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Get out and have fun

Outdoor destinations

Immer schön rauskommen!

Climb, marvel, take a deep breath.

Dresden Elbland is made for great outdoor fun. Climbing parks, animal parks, leisure parks - and we mean the word "park" literally. Because nature is not just around the corner here, it's usually right there with you. The choice ranges from a classic visit to the zoo to an adrenaline rush on the high ropes course. There are no fewer than four climbing parks in the neighbourhood, allowing the little ones (and adults) to gradually surpass themselves - even without any climbing experience thanks to professional instruction.


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Leisure and climbing parks, zoo and co.

The main thing is adventure!

The varied Oskarshausen amusement park. The beautiful Dresden Zoo. The Moritzburg game reserve. Four great climbing parks and high ropes courses. Dresden Elbland offers variety whatever the weather! And the best thing about it: everything is within easy reach, so spontaneous changes of plan are easily possible. With so much choice, there's really only one question: what do we do first?

For water lovers

Fun in on on the cool water

SUP, canoe, rowing boat, sailing boat - or would you prefer wakeboarding? Dresden Elbland has more refreshing options for all water sports fans. Of course, the beautiful Elbe is at the forefront - in some places a challenging river, but often cosy and leisurely. Also on offer: a whole series of pretty lakes and smaller rivers throughout Dresden Elbland. What there is to discover: Find out here! Outdoor and natural swimming fun? Sure, there's plenty here too! Eating and drinking snacks on the side, maybe even jumping into the cool water? Treat yourself to a good dose of relaxation - and get to know Dresden Elbland from completely new perspectives.

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Where on the water in Dresden Elbland?

The idyllic Elbe location, countless small lakes and rivers: Dresden Elbland is ideal for fantastic, individual tours! Here we present the most beautiful places.

Wakeboard and water skiing

More speed, more action? Of course! Here in Dresden Elbland, there's plenty of acceleration as well as plenty of relaxation. A fast-paced ride with plenty of flying distance or a James Bond feeling over the water? The Cable Park Dresden is a true oasis for water sports enthusiasts. With state-of-the-art cable car systems for wakeboarding and waterskiing, surrounded by natural beauty, it is the perfect place for beginners and advanced riders alike.

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Dippelsdorfer Teich

The Dippelsdorfer Teich, part of the Moritzburg ponds, is located right next to the Bad Sonnenland holiday centre and offers a wide range of leisure activities such as stand-up paddling, kayaking and canoeing. A special feature is the 210 metre long dam that connects Moritzburg and Dippelsdorf and is used by the Lößnitzgrundbahn railway. For holidaymakers and day guests, the natural pond offers both relaxing and sporting activities, and the necessary water sports equipment can be hired directly at the reception of the Bad Sonnenland holiday park.

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Paradise also for water sports enthusiasts

Water sports in a dream setting? On the middle pond, which is part of the Moritzburg high ropes course, you can experience exciting activities such as SUP, yoga on the water (= WOGA) or fitness exercises on the SUP, suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Don't worry, previous experience is not necessary - an introduction is always offered, and although it is recommended to bring a change of clothes, usually only those looking for refreshment end up in the water!

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Watersports on the river

See Dresden Elbland in a completely different way on varied tours: Water sports on the Elbe are a real highlight! How about a relaxed picnic on the Elbe meadows, followed by a beautiful tour downstream? Mooring somewhere in between and stopping for a drink in a small beach bar? Or see who can discover a vineyard directly on the Elbe first? The important thing to remember is that the Elbe has quite a strong current - so be careful and ideally get professional instruction. And then: have lots of relaxed fun!

Plenty of space to try things out

A beautiful spot with plenty of space: the Oberwartha reservoir is particularly suitable for first attempts at water sports, allowing you to familiarise yourself with the (simple) technique in a relaxed manner. There are car parks right by the reservoir. Important: Currents are possible on the arm in the direction of the pumped storage plant/pipes - it is best to avoid this arm completely!

Outdoor pools and bathing lakes

Freibad Cotta (früher Hebbelbad)


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Freibad & Schwimmhalle Prohlis


© Kombibad Prohlis, Unbekannt

Freibad Wostra


© Dresdner Bäder GmbH, Unbekannt

Stauseebad Cossebaude


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Natural swimming pool Goltzscha


© Gemeindeverwaltung Nünchritz
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Fairytale castles

Cinderella and Co.

This is how enchantment works in Dresden Elbland: Simply travel to nearby Moritzburg - and follow in the footsteps of Achenbrödel! The dreamlike pleasure and hunting lodge on a small island impresses at any time of year.

In winter, it transforms into a real fairytale castle: experience the backdrop of Three Nuts for Cinderella when times long past come to life again! The Moritzburg State Stud, the former pheasant garden and Germany's oldest inland lighthouse - all located in the beautiful cultural landscape around the castle - are also well worth a visit! And of course there are many more beautiful castles to discover in Dresden Elbland! Let yourself be enchanted!

Pillnitz Palace & Park


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Dresden Royal Palace


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Albrechtsburg Meissen


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Erlebnisweingut Schloss Wackerbarth


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Altzella Abbey


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Hartenfels Castle


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Baroque garden Zabeltitz


© Matthias Kost, Stadtverwaltung Großenhain

Schloss Nossen


© Tilo Harder, Tilo Harder

Schloss Proschwitz


© Weingut Schloss Proschwitz

Dresden Zwinger


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Burgk Castle


© Tilo Harder, Stadt Freital

The park railway

A Dresden original

It steams and hisses: when the famous park railway puffs its way through Dresden's Great Garden, it's not just children's eyes that light up. This little railway is on the move from spring to autumn. The two steam locomotives "Lisa" and "Moritz", both built in 1925, take around 30 minutes to complete the almost 6-kilometre round trip. Their route takes them through the most beautiful corners of the 147-hectare Great Garden. This Gesamtkunstwerk of architecture, landscape design and fine art enchants with old trees, extensive meadows, the puppet and park theatre, the palace, an open-air stage and many gastronomic facilities.

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