Fly To Dresden, Germany
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Situated in Saxony, Dresden is one of Germany’s cultural centres and home to an array of historical landmarks, theatres, museums and many other world-class attractions. Some landmarks date back millennia, with ancient castles and palaces showing the progress of the area throughout the ages.
It also played a significant role in history during the war, with many parts demolished before the war would came to an end. The Old Town is testament to its origins, while other areas have been rebuilt over the years. Whether you enjoy shopping, food, culture, history or scenery, you are sure to find plenty to see and do.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans will need a Schengen Visa to enter Germany. These can be organised via the German Embassy in Pretoria (Telephone: +27 (0)12 427 8900) or the German Consulate General in Cape Town (Telephone: +27 (0)21 405 3000). You will need various documents, including proof of accommodation bookings, flight details and ticket purchase.
- The South African Consulate in Dresden is situated at Bautzener Strasse 113, Dresden 01099. Telephone: (+49) 351 563 34 70.
See and do
Attractions in Dresden range from the cultural to the scenic, with something for everyone to enjoy. Key highlights include the Old Town, Dresden Elbe Valley, Dresden Heath, Dresden State Theatre, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Zwingerhof (great outdoor entertainment venue in summer), art museums such as Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Gallery) and Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault), the curious Deutsche Hygiene-Museum, Botanischer Garten Dresden and Zoo, Dresden City Museum, Zwinger Palace, Dresden Castle and plenty of other landmarks too.
Shopping is equally diverse, so make sure you set aside a budget for some retail therapy. Prager Strasse has a number of malls, shops, restaurants and interesting architecture, while Dresden Markthalle and Altmarkt Galerie also have a good range of shops. Things to buy include traditional Saxon wood toys, wooden carvings, tableware, historical postcards, Saxon wine and second hand records if you’re into retro music.
Public transport is well organised, with trains, trams, buses and taxis all forming part of the city’s transport network. Trams are a fairly simple way to get around, as they run across the city – prices are not too bad either.
Dresden Airport – DRS
Food and beverage: In arrivals, Bar Limon has hot beverages and a range of tasty menu options, while there is also a restaurant level that has other places to grab a coffee and bite to eat.
Currency Exchange: There are cash points and currency exchange desks in the public area and arrivals – ask at the information desk if you are unsure.
Lost Luggage: Look for the Lost & Found office in arrivals at Dresden Airport – this is where you can report lost luggage.
Airport Hotels: Hotels near to the airport include Hotel Dresdner Heide, Hotel Pension Kaden, Akademiehotel Dresden, Hotel Fliegerhorst and Holiday Inn Dresden along with a number of other accommodation options.
Car Hire: Rental companies at this airport include Avis, Europcar, ADAC, Hertz and Sixt.
Airport Hub: Dresden Airport (code DRS) is a hub for Air Berlin and other airlines, with scheduled flights to and from major destinations world-wide.