Dresden funiculars

suspension railway and cable car

Families with children and lovers of historic traffic engineering should not miss Dresden's two funiculars.

In some places, the cliffs of the Elbe river valley are so steep that the upper neighborhoods were impossible to reach from Loschwitz, down in the valley, necessitating long detours to get from one to the other. Around 1900, at the height of industrialization, a suspension railway and a cable car were installed that are both still in use today - not primarily as tourist attractions, but as a functional part of Dresden's public transport system.

Both lower stations can be found at Körnerplatz, just 150 meters from each other, and a few minutes away from Hotel am Blauen Wunder. Simply walk across the namesake bridge and follow the main road to the next square.

The suspension railway takes you up to a restaurant known as 'Dresden's balcony' while the cable car ends at Loschwitzhöhe vantage point.

A ride in either funicular lets you experience Dresden from an entirely unusual perspective and is unlike any other public transport you have ever taken.

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Dresden Altstadt "old town"

The splendid residence of the Saxon electors and kings will enchant you with art, architecture, culture and night life.


Dresden Neustadt "new town"

Explore alternative culture, night life and international flair in Dresden's most colorful neighborhood.


Elbe river banks

Our local recreation area - lush nature in the middle of town!


art & museums

Raphael’s Sistine Madonna is one of the most famous paintings on display in Dresden, and its angels are the mascots for the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen (State Art Collections). But there are countless more museums and exhibitions waiting for your visit:

  • Gemäldegalerie Alte & Neue Meister
  • Grünes Gewölbe
  • Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • Militärhistorisches Museum
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The baroque castle is surrounded by an extensive woodland reserve complete with animals - a favorite destination for families.



This town is over 1000 years old and invites you to time travel through its crooked alleys and up the steep ascents to the castle hill.


Elbe bike path

If you are travelling by bike, Dresden is a stop you cannot miss. Sections N and O meet here and run through town along either side of the river.


Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Called Saxon Switzerland for good reason, the breathtakingly bizarre rock formations in this special part of the Elbe valley are a delight for hikers and climbers.


Pillnitz palace & park

Best known for its spectacular gardens and water displays, as well as a huge Camellia tree - over 250 years old!


White Fleet

Cruise along the Elbe river on an historic steamboat and watch the landscape unroll on both sides.


Christmas in Saxony

If you are looking for romantic and traditional, come to Saxony in December.