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Maria and Philippe, German Course 2019 Photo: Goethe-Institut, David Höpfner
Maria and Philippe, German Course 2019

Every square metre is full of culture.

Unique museums, cultural heritage, impressive GDR relics, urban city on the Elbe: learn German in Dresden – and experience its history! #goethedresden

Our institute in Dresden

Goethe-Institut Dresden Photo: Lothar Sprenger
Media resource center Photo: Goethe-Institut
Break Photo: Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut Dresden is situated in historical Neustadt, a young, vibrant part of town about 20 minutes on foot from the Elbe and the baroque city center. The spacious grounds of the institute include a small park with mature trees. The institute and its guesthouse are easily accessible by public transportation.

Facilities and services

  • 11 well-equipped classrooms
  • Media resource center
  • WLAN
  • Common room
  • A pleasant terrace
  • Accommodation
  • Medical insurance (optional)
  • Airport transfer (on request)

The city of Dresden

  • Dresden Photo: Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus
  • Dresden Photo: Fotolia/stockWERK
  • Crown Gate of the Dresden Zwinger Photo: iStock
  • Hofkirche und Schloss Photo: iStock
  • Church of Our Lady at Neumarkt Photo: Dresden Marketing
  • Summer on the Elbe Photo: Dresden Marketing
  • Neustadt Photo: Thomas Koy
  • Kunsthofpassagen Photo: Thomas Koy
  • Dresden Philharmonic Photo: Dresden Marketing
  • Wackerbarth Castle Photo: Dresden Marketing
  • Classic Open Air Photo: Dresden Marketing
  • Sächsische Schweiz scenery Photo: Thomas Wolf
  • Christmas Market Photo: Dresden Marketing

This more than 800-year-old city, once the residence of prince electors and kings, rose to cultural prominence back in the 17th century, laying the foundation for a splendid legacy that continues to draw throngs of visitors today. Since German reunification, Dresden has been the site of intensive renovation, construction and restoration work. More than 40,000 students study at the nine institutions of higher learning in this university city, situated in a region recognized as East Germany's research and development hotbed. Companies in such industries as microelectronics, nano- and biotechnology and aerospace profit from the nearby university and various research institutes. The resulting symbiosis has earned the state the nickname, "Silicon Saxony".


Dresden's most famous sights are the Zwinger, the Semper Opera House, the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) and the castle. Tourists can visit 51 museums housed in castles, farmhouses, galleries, power stations and warehouses. World-famous highlights include art galleries with works by old and modern masters, the Green Vaults and the German Museum of Hygiene. The city's orchestras are among the world's best. The trailblazing work of Dresden's young writers, supported by associations, festivals such as "Literatur Jetzt!", and the Literaturbüro make the city a leading center for contemporary literature.


The nightlife of the Saxon capital is dominated by the city's many students, who throng to the some 180 bars and clubs clustered in and around the Äussere Neustadt district, while the city center draws audiences from Germany and abroad with numerous film, dance and music festivals as well as the renowned Christmas market, which dates back 570 years. Beautiful parks are ideal for long walks, and the cycle paths stretching for kilometers along the Elbe are irresistable for runners, cyclists and inline skaters. In the surrounding area, the Sächsische Schweiz region (literally: the Saxon Switzerland), with its bizarre sandstone formations, has some of Germany's most spectacular scenery.

Ann, 33 course participant from the US Photo: Goethe-Institut Frankfurt

I used to find learning German really difficult and I tried lots of different things. But on the language course at the Goethe-Institut, I suddenly started making rapid progress.

Ann, 33 course participant from the US

Any other questions? +49 351 80 01 1-0 We would be happy to advise you: dresden@goethe.de


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