Landeshauptstadt Dresden - 08.03.2018 14:25:21 Uhr 27.09.2022 00:54:07 Uhr
Get a completely new perspective of the state capital from the deck of an historic paddle wheel steamer.
© Sylvio Dittrich

Experience the things that move us forward

Nostalgia is one facet of Dresden Elbland. The innovations of times past never cease to amaze both young and old – at the 10th Dresden Steam Engine Festival in the state capital or the naval review of the Saxon Steamship Company. So make it full steam ahead for your exploration of this wonderful region.


  • Embrace the romance of the bygone era of train travel at the 10th Dresden Steam Engine Festival from 6 to 8 April. Numerous special trains from Germany and abroad come to Dresden for the festival. The engines can be admired from up close. Special highlights include the night photo parade at the turntable of the steam engine depot Dresden-Altstadt on Friday and Saturday from 7 pm until 10 pm. There will be live music and good food at the event. In addition, your ticket for the Steam Engine Festival is also good for a visit to the Dresden Transport Museum. Have we whetted your appetite? In July and September, Dresden Elbland invites you to the narrow gauge railway festival of the Weißeritztalbahn (the Weißeritz Valley train on 14 and 15 July) and the Lößnitzgrundbahn (the Lößnitz Valley train on 15 and 16 September): here you will find photo parades, special excursions and a colourful programme for the entire family.

  • Experience Dresden up close with the oldest and largest fleet of paddle ship steamers in the world. Between Diesbar-Seußlitz and Bad Schandau the nine paddle ship steamers and three motor vessels of the Saxon Steamship Company ply along the Elbe River. In combination with the culinary delights on board and the fascinating technology, a river sightseeing cruise on board a Dresden steamer is a very special experience. Special excursions with swinging live music on the "Dixieland Cruise" or with a bit of comedy on the Theatre Barge (Theaterkahn) are sure to please. And make sure you do not miss the naval parade on 1 May, one of the great annual highlights!

  • Have you had enough steam? Then how about the Dresden Bergbahnen (Dresden Mountain Trains)? These trains have been running on electricity since the start of the last century. The funicular railway and the suspension railway start their climb at the base station near the "Blaue Wunder" (Loschwitzer Bridge) and take their passengers to the elegant mansion district Weißer Hirsch and to Oberloschwitz. In addition to the interesting information on the technology used for the trains, the final stations also offer beautiful views of Dresden in the spring.

  • The Dresden Transport Museum has a new special exhibition: "A Love-Need-Hate Relationship. The Germans and their Cars” (“Geliebt. Gebraucht. Gehasst. Die Deutschen und ihre Autos”). It is a moving history of the most important means of transportation in the Federal Republic of Germany. From 5 May until 6 January 2019, the exhibition carries you off to the vehicle’s historic beginnings and tells you about today’s auto industry. All the facets of our fascination with the automobile are illuminated.