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Explore Dresden by Car: An In-depth Journey Through Saxony's Capital

Dresden, often referred to as the "Florence of the Elbe", is a gem in the state of Saxony, Germany. Brimming with Baroque wonders, it has a rich tapestry of history and culture. While Dresden boasts an impressive public transportation network, hiring a car offers the liberty to uncover its hidden treasures at your own pace. Delve into this guide to navigate Dresden by car and explore its mesmerizing surroundings.

Benefits of Hiring a Car in Dresden:

  1. Flexibility and Convenience: Traverse through Dresden’s lanes or venture into Saxony's lush countryside without the constraints of timetables.
  2. Economical for Groups: For families or groups, hiring a car often proves more cost-effective than multiple public transport fares.
  3. Enhanced Comfort: Whether it's souvenirs, luggage, or picnic baskets for a day trip, enjoy the convenience of having everything at arm’s reach.
  4. Broaden Your Horizons: Many of Dresden's surrounding attractions are best accessed by car, granting you a fuller experience of Saxony.

Distance to the Nearest Airport:

Dresden Airport is roughly 9 kilometers north of the city center. By car, a swift 20-minute journey via the B97 will lead you right to the heart of Dresden.

Road Conditions and Traffic:

Dresden offers pristine road conditions, as is typical across Germany. However, anticipate denser traffic during rush hours (around 7 am-9 am and 4 pm-6 pm). Navigating through the Altstadt (Old Town) might require a bit more caution due to its narrower streets.

Tolls:

Germany primarily offers toll-free roads, and this includes the routes around Dresden. However, if you're journeying beyond Germany's borders, some neighboring countries may have toll roads.

Recommended Attractions and Routes:

  1. Zwinger Palace: Located in the city center, this Baroque masterpiece houses museums and boasts enchanting gardens. A short drive around the Altstadt will bring you here.

  2. Pillnitz Castle: Roughly 15 kilometers southeast of Dresden, a 30-minute drive along the B172 will lead you to this riverside palace with its magnificent gardens.

  3. Bastei Bridge: Located about 50 kilometers southeast via the S177 and Basteistraße, this natural rock formation in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains provides breathtaking views and is a hiker’s paradise.

  4. Moritzburg Castle: A mere 15 kilometers northwest of Dresden via the B6, this Baroque palace set amidst a tranquil lake is an epitome of royal architecture.

  5. Saxon Switzerland National Park: Drive around 45 kilometers southeast via the A17, and you'll reach this stunning national park, known for its unique rock formations and panoramic vistas.

In Conclusion:

Hiring a car in Dresden provides an unparalleled opportunity to delve deeper into the city's essence and the surrounding beauty of Saxony. Before you set off, ensure you're equipped with all necessary documents for car hire and familiarize yourself with local driving regulations. Happy exploring and safe journeys!


Current Rental Rates in Dresden

Volkswagen Up

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.94 EUR/day
Volkswagen Up

7 Days rental at 167.59 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Smart Fortwo Electric

2 Adults, 2 Doors

From 25.74 EUR/day
Smart Fortwo Electric

7 Days rental at 180.18 EUR from 22/04/2024

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 26.16 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 183.12 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Cupra Born

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.32 EUR/day
Cupra Born

7 Days rental at 233.25 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Smart Fortwo Electric

2 Adults, 2 Doors

From 25.74 EUR/day
Smart Fortwo Electric

7 Days rental at 180.18 EUR from 22/04/2024

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 49.51 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 346.62 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mercedes EQA

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Mercedes EQA

7 Days rental at 298.06 EUR from 22/04/2024

  0 |
  Manual |
  No

Cupra Born

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.84 EUR/day
Cupra Born

7 Days rental at 327.88 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Smart Fortwo Electric

2 Adults, 2 Doors

From 36.95 EUR/day
Smart Fortwo Electric

7 Days rental at 258.65 EUR from 22/04/2024

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 71.29 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 499.06 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mercedes EQA

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 59.47 EUR/day
Mercedes EQA

7 Days rental at 416.35 EUR from 22/04/2024

  0 |
  Manual |
  No

Cupra Born

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 40.44 EUR/day
Cupra Born

7 Days rental at 283.10 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Jeep Renegade Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 39.39 EUR/day
Jeep Renegade Hybrid

7 Days rental at 275.77 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Jeep Renegade Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 54.77 EUR/day
Jeep Renegade Hybrid

7 Days rental at 383.39 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Dresden : Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • The city was completely destroyed in a controversial bombing campaign by the RAF in World War II.
  • Dresden is nearly on the border with the Czech Republic.
  • It was the former capital of the Kings of Saxony.
  • The name of the city means ‘people of the riverside forest’.
  • The poem that the European anthem ‘Ode to Joy’ was based on was written for Dresden.
  • Twinned with Coventry, Saint Petersburg, Florence and Salzburg among other cities.

 

Dresden - Popular Destinations

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Dresden car hire information

  • 8.8/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Enterprise EMEA Corporate
  • € 167.58
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 23.94
    Best Price:
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  • 47
    Most Popular Type:
    Intermediate
  • 12
    Most popular model:
    Nissan Juke
  • 207
    Total Cars Available
     

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