The fourth day of my first solo-adventure I decided to devote myself to a completely different European city – the capital of Saxony – Dresden. Back then, I had no idea about this European city, but my good friend recommended Dresden as the “cherry on top of the cake” if you went to explore Prague.
I was very intrigued by this advice. Is it really so beautiful there? Let’s go and explore! 😉
Looking for a secret hostel
After visiting Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora, I returned to the hostel in the evening. It was a completely ordinary hostel, at the same price as my previous 3-star hotel. I decided to change the place, because I had to return home early in the morning of the next day. That’s why I wanted to find a place that is close to the bus station as possible, so that I didn’t need to spend a lot of time to get there in the morning. I moved to this hostel the day before, after I visited the Prague Zoo.
I chose the hostel “All Seasons Hostel“. It had very good reviews and location but it was not so easy to find its location! I unsuccessfully walked back and forth along the street several times where the hostel should be.
Suddenly, I noticed a foreigner who was also looking for something very uncertainly, and it was clear that he also could not understand where the problem was!? I walked over to him and asked if he was looking for the “All Seasons Hostel”?! He answered hesitantly: “Yes…” and we continued this quest together! Only the third time we got lucky when we asked the seller of the nearest store! It was impossible to find this hostel since it does not have any sign on the street. So, we just need to find a white door, and there will be a small bell with the name of this secret place! 😉 I never thought it would be so difficult to find the right address in the European capital!
At the reception I was warmly greeted by a young man who, as it turned out, spoke very good Russian! I asked a question: “How did you manage to learn Russian since you are a native Czech?” He answered: “I just needed to know Russian to do this work, so I learned it! Although, I don’t like to speak in Russian because I don’t like the language!” 🙂
How to get to Dresden from Prague
So, in the evening, after Kutna Hora, I started checking various options of how to get to Dresden.
First of all, I decided to check the bus ticket prices using a very useful and convenient application “Omio“ (by the way, if you register using this referral link, you will receive an $11 discount on your next tickets). I found that including all the fees, the cost of tickets was about 30€. There were a lot of options and companies, but their schedule of the return buses was not very convenient for me! I planned to return to Prague before 20:00. Yes, I know that you can find tickets cheaper if you buy them in advance! However, my decision to go to Dresden was spontaneous, so I had to choose something from what was at the moment.
Next, I decided to check what various travel agencies can offer. The whole Internet was full of a huge amount of advertising, which will show you the capital of Saxony for only 60€ or even 200€ in all its glory!
I spent about half an hour looking for an acceptable tour and found a website that offered a one-day trip to Dresden, in Russian!
The travel agency “Megatour” organized a wonderful one-day trip to Dresden for only 832 CZK (32€), so I could return to Prague at 19:00! This is perfect! The guide will give you a bunch of interesting information and show all the most touristic places! A round-trip transfer and its schedule were very convenient for me! 😀
So, you can get to Dresden from Prague:
- By bus, for example FlixBus (from 10€ one way, if taken in advance);
- Take a one-day tour through a travel agency (from 32€, but back and forth);
- By train (from 35€ one way).
The next morning, I was in a hurry to meet with an excursion group to go abroad, to the capital of Saxony – Dresden. On the way, the guide was telling us interesting and not very interesting historical facts. As a result, people were mostly feeling sleepy! 🙂
What to see in Dresden
After two and a half hours, the whole group left near a beautiful lake, which was not far from the city center. We were given special headphones to hear the guide from a distance.
The guide told us very creatively and in details about all the most interesting facts of the Dresden history and the whole region. Also, she told us about what the life was like, during the time of kings and why Augustus II the Strong was so important in the history.
As soon as I arrived in Dresden, I was immediately struck by an incredible scale! Not a single building fit into the lens of my camera!!! It was incredible, amazing and breathtaking!
The duration of our tour was about two and a half hours. During this time, the whole group slowly walked around the main sights of Dresden. Surprisingly, they are all located on a relatively small area.
The list of the most important sights of Dresden includes:
- Semperoper Dresden
- Fürstenzug (The Procession of Princes)
- Brühl’s Terrace
- Dresden Frauenkirche
- Katholische Hofkirche
Furthermore, according to the plan, we had 3 hours of free time, which I decided to spend with benefit and visit less touristic, but very interesting places.
When I was planning a trip to Dresden, I marked several interesting places, which are not in the city center. As it turned out in practice, it was impossible to visit the whole list, because I didn’t have enough time! However, I decided to try to visit something from my plan. I also wanted to see the real life of Dresden, which was not in the historical center! So, I went across the Augustus Bridge to the other side of the Elbe River.
Crossing the bridge was not easy, because it was under reconstruction. But I was able to quickly get through all the constructions.
On the other side, “The Golden Rider” met me stately! It was the equestrian statue of Augustus II the Strong. Since the day was very sunny, its bright golden figure with reflections added significance and grandeur!
At first, I decided to run very quickly through the nearby attractions. I headed from the bridge to the left side to look at the historic city from the waterfront.
I always say that it is very useful to turn off standard routes into the streets and courtyards, because you can see that there are a lot of interesting and unexpected things.
Exploring the park area close to the waterfront, I met cute German pensioners who were walking around. They didn’t understand a word in English, but we can use the sign language. So, they quickly realized that I want a beautiful photo with a view of the city! 🙂
After that, I returned to “The Golden Rider” monument and headed straight down the alley. The Germans impressed people with their pedantry and order. No matter where I was looking at everything was clean and well-kept everywhere!
German Hygiene Museum
While I was exploring the surroundings, I noticed one museum on the map which I would very like to visit. It was the museum dedicated to human anatomy, healthy eating, personal hygiene and maintaining health.
I have once visited museums of science and technology in Malaysia and Vietnam, so this one seemed be to me worthy of my attention! 🙂
Opening hours of the German Hygiene Museum and ticket prices
Tuesday – Sunday, Holidays – 10:00 18:00
Closed: Monday, January 1, December 24 and 25 (except holidays).
Children under 16 years old – Free
Pupils, Students, Senior Citizens – 4€
Adult ticket – 9€
Family ticket – 14€
Having estimated the scale of the museum, and the fact that I only had about one and a half hour, I decided to skip it. However, I definitely recommend having a few hours, or even half a day, in order to have a great time and learn a lot of new things in this place! Next time, I’ll definitely come here!
Transparent Factory Volkswagen (Gläserne Manufaktur)
Since I was not able to visit the German Hygiene Museum, I decided to get to the next interesting attraction in Dresden! This is a transparent (it was made from glass) Volkswagen automobile factory. This name immediately intrigued me, so I decided to undoubtedly see what it was with my own eyes.
In just 10 minutes of a quick walk, an amazing building was right in front of me. I decided to check it closer.
It turned out that this factory not only produces cars, but also conducts tours, test drives and interactive classes! 🙂
Of course, while I had some free time, I decided to explore everything in detail.
I found, that the tours are scheduled every hour, and available in several languages. Unfortunately, the next tour was supposed to begin in 45 minutes (I was only 15 minutes late when the tour had already started), and the duration was an average of 1 hour, around all stages of high-tech, automated production.
I didn’t have enough time to wait till the next tour, so, the only option I had was to go around an exhibition of cars which were produced in the past, as well as concepts of the latest developments of the future.
Currently, the transparent factory produces a semi knocked down kit assembly electric Volkswagen e-Golf. In total, 74 cars are produced per day. The automated robots manage the production, and only a few employees monitor the assembly process. More information you can find on the Volkswagen factory website.
Volkswagen Gläserne Manufaktur Opening Hours
Monday – Wednesday – 09:00 – 19:00;
Thursday – Friday – 09:00 – 21:00;
Saturday – 09:00 – 19:00;
Sunday – 10:00 – 18:00
Electric car test-drives
Monday – Saturday – 10:00 – 15:30
I also managed to play Volkswagen radio-controlled racing cars on the game stand and sit in a few brand-new top model cars from the best German car manufacturer! 🙂
Undoubtedly, it was an unforgettable experience!
This was the end of my one-day excursion in Dresden. It was time to go back to Prague.
I spent 4 incredible days! It was enough to change my comfort zone, reboot my mind and get a lot of new experience!
See you in the next adventures! 😉