The Top Places to Visit between Berlin and PragueRuss Bily
If you’re planning to visit Eastern Europe but feel confused and don’t really know how to travel from one city to another, we can try to help you sort out the best places you must see on the way from Prague to Berlin or Berlin to Prague.
Be sure that with our recommendations, even having little time or money, you will be able to spend an unforgettable holiday in Eastern Europe.
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In this article, we’re going to show you what popular places you can visit on your way between Berlin and Prague, and what are the best ways to travel.
The Germans themselves call Dresden “Florence on the Elbe» («Elb-Florenz»). The whole city is divided into 19 districts, but we primarily recommend the historical district of Altstadt or Old Town.
Actually, this is the center of the city, which is located on the left bank of the Elbe river. Of course, it’s better to travel on foot, so that no details can escape out of your sight, but you can also use public transport to save time.
The most popular among the tourists are not buses but horse-drawn carriages and steamers. Here are concentrated the main landmarks of Dresden, which you have to visit and see with your own eyes during your day trip to Dresden.
The first place, which we advise you to see, is Zwinger. You can visit three museums here: Old Masters Picture Gallery, Porcelain Museum, and Armory.
Open: from 10-00 to 18-00. Closed on Mondays.
Dresden gallery or Old Masters Picture Gallery is the world’s largest collection of paintings. Here you can find a large collection of the world masterpieces. The gallery is known for paintings by such artists as Titian, Rubens, Van Dyck, Giorgione, etc. Of course, the pearl is “Sistine Madonna” by Raphael.
The Armory, or historical museum, contains a large collection of weapons, about 10 thousand exhibits totally. Here you can see the knight armor, swords, spears, saddles, chain armor.
Porcelain Museum is the largest collection in Europe and has about 20 thousand exhibits, presented by the Chinese, Japanese, and early Meissen porcelain. All items are on display in three galleries and two halls. We recommend you to see this indescribable and breathtaking beauty with your own eyes.
Once you have visited museums, walk along the Zwinger yard. It has a special beauty in summer when the fountains are working.
Very close to Zwinger, there is a small street, where the world’s largest porcelain artwork, called Procession of Princes, or Fürstenzug, is located. It is made of it 25 thousand of tiles and depicts the equestrian procession of all the princes who ruled in Saxony.
At the end of the street, turn right and see majestic Lutheran Frauenkirche. During World War II, it was completely destroyed. Reconstruction of the facade and the interior was finished only in 2005.
Then from the square, where the Frauenkirche is located, turn to the small street Munzgasse, and move to the end. There is a staircase, which will take you to the Brühl’s Terrace.
This terrace offers a beautiful view of the Elbe. It is called the “Balcony of Europe”. The length of the balcony is 500 meters. You can see such monumental buildings as Albertinum and the Academy of Arts from there.
We can’t forget to mention another bright decoration of the Old City, that is, Semper Opera House. It is situated in the square next to the Zwinger. Firstly, it is one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. Secondly, one of the oldest orchestras in the world, which has more than 460 years, play there.
How to get to Dresden?
First of all, we bring to your attention three most popular ways of travel from Prague or Berlin to Dresden:
The bus is the most economical way to get to Dresden as the ticket price is approximately 12 € from Prague and 5 € from Berlin. The journey takes about 2 hours. Buses from Prague to Dresden depart from the main Prague bus station ÚAN Florenc Praha. The buses from Berlin depart from Berlin-Lichtenberg Station.
If we compare the train and the bus, a trip by train is certainly more comfortable, but more expensive, approximately 19 € – 20 €. Travel time is about 2 hours and 15 minutes. Trains have a two-class layout, so the price may differ.
By private car
You may also choose to travel with the comfort and make stops wherever you want with a local English-speaking driver-guide, who can take you to your preferred destination while allowing you to explore as many interesting places on the way as you wish.
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Let’s continue to discover places where you can stop on the way from Berlin to Prague
Meissen is an old city, that lies in the valley of the rivers Elbe and Triebisch, at the foot of the Burgberg mountain. Meissen is known as an ancient center of the porcelain and ceramic industry.
The town is located 30 km from Dresden, and you can comfortably overcome this distance on the train, bus, or our door-to-door service www.besttrips.eu.
Being originated in the 15th century, Meissen Albrechtsburg Castle is the oldest castle in Germany. It is a masterpiece of late-Gothic architecture. It is now a museum, providing the perfect frame for the exhibited masterpieces of Meissen porcelain.
Located next to the majestic Albrechtsburg castle, the Meissen Cathedral is a Gothic church, which stands high with pride at the highest point of the city. All the quintessential elements of Gothic architecture are seen here, like pointed arch, the ribbed vault, and the flying buttress.
The most important place to visit in Meissen is Porcelain Manufactory. All that you can see in Dresden’s Zwinger, is made here: sculptures, utensils, ornaments, and porcelain singing bells, all are created with the help of Meissen masters of white gold.
3.Terezin – the Dark Side of Czech Republic
On the way from Prague to Berlin or back, you can visit Terezin, the former garrison town-fortress, which is located about 64 km northwest of Prague. It was founded in the late XVIII century exclusively for defensive functions and is named in honor of the Austrian princess Theresa.
Tall, thick walls, which stretch for 4 km, are topped with reinforced bastions; an extensive network of underground tunnels with a total length of almost 30 km with time turned into a prison. Notorious town of Terezín originates from the times of World War II when the Germans made their one of the country’s largest concentration camp for Jews.
The main attraction of Terezin is a memorial complex, which is a fortress with a lot of buildings and structures. The main tourist sites are the Ghetto Museum and the former Magdeburg barracks.
The building of the Ghetto Museum is located in the center of Terezin. All presented expositions have been created in close collaboration with the surviving prisoners, and therefore reflect the real situation of that time.
Hundreds of documents provide an opportunity to learn about the life of the prisoners. You can see a memorial dedicated to the thousands of children who died in the concentration camp. In the Magdeburg barracks, numerous documents and drawings that can tell about the life of prisoners are collected.
The ticket price for visiting the Ghetto Museum and Magdeburg barracks is as follows:
Full: 170 CZK
For children and adolescents aged 6 to 18 years, students, upon presentation of the relevant document, and people older than 65 years: 140 CZK
The schedule of the Ghetto Museum and Magdeburg barracks is the following:
Monday-Sunday: 9:00—17:30 from November to March
Monday-Sunday: 9:00—18:00 from April to October
The only one restaurant in a town is Memorial, where you can try true Czech cuisine. However, we recommend you to visit the town of Litoměřice, located in only a few kilometers from Terezin, where you can find a lot of fine cafés. Being one of the oldest cities in the Czech Republic, Litoměřice is famous for its wine.
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