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Goethe quote, Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, Brühl's Terrace, Dresden, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

Dresden: the night watch

After identifying a number of places to view Prague at night, Dresden is equally worthy to photograph after sundown. With its nickname “Florence on the Elbe” (Elbflorenz, Florenz an der Elbe) leading the way, I highlight these four places to photograph the city at night.

  1. Brühlsche Terrasse, or Brühl’s Terrace, known also as “The Balcony of Europe”
  2. Frauenkirche, at Neumarkt
  3. Semper Oper, at Theaterplatz
  4. North bank of the Elbe river, near Königsufer

All four locations are central, (mostly) within Dresden’s Altstadt, and accessible on foot, although you can also easily take the public transport (tram) to one of the following stops: Pirnaischer Platz, Altmarkt, Postplatz, Theaterplatz, or Neustädter Markt.


1.   Brühlsche Terrasse

Bruehlsche Terrasse, Bruehl's Terrace, Balcony of Europe, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

West view, from Brühlsche Terrasse (Brühl’s Terrace)

2.   Frauenkirche

Frauenkirche, Neumarkt, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Frauenkirche with Martin Luther memorial, at Neumarkt – 22 Apr 2015.


3.   Semper Oper

Semper Oper, Theaterplatz, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Semper Oper from Theaterplatz; see also “Semper Oper: outside by day, inside at night”

4.   Elbufer

Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

View of the Altstadt, from the north bank of the Elbe river

All four locations are identified in the map below. With the EuroCity (EC) train running every two hours in daytime, Dresden can be reached non-stop from Berlin in about 2 hours 20 minutes and from Prague in about 2 hours 15 minutes. Click on the arrow-window icon at the upper-left corner of the map below for the legend.

I made the photos above on 21 December 2012 and 22 April 2015. Thanks to Germany Tourism, Saxony Tourism, and Dresden Marketing for their support and hospitality. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-72c.

26 Responses to “Dresden: the night watch”

    • fotoeins

      Hi, Cornelia. I recommend Dresden, especially if you’ll be around Berlin or Prague, or if you’re planning to be in Berlin and Prague. Dresden is about halfway between these two cities, and apart from one recently-built bridge crossing, Dresden is a former UNESCO World Heritage Site, but the city and region have a lot to offer. Thanks again for stopping by, and for your kind compliment!

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    • fotoeins

      So many places to see, so little time to truly cover them all like they all and each so deserve. 🙂 With that said, I have to return to Prague at some point. Cornelia, it’d be great if you returned – are you thinking next summer or winter?

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    • corneliaweberphotography

      Yes indeed, too many places to see….. I’ll what the future has to offer. First this summer on my way to Germany, I’ll spend a few days in Stockholm. Have a great travel summer.

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    • fotoeins

      I miss Stockholm, too! What are your plans for your few days there? All the best to you on your upcoming travels!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Timo. I have been fortunate to have visited twice: one time in early-December and the second time this past April. Although I love the Weihnachtsmarkt, I definitely like being in Germany with warmer longer days and foliage on the trees. Thank you for your kind compliment!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Noel. Dresden is a magical place by day or night, in the summer or during Christmas markets. In my opinion, the city did not deserve to lose its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind compliments!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Anita. Like many German/European cities, there are no shortage of sites or places as destinations to photograph, by day or at night. Thank you for reading!

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  1. shelleymck

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful night shots of Dresden. I know very little about the area, but it looks like a great place to visit in Germany.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thank you, Shelley. I highly recommend Dresden at any time of the year. Have you visited Germany before? If yes, what places have you visited?

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Ursula! What other places around Dresden did you visit? What was the most memorable for you?

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  2. Cathy Sweeney

    The last time I was in Prague, I hoped to have enough time to make a trip to Dresden, but couldn’t make it happen. Your photos make it look like a very enticing place to visit. Gorgeous, Henry!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Cathy. There’s so much to do, isn’t there? And 2.5 hours by train from Prague doesn’t sound like much either. I definitely recommend Dresden! Thanks again for your kind compliments!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Paula! Dresden definitely shows up under sun by day or at night when the city is bathed in the warm glow of artificial lights. 🙂

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  3. Kay Dougherty (@BlBrTravel)

    This is embarrassing but when I was putting together an itinerary with German Tourism I said I wanted to go to Dusseldorf. So I went there and loved it but only later did I realize I’d meant to say Dresden! It looks lovely. I envy your ability to get good night pictures – mine are always dreadful.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Kay. A surprise, but a pleasant one, I would imagine, to discover Düsseldorf on the Rhein. I’m happy to provide additional motivation for your future visit to Dresden. Night pictures require one or a combination of the following: a camera whose detector has good to great low-light performance, steady hands, a tripod, experimentation and perseverance. But it’s the last aspect is one with which most have trouble; I’ve gone and played a lot in the dark or in the quiet(er) hours of dawn or dusk. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment!

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  4. betsywuebker

    I’ve long admired your photography skills, and these images are just stunning. We would love to visit Dresden, but I know my skills won’t do these locations justice. Thankful to see yours.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thank you, Betsy; that is very kind of you to say. But I’d like to echo my reply to Kay’s comment: I believe that ” … night pictures require one or a combination of the following: a camera whose detector has good to great low-light performance, steady hands, a tripod, experimentation and perseverance. But it’s the last aspect is one with which most have trouble; I’ve gone and played a lot in the dark or in the quiet(er) hours of dawn or dusk.” What I’m saying is anyone can do night photography too. 🙂 Thanks again!

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