as a tourist centre using
PREMISE: As with all pages in
this series (see links, below, left), the premise is that they
will be of use to English-speaking travellers who are using
public transport during a short stay in the city. Unlike in
Britain you will find that transport is well organised,
frequent, clean and efficient, and if travelling as a group of
two to five people, extraordinarily cheap.
Above: DRESDEN Frauenkirche
Below: DRESDEN View from Neustadt
Bottom: ERFURT near Kramerbrucke
The Opera House in Dresden
Dresden suffered enormous bombing damage in WW2. After
1945 the city lay in the eastern sector of the country
until reunification in 1989. However, many of its most
famous buildings have been restored or rebuilt and there
are plenty of museums as well.
Office provides plentiful information.
Dresden has one of the best and most extensive Christmas
markets in Germany. In addition to the one held in the
central Altmarkt, there are many more stalls across the
river in Neustadt, which is reached across the
Augustysbrucke. From the Neustadt side of the Elbe river
there is a superb view back towards Dresden city centre
Getting to Dresden
from the UK
is often involves a change of plane, e.g. at Dusseldorf.
Eurowings/Germanwings offer a good range of flights from
the UK to various German cities.
Nearby places to visit include:
All of the above places
can be reached using the excellent-value Landkarte of DB railways
which allows up to five passengers to travel for a joint
bargain price after 9am. A single ticket covers Saxony,
Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia so is excellent value;
(in 2016 the basic cost was 28 Euros for two people etc).
These tickets not only grant unlimited mileage in their
region (though not on IC or ICE trains) for a day (after
9am), they also confer free bus, tram and S-Bahn travel in
cities and towns within the region. So, for example, you
could go by train from Dresden to Erfurt with this ticket
and use it freely on the local transport when you arrive.
They can be bought from DB automatic ticket machines
(instructions available in English) and can also be dated
for a day in advance. Remember to write your name(s) on
the ticket before you use it; it does not need to be
validated as its date of validity is printed on it.
(This ticket is even valid
on the Naumburg vintage tram).
- Erfurt - This city in Thuringia is
reached by changing trains from Leipzig at
Weissenfels. Erfurt's impressive Rathaus at the
Fischmarkt and medieval Kramerbrucke bridge are
local landmarks. The latter is totally built upon and
can only be seen as a bridge by going behind the
buildings built upon it. It claims to be the longest
inhabited bridge in Europe. Also not to be missed is
the Domplatz which is an extensive area that can be
viewed from above by climbing the steps up to the Dom
- Meissen -The
famous porcelain town is reached by train via
achnage at Coswig, north west of Dresden.
- Weimar - This
is an attractive town with numerous historical and
musical associations, as well as an imposing Opera
- Naumburg - If
you exit the main station entrance to the left, you
can catch the vintage tram (service no.4) which runs
every half hour, all year, on a 2.5km route around the
edge of town. Get off at Marientor or at Theaterplatz
for a short stroll to the main square. Alternatively,
you can catch a bus from the station or walk (1.5km)
to the town centre, via the massive Dom (cathedral).
- Jena: Although
badly damaged in the War it has an attractive main
The DB website has
full timetable and fare information.