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The beautiful Zwinger is a fantastic couple’s getaway. With cobblestone-lined streets, stunning architecture, and a phenomenal river running next to it, it’s a must-visit.
Why Visit Zwinger:
What stood out most to my partner and I was the captivating and charming Zwinger Palace. We planned our trip with the goal to spend time at the palace, and additionally visit other areas in the city of Dresden, as the greater Dresden area also has much to do for a wide variety of interests.
Zwinger manages to be both remarkable in appearance, and rich in history, making for an enriching and fulfilling visit. Its Baroque architecture is magnificent, and the scenery on site is really lovely from the hundreds of years old elegant statues to the French-style gardens to the stone hallways, as well as the view of the city from the elevated pillars. It was originally built in the 1700s for festivals and as an orangery before becoming a place suited for royals. It’s a very well conserved palace, and great for photos as well. We actually saw three couples taking newlywed photos here! Plus the grounds are free to enter, and there’s a porcelain museum open Friday through Sunday you can check out for just a few euros.
Where to Stay:
We recommend staying at the Bilderberg Bellevue Hotel or the Hyperion Hotel Dreseden Am Schloss. Bilderberg Bellevue is north of the River Elbe and has an onsite beer garden facing the Augustus Bridge. On a future visit, we’d like to stay at The Hyperion which is adjacent to Zwinger, and features an Alpine-style fitness room and sauna in a historic stone cellar.
Where Else to Visit:
There’s so much to do in this extraordinary area, and it’s so wondrous that Dresden is even nicknamed ‘The Florence of the North!’ After spending ample time roaming the Zwinger Palace and Gardens, we also explored Dresden’s old town, took a stroll along the River Elbe, and hiked in the neighboring national park. Here’s a bit more information:
1. Altstadt – Located around the corner from Zwinger, Dresden’s old town is home to Baroque and Neoclassical architecture at every corner. There’s so much to see, but some of the top sights include the Procession of Princes porcelain mosaic mural that portrays 35 princes and dukes of Dresden, the Dresden Opera House, the 18th-century church Frauenkircheg, and the Albrechtsberg Palace.
2. Augustus Bridge – This bridge connects Dresden’s old town and new town, and makes for a picturesque walk with your partner at nearly any time of day or night. When reaching the southern end of the bridge you’ll find magnificent views of the River Elbe and some of Dresen’s most iconic buildings. This area is called Brühl’s Terrace, and is also called the ‘Balcony of Europe.’
3. Neustadt – Dresden’s new town also has plenty to offer. Here you’ll find colorful art in the Kunsthof passage, and lively restaurants and bars.
4. Saxon Switzerland National Park – If you have extra time, a day-trip or half-day trip to this national park is a nice idea, and perfect to enjoy both the city and nature. We rode a regional train and took a quick boat ride across the River Elbe and hiked up to take in the breathtaking views from the famous Bastei Bridge.
5. Elbe Wineries – Dresden is surrounded by the Elbe Valley and wine country. Much of the wine produced here is difficult to find outside of this region and Germany, making it a very special in-person experience. There are quite a few wineries along the Saxon wine route to experience, and some of them even cater to couples especially.
Where to Eat:
1. Dresden Molkerei – Dresden has so much delicious food. One includes the Guiness World Record holder of the title “Most Beautiful Dairy Shop in the World.” This dairy shop is a must for any visit to Dresden. The inside is decorated with hand-painted porcelain tiles and golden decor. Here you can split an indulgent cheese and bread plate with your lover, and try their four house seccos. I especially recommend the rose and apple-flavored secco.
2. Louisengarten – This beer garden is open year-round. In the warmer months try the popular Radeberger Pilsner, and during the colder months, you can have warm glüwein/mulled wine. Plus sausage in bread and pretzels all year long!
3. L’art de wie – This cute little breakfast spot features a peaceful tree-covered patio, and has the best traditional German breakfast place I’ve had in Germany. Extensive coffee and tea menu as well.
4. Wenzel Prager Bierstuben – Wenzels is a cozy spot for a romantic dinner and a nice spot to try an assortment of German cuisines like sausage, schnitzel, and potato salad.
5. Panoramarestaurant Bastei – A must if you visit Saxon Switzerland National Park. After a steep hike to the top of the mountain, you can reward yourself with a romantic atmosphere, an extensive and decadent German food menu, and a panoramic view of the park below.
Zwinger Palace is a must for couples visiting Germany, and the surrounding city of Dresden has so much to offer: wineries, a national park, history, tasty food, classic and modern art, and historic architecture. It’s also very budget-friendly with most of the main attractions being open to the public.
Hello! I’m Natalie- a California girl working as a copywriter in Berlin. You can visit my travel blog at natalieetc.com for more about my favorite spots in Berlin, along with my travel tales, knowledge, and top tips. Come say hello!
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