Where tradition and innovation go hand in hand
Dresden - Capturing your imagination.
The city’s cultural landscape is unique, the Elbe location enchanting, the array of beautiful buildings stunning. As one of Europe’s leading high-tech hubs with a cluster of innovative companies and research centres, the Saxon capital is also a dynamic location for business offering a wide range of locations and comprehensive meetings and conference services.
International centre of arts and culture
Dresden with 540,000 inhabitants is Germany’s fourth largest city by area. Its origins go back to the 13th century, and it is today worldwide known as an international centre of arts and culture with an acclaimed museum scene. At the same time, Dresden has in recent decades evolved into a major hub for international business and commerce. It is one of Europe’s most advanced high-tech locations, leading the way in microelectronics, information and communication technologies, biotechnology, nanotechnology and photovoltaics. These innovative sectors complement the traditional emphasis on mechanical and plant engineering, the aircraft and automotive sector, the printing sector as well as pharmaceutical industry. Developments and progress in these new and old industries are fuelled by the exceptional array of research institutions and universities based in Dresden.
Did you know?
Every second microchip produced in Europe hails from Dresden thanks to the local microelectronics cluster and 1,500 companies with more than 48,000 employees working in this sector.
Transport & Location
Transport and Location
Saxony as one of Germany’s eastern federal states shares borders with Poland and the Czech Republic. Its capital Dresden is well connected to short-haul and middle-haul destinations in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East via its international airport, located about six miles from the city centre. Dresden is an important hub within Deutsche Bahn’s long-distance railway network and high-speed Intercity-Express (ICE) plus Eurocity (EC) and Intercity (IC) trains regularly call at the city’s main station as well as Dresden-Neustadt. For getting around in Dresden the city’s comprehensive public transport network provides bus and tram lines.
As a major investment, Messe Dresden, the city’s exhibition centre, opened a new conference venue in 2011: Börse Dresden is part of the Messe complex and has transformed a listed and more than 100-year-old building complex into an architecturally stunning, state-of-the-art convention centre. In conjunction with the exhibition space of Messe Dresden, up to 10,000 delegates can be accommodated and the location works equally well for congresses, conventions, corporate and incentive events.
Only a few minutes away, the International Congress Center Dresden (ICD) is considered to be one of Europe’s most modern congress centres. Its distinctive architecture adjacent to the historical baroque buildings of the old town centre has become a landmark on the Elbe embankment. Its various halls and rooms are spread over four levels and can accommodate up to 6,800 visitors. Dresden’s Maritim Hotel is right next to it and directly connected. Altogether, the city can offer 115 hotels with more than 20,000 beds.
Event organisers looking for that special touch should consider the museums of the Dresden State Art Collections as stunning historical
locations providing extraordinary spaces for a variety of occasions. The Porcelain Collection could serve as a sophisticated gala dinner venue; the Green Vault in the Royal Palace could host a reception and in the Palace itself, the splendid Fürstengalerie (princes’ gallery) featuring portraits of Saxon rulers can be hired for events.
Things to see & do
Things to see & do
Dresden’s many sights offer conference organisers more than enough material for accompanying activities. The historical old quarter is perfect for walking tours, taking in famous buildings such as Zwinger Palace, the Semper Opera House or Church of Our Lady. The so-called Neustadt on the other side of the river is known for its trendy bars and perfect for an evening outing. Exploring the city’s surroundings should also be high on the list: Dresden is home to the world’s oldest and largest fleet of paddle steamers and the 90-minute upriver trip to Pillnitz Castle, once the summer residence of the kings of Saxony, provides perfect Elbe valley views.
Other popular attractions and locations are also easily reached by public transport. The history of porcelain can be explored in nearby Meissen, and Saxon Switzerland, the German section of the Elbe Sandstone Mountain range southeast of Dresden, is a truly magnificent natural sight. Last but not least, sample some Saxon hospitality and explore the city’s restaurants, offering anything from fine dining to local specialities
and special locations, including vineyards and historical cellars.
Dresden: Pioneer in research and beauty.
Dresden's high level of expertise in the areas of chemicals + pharmaceuticals and technology + innovation prove that the capital of the state of Saxony not only has a wealth of cultural and art treasures but also of brilliant minds.
The city is home to intensive research in biology and genetics as well as in nano and solar technologies. It is an important location for both research institutes and companies in the pharmaceutical and semiconductor industries.
Energy and the environment
- Center for Power Engineering (ZET) at TU Dresden
- Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (also Medicine and healthcare & Technology and innovations)
Technology and innovations