5 days in Dresden & Meissen

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Image by Taneli Lahtinen

Dresden

Dresden's cultural heyday came during the 18th-century reigns of Augustus the Strong (August der Starke) and his son Augustus III, who sponsored many of Dresden’s iconic buildings, including the Zwinger and the Frauenkirche. While the devastating 1945 Allied firestorm levelled most of these treasures, their contents were safely removed before the bombings and now take pride of place in Dresden's rebuilt museums.

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Meissen

Straddling the Elbe around 25km northwest of Dresden, Meissen is the cradle of European porcelain manufacturing and still hitches its tourism appeal to the world-famous china first cooked up in its imposing castle in 1710. But even those left unmoved by August the Strong's 'white gold' will find the impressive position of the town compelling, with its soaring Gothic cathedral, fairy-tale castle and wonderful Elbe Valley views.

ITINERARY

Day 1

Dresden


Arrival at the Dresden airport and transfer to the hotel by private car.

Stay at 4 star hotel in Dresden city centre.



Day 2

Dresden


Breakfast at the hotel

Full day hop-on hop-off bus tour in Dresden city.


Frauenkirche /

The domed Frauenkirche – Dresden’s most beloved symbol – has literally risen from the city's ashes. The original church graced the skyline for two centuries before collapsing after the February 1945 bombing and was rebuilt from a pile of rubble between 1994 and 2005. A spitting image of the original, today's structure may not bear the gravitas of age but that only slightly detracts from its beauty, inside and out. The altar, reassembled from nearly 2000 fragments, is especially striking.

(Admission is limited and by timed ticket only; book online to avoid wait times and/or disappointment.)


Zwinger Palace /

A collaboration between the architect Matthäus Pöppelmann and the sculptor Balthasar Permoser, the Zwinger was built between 1710 and 1728 on the orders of Augustus the Strong, who, having returned from seeing Louis XIV's palace at Versailles, wanted something similar for himself. Primarily a party palace for royals, the Zwinger has ornate portals that lead into the vast fountain-studded courtyard, which is framed by buildings lavishly adorned with evocative sculpture. Today it houses three superb museums within its baroque walls.


Procession of Princes /

101 m long mural outside Stallhof, the oldest martial arts stadium in Europe.

Equestrian statues of Saxony monarchs from 1123 to 1904 and the artists who decorated the era (a total of 93 people) are displayed.


Sanctissimae Trinitatis Cathedral

Semper Opera House

Old Masters Picture Gallery

Residenzschloss

Historical Green Vault

Brühl's Terrace


Stay at 4-star hotel in Dresden city centre.



Day 3

Dresden


Breakfast at hotel

Full day hop on hop off bus tour in Pillnitz schloss.

Pilnitz schloss

Baroque has gone exotic at Schloss Pillnitz, a delightful pleasure palace, festooned with fanciful Chinese flourishes. This is where the Saxon rulers once lived it up during long hot Dresden summers.


Stay at 4 star hotel in Dresden city centre.



Day 4

Dresden, Meissen


Breakfast at hotel

Full day free time


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You can go to Meissen by train & will able to find some of Europe's most beautiful pottery.

Stay at 4 star hotel in Dresden city centre.



Day 5

Dresden


Breakfast at hotel

Keep your luggage at the hotel storage.

Free time until departure.

Pick up at the hotel by the driver and transfer to the Dresden airport by Private car.

Included

● Accommodation for 4 nights with breakfast
● Airport transfer(Day 1 & 5) by Private car
● 1 day hop on hop off bus ticket(2nd&3rd days)

Not Included

● Entrance fee for Monument & museum in Dresden/Pilnitz schloss/Meissen
● Train fare from Dresden to Meissen & v.v.
● Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry and Tips
● City tax to be paid to the hotel
● Travel insurance
● Anything not specifically mentioned in “Service includes”

Please note that this tour will be subject to any social distancing measure taking place in this country and some modifications may apply to any activity per the requested period of travel. Please consult us for more information.

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