The German rail company Deutsche Bahn provide an excellent service for trains to Dresden from the United Kingdom. The most direct route departs from London St Pancras Station and takes just under 12 hours to complete. This journey requires changing trains three times. Regular daily trains are available; the earliest leaving at approximately 8:00 a.m. with the last departure at around 10:00 p.m. The first leg of the journey goes to Brussels Midi on the Eurostar, with further possible changes at Koln, Hannover, Leipzig or Frankfurt depending on what time and route you choose. The destination train station of Dresden Hauptbahnhof is located in the southern part of the city centre, south of the Elbe River, and has good public transport links. There are trams, buses, taxis and inter-city rail services that all run on a regular basis into the centre of Dresden and also the surrounding local area.
Situated on the East German border near the Czech Republic, surrounded by a lush rural valley and lying on both sides of the beautiful Elbe River, Dresden is an impressive sight. The city skyline is a magical array of spires, domes, towers and parapets of palaces, stately buildings and churches. Although suffering extensively from the the bombing raids of WWII many important landmarks where painstakingly re-built, ensuring the city retained it's characterful Baroque-style architecture. Stroll around the Old Town of Dresden and marvel at the elegance of the reconstructed Frauenkirche Church with it's magnificent dome and enjoy the atmosphere of the many markets and events held in the historical Altmarkt Square. Dresden's world class reputation for art and culture is evident in it's remarkable collections, displayed in twelve museums including the wonderful Old Masters Gallery and Green Vault. Orchestras and choirs of great repute regularly perform at the Semper Opera House and at other exciting venues around Dresden.