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November 29, 2017

Christmas Markets Guide for Dresden

Christmas City- a Christmas Markets Overview

There are at least (I believe there are more) 10 different Christmas Markets in town. You can literally walk from the New Town straight to the Old Town until the Main Station, without really leaving the Christmas Markets (1 hour of walking), so you will be really drunk if you reach the Main Station if you drink a „Glühwine“ at every Market (we Germans always drink a Glühwine: Drink Drank Drunk!). Dresden calls itself to be the “Christmas City” and for outsiders this can be a bit confusing, nobody knows, where a market ends and the other starts. So I made a guide for you guys with all the Christmas Markets worth seeing in Dresden.

 Happy Christmas time!

©Stefan Böhlig

„Neustädter Gelichter“ in front of the Scheune Restaurant in the Neustadt area (Alaunstrasse). Open daily from 30.11. – 23.12. from 4pm to 10pm during week days and weekends from 2pm to 10pm.

pro: it is very small, it is just 5 minutes from Lollis Homestay Hostel,  German „Kräppelchen“ for only 2,50€ – our special Lollis- recommendation!, Glühwein and Feuerzangenbowle for 2,50 € only- it is the cheapest hot wine in whole of Dresden and it is good, local handicrafts, open fire place, the most alternative Christmas Market in Dresden in the most alternative part of town. Dresdeners go there, if they are annoyed by the “standart” Christmas Markets

con: it is very small, but who cares, it is the coolest underground christmas market! They have a self costructed wooden bench which is heated- awesome and there is a roof in case of rain!

special events:

30.11. at 4pm- Grand Opening with „Stollen“ and „Glühwein“, 6pm famous „Kneipen- Choir concert“

1.12. Eze Wendtoin Concert at 7:30pm

2.12. Korean Karaoke Night at 8pm

5.12. Mens Quartett at 7pm

8.12. Public Choir Concert at 5:30pm

9.12. T- Shirt Festival at 1pm

10.12. T- Shirt Festival at noon and Hutzenabend at 7pm (Story Telling/ get together- typical traditional evening in „Erzgebirge“ style)

15.12. concert with Enna Miau at 7pm

19.12. Dresdens famous „Kneipen- Choir concert“ at 8pm

20.12. Open a Advent- Window (German Tradition) – the living Christmas Calendar at 6pm

21.12. Short Movie Night at 19:00

23.12. Public Choir Concert at 5:30pm

©Neustadt Geflüster

„Nikolaus Market“ inside the „Kunsthof“ in the Neustadt area. It is a very small but beautiful market organised by the arty shops there. Only open from 8.12. until 10.12. / 4pm until 8pm

pro: meet locals, arty, small

con: small and only for 3 days

Special events:

daily: Clown Lulu, Tarot Reading (fortune telling), fire place,…

8.12. live concert, traditional christmas songs at 4:30pm

9.12. Mens Quartett at 4pm, Choir at 4pm and 5pm

10.12. live concert at 11am- 6pm

„Augustusmarkt“ Dresdens’ international Christmas Market at Hauptstrasse (next to the old Baroque Quarter) open daily from 30.11. until 23.12. from 11am to 9pm

pro: second biggest Christmas Market in Dresden, all kind of European Christmas beverages and food like: Danish Glögg, Swedish Julskinha or Italian Pandoro. You pass it, when you wanna get to the more alternative markets in the Neustadt area. So use I use this market to heat up with a “Glühwine” again.

con: very kitschy and blink blink…crowded and sometimes just too much (especially the blue crystal- tree…but you may like it) and no special events as far as I know.

„Striezelmarkt“ on the Altmarkt in the centre of the Altstadt. Open daily from 29.11. until 24.12. from 10am to 9pm (on the 29.11. from 4pm on / closes on the 24.12. at 2pm)

pro: one of the oldest Christmas Market in whole of Germany (583 years old!!), it is the typical Christmas Market which tourists really like to see. It is very beautiful at nights. Also lots of entertainment and concerts, puppet theatre, and traditional and free events aaand the biggest Christmas Tree in town!

con: very crowded, especially on weekends – see all kinds of visitors at their worst behaviors, if you do not like too many people, we recommend a visit during day time (but then you miss the lights- atmosphere), the „Glühwine“ is very expensive and sometimes it is too much water inside, you also pay a big deposit for the cups, bring a lot of cash if you wanna drink and eat! Pickpocketing- watch your values!

special events:

– aytime and recommended: climb the tower (92 meter) of the „Kreuzkirche Church- Church of the Holy Cross“ next to the market (open from Mon to Sat from 10am to 6pm, Sun from 12am next to the market and have an awesome photo-view on the Old Market square and the famous Church of our Lady (only 4 €)!

– from 1.12. until 24.12. „der Weihnachtsmann“ (Santa Claus) opens the Advents Calendar daily at 4:15pm on the main stage

1.12. „Trombone Night“, starts at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm

2.12. „Advents Calendar Day“- 6pm: Dancing, 7pm: concert, 8pm: King August the Strong visits the Christmas Market

3.12. „Pfefferkuchen Day“ – eat the typical local and traditional cake: the Pfefferkuchen. Meet the Pfefferkuchen Princess at 2:30pm, free Organ concert at „Kreuzkirche“ Church at Old Market at 5pm, concerts at 6pm and 7pm and 8pm: King August the Strong visits the Christmas Market

8.12. „Pitmen Day“ concerts with traditional Pitmen songs at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm

9.12. „Stollenfest“ (try the world famous Dresden Stollen- Christmas Cake) – see the biggest Stollen in the world at 10:30am! Stollen Parade at 11am, noon: arrival of the Big Stollen, 12:25pm: buy a piece of the biggest Stollen in the world! At 5pm: live concert of the famous 800 years old „Choir of the Cross“, diverse programme from 6pm until 9pm

10.12. „Pflaumentoffelfest“, At 5pm live concert at Church of our Cross with the famous 800 years old „Choir of the Cross“, live concerts at 6pm and 7pm on the Old Market

16.12. „Pyramid Day“ celebrate the biggest pyramid from the „Erzgebirge“ in the whole world, day of the handycrafts and toy producers, Christmas Concerts at 6pm and 7pm and Singing Competition at 2pm and live concert at Church of our Cross, next to the Old Market at 5pm: Johann Sebastian Bach

17.12. „Schwippbogen“ Fest: celebration of the handycrafts and also typical dancing as well as a brass instrument concert (6pm and 7pm), At 5pm live concert at Church of our Cross: music from Johann Sebastian Bach

22.12. Gospel Night, live concerts at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm

„Romantic Christmas Market anno 1900“ in front of the Church of our Lady at Neumarkt

29.11. until the 24.12. from 10am to 10pm, on the 24.12. until 2pm

pro: probably one of Dresdens most beautiful Christmas Markets, everybody is dressed like people from 1820 to 1900, the whole market is designed after historical pictures from local artists, who draw the Christmas Markets decades ago, only traditional food and handycrafts here: book printing, Bell Smith, Gold Schmith, woodcraft, handwriting painter, gilders, most less crowded Christmas Market in the Old Town, living animals you can pet- be nice to them!

con: it is not very known nor famous

special events:

live music, nativity play, production of handycrafts like bell founder, engraver,…

„Middle Age Christmas Market“ One of the oldest stables in Germany from our Saxon kings inside the castle in the Old Town, on Schlossstrasse (there is a little door inside the tunnel, this is the entrance)

open from 23.11. until 23.12. from 11am to 9:30pm, entrance fee of 3 € (events and live music) on Fridays and Saturdays, but worth it.

pro: small and very beautiful in a original Renaissance flair, feel like a person who lived 500 years ago. Cool programme on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (stilt walkers, different live bands, fire-breather, hot bath tub, different handycrafts, live music: Brass Quintett from St. Petersburg every day

con: entrance fee (3€) on Fridays and Saturdays, but they offer a special programme with live music, theatre and more.


October 17, 2017

Festival for Sustainable Change

The festival for sustainability, the Umundu Festival already takes place since 2009 in Dresden.

what to do there?

  • market (In the Japanese Palace- “Japanisches Palais” on the 22. October 2017, 12:00 until 16:00)/ free entrance
  • You can also see the exhibition on the market: »1%: Privilege in a time of global inequality«
  • vegan and organic food and drinks are available on the market
  • see the exhibitors ideas how to contribute to the global changes
  • symposium (In the Japanese Palace- “Japanisches Palais” from 20. to 22. October) with discussions and lectures
  • exhibition “Excessocenus”: until 28. October 2017 in the Centrum Galerie (shopping mall), Dresden
  • from 23. until 28. October you can also visit different workshops of local initiatives: see concrete examples of sustainability and get active yourself!


20. until 28. October 2017


how to get there?

Japanisches Palais: tram 9 or 4, stop “Palaisplatz”

Centrum Galerie: tram 8 or 9, stop Doktor-Külz-Ring

does it cost something?

You are free to give whatever you can give (between 0€ and 50€) if you wanna join the symposium. Everything else is free.

Twitter: #umundu2017, #arm&reich


October 13, 2017

Filed under: activities, art and museums, events, news
Juliane @ 12:58 am

Festival for Club Culture (20.-29. October 2017)

Daveis a unique festival for Club Culture in Dresden, which not only gives a deep inside look into Dresden’s subculture, but also gives the opportunity to be individually active and creative as well, even if you are a layperson (everybody is welcome).

The festival offers a huge variety of different events, not only including plenty of different partys in the nicest clubs in Dresden, but also Live Shows, Meet& Greets with local, national or international DJ’s and artists or Workshops like “Artist Booking”, “VJin”, “DJing”, “Film Sounds”, “Brazing Synthesizers”, “Live Looping”,  “Art of Sampling”and much more. The workshops are hold by professional artists and DJ’s themselves.

Workshops where you do not need to sign up in advance are usually free.

If you wanna join a special Workshop, you should definitely sign up in advance if this is requested by writing an e- mail: Those workshops request an participant charge.

This year, besides plenty of artists, you can meet the famous German DJ Johannes Fröhlich, but also my personal favourite local DJ Felkon.


locations and clubs in Dresden who join the festival:

Hole of Fame (galery), TBA Club, Koralle Club, Bon Voyage Bar, RADIOAKTIV2PUNKT0, Objekt Klein A, Nikkifaktur, Chemiefabrik Club, Groovestation Club, Sabotage Club, Club Paula, Miliary History Museum of Dresden, Mole, Altes Wettbüro Club, Musikhaus Korn, Thalia Cinema, Kraftwerk Mitte (Club and event location), Scheune Club, German Hygiene Museum (Museum of Man), Zille Bar, Music University Dresden, Palais in Großer Garten, Kleinvieh, Sektor Evolution Club, Showboxx Club, Martin Luther church


The festival includes workshops and partys, discussions, films and theatre, you can also meet different DJ’s and artists.


from 20. to 29. October 2017

How to get there?

You can reach most of the locations on foot or by bike (from our hostel) since most of the Clubs are located in the Neustadt Quarter (the “alternative” quarter of Dresden).

Using the public transport in Dresden is easy. So called “Night- Trams” run all night long (line 13, line 7, line 11, line 6, line 3). A single ticket costs 2,30 €. Use the official Dresden transport site to see timetables and connections.

programme online

or programme as .pdf


October 11, 2017

Did you know?


Did you know that Christine Hardt from Dresden applied for the first patent for a bra in the year 1899? She wanted to free woman from the corset, so she tied up some tissues and a men brace and voilá: “the first bra in the world” was invented! This bra was even adjustable. Back then the usual corset weighted around 5 kilogramme which was really not comfortable nor healthy (it caused unconsciousness, miscarriage and organ bruises). This new bra was worn above the shirt as old sketches show.

At nearly the same time (also in 1899)  Herminie Cadolle from France invented a similar more delicate bra. Till this point of time it is not quite sure who invented the bra first.

We know for sure that the idea to form and hold the womans breast was not new, woman also used leather tape for example to look more manly during sport competitions, like in the ancient Greece in Sparta.

Also the Romans invented some kind of sports wear for woman, which look pretty much like a bra already.

Roman mosaic in the Villa Romana del Casale in Sicily.



September 25, 2017

subcultours starts in Dresden

Do you wanna get in touch with the locals while travelling? You do not only want to pass by? You like beeing active?

Then the new startup “subcultours” can help you with that!

“subcultours” connects local artists, bakers, DJ’s, bookbinder, (…) and travellers together. Furthermore do you have the possibility to get a closer view into the subculture of the city of Dresden. Meet other travellers and people who actually live and work in Dresden. You can support the locals and the cities scene! The meetings are usually in English or German language. Please book your favourite workshop a few days in advance!

How does this work exactly?

You can choose out from different workshops which happen frequently in Dresden, organised by Julia, the head of “subcultours” like:


Meet Andy K, who is a well known street artist in Dresden. He shows you how to create stickers or scrabbles and helps you to find ideas for your next art work. You can ask general questions in a welcoming atmosphere (about the local street art scene or specific questions to Andy K’s street art as well).

Meet street artists from Dresden and create your own street art stickers!

Best thing: you can be creative yourself (material is always inclusive): draw and paint, create music, bake a typical Dresden cake!


There are a few more cities, where you can get in contact with the young subcultours crowd:

Costa Rica



Here you can see Julia (in the middle), who started subcultoures in Dresden.

subcultours – Julia Pfitzner
Facebook I Instagram: @subcultours

September 5, 2017

Filed under: art and museums, events, news
Juliane @ 11:54 am

Museums Night on 16. September 2017









The city‘s museums will open their doors for a long night of exhibitions, shows and events during the “The Museumsnacht Dresden”.

A map helps you to locate each place of interest complete with information on how to get there. Three special buslinies, one historical bus and a number of historical trams offer you free transport to all museums, in most cases from door to door.





There are also recommended tours through different museums based on different subjects of interest like:

  • The dark side of the force
  • heads invite into the museum
  • mathematic or are dogs able to calculate?
  • good old technology
  • fashion, power and material

When is the museums night?

On the 16.09.2017 from 6PM to 1AM

How to reach the museum I want to visit?

  • You can take all buses or trams to reach each of the museums. You can use your valid entrance ticket of the “Museumsnacht Dresden 2017” for public transport, the entrance ticket to the museum already includes public transport during that night and you do not have to pay extra (only between 2PM and 6AM next morning)!
  • (besides all other trams and buses) tram 16 is the official “Museumsnacht”- tram- it is a historical tram and you can reach it on following stations in Dresden (runs every 20 minutes):

Straßenbahnmuseum – Trachenberger Platz – Liststraße – Bahnhof Neustadt – Albertplatz – Carolaplatz – Pirnaischer Platz – Postplatz – Kongresszentrum – Anton-/Leipziger Straße – Bahnhof Neustadt – Liststraße – Trachenberger Platz – Straßenbahnmuseum

  • N4 bus line is the historical bus and you can reach it on following stations:

Pirnaischer Platz (Haltestelle St. Petersburger Str.) – Gedenkstätte Münchner Platz – Universitätssammlungen – Pirnaischer Platz

Which museums can I see?

As such famous museums like the Old Masters Galery (dot 17), the New Masters Galery (dot 8), the Hygienemuseum (Museum of Man, dot 34), the Green Vaults (the treasure chambers, dot 12) or the Panometer (360′ degree panorama of the historical city of Dresden, dot 46) are joining. But we also recommend less known museums, which are definitely worth a visit like the BRN Museum (Colourful Republic of Neustadt: museum about the alternative quarter of Dresden, dot 28) or the old GDR- Prison (dot 32).

Albertinum (dot 8), Atlana Galerie (dot 44), BRN- Museum (dot 28), Hygiene-Museum (dot 34), Deutsches Uhrenmuseum Glashütte (dot 14), Erich- Kästner Museum (dot 27), Fernmeldemuseum (dot 20), Eisenbahnmuseum Dresden- Altstadt (dot 33), Gedenkstätte Bautzner Strasse (dot 32), Historisches Grünes Gewölbe (dot 12), Neues Grünes Gewölbe (dot 12), Gedenkstätte Münchner Platz (dot 45), Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (dot 17), Skulpturensammlung (dot 17), Kraftwerk-Dresdner Energie-Museum (dot 18), Kunsthaus Dresden (dot 26), Kupferstich Kabinett (dot 13), Kunstgewerbemuseum (dot 41), Militär-Historisches Museum (dot 30), Münzkabinett (dot 14), Museum für Völkerkunde (dot 24), Panometer Dresden (dot 46), Porzellansammlung (dot 16), Polizeihistorische Sammlung (dot 20), Renaissance Flügel (dot 11), Rüstkammer (dot 10), Schloss&Park Pillnitz (dot 42), Stasi-Unterlagen Archiv (dot 47), Senkenberg Naturhistorische Sammlung (dot 23), Strassenbahnmuseum Dresden (dot 48), Stadtmuseum (dot 4), Schlosskapelle und Hausmannsturm (dot 11), Technische Sammlungen Dresden (dot 36), ZeitRaum (dot 21), Verkehrsmuseum (dot 6), Museum Hofmühle Dresden (dot 21), …

How much does this all cost?

  • single ticket: 13 EUR
  • reduced ticket for students: 9 EUR

Where can I buy the ticket?

You can either buy it in a museum of your choice, but then you might have to accept waiting times or you buy your ticket in advance here:

  • DVB AG Dresden
  • DREWAG-Treff Dresden
  • Bürgerbüros der Landeshauptstadt Dresden
  • SZ-Ticketservice, Phone.: (0049) (0) 351 – 84 04 20 02
  • or at all joining museums in Dresden

Where can I find a programme?

Download or read it here.

All museums offer food and drinks as well!

Good night!

August 23, 2017

Hechtfest 25. to 27. August 2017

The Hechtfest is a local festival in the Hecht- quarter (the little sister of the Neustadt quarter, which is known to be the local hotspot for nightlife, street art or just local every day life).

It is organised by the locals who live in the Hecht area. It offers a variety of free alternative concerts (GDR Punkrock, local choir, Rock,…), local street food (cooked and baked by children or adults), partys (mostly Dub; Reggae or Electro…organised by local clubs or locals) and other nice events like the longest breakfast table, theatre shows/ puppet theatre, trampolines or the “Broiler Jam” – the skate contest!



(neighbourhood festival) from the 25th to the 27th of August


totally free


  • in the Hecht- Quarter of Dresden (Hechtstrasse/ Rudolf- Leonhard Strasse/ Buchenstrasse/ Johann- Meyer Strasse/ Fichtenstrasse/ Erlenstrasse
  • get there by tram 13 to “Bischofsplatz” or walk from Lollis Homestay Hostel within 15 minutes


  • respect the locals and their neighbourhood
  • bring your trash to the bin