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Learning German in Dresden

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

Dresden: Top Lonely Planet Destination in 2023

Unique museums, cultural heritage, historic GDR relics, urban city on the Elbe River: learn German in Dresden’s Goethe-Institut. In the capital of Saxony you can learn German, have a lot of fun – and experience its history! #goethedresden

Intensive course with inclusive cultural and leisure programme

Our institute in Dresden

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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)
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Relaxing after the German classes in Dresden

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  • 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. Due to the splendor of the baroque buildings, Dresden's first nickname became "Florence on the Elbe”. Since German reunification, Dresden has been the site of intense 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".


The capital of Saxony has been dressed up so magnificently by the former electoral princes, that today's tourist can only visit just the most famous sights: The Zwinger, the Semper Opera, the Brühl Terraces, the Church of Our Lady or the Residence Palace, all baroque jewels from the time of the Saxon Elector Augustus the Strong and his son. The Golden Horseman, a statue in honor of Elector August, is set up in the baroque quarter of the new town, where the Goethe-Institut is located, as well. Tourists can visit 51 museums housed in castles, palaces, farmhouses, galleries, power stations and warehouses. The Old Masters gallery is a paradise for art lovers, here you can admire the world-famous "Sistine Madonna" by Raphael, but also many works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rubens. The New Masters Gallery attracts with works from Caspar David Friedrich to the Expressionists. The Green Vaults are the treasure room of the former Saxon Kings and Electors. 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. Here you find many opportunities to try your new German language skills and enjoy the local beer and wine. The city center draws audiences from Germany and abroad with numerous film, dance and music festivals as well as the renowned Dresden 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 irresistible 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.

German courses in Dresden

The Goethe-Institut in the lively Dresden Neustadt offers you the opportunity to combine a German course with a stay in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You can attend an intensive course, which includes 75 hours of German lessons in 15 days.

If you want to do your German course in Dresden besides your job, you can also book weekend, evening or morning courses. Take a placement test so that we can determine the right course level for you. The best way to contribute to your learning success is to use your German language skills in everyday life when you talk to the locals. For this purpose, we offer you an extensive cultural and leisure program. We can also arrange accommodation for the duration your German course in Dresden, be it in the guest houses of the Goethe-Institute, with private persons or in a hotel.
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

Booking forms

You can register for German courses online in our shop and pay via Visa/Mastercard or PayPal. Customers who do not pay their course fee themselves can use our interactive booking form to register and provide us with a different billing address. Selecting your choice of course location will send the form to the course location of your choice.

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