Where to stay in Dresden

What is the best area to stay in Dresden?

By Jung-Hui Su. June 08, 2023

Nestled along the serene banks of the Elbe River, Dresden is a timeless gem that weaves together illustrious history and modern vibrancy. This enchanting Elbflorenz—‘Florence on the Elbe’—boasts a seemingly inexhaustible number of architectural wonders that reflect a glorious past. Yet, Dresden is far from being a mere relic of ancient tales; it pulsates with youthful energy, offering a plethora of cultural events, lively markets, and a burgeoning art scene. Whether you seek the romance of a leisurely stroll along the river or the inspiration of exploring world-class museums, this picturesque destination promises an unforgettable experience.


The best place to stay is undoubtedly Altstadt, the Old Town, whose cityscape has risen from the ashes of war and been restored to its spectacularity. This central location is a year-round delight adorned with treasure troves of marvels, beckoning your visit with its impressive blend of historical grandeur and contemporary piquancy. As you walk through winding alleys, stories unfurl beneath you and transport you through lovely cobblestone streets to iconic, splendid landmarks. You'll discover charming boutiques, quaint cafes and restaurants, and a captivating atmosphere that embodies the essence of Dresden’s rich heritage.

Hotel   Avg price
Brühlscher Garten
164€ - 179$
Star G Hotel Premium Dresden Altmarkt
168€ - 183$
Hotel   Avg price
NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt
An der Kreuzkirche
214€ - 233$
INNSiDE by Meliá Dresden
235€ - 256$
Hotel   Avg price
Relais & Châteaux Bülow Palais
225€ - 245$
Hotel Suitess
An der Frauenkirche
282€ - 307$

On the map, which shows the best area to stay in Dresden, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.



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Altstadt, the best area to stay in Dresden


Best for First-Time Visitors / History / Art and Music Enthusiasts / Shopping



Dresden Altstadt

For a truly immersive experience, look no further than the historic heart: an easy 10-minute walk or 3-minute tram ride from the main train station, Altstadt provides easy access to Dresden’s top attractions. It is the perfect base to explore the mesmerising city, as well as the renowned Saxon Switzerland.


Combining baroque and neo-classical allures with modern comfort, this mecca is for anyone who craves the perfect blend of culture and convenience, and for enthusiasts who savour performances, festivals, and an enchanting medieval Christmas market—one of the oldest and most famous in the world. The area’s awe-inspiring must-see includes the resplendent Zwinger Palace, Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), and Semperoper opera house.


Home to an array of masterpieces, the area exhibits legendary art collections in museums like the dazzling Grünes Gewölbe and the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister. At a day’s end, head to the Brühl’s Terrace for a breath-taking view of sunset.



Hotels in Altstadt




Other areas to stay in Dresden




Best for – Young Crowd / Nightlife / Drinking & Dining




Neustadt, Altstadt’s thriving counterpart, calls to those who seek a hipster ambience and electrifying nightlife. This district is a playground for the spirited and artistic youthful, offering trendy shops, exotic restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues that grow even more buoyant after dark. The neighbourhood entices its visitors into a fun hunt for colourful graffiti, street art, neo-classic highlights, handicrafts sold in its quarters, and antiques found in weekend flea markets.


Adding to Neustadt’s eclectic mix are the Pfunds Molkerei, ‘the world’s most beautiful dairy shop’ with stunning interior of exquisite tiles, and Neustädter Markthalle, featuring pop-up stalls, cozy cafes, and a supermarket stocked with an excellent selection of treats. Whether you’re looking to dance the night away to music or savour local craft beers in a laid-back setting, Neustadt has it all.


With its authentic and creative energy, Neustadt is the ideal choice for those who want to feel the strong pulse of Dresden’s revived, dynamic scenes.



Hotels in Neustadt






Best for – Families / Local Experiences / Authentic Neighbourhood Markets




In the embrace of Dresden’s spell, Cotta is a delightful haven for families and those yearning for a peaceful retreat. A serene atmosphere envelops this area, away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, despite its convenient tram connections and bike-friendly access to both Altstadt and Neustadt.


Cotta is a place that invites you to experience the local scenes of life, to stroll through across idyllic parks, quiet streets, and lovely farmer’s markets. Families will particularly appreciate the safe and welcoming environment, with plenty of green and safe spaces for children to play.


As you wander through this harmonious neighbourhood, you'll discover a genuine sense of community and a slower, more relaxed pace in gathering spots like the charming Körnerplatz. You will be able to enjoy the characteristic tranquillity that defines Dresdener’s common lifestyle, finding a blissful escape with a touch of authenticity



Hotels in Cotta






Best for – Families / Riverside Serenity / Peaceful Getaways / Nature-Loving Individuals




Sitting along the picturesque southern banks of the Elbe River, Blasewitz is a leafy, upscale district that invites travellers to a retreat with its tree-lined streets and serene waterfront views. As you stroll along the riverside promenade, you'll be enthralled by the soothing ambiance and the natural beauty that embraces you.


Blasewitz is a perfect part of Dresden for those yearning for rejuvenation. You can visit beer gardens across the river, spanned by the brightly painted ‘Blue Wonder’ bridge, or unwind in one of the casual bistros or cafes with a piece of the region’s specialty cheesecake (Eierschecke), while watching the gentle flow of the Elbe.


Nearby hiking trails provide opportunities for exploration amidst the lush surroundings. Parks here have well-maintained green spaces and paths where you can enjoy picnics, leisurely walks, or simply a moment of quiet contemplation. Whether you seek to connect with nature or simply find solace undisturbed, Blasewitz promises an idyllic getaway.



Hotels in Blasewitz






Best for – Business Travellers / Calm Surroundings




Prohlis, situated in the southern part of Dresden, is a lesser-known area of respite away from the city’s bustling streets. Exuding a calm vibe, the urban neighbourhood is purposefully designed to prioritise comfort and convenience, therefore making it an ideal setting for focused work as well as relaxation.


One of Prohlis’ standout features is its exceptional accessibility; the well-connected tram, bus and train options at the doorstep enables effortless commute to the city centre, a boon for frequent business travellers. This strategic location supports the balance between work commitments and well-deserved rest.


This district’s quiet, function-oriented design, along with its many hotels, malls and convenient shops, make it the perfect choice for those who value both productivity and a stress-free stay. It offers an excellent backdrop for individuals who need to accomplish their tasks efficiently while revelling in a self-sufficient environment during their downtime.



Hotels in Prohlis






Best for – Shopping Enthusiasts / Local Market Lovers / International Dining




Pieschen, situated to the north-east of Dresden, has become a residential district where party-goers move to retire from their roaring days in Neustadt. Extending from the river to northern hilly areas, it is an attractive spot offering an alternative scene within the city.


One of its unique spaces is the Zentralwerk, where a collective of artists, craftsmen, architects have transformed a former factory between the railway and an arterial road into a multi-faceted workshop, to live, create and realise projects of social value together. For foodies, the area presents a smorgasbord of choices including the Ballhaus Watzke, a German microbrewery, and other places of international flavours. Seasoned shoppers are sure to be surprised with unique finds and artisanal products, as Pieschen is a gem in its own right.


If you’re an avid explorer of cultural cooperation or a modern arts aficionado, this area guarantees an authentic Dresden experience filled with exciting discoveries.



Hotels in Pieschen

Jung-Hui SuJung-Hui Su

Cathy is a digital nomad with a background in linguistics and human-computer interaction design. With her lifelong passion for adventure, she has lived and worked in seven countries across four continents. She fell in love with Dresden's captivating history and cultural heritage on one of her travels, ending up moving to and settling in the city.