Sparkly lights are a must during the Christmas break and on New Year’s Eve (Photo: C. Reichert)

We checked some free-time activities of Dresden for you to present some ideas on how to spend the time between the years.



You can go Ice skating in Dresden’s Ice stadium Energieverbund Arena. There you can also rent ice skates for €4.

Admission: €3,50 ( students: €2,50)Opening hours: click here for the next days ; How to get there: Energieverbund Arena, Magdeburger Str. 10, 01167 Dresden, TRAM 6,11 ‘Kongresszentrum’ stop.

Find more information here (available only in German):

If you want a more romantic experience go and explore the inner square of the Hotel Taschenbergpalais. It is a little bit more expensive, but the atmosphere is worth it.

Admission: 9€ including skate rental (6€ without skates), Opening hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., How to get there: Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden, Taschenberg 3, 01067 Dresden, TRAM 4, 8, 9 ’Theaterplatz’ stop   (


Hiking in the Saxon Switzerland

If you would like to get out of the city and explore the beautiful nature around Dresden, you will find tips and tricks about what you can do in the Saxon Switzerland in winter here: (available only in German)

If you need more ideas and opportunities, check out this website about winter holiday opportunities in the rest of Saxony:


Visit at a museum

The Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden offers a lot to see in all its different museums. All the museums are open in the time between the years and so even if the weather outside might not be nice, you can still spend your time nicely. Check out all the information on pricing, guided tours (also held in English) and opening hours here:


Watch a movie at the cinema (in original version)

You want to spend a relaxed afternoon with your family going to a movie? Or you would like to have a movie night with your friends? When you follow this link, you will find all available movies in Dresden’s cinemas in original version (OV) or original version with subtitles (OMU). Just click here:,ov


Go shopping

You want to have a look through the stores while university is closed? All the major shopping stores are open during the time except on the 25 and 26 December. On New Year’s Eve they close already at 2 p.m. and on New Year’s Day no shops are open, but during the other days, they keep the regular shopping hours.


New Year’s Eve

In Germany, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with friends and family, a nice meal and lots of fireworks. The stores start selling the fireworks from the 29 December on until the 31 December. You don’t have to have your own rockets and firecrackers, you can also go to one of Dresden’s bridge or to a spot with a nice view at midnight and enjoy the fireworks over the panorama of Frauenkirche and Semperoper. If you are more a party person, there also several parties going on in Dresden during this night.

You still don’t know what you could do? On this website, they list every event happening in and around Dresden. Maybe you can find something fitting here:

Enjoy your holidays and have a good start into 2017!

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