The Dresden Card: A free gift for visitors


Dresden in Germany is giving its visitors a very special gift: The Dresden Card. This free discount card gives you discounts for all the museums of the city of Dresden, as well as savings on cultural events such as a visit to the Dresden State Operetta.

You are planning an overnight stay in Dresden? Then you will love our newest offer. When you arrive you will receive your Dresden Card free of charge in your hotel, regardless of whether you are staying in a hotel, a guesthouse or a holiday home. With the card you can get savings of up to 20 per cent on events in 15 different cultural institutions as well as further offers for tourists such as city tours and Dresden souvenirs.

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We were out on the town for one day with the Dresden Card. Here are some tips:

Start with a tour through the Historic Old Town (booked through Dresden Information at Neumarkt 2) and then go and then delve further into Dresden’s fascinating history by visiting the Local History Museum (20 per cent off on both offers). After a pleasant break in one of the wonderful cafés in the Historic Old Town, select one of the many great museums Dresden has to choose from. We went for the Dresden City Art Gallery and explored the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, and also found the Technical Collections Dresden to be quite fascinating (admission with a 20 per cent discount). To ensure that your visit to Dresden remains vivid in your memory, or to simply do something nice for the ones you left at home, there is a great selection of souvenirs in the Dresden Information Centre that can be purchased with a 10 per cent discount when you present your Dresden card. To finish off the day with a bit of culture, we decided to visit the Hellerau Festival Theatre. The staff at the hotel pointed out the discount when we checked in and we reserved our tickets right away. Savings: 15 per cent off the regular ticket price. All in all we experienced a lot and were able to save quite a bit too.

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