin.de ''Air Berlin''] has led to reduced fares to [[Cologne]], [[Düsseldorf]], [[Stuttgart]] and [[Munich]]. [http://www.lufthansa.com ''Lufthansa''] operates to most domestic destinations.
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
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===By Bus===
 
===By Bus===
[https://www.flixbus.com/ '''Flixbus'''] has connections from all over Europe that can connect to Dresden.
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[https://www.berlinlinienbus.de '''BerlinLinienbus'''] operates seven to eight buses from Berlin to Dresden on a daily basis. The central bus station is at Hauptbahnhof station and some of the buses stop at Schlesischer Platz in front of the Neustadt station.
  
[http://https://www.eurolines.com/ '''Eurolines'''] especially connects Dresden from South and Eastern European Countries. But also connections between Germany, Austria and Switzerland are available.
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[http://http://meinfernbus.de/ '''Mein Fern Bus'''] also connects Dresden from Berlin and several other destinations. Cost from €7 single.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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* <see name="Schwebebahn Dresden" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.dvb.de/en/Recreation-Tourism/Cable-Cars/" hours="" price="">A unique aerial tramway.</see>
 
* <see name="Schwebebahn Dresden" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.dvb.de/en/Recreation-Tourism/Cable-Cars/" hours="" price="">A unique aerial tramway.</see>
  
* <see name="Gläserne Manufaktur (Transparent Factory)" alt="" address="Lennestr. 1" directions="" phone="+49 18 0589-6268" url="http://www.glaesernemanufaktur.de/en/" hours="M-F 08:00-20:00" price="Tour: €5" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">The transparent factory is the site where Volkswagen built its luxury sedan Phaeton and now its e-Golf. There is a tour (English language) offered by Volkswagen. </see>
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* <see name="Gläserne Manufaktur (Transparent Factory)" alt="" address="Lennestr. 1" directions="" phone="+49 18 0589-6268" url="http://www.glaesernemanufaktur.de/en/" hours="M-F 08:00-20:00" price="Tour: €5" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">The transparent factory is the site where Volkswagen builds its luxury sedan Phaeton. There is a tour (English language) offered by Volkswagen. </see>
  
 
* <see name="Pfunds Molkerei" alt="" address="Bautzner Straße 79" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.pfunds.de/" hours="" price="">A milk store which is in the Guinness Book as the most beautiful milk store in the world. Decorated with 247.90 square meters of handmade tiles.</see>
 
* <see name="Pfunds Molkerei" alt="" address="Bautzner Straße 79" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.pfunds.de/" hours="" price="">A milk store which is in the Guinness Book as the most beautiful milk store in the world. Decorated with 247.90 square meters of handmade tiles.</see>
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*'''Hellmuts''' [http://http://www.hellmuts.de/], Eschenstrasse 11, 01097 Dresden. Part of Rosis Amüsierlokal [http://http://www.rosis-dresden.de] and maybe the craziest restaurant in the Neustadt. It's a mixture of asian, rock'n'roll and classic german trash interior. Besides that, maybe the best burgers in town. At least the biggest. Cheaper prices for drinks and food on mondays.Vegan and vegetarian food available. Open 5pm to 1am.
 
*'''Hellmuts''' [http://http://www.hellmuts.de/], Eschenstrasse 11, 01097 Dresden. Part of Rosis Amüsierlokal [http://http://www.rosis-dresden.de] and maybe the craziest restaurant in the Neustadt. It's a mixture of asian, rock'n'roll and classic german trash interior. Besides that, maybe the best burgers in town. At least the biggest. Cheaper prices for drinks and food on mondays.Vegan and vegetarian food available. Open 5pm to 1am.
 
*'''Keké''', Louisenstraße 21  [http://www.kekekumpir.de/], you should try the stomped potato (called Kumpir) in Dresden Neustadt. Keké has the best Kumpir.
 
 
*'''Hot Shüzzle''', Rothenburger Straße 9 [http://hot-shuezzle.de/], real thai streetfood. With a chef from Thailand, Hot Shüzzle has the authentic Thai food in Dresden!
 
 
*'''Kantine No.2''', Görlitzer Straße  [https://www.facebook.com/KantineNo2/], the best Burger in Dresden Neustadt. Just grab one and eat at the corner where all the people sitting and have bear from the Späti (like late shop for drinks).
 
 
*'''Pizzastube''', Hechtstr. 12 [http://www.pizzastube-dd.de/], best Pizza at the edge from Dresden Neustadt. Some people say it's already Hecht (District) but you can walk there and it's worth it!
 
  
 
===Eastern Dresden===
 
===Eastern Dresden===
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The '''Weiße Gasse''' is just around the corner of the '''Altmarkt''' near the shopping center and the historical town. Good alternative, if you do not want to go to the Neustadt.
 
The '''Weiße Gasse''' is just around the corner of the '''Altmarkt''' near the shopping center and the historical town. Good alternative, if you do not want to go to the Neustadt.
 
  
 
===Altstadt===
 
===Altstadt===
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* '''Hebeda's''' [http://hebedas.de/] Rothenburger Str. 30, This pub is quite popular for the locals, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. The old East German furniture gives it a cozy and retro feel. Beer is cheap and there's a small dance floor for those who feel like dancing.
 
* '''Hebeda's''' [http://hebedas.de/] Rothenburger Str. 30, This pub is quite popular for the locals, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. The old East German furniture gives it a cozy and retro feel. Beer is cheap and there's a small dance floor for those who feel like dancing.
 
*<drink name="Hop Cult" alt="" address="Görlitzer Str. 25" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Craft beer shop with a vast bottle selection. Some seating available for consumption after purchase.</drink>
 
  
 
* '''Katy's Garage''' [http://www.katysgarage.de/index1.html], Alaunstrasse. 48, If you're walking around Neustadt, you can't miss the beer garden at Katy's Garage. It's a great place to have a drink when it's warm outside. When the beer garden closes at around 10PM, you can make your way into their night club, which consists mostly of rock music.
 
* '''Katy's Garage''' [http://www.katysgarage.de/index1.html], Alaunstrasse. 48, If you're walking around Neustadt, you can't miss the beer garden at Katy's Garage. It's a great place to have a drink when it's warm outside. When the beer garden closes at around 10PM, you can make your way into their night club, which consists mostly of rock music.
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* '''Mondpalast''', Louisenstraße 77, Tel. +49-351-5634050, [http://www.mondpalast.de]. Very clean and bright rooms starting at cheap 10 bed dorm rooms up to ensuite doubles with balcony and TV. Offers a lounge and bar, as well as a self service kitchen.
 
* '''Mondpalast''', Louisenstraße 77, Tel. +49-351-5634050, [http://www.mondpalast.de]. Very clean and bright rooms starting at cheap 10 bed dorm rooms up to ensuite doubles with balcony and TV. Offers a lounge and bar, as well as a self service kitchen.
  
*<sleep name="Kangaroo Stop Hostel" alt="" address="Erna-Berger-Str. 8-10 01097 Dresden" directions="" phone="+49 351 314 34 55" url="http://www.kangaroo-stop.de/en_hostel-dresden.phtml" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Very good and clean hostel in the Neustadt district within a few minutes walking distance of the Dresden Neustadt train station. A kitchen, hammock, bar, lawn and computers are situated are at this hostel.</sleep>
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* '''Wasserwerk Trachau''', Aachener Str. 31, Tel. +49-351-8475445, [http://www.wasserwerk-trachau.de].  €45 for a single, €10 for each additional person. TV and WLAN inclusive. Lovely garden surrounding the old waterwork. Bus to the airport in front of the house.
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* '''dresden-central guest apartments in city centre''', Obergraben street 15, D-01097 Dresden, Tel. +49-351-3209460, [https://www.dresden-central.de]. €74 per night for two person in a self catering vacation flat, €16 per night for each additional person. TV, Wi-Fi, operation costs and bicycles inclusive. 10 Min. walk to the Frauenkirche church and into the scene district.
  
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
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* [[Saxon Switzerland]] (Sächsische Schweiz) upstream along the river Elbe is a national park for hiking and rock-climbing ([http://www.saechsische-schweiz.de/] is available in English while [http://www.nationalpark-saechsische-schweiz.de/] is the official site)
 
* [[Saxon Switzerland]] (Sächsische Schweiz) upstream along the river Elbe is a national park for hiking and rock-climbing ([http://www.saechsische-schweiz.de/] is available in English while [http://www.nationalpark-saechsische-schweiz.de/] is the official site)
 
* [[Bastei]] - Footbridge and fortress ruins high above the Elbe river valley with beautiful views of the valley, rock formations and towns below.  The Bastei bridge is approximately 40km from Dresden.  A good day trip can include the Bastei and the [[Königstein|Königstein Fortress]]
 
* [[Bastei]] - Footbridge and fortress ruins high above the Elbe river valley with beautiful views of the valley, rock formations and towns below.  The Bastei bridge is approximately 40km from Dresden.  A good day trip can include the Bastei and the [[Königstein|Königstein Fortress]]
 
* Tharandt and Forest of Tharandt - a small town 30min west of Dresden, with the direct train from the main station, where the forestry faculty of the Dresden University is located. You can walk up the ruins of an old castle from the 13th century to have a picturesque view, take a long, pleasant walk in the huge botanical gardens that belong to the university  and get lost on long hikes in the outstandingly beautiful, calm and well signed forest of Tharandt surrounding the city, beat accessed from the small village of Kurort Hartha.
 
  
 
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