Dresden in detail


Key sights cluster in the compact Altstadt on the Elbe's south bank, about 1km from the Hauptbahnhof via Prager Strasse, the main pedestrianised shopping strip. From here, Augustusbrücke leads across the river to the Neustadt, with its own major train station (Dresden-Neustadt) and the main pub and party quarter in the Äussere Neustadt (Outer Neustadt).


Despite its name, Neustadt (new town) is actually an older part of Dresden that was considerably less damaged in WWII than the Altstadt (old town). It consists of the gentrified Innere Neustadt, with Hauptstrasse as its main artery, and the still delightfully wacky Äussere (Outer) Neustadt pub district north of Albertplatz.