Dresden Culture Islands 2020

Small open-air shows, big impression.

Finally: Dresden Elbland is back – with a lot of culture! Life returns, something is happening everywhere. Now even new islands are coming to the Elbe: The “Dresden Culture Islands 2020” will bring many individual open-air experiences to the city on seven long weekends!

12 islands. 2 routes. 7 weeks.

Music, acting, comedy, dance, street art, surprises: On 12 culture islands – pagoda tents with small stages – there will be a full programme on seven weekends and two routes from 23 July. All in the fresh air. Everything for you. Everything with local artists, bands, ensembles, comedians, and many more!

Experience a lot of live culture from 23 July to 5 September! Look forward to music, drama, comedy, dance, street art and much more. At 12 prominent points in the city centre. Every Thursday to Saturday from 13:00 to 18:30.

Admission is free!

Culture Island Times

Experience the whole variety of Dresden’s cultural scene every Thursday to Saturday. Each act lasts about 20 minutes. It always starts at 13:00 hrs, the last performance is always at 18:30 hrs.

The Culture Island Weekends

July 23rd – July 25 th
July 30th – August 1st
August 6th – August 8th
August 13th – August 15th
August 2oth – August 22th
August 27th – August 29th
September 3rd – September 5th

How, what and where.

Culture route or shopping route: just as you like, you can go on one of the two themed routes from one island to another.

So you will pass exciting architecture, museums, pubs, restaurants – and of course shopping facilities – right in the centre. The culture islands can be found in the entire inner city area with old town, inner and outer new town.

By the way:The culture islands are played with a time delay. So you can experience up to six different artists or ensembles from the region on each route on one day!

Let’s go to the islands!

Click on the individual markers to get more information.

The culture islands of the culture tour

Dresden culture islands Neumarkt Frauenkirche

K1: Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche)

The miracle of Dresden: The rebuilt Frauenkirche in the Old Town, reopened in 2005, is one of the city’s greatest treasures. Take a look inside – and experience the breathtaking effect of this formative building!

Dresden culture islands Neumarkt

K2: Museum of Transport

Transport Museum, Frauenkirche, New City Hall: the panorama from Neumarkt has something wonderful and postcard-like about it. Today the square in the inner old town has regained its baroque character – but there is always contemporary architecture to discover!


K3: Taschenberg Palais

From aristocratic palace to luxury hotel: The lush baroque Taschenbergpalais is located directly next to the Residenzschloss – and opposite the Dresden Zwinger. The perfect starting point for a sightseeing tour: Semperoper, Theaterplatz, Sophienstraße, Hofkirche and Postplatz are in the immediate vicinity!

Dresden culture islands artists

K4: Postplatz

Trams in all directions, sights on every corner: No visit to Dresden without Postplatz! From here it is quick and easy to go everywhere. And if you are just here: Schauspielhaus and Zwinger border directly on Postplatz!

Dresden culture islands Golden Rider

K5: Golden Horseman

Glittering appearance: The Golden Horseman – the equestrian statue of August the Strong covered in gold leaf – is considered the most famous monument in Dresden. How about a photo together with the Saxon elector and Polish king?

Dresden culture islands artists

K6: Martin-Luther-Square

Cultural asset, typical Neustadt: Around the Martin-Luther-Platz with its church of the same name there are many nice pubs, bars and cafés – a great address for all those who love individuality.

The cultural islands of the shopping tour

Dresdner Culture Island Gomondai

S1: Jorge Gomondai Square

Central shopping experience: Great brands, beautiful, chic, noble. Around Jorge Gomondai Square you can find just about everything your heart desires. Tip: Let it drift, discover more!

Dresden culture islands artists

S2: Church of the Three Kings

It marks the centre of the Inner Neustadt: the baroque Dreikönigskirche (Church of the Three Kings) competes with the sun – and is part of the world-famous city silhouette. Be sure to take a look!

Dresden culture islands Palace of Culture / Old Market

S3: Palace of Culture / Old Market

A great hall for events, the city’s central library, the cabaret “Hercules’ Club”: there’s a lot of life in the elaborately modernised Kulturpalast – and a lot of shopping on and around the Altmarkt. By the way, the famous Striezelmarkt is also held here during the Christmas season!

Dresden culture islands artists

S4: White Lane

Restaurants, bars. Cafés: The Weiße Gasse is the gastronomic experience in Dresden. From fine four-course menus to great regional cuisine and small snacks, you can find just about anything here – and plenty of atmosphere to boot. Why not go on a pleasure tour once again!

Dresden culture islands artists

S5: Altmarkt-Galerie Dresden

Fashion, Sports, Entertainment & Technology, Home & Living, Books & Stationery, Children’s Furnishings, Beauty & Drugstore, Food & Pleasure: The Altmarktgalerie is a shopping experience – very central and very personal!

Dresden culture islands artists

S6: Centrum Galerie

Shopping meets time travel: The Centrum Galerie with its spacious interior combines modern architecture, baroque and the 1970s. The striking honeycombs on the outer façade are from the former Centrum department store from GDR times – the range on offer inside is absolutely contemporary!