The German railway net is probably the densiest in the world and the Deutsche Bahn one of the largest and most modern transport companies worldwide. Nontheless, delays of trains are not precluded, even at weekends, on holidays or in winter time.

The Deutsche Bahn http://www.bahn.de/i/view/overseas/en/index.shtml
offers various services to get the travelers informed as soon as possible (including via cellphone ) about delays or possible problems due to construction sites at the rail net.

information here:

Special offers of Deutsche Bahn for travels through Europe:

recommendation: If possible, use the evenings or nights for traveling, even for long-distance travels (e.g. to Vienna). You will spare some costs for hotels and you will be able to be at the musems when they get open. This will enable you to have some quiet time with the paintings.

information about overnight travel offered by Deutsche Bahn:

information compiled by Adelheid Rech

Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, Johannes Vermeer Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window
Johannes Vermeer
c. 1657–1659
Oil on canvas, 83 x 64.5 cm.
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden
The Procuress, Johannes Vermeer The Procuress
Johannes Vermeer
Oil on canvas, 143 x 130 cm.
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden
travel & public transport Two days are a minimum for the city of arts and music and its magnificent landscape.
accommodations recommendation (walking distance to central station and city center):

State Art Collections Dresden – Old Masters Gallery:
  • address:
    Zwinger – Semper Building
    Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
    Theaterplatz 1
    D - 01067 Dresden
    (tram stop: Postplatz)
  • booking information:
    telephone: 0049 – (0)351 - 49 14 2000
    fax: 0049 - (0)351 - 49 14 2001
  • email:
  • opening hours:
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Mondays
  • private information:
    The entrance is located in the archway under the cupola of the Semper Building,
    connecting the Zwinger area with the Theaterplatz.
  • Getting to the Vermeers: Go to the 1st floor, left-side (short staircase) to the central room dividing the Italian paintings department (left side [Sixtine Madonna] ) and the Netherlands/Flemish painting department (right side). Enter the room after the large Rembrandt-room and turn some steps to the right side. There they are at the right side-wall.)
  • Apart from the breathtaking treasures housed in the various museums of the Dresden State Art Collections (see: http://www.skd.museum/en/museums-institutions/index.html ) and the many world famous monuments like the Frauenkirche, the Zwinger or the Semper Opera, the beautiful landscape along the river Elbe wich have always inspired artists of all sorts should be explored and experienced, possible in various ways: with double decker buses (starting Theatre square/ Augustus bridge).
    (http://www.stadtrundfahrt.com/web/index.php ) or even more relaxing on one of the historic Elbe paddle steamers (http://www.saechsische-dampfschiffahrt.de/index.html which depart at the Elbe quay down along the Brühlsche Terrasse, all some footsteps away fromthe Old Masters Gallery.
  • tip:
    Take a tour to Castle Pillnitz, directly situated at the Elbe with its wonderful garden (housing the oldest Camelia north from the Alps, probably brought to Dresden in 1776). The "Wasserpalais" houses the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum for Applied Arts) of the State Art Collections, with a precious collection of ancient musical instruments, ceramics and chinoiseries, textiles, decorative ironwork and carpentry.
  • tip:
    Take the historic funiculars (the "Schwebebahn" or the "Standseilbahn" – see:
    http://www.dresden.de/dtg/en/sightseeing/elblandschaft/blaues_wunder.php ) located in the suburb Loschwitz which bring you to the "Balcony of Dresden" where you will have the most beautiful sights on the Dresdner Elbtal (Dresden Elbe valley), that area which in 2004 was awarded with the status "Unesco World Cultural Heritage" but unfortunately lost this award in 2009.
    To the left the view goes up to the "Elbsandsteingebirge" (Elbe Sandstone Mountains), due to its romantic beauty also called "Sächsische Schweiz" (Saxon Switzerland). To the right the majestic panorama of Dresden
    unfolds in the background.
  • When doing the large sightseeing bus tour (22 stops) you can leave the bus in Loschwitz and later hopping on one of the following buses.