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Places to visit around Dresden

  1. Things you need to know before arriving in Dresden
  2. How to get to Dresden
  3. Getting around Dresden
  4. Cost of Living in Dresden
  5. Saving money in Dresden
  6. Accommodation for students in Dresden
  7. Dresden neighborhoods: the most important districts of Dresden
  8. Dresden Nightlife
  9. Typical Dresden Cuisine
  10. What to do in Dresden
  11. Places to visit around Dresden
  12. What to see in Dresden in 3 days

By now, you should have a good overview of the city of Dresden, but what about the surroundings? It's time to check what kind of activities you can do outside the city centre, are you ready?

First of all you need to know that the Free State has a lot to offer in terms of landscape. Since the capital is more or less located in the middle of Saxony, it’s a perfect starting point for trips and excursions. And as the rides by train for students are free, you can discover a lot of new places.

Other cities


Leipzig is the biggest city of the Free State of Saxony and it is one of the fastest growing towns in Germany. In the last 4 years Leipzig became more and more famous among young people, as the city offers cheap rents and a lot of things to do. It is also a very hip city with an alternative and creative environment.

In the past all students wanted to enjoy the “big city life” in the capital, but nowadays it is almost impossible to get a room there. So they needed another option. That is why you often hear the slogan “Leipzig is the new Berlin”. And it is true: the city center is amazing with all its monuments and has nothing less than the "big sister" Berlin. You should visit the "Monument to the Battle of the Nations", which is probably the most known in Leipzig.

The city is also really green with a lot of parks and lakes; nightlife is excellent and not that expensive like in other German cities. It’s absolutely worth to visit!


This city is the most eastern one in the whole Germany: what's special about it is that one part of the city is located in Germany, Görlitz... the other is located in Poland, Zgorzelec.

The city offers a lot of cultural and architectural monuments and a walk through the historical old town is always a good idea. The particular cityscape made Görlitz a popular filming location, which is why it is also called "Görliwood". My advice is to go over the bridge to reach the polish part of the town and try the pierogis, the typical polish dish with an refreshing Tyskie (typical polish beer) in a restaurant there.


The capital of the Czech Republic is only 2 hours away from Dresden: don't miss the opportunity to travel to a different country! There are buses few times a day going for 5€ each way. The "City of a Hundred Towers" is known for the Old Town Square with colorful Baroque buildings, gothic churches and, of course, the famous Charles bridge. The Czech Republic is also popular for it’s cheap and tasty beer, try Budweiser and Staropramen and of course the garlic soup (the best!) and Bohemian dumplings to Szegediner goulash (you will die!).



This mountainous region (Ore Mountains) is one of the most famous in Saxony. If you love hiking, climbing, winter sports or just being in the nature, this place is perfect for you. Of course you have to choose where to go, because mountains are huge and also reach the other side of the border, the Czech's one. The bus 398 for example first goes to Stollberg (Germany) and last stop is Teplice (Czech Republic). Inside Germany the bus is free for students, to the last station it’s around 4€. For further information and other destinations click here.

Sächsische Schweiz

Saxon Switzerland is called the German part of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Saxony. The landscape is characterized by bizarre rock formations and a huge national park. Like Ore Mountains this area is very popular, but more for climbing and outside sports during spring and summer time. The mountains also have a lot of hidden and beautiful places, like castles and palaces. A must see is Königstein Fortress, one of the largest mountain fortresses in Europe. To discover how to get there from the city, check the same link as before. I would recommend to go by steamboat. It takes a little bit more but it is an amazing experience and the nature and surroundings which you can see from the river are breathtaking.

Swimming areas

Ottendorf Okrilla

This actually is a gravelpit filled up with water to refresh in the hot summer times. It is also the closest to the city center and you can reach it easily by bike, in around 35 to 40 minutes. If you don’t have a bicycle, look for friends with a car.


This quarry is especially popular among people who like action. The rocky cliffs are up to 10 meters high. You can reach this wonderful place by train, it takes more or less one hour.

Waldbad Weixdorf

It is a natural swimming pool in the middle of the woods. There you not only can swim, but also play volleyball, make a walk through the woods, or have a snack at the small kiosk. To get there is super easy: can go by bike or with tram number 7, Weixdorf is at end of the route. Adults pay 3 € while students 1,70 €.

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