Dresden Altstadt is the city’s historic quarter, and it was once compared to Florence. It lies on the southern banks of the Elbe River where it has stood since the 12th century. The Altstadt is full of grand architecture, virtually all of which was carefully rebuilt after the extensive bombing campaign of WWII. Today, Dresden attracts commercial tourists with its ancient and recent history, but the city’s modern, purpose-built infrastructure also appeals to business travelers.
There is a dense selection of hotels in the Altstadt, close to a bend in the Elbe River. The primary attraction here is Dresden Castle (Residenzschloss), flanked by the Dresden Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche). Meanwhile, the 12th-century Kreuzkirche is the largest church in the region. Guests based here can easily walk to theaters like the Staatsschauspiel Dresden or the Schlosstheater, or they can pass afternoons in the climate-controlled comfort of galleries and museums including Kupferstich-Kabinett, Münzkabinett or the Rüstkammer.
Further out is Grosser Garten park, where Zoo Dresden and the German Hygiene Museum of Dresden are located. Other notable attractions include Komödie Dresden theater, the modern State Parliament building (Sächsischeri Landtag) and the Galerie Neue Meister, with its collection of Romance paintings.
There are several festivals and events staged throughout the year. The Christmas Market convenes on the Altmarkt every December, marking one of the busiest seasons for hotels in the Altstadt. Other times of the year, business travelers pour into Dresden for exhibitions and conferences at Fair Dresden.
The Altstadt is also where travelers find Central Station Dresden, an important hub for travel across the region. It was built in the late 19th century on Prager Street, the main avenue for shopping in the Altstadt. Trains connect to Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Budapest and Prague.