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About Dresden

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. Most of the best places to stay in Dresden are set in impressive historical buildings. Some of the luxury offerings are particularly stand out in terms of Old World elegance, however, there are also a smattering of contemporary options for visitors that prefer simple luxuries.

Although Dresden 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. 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, one of the most popular being the magnificent Frauenkirche where, from the dome, the views are epic even on dull days. Then there is, of course, the Zwingler Palace and the Semperoper - one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world.

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.

A wonderful destination for a short break, our pick of the best places to stay in Dresden are perfectly located as bases for exploring the city.

The best places to stay in Dresden

For Foodies

  • Set in a striking 400 year old building overlooking the Elbe, Ristorante e Pensione la Campagnola is full of character and charm. The eccentric rooms are colourful and funky offering views out over the river. However, the real highlight is the magnificent Italian restaurant, run and cheffed by the hotel owner.

For Luxury

  • 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.
  • Right in the heart of Dresden, Hotel Taschenbergpalais is a formidable five-star property. Style and elegance pervades throughout the establishment from its deluxe suites to its excellent selection of restaurants. Perfect for an indulgent break in Dresden.
  • Hotel Suitess is another luxury pick. It enjoys a fantastic location a stone's throw from the Frauenkirche, and offers a range of sumptuous rooms, suites and apartments all decorated in the Biedermeier style, plus a wellness area with sauna, whirlpool and relaxation rooms.

For Good Value

  • Nestled into the hip Neustadt district, Villa Romantika is a charming hotel. Its eight lovely rooms are individually decorated with floral wallpaper and antique furniture. A great option for people looking for a comfortable, low-cost hotel.
  • City Oase is a delightful family-run hotel a short walk from the river. Well-priced and comfortable, the characterful rooms give off a distinctly bohemian vibe from their decor. A good value choice.
  • The Bulow Residenz is a good four star property which also offers great value. Its rooms and suites are traditional and spacious and prices start from just €89 per night.

For contemporary chic

  • Vienna House QF 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.
  • Just out of town you'll find the Einfach Schon, a contemporary property with floor to ceiling windows, a flower filled garden, spa and outdoor pool.

For a self catering apartment

  • Explore the options at our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Fly into Dresden Airport.
  • If you're looking to hire a car, visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • The best time to visit Dresden is from June to September, when the temperature sits in the twenties.

Still not sure?

  • Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Dresden
  • expand your search to include all our Saxony recommendations,
  • Or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.

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Best Hotels in Dresden

  • Villa Romantika Dresden 8 rooms from £43

    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.
    Traditional

    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. See More

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  • City Oase Dresden 7 rooms from £56

    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

    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. See More

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  • Ristorante e Pensione La Campagnola Dresden (Loschwitz) 8 rooms from £69

    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

    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. See More

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  • Bulow Residenz Dresden (Innere Neustadt) 28 rooms from £76

    Local exploring  -  From attending the opera or theatre, taking a guided tour through Dresden or cycling down its lovely streets.
    Opulent
    Outstanding location
    Spa

    An ornate 4-star hotel and former manor in the heart of Dresden, offering luxury rooms and suites. The rooms feature rich hues, antiques and are furnished in the Baroque style. An excellent starting place to explore Dresden, the hotel organises reservations for restaurants and the opera. See More

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  • Einfach Schon Dresden 11 rooms from £86

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Vienna House QF Dresden Dresden 95 rooms from £98

    City Style  -  Located right next to the famous Frauenkirche church, next to the shopping street QF passage, the hotel is all city style
    Local exploring  -  From the hotel's great location you have easy access to the best of Dresden's bars, museums and shops
    Romantic Break  -  With sink-in, king-size beds, this elegant hotel is perfect for a romantic break
    Great walks  -  Talk a walk through Dresden's historic town centre and discover the Zwinger Palace and the Semper Opera House

    An elegant boutique hotel in the centre of Dresden's old town. Classic Italian interior design meets contemporary style in the hotel's spacious suites, with natural stone-tiled bathrooms. Have a drink in the Bellini lounge or enjoy the spectacular views from the rooftop bar. A luxury city hotel. See More

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  • Hotel Suitess Dresden 25 rooms from £105

    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
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    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. See More

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  • Bulow Palais Dresden 58 rooms from £117

    City Style  -  Top of the range facilities.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Sights nearby  -  Dresden’s Royal Palace.
    Traditional  -  An 18th century building.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    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. See More

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  • Hotel Taschenbergpalais Dresden (Altstadt) 214 rooms from £124

    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 pool
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Tablet

    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. See More

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