Grand Garden of Dresden & Park RailwayThe green heart of Dresden

The Saxon capital itself is a big garden landscape. Few large cities are so close to nature or have such extensive gardens, spacious parks and generous lawns for playing and sunbathing. The most impressive park in the Saxon metropolis is the 363-acre Grand Garden. Elector John George III started the Dresdeners' favorite park with its absolutely straight avenues in 1678, modeling it after French parks.

The Palace at the point where the avenues meet is a jewel of early Baroque, as are the gardens surrounding it. It is still used today for festive events in the middle of green surroundings. The rest of the Grand Garden is dominantly landscaped in the English style of labyrinthine paths, little forests, extensive meadows, bodies of water and tropical gardens.

In the summer, the open-air stages and the puppet theater are always popular. Other attractions include the Botanical Garden and the Dresden Zoo.  For the journey into this wide landscape of adventure, visitors, young and old alike, prefer to take the miniature park railway, which is traditionally operated by Dresden schoolchildren.

Disabled access
Limited accessibility

Free Admission & Benefits


Großer Garten & Parkeisenbahn
Kavaliershaus G, Hauptallee 5 | 01219 Dresden

Phone +49 (0) 351 4456-600


More information can be found at

Prices & Opening hours

Park railway fees:

  • 5,00 EUR | reduced 2,50 EUR
  • 2 adults + 2 children 13,00 EUR
  • 1 adult + 2 children 8,00 EUR
  • Group discounts for children and adults
  • Free admission for passengers on their birthday
  • 50% discount with a schlosserlandPASS

Operating Hours 2014:

  • Start of the Season 17.04.2014 03:00 p.m.
  • 18.04. to 05.10.2014 | Tue to Sun and on holidays 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.
  • July and Aug | additionally Mon 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.
  • 07.10. to 31.10.2014 | Tue to Fri 01:00 p.m. to 05:00 p.m. and weekend 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.
  • Information on special trips www.dresdner-