25+ Best Things to Do in Dresden in 2 Days

Nestled on the banks of the Elbe River, Dresden is a beautiful European city, packed with amazing museums and gorgeous Baroque buildings.

It will be a busy  (though exhilarating) Dresden visit. But you can certainly experience the best of Dresden in 2 days. Here’s our guide on what to do in Dresden in 2 days.

Morning of Day 1: The Green Vault

It houses one of Europe’s most sumptuous collections of treasure in these two museums: the Historic Green Vault and the New Green Vault.

Photo: Dresden State Art Collections

In particular, Augustus commissioned a series of grand rooms and halls in the Dresden Castle, his palace, as showcases of his valuables for visiting nobles and paying guests.

About Dresden Castle:

Photo: Tieul, for Wikipedia

Afternoon of Day 1: Zwinger Palace

The Zwinger Palace is quite different from the Dresdner Residenzschloss above – and also very much worth visiting.

Photo: German National Tourist Board

Old Masters Picture Gallery

Italian art is displayed against a deep crimson background. And a rich green color is the backdrop for German and Dutch paintings.

Photo: Dresden State Art Collections

Day 2: Bicycling and Beer

If you love two-wheeling, you’ll love bicycling along the Elbe Biking Trail  (or Elbe Cycle Path). It was one of our favorite things to do in Dresden!

Radeberger Brewery:

After, we toasted our bicycling expedition with beer from the Radeberger Brewery – a great way to end our day trip!

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Photo: Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski