24 hours in Dresden

24 hours in Dresden

Have you heard of the city of Dresden? It sits just a few hours south of Berlin, Germany. I was very lucky to spend 24 hours in Dresden and I had a blast. The city really is one that everyone should add to their Germany list. It’s a place that I would really love to spend some more time in.

How I arrived

As some of you know, I am spending my summer working as an aupair in the Czech Republic. You can read a little life update here. I have traded sunshine and tapas for amazing beer and green countryside. Oh and I’m not far at all from Prague, which is amazing.

I live in a small village just outside of the Czech city of Liberec. From Liberec, I took a train right into the city of Dresden. In fact, I used an app called GoEuro to find the best train times and prices. This app compares trains, buses and flights. They even list BlaBlaCar options, which I also love and used to go from Dresden to Berlin.

Here are your options for arriving in Dresden:

  • Flying. There is a Dresden Airport. However I have no idea if flight are cheap here.
  • Train. The trains in Germany rock!
  • Bus. Companies like Flixbus go all over Europe
  • BlaBlaCar. Germans love this app, so if you are coming from another German city, it’s worth a look.

If you travel at all in Europe, you need to download the GoEuro app. It has helped me plan so many trips!

This was roughly my journey:

As you can see, Prague is also not far from Dresden. It’s perfect for a day trip. Thinking a little day trip? Get my free ultimate day trip checklist!

First impressions

I got off the train at the Dresden-Neustadt station. It was a 17-minute walk to my hostel rather than a 30+ minute one, which is what the station in the center of the city would have given me. This little walk brought me through the hip and trendy part of Dresden. It was full of eclectic restaurants, places to enjoy a beer, coffeeshops and cute boutiques. I even walked by an open market.

I remember thinking “okay so this is what everyone says that Berlin is like. I had no idea that Dresden was just as cool!”

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My directions took me through this street art passage. Basically it’s just a passageway between two buildings with lots of cafes an shops. It’s called Kunsthofpassage.

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Where I stayed

I stayed at the lovely Lollis Homestay hostel, which is right in this trendy part of town. While this hostel is not dead in the center of the city, I would recommend it. It’s in the area that you’ll likely want to go out in. With public transit or walking, it’s also really not that far away from the city center.

The wonderful people at Lollis made my check-in super easy. I reserved a bed in the 4-person dormitory on the second floor. It was quite a comfortable place to stay for an evening.

24 hours in Dresden

24 hours in Dresden

Each bed had it’s own locker with a key. I loved that I didn’t need my own lock and that the space was large enough for all my things. I always pack a lock with me when I travel to hostels just in case one is not provided. However it was nice that I did not need to worry about it.

Perhaps my favorite thing about Lollis Homestay was how comfortable the common areas were. I always say that the common areas are most important when it comes to a hostel. It’s where people meet and socialize. Meeting new people is perhaps my favorite part of staying in a hostel. In fact, a little over a year ago I wrote this about why I prefer hostels over hotels. The kitchen was well-equipped for cooking a full meal. There was plenty of seating to gather and socialize or eat. The tea and coffee was always free, which I loved as an avid coffee-drinker.

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Walking around the city

Since I only had one night in Dresden, I spent the next day wandering around the city. The downtown is distinctly different from the “trendy” part across the river that I had stayed in.

Dresden is the capital city of the German state of Saxony. The city center has beautiful baroque architecture. At the end of WWII, the US and the UK bombed the city center and it killed 25,000 people. It destroyed the city center. The city center has since been restored. You can tour many of the palaces and museums.

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Places to see

If you have some more time, here are a few palaces and museums to see:

I received a complimentary stay at Lollis Homestay. However all opinions are my own.

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  1. I have been to Dresden a few years ago, I think it´s nice but in general I don’t like east germany so much…. But I love Hamburg and Munich

    1. You know I’ve heard people say that. However the neighborhood that I stayed in really made me fall in love with Dresden. It’s so different than the city center.

  2. I have anxiety when it comes to people and need my personal space so I like hotels more than hostels; that said, this one sounds like it was a great place to stay! I really love the building with windows and winding pipes!

    1. Well one common misconception about hostels is that they don’t offer private rooms. That is false. Almost every hostel I have ever stayed at offers private rooms. In fact, I took photos in some of the rooms that sleep 2-3 people and put them on Instagram. So hostels definitely offer you private space if you want it.

  3. I now want to go here. It looks like such a fun place. I love finding street art and wish there was more to see. There is a hostel a few hours away from me that I would like to check out. Yours looked so fun with all the colors. A lot of personality going on there. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself and then back to work.

    1. Yeah the street art passage was super neat! I do hope you can visit the hostel near your house. It’s a fun experience for sure!

  4. Wow! What a fabulous trip. Dresden, Germany is full of colorful, unique architecture and design. I’d always wondered what it would be like to stay in a hostel. So I enjoyed all of the photos of the hotel and beautiful sites. Thanks so much for sharing your latest adventure. 🙂

    1. You really should try staying in a hostel! I stay in them because they are affordable and fun! And if you don’t like sharing a room, you can book a private room at most hostels.

  5. This is such a whole different world from living in the States! Those beautiful architectural buildings, the art and painting on the building walls and the town is absolutely something I would love to visit!

    1. It was really great to be able to see it! I hope you can make it over to Europe at some point!

  6. Wat an amazing trip. Dresden has never been on my radar but after reading this and looking at your amazing pictures, I think that I want to visit.

  7. I have never been to Dresden but it looks fab, I would love to. The trains in Germany certainly do rock! Thanks for sharing this is certainly a place I need to add to my list

  8. I have never been to Dresden before, but I have sister who shifted from Frankfurt to Berlin. I will have to ask her if she has been to Dresden, because Its looks great. Thank you for sharing.

  9. The city of Dresden is truly gorgeous, so much to do and see. When I was in Berlin last time I wanted to check it out but had little time

  10. Dresden is pretty neat and has a lot to offer. I really like the hostel, Lollis Homestay. I think everything is beautiful!

  11. I have heard of this but never get the chance to see and visit. I guess I miss a lot! The place is so beautiful and magical. I love the arts around. Oh dear, why am I seeing this just now. I missed to see this so I guess there’s already a reason for me to come back.

  12. Dresden was definitely not on my bucket list, but sometimes travel plans can change for any reason. After reading your post, Dresden leave a very strong impression on me. The city has fascinating place with beautiful buildings, art treasures, and great museums. Despite the devastation caused by the Second World War, the city seems to have regained its architectural splendor and charm. Thank you for sharing 😉

  13. I lived in Dresden for 6 months during my studies and I think it is one of the most underrated cities in Germany. A lot of people find east Germany depressing but I don’t see it. I only see amazing architecture and a ton of small communities and art galleries and bars – if you go to the right neighbourhoods. Every town has it’s “ugly” and “pretty” side and it’s just about finding the right streets. =D

  14. Dresden looks like a great place to explore. I love all the artwork on the buildings. I am looking forward to being in the area this fall.

  15. This city is so beautiful and your pictures really reflect the beauty and the uniqueness of this place. Thank you for showing us the great artwork and the different views of this city.

  16. Wow, Dresden looks awesome! I love all of the creativity and art and the architecture is stunning! I love that you are staying in the countryside but have opportunities to go to bigger cities like this when you feel the itch! Thanks for sharing the helpful logistics info too -this definitely looks like a place I would hang out in for a while! Love your pics <3

  17. that’s nice trip. I’m not sure that I wil have a chance to get there but if I will. your post gave me some tips

  18. Wow Dresden looks absolutely incredible! The architecture everywhere is just stunning and all the different artwork. Gives me life to see the amazing work.

  19. Wow!!! Dresden looks amazing! What a privilege it is to visit there! The architecture just looks stunning. I love to learn about some of the historical facts behind some of the buildings.

  20. This place looks fascinating! We are planning our 15 year anniversary trip to go international in a few years. I will have to check this out!

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