Stopover @ Dresden : From Berlin to Munich | Things to do and Attractions in Dresden

Dresden was our chosen stopover as we travelled from Berlin to Munich to join the Oktoberfest. We did not know much about Dresden (not that we do now) but it was one of the more prominent cities on the map and we thought it would be good to make a stopover, breaking the 7 hours train ride into well…a more “bear”able journey! :)

We woke up early that morning and had breakfast at Le Crosbag for 7euros…

 Breakfast of croissant & coffee at Le Crosbag
Breakfast of croissant & coffee at Le Crosbag

We even got to see the sunrise at the Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station)!

 Sunrise at Berlin HBF
Sunrise at Berlin HBF

We caught the train to Cottbus @ 7:35am (don’t worry, if you are not sure of the timings, the friendly staff of Bahn will print out the itinerary and guide you on where exactly to catch the trains) and transferred to platform 10 for the train to Dresden. It was a bit of a rush since we only had minutes to catch the next train – a little bit like the Amazing Race…de de de…

 Train from Berlin HBF to Cottbus at 735am
Train from Berlin HBF to Cottbus at 735am

 Train to Dresden at 915am
Train to Dresden at 915am

If you’re wondering why we’re changing trains here and there, the reasons are

1. Happy Weekend (Schones Wochende) Tickets are ALOT cheaper. For 42euros, you can travel in a group of 5 (YES! 5 PEOPLE!!) within a slightly more than 24 hours window ANYWHERE in the country. The catch is that you cannot take the fast trains like ICE. Hence, our journey was lengthened to about 9 hours instead of 6.5 hours with ICE. Well, ICE costs 120euros per person…that’s 240euros for both Kate and I. Compared to 240euros, 42euros seemed like a good choice…

2. Stopovers / Day trips. The longer journey allowed us to enjoy the countryside and make a stop over at Dresden. So that we can bring you this post about Dresden right?

Whats there to do at Dresden?

 Dresden Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station)
Dresden Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station)

The old city (or Alte Stadt) of Dresden is just a short 10 minutes walk from the Dresden HBF. Once out of the train station, look for directions to Prager Strasse (or Prager Street). This is a row of shops, mall and arcades along the way to the old city. Modern before the classics. Nice.

 Prager Street - Shopping galore!
Prager Street – Shopping galore!

One of the things that caught our attention was a lady instead of a man on the traffic lights…

 Female Traffic Lights @ Dresden!
Female Traffic Lights @ Dresden!

Reminds us of the cute Miffy traffic lights in Utrecht, the Netherlands!

There are many other interesting historical architectures that caught our attention…

 Semperoper Opera House - Experience Opera at its best!
Semperoper Opera House – Experience Opera at its best!


Watch this video of Theatreplatz in Dresden!

 Statue of King Johann in front of the Semperoper
Statue of King Johann in front of the Semperoper

 Kathedrale @ Old City of Dresden
Kathedrale @ Old City of Dresden

 Zwinger Palace Dresden
Zwinger Palace Dresden


Take a 360 view of Zwinger Palace in Dresden!

 View from the Augustus Bridge (River Elbe)
View from the Augustus Bridge (River Elbe)

 View of the River Elbe Dresden
View of the River Elbe Dresden

 Fürstenzug aka Procession of Princes - A 102 metres long mural!
Fürstenzug aka Procession of Princes – A 102 metres long mural!

 Frauenkirche with Statue of Martin Luther - Possibly the most famous building in Dresden
Frauenkirche with Statue of Martin Luther – Possibly the most famous building in Dresden


Neumarkt and Frauenkirche

On the way back to the train station, we decided to stop by the Herbstmarkt (or Autumn Market) for lunch…

 Entrance of Herbstmarkt Dresden
Entrance of Herbstmarkt Dresden


Feel the vibe at the Dresden Herbstmarkt!

 One of the many food stalls at Dresden Herbstmarkt
One of the many food stalls at Dresden Herbstmarkt

There were many stalls at the Herbstmarkt. There were stalls that sells food (of course), souvenirs, snacks (like nuts that we snacked on) and open air seating areas. If you’ve seen the video, you would have heard the loud music in the background as well!

We finally settled on this stall – that many people visited (you wont go wrong with crowds)

 Stall where we bought our lunch
Stall where we bought our lunch

So here’s what we had – champignons (mushrooms), pork patty, potatoes and beer. All for 10euros! The mushrooms was really flavourful. The yoghurt topping really blended well with all that flavour. The pork was chunky and meaty and the potatoes were well “marinated” on that big giant flat pan that they use in the tents.

 Lunch of mushrooms, pork patty, potatoes and beer for 10euros
Lunch of mushrooms, pork patty, potatoes and beer for 10euros

Do note that at some pubs, there is a deposit (called Pfand) for beer mugs. Could be like 2euros. Once you finished drinking and return the mugs, you’ll get your deposit back.

On the way back, we stopped by the old city and got ourselves a cookies and cream ice cream. A large one for 1.70euros.

 One for the road - Cookies and Cream Ice Cream!
One for the road – Cookies and Cream Ice Cream!

All in all, it was a great day trip that Kate planned (Thanks!) and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves revelling in the history of Dresden as well as taking part in the festivities at the Herbstmarkt. The meal there was particularly enjoyable. Picture the cool weather with the sun shining brightly, lively music in the background and great food.

All the perfect ingredients to a great meal and a great stopover at Dresden!

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Things to do in Dresden Germany

Things to do in Dresden Germany

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