Multiple airlines, including Continental/Lufthansa, offer connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Dresden, Germany, with fares currently running around $940 round trip.
Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski
Luxury accommodation in a reconstructed palace in the Baroque old city. Rooms from $263.
An der Frauenkirche 5
Modern facility next to the Frauenkirche cathedral. Rooms from $172.
Business hotel adjacent to the Neustadt commercial district. Rooms from $78.
Brauhaus am Waldschloesschen
Am Brauhaus 8b
Brewery-restaurant with heated terrace overlooking the River Elbe. Entrees start at $12.
Family-friendly chain restaurant specializing in deep-fried cutlets in dozens of preparations. Entrees start at $12.
Dine amid the merchandise at this antiques store-cafe with hearty traditional German meals and pastries. Entrees from $10.
Through Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Check the city Web site for schedule of parades, performances, food and crafts demonstrations.
Advent auf dem Neumarkt
Nostalgic market outside the Frauenkirche with 60 stalls selling high-quality crafts, food and drink. Through Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Weihnachtsmarkt im Mittelalter
A Middle Ages-themed Christmas market in the former stable courtyard of the Royal Palace, including a temporary traditional bathhouse. Through Dec. 23 and Dec. 27-30, 11 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Also open on weekends, but hours vary because of special events; check the Web site. Admission and self-guided tours are free (donation requested); audio tours $3.50. Self-guided tours of the dome $11, guided tours $13.50. Some tours must be booked in advance; check the Web site.
Historic Green Vault
A unique collection of objects made from precious materials displayed in the former treasure house of the Saxon monarchs. Daily except Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $13.50 adults, younger than 16 free.