Cheap flights to Dresden
Full of imperial grace, you’ll be longing to get lost amongst Dresden’s imperial palaces, parklands and riverside walks. Dubbed the ‘Florence of the north’ in the 18th century, the German city of Dresden still retains all the rich and romantic charm of Tuscany’s finest city. Once the home of Saxon kings, this city certainly has a royal flavour to it.
The skyline alone will leave you breathless with its maze of spires and towers, domes, arches and carved angels – fairytale cities don’t come much better than this. You will come across a remarkable array of buildings, palaces, cathedrals and general architectural extravagance just waiting to be explored.
Dresden ramps up its cultural offering as spring slides into summer. Event headliners include the Film Festival in mid-April, the Dresden Classical Music Festival bringing soloists and orchestras to the stage from 5 May to 5 June, and the International Dixieland Festival from 15 to 22nd May. www.dresden.de
For an alternative spin of Dresden's sights, slip behind the wheel of a smoky, two-stroke Trabant - the cult car of the GDR. Tours last around an hour and a half. www.trabi-world.com
With parks aplenty and the city unfurling along the green banks of the River Elbe, Dresden is made for leisurely pedalling. Hire wheels for a self-guided spin of the sights, or sign up for one of the tourist office's guided bike rides, which cost around €15. dresden.de
Winter days are best spent lingering in Dresden's outstanding galleries. Top billing goes to the Old Masters Gallery at the grand baroque Zwinger. Here the prized collection stars works from the likes of Vermeer, Rubens and Titian.
Fancy a late-night cultural fix? Dresden ramps up the offer during its Museums Sommernacht on 11 July, where some 45 galleries and museums fling open their doors until 1am. Music and food stands keep the vibe upbeat and the crowd awake. dresden.de
On sunny spring and summer days, nothing beats a leisurely bike ride along the banks of the Elbe. An easy pedal takes you to the town of Meissen, famous for its porcelain and late-Gothic castle, and on past small villages and vineyards. www.elbe-cycle-route.com