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Dresden is the historic capital of the Free State of Saxony, the royal residence for its Electors and Kings. Situated on the river Elbe this ‘Jewel Box’ of Baroque and Rococo architecture has inspired artists for hundreds of years. Although it is perhaps most familiar to us now as the city which endured such horrendous bombing at the end of the Second World War - this is to misunderstand the charm and beauty of this city, much of which has been restored, especially in the years since German reunification. The best places to stay in Dresden provide the modern traveller with a stylish base from which to explore this most enchanting of cities.
For centuries Dresden has been at the centre of German cultural, educational, political and economic life. There are myriad attractions to cater for every taste.
Although a major city, Dresden has a distinctly ‘villagey’ feel. It is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe with nearly two thirds of the land being park and forest. Dresden Heath covers fifty square kilometres and includes four nature reserves. There are over one hundred natural monuments to be seen, and In 2004 the Dresden Elbe Valley was awarded World Heritage Status.
There is so much to see and do. Visit the magnificent Frauenkirche - now completely restored, the Zwingler Palace - Baroque home to Saxony’s kings, the Semperoper - one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world and where Wagner premiered many of his works- the list goes on....
There are twelve major museums, art galleries, a state library, botanical garden. There are festivals to enjoy; notably the Bunte Republik Neustadt in June and the Dixieland Jazz in May to name but two.
Dresden is also a mecca for film buffs with many small cinemas screening art house movies.
It is a wonderful destination for a short break, and our pick of the best places to stay in Dresden are perfect bases for exploring the city.
For baroque luxury north of the Elbe
- The Bulow Palais is a stylish five star hotel with gourmet Michelin starred restaurant and luxurious accommodation. It enjoys a great central location, ideal for the nightlife and all the sights.
For contemporary chic south of the Elbe
- QF Hotel is a modern designer hotel also in the heart of the city, close to all the smart shops, markets and business district. It's a seriously sleek option whether you're here on business or leisure.
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Best Hotels in Dresden
Villa Romantika 8 rooms from $56Dresden
A charming B&B in the artistic district of Neustadt in Dresden. The characterful rooms are individually decorated with floral wallpapers and tasteful furniture. It's a great location for people looking to explore a trendy part of Dresden. Excellent value for money.Value chic - A reasonably priced option for exploring the city on a budget, without compromising on comfort or style.Sights nearby - Visit the fascinating nearby Kunsthofpassage Dresden.Lively area - Trendy, artistic area of Dresden.Full of character
City Oase 7 rooms from $74Dresden
A small family-run boutique hotel in a quiet part of central Dresden. Spacious chic rooms are all individually styled with an interesting array of antiques and artwork giving a bohemian feel. Indulgent breakfasts served in the elegant reception room. A homely stay with a tranquil garden.Value chic - Centrally located and very reasonably priced with plenty of space and artistically designed.Sights nearby - The Semperoper, Frauenkirche and Green Vault are all just a short walk from the hotel.Full of character
Ristorante e Pensione La Campagnola 8 rooms from $91Dresden (Loschwitz)
An enchanting 400-year-old building situated on the river. Individually styled rooms with bright colours, original features and modern art. An excellent Italian restaurant run by the owner and head chef. A friendly, well located, spot for city exploring. A great choice.Foodies - Run and owned by the chef this is a foodies haven. Dine at the fabulous Italian restaurant in the atmospheric dining room.Cooking classes - Take a cooking course with the chef and learn how to make Italian cuisine.Sights nearby - Discover Dresden Castle one of the oldest buildings of the city.Full of character
Einfach Schon 11 rooms from $113Dresden
Find complete tranquility just outside the historic city of Dresden. Smart contemporary rooms boast glass fronted walls leading onto a flower filled garden. Enjoy the glorious spa, outdoor pool, and indulgent breakfasts. A perfectly relaxing rural base with easy city access.Total relaxation - A retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, brimming with tranquility and boasting a spoiling spa.Great walks - Situated right next to the Zschonergrund nature reserve where there are miles of picturesque trails.Sights nearby - Visit the restored Dresden Castle and marvel at the striking architecture.Swimming Pool - Outdoor pool.
Hotel Villa Sorgenfrei 16 rooms from $130Dresden
An elegant villa sitting pretty amidst tranquil gardens and boasting epic views of the surrounding vineyards. Traditionally styled rooms boast large sash windows, antique furniture and wonderfully contemporary bathrooms. A fabulous restaurant is worthy of a visit alone. True city style.Hideaway - A city secret with views of the surrounding vineyards and located in tranquil gardens.Foodies - Housing an elegant fine-dining restaurant complete with excellent wine-list.Sights nearby - Visit the imposing fortress Königstein or the idyllic castle Weesenstein.Views - Great views from hotel
Hotel Heidemuhle 9 rooms from $136Dresden
Charming country house ensconced in picturesque forest. Elegant rooms have big beds, oak floors and views across the garden. Fresh water pond for swimming, roof terrace. Excellent restaurant with a varied seasonal menu. Set inside a water mill, it is a peaceful spot.Country Escape - Unwind at this romantic country house - take a dip in the fresh water pond, stroll through the forest or relax by the fireplacesSights nearby - It's juist 12km from the centre of DresdenGreat walks - Great routes around the Malter DamSwimming Pool - Fresh-water pond for swimming
Hotel Suitess 25 rooms from $138Dresden
A stunning 5 star luxury hotel well located in central Dresden. The baroque facade sets the tone for the elegant interiors that stay true to its historical design. Spoiling rooms feature delicate antique furniture and soft hues. The exclusive apartments provide complete privacy. Very chic.Local exploring - Well located with access to many of the city's best attractions and across the road from the famous Frauenkirche Church.Sights nearby - Make a trip to the Residential Palace with its treasure chambers.Romantic - Good for couples.Spa
Bulow Palais 58 rooms from $154Dresden
A stunning boutique Five Star hotel in the Baroque centre. Eclectic decoration and bright colours throughout create gorgeous rooms and suites. Plus there's a Michelin starred restaurant, and top of the range spa. An iconic spot to explore Dresden from.City Style - Top of the range facilities.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Sights nearby - Dresden’s Royal Palace.Cooking classes - Check for timings.Recommended by - Relais & Chateaux
Hotel Taschenbergpalais 214 rooms from $163Dresden (Altstadt)
A five-star luxury property located in the heart of the historic centre. Traditionally styled throughout, the elegant rooms boast large sash windows, a collection of fine antiques and endless space. Numerous restaurants and bars will appeal to all appetites. A spoiling spa for city relaxation.Local exploring - Well located in central Dresden's Altstadt, close to Dresden Castle and all the main historical sights and attractions.City Style - Bask in the upmost in style and glamour at this luxurious 18th-century Baroque palace.Sights nearby - Be sure to visit the nearby Dresden Castle and Frauenkirche Church.Swimming Pool - Indoor poolRecommended by - Kiwi Collection, Tablet
QF Hotel from $193Dresden
A minimalist hotel in Dresden's inner city. Contemporary rooms and suites have subtle lighting, slick lines, and all the mod cons. Lively Bellini bar, brunch restaurant, and excellent conference facilities. Luxurious, but reservedly sombre. Idea for business guests as well as city visitors.City StyleSights nearby - Well located for major sights.Local markets - Good for local colour.