By Summer Brons
Dresden
Germany
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If your next European vacation calls for a destination rich in history and fascinating attractions, be sure to consider a visit to Dresden. More than 800 years old, Dresden is one of Germany’s most popular tourist hotspots both for the culture and the industry. Let EscapeWizard.com help plan a Dresden adventure of your own!

Flying into the city is a breeze, thanks to the Dresden International Airport (DRS) located in the Klotzsche district of Dresden. You can book your flight using EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to utilize our low rates on airfare. We can help with hotels, too, just click (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to browse available Dresden accommodations. 

EscapeWizard.com has a few must-see recommendations for you upon your arrival. Don’t miss the Zwinger Palace, home of the famous Madonna Sistina of Rafael; Frauenkirche, the reconstructed Church of Our Lady with an impressive tower open to visitors; and Semperoper, considered being one of the world’s most beautiful opera houses. Dresden also has a number of important museums that EscapeWizard.com encourages you to visit to learn more about the city’s history. Visit the Albertinum Museum, the Green Vault Museum, the Museum of Mineralogy, the Dresden History Museum and the City Gallery of Dresden. There are several more throughout the city, so be sure to plan accordingly to ensure you’re able to visit all desired locations!            

Dresden is also plentiful in outdoor attractions, so get some fresh air while exploring Dresden Neustadt, a lively area of town with a blend of history and modern day activity. Relax along the Elbwiesen, or river banks of the Elbe, the river next to which Dresden is situated. The banks are popular spots to grill out with friends or play recreational sports during warm weather. For a good dose of nature within the city, visit the Big Garden, referred to as Dresden’s “green lung” and an excellent place to relax or play. Finally, don’t miss the Dresden Zoo, one of the country’s oldest and housing around 3,000 animals.            

Looking to satisfy your quirky side? Dresden can accommodate. Visit the Artists’ Court, a complex of courtyards with coffee shops and art galleries aplenty. Next, EscapeWizard.com recommends heading to the German Hygiene Museum for a glimpse into the hygiene practices of various cultures throughout the years. If you’re still looking for something different, EscapeWizard.com suggests making your way to the Pfunds Molkerei, recognized by the Guinness Book as the most beautiful milk store in the world.            

Depending on the time of year of your visit, you may find yourself in Dresden during one of the city’s annual festivals. The Striezelmarkt is a long-running and highly popular Christmas market, taking place from late November through the end of December. The Dixieland Festival, Europe’s largest jazz festival, generally runs during the second week of May and attracts jazz enthusiasts from around the globe. More bragging rights for Dresden come by way of the Filmnachte, an event spanning from June until August on the banks of the Elbe. A large movie screen plays outdoor films and many concerts are also played throughout the season. If you’ll be in Dresden in June, you’ll likely catch some of the Bunte Republik Neustadt, a huge street festival in the Neustadt area of town. BRN brings forth musicians, tasty food, ample drink and late nights, making it the perfect refuge for devoted partygoers.            

If Dresden sounds like a city you would enjoy, you’re not alone. The city sees millions of tourists each year and EscapeWizard.com wants to help you be the next, so book your German adventure today and experience this important city for yourself!
Hotels in Dresden
By Joanna Lee
Westin Bellevue, Dresden
Grosse Meissner Strasse 15 Dresden, Germany
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Explore the charm of the historic city if Dresden while you stay at The Westin Bellevue, Dresden. There are several transportation options available. There are two airports, the Dresden Airport and the Leipzig/Halle Airport. On the ground, you can arrive by train at the Neustadt Train Station and the Hauptbanhof Train Station, both of which are only minutes away from The Westin Bellevue. Luggage storage is available. For those driving, self-parking is available for a fee. Check in begins at 3 p.m., check out at noon.

The Westin Bellevue, Dresden offers 340 guest rooms and suites for guests to choose from. There are Classic, Deluxe, and Grand Deluxe guest rooms and suites as well as the Neo-Baroque Suites, all of which are non-smoking. Classic guest rooms look out over the Neustädter Market Square, the Deluxe rooms over the Elbe River and Bellevue Gardens, and Grand Deluxe rooms over the Semper Opera and the Church of Our Lady. Rooms are outfitted with an in-room safe, individual climate control, a mini bar, a flat-screen TV, and a DVD/CD player. Wireless internet access is available on request for a fee.

There are a variety of services and amenities provided by The Westin Bellevue. Treat yourself at the hotel Fitness Studio, Bell Acqua Spa, or the Perfect Style beauty salon. Other amenities to keep in mind are the solarium, sauna, and indoor heated pool. A notable feature of The Westin Bellevue to inquire about is its Gear Lending Program. The hotel will lend you shoes and clothes of your size upon request during your stay. Enjoy the culinary delights of the many dining establishments at The Westin Bellevue, like the Restaurant Canaletto. There is much to do and see outside the hotel as well. Sightseers will want to visit the Dresden Royal Palace, the Green Vault, the Catholic Cathedral, the Dresden Zoo, and the Steamer Parade, to name just a few of the attractions. The Baroque Style Koenigstrasse Pedestrian Mall, the Dresden Striezel Market , and the Prager Strasse are shopping centers located less than a mile from the hotel.

Whether you come for R&R or exploration, start your Dresden adventures by searching for your hotel through EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Dresden
By Tekisha Slack
Courtyard by Marriott
Stauffenbergallee 25 A, Dresden, Germany
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Set in a peaceful corner of the vibrant Neustadt quarter, the contemporary Courtyard by Marriott (formally Holiday Inn Dresden) is just 6km from Dresden Airport and a 10-minute tram ride from the charming Old Town.

Each inviting guestroom comes with complimentary tea, coffee, Sky TV and wireless Internet. Watch Sky TV and pay movies on the flat-screen TV and enjoy refreshing chilled drinks and snacks from the minibar. Guests will also enjoy complimentary access to the hotel’s spa, pool and Fitness Centre. Check-in times are at 2:00 PM and check-out times are at 12:00 PM

With 9 flexible meeting rooms centered round a conservatory, the Conference Center Neustadt is a pleasant environment for business events. There’s also plenty of complimentary parking available on site. Major companies like Globalfoundries and Infineon are a short drive from Holiday Inn Dresden and they are just 20 minutes by tram from Messe Dresden. Trams speed you from nearby Stauffenbergallee to Dresden city centre in just 10 minutes. In between business meetings, explore the gracefully domed Frauenkirche and the Baroque Zwinger Palace with its extensive gallery of Old Master paintings.

Dining options include the open-plan Stephans Restaurant; which serves an American breakfast with healthy options, a good-value business lunch, and Saxon specialties. There is always some action in the "Stephans bar & lounge". A popular meeting place for the uncomplicated quick snack or relaxation after a hard day of work or play. Soft lighting, leather sofas and a summer terrace also make Stephans Bar & Lounge a relaxed spot for mingling over drinks. For your convenience, room service is also available from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily.

Explore Dresden's Baroque charm at the Holiday Inn Dresden hotel, just a few minutes from the Old Town. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your accommodations at the Holiday Inn Dresden today. Just click on the link to get started (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Dresden
By Sarah Hay
Hilton Dresden Hotel
An Der Frauenkirche 5, Dresden, Germany
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The Dresden region of Germany is filled with gorgeous architecture and attractions, and a short 20-minute drive from the Dresden Airport brings you to a great attraction in itself: the Hilton Dresden, right alongside the River Elbe. Visitors to the city will appreciate the close proximity of the hotel to such famous local stops as Bruhl’s Terrace, the Albertinum Museum, the Semper Opera House, the Zoological Gardens and the Frauenkirche church.

There are over 330 rooms at the Hilton Dresden, all of which feature dual aspect windows and wireless Internet access, for a slight fee. Rooms also come standard with flat screen televisions, slippers and bathrobes, work desks, coffeemakers, daily and weekend newspaper deliveries, bathroom telephones, and connecting rooms are available, upon request. Check-in time is 2 p.m. and check-out is 12 p.m.

There are a host of recreational and relaxing offerings on site at the Hilton Dresden, including a health club with a heated indoor pool, two saunas, as well as a kid’s splash pad, whirlpools, a running track and solarium. Bicycle rentals are available, as is local area transportation. There is a beauty salon at the Hilton Dresden, and a retail clothing store, as well as a florist, gift shop and foreign currency exchange, to help make your stay as pleasant and relaxing as possible.

Business travelers will appreciate the business center, which offers copying, faxing, audio/visual equipment rentals and video conferencing services. There are 12 meeting rooms, which can accommodate up to 700 guests, and 12 restaurants and bars, which can fulfill any culinary desire. Pets are allowed at the Hilton, and self-parking is available, for a slight fee. The next time your business or sightseeing travels take you to Germany, make sure you take some time to visit, and stay, at the Hilton Dresden hotel, and make sure you check for the best rates first by visiting EscapeWizard.com, by clicking this link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).