Summer mood Dresden’s outdoors turns into a party venue

Advertisement R apper DynaMike raves about his home town: “Lazing on the banks of the Elbe on a sunny day”. He captures the mood perfectly: as soon as the sun comes out and temperatures start to climb, Dresden’s outdoors turns into one big party venue. By Siiri Klose

An overview in pictures

Art class at the Japanese Palace

Palais Sommer

This cultural festival has been held every year since 2009 on the large lawn in front of the Japanese Palace next to the river. Thanks to crowdfunding, the piano recitals and radio drama performances, the open-air yoga, tango and nude painting courses continue to be offered free of charge. This allows visitors to wander freely and spontaneously between activities – from salsa to recitation – and to stay much longer than planned.

Japanese Palace
Juli and August 2017

Open-air theatre at Großer Garten in Dresden

Junge Garde

The open-air theatre dates back to 1956. It was constructed in a neo-baroque style and intended to offer the people of Dresden an escape from the devastated post-war cityscape they inhabited. More recently, audiences have not only been filling the open-air stage but also spilling out onto the lawns for concerts organised by promoter Bernd Aust. Performers have included big names such as Die Ärzte and the Puhdys.

Großer Garten
From May to September 2017

Legal graffito at Puschkinplatz in Dresden

Legal Plain

Spray away without incurring fines: Dresden’s graffiti artists showcase their street art on six specially erected walls on this revitalized area of derelict land. A waste container for spray cans plus large square blocks for storage and sitting on complete this unique spray & stay facility. And the Neustädter Hafen with its city beaches (-> Stadtstrände) is only a short distance away.


Skater at Lingerallee in Dresden


It all started ten years ago with the installation of the big half-pipe. Since then, Dresden’s skater scene has been centred on the area between the City Hall and the Deutsches Hygiene Museum. More recently, quarter-pipes, banks, handrails, kerbs and stairs have been added. Plus the Friday night skating tour of the city centre that starts from this spot.

From May to September 2017

Glitzerpool am Stadtstrand im Neustädter Hafen

City Beaches

Just relax! One of them is casual, the other upmarket, but both are within a short distance on foot: the Citybeach with its volleyball pitches, rickety deckchairs and barbecue, and the Purobeach with its meerschaum-white parasols and gleaming pool have given the Neustädter Hafen river port a facelift.

Neustädter Hafen
From April/May–September 2017