Ottendorf-Okrilla Welcomes Weary Travelers For Centuries

Ottendorf-Okrilla is not only a suburb of Dresden, it’s a neighboring town. Which means you get to visit Ottendorf-Okrilla AND then when you’re done — go visit the city of Dresden.

In fact, you might even see it without knowing it when arriving at the Dresden Airport, since it’s right in-between.

Despite various name (and border changes) of Ottendorf-Okrilla’s five villages, this is a very tourist friendly area. For instance, the Gasthof Hermsdorf has been welcoming weary travelers since the 17th century. And the Altes Teichhaus might not be that old of a hotel, it now does it in one of Ottendorf-Okrilla’s oldest buildings, built in 1694.

OK, now that you got a place to stay, it’s time to wonder about what to see. You might choose to see each village on its own or visit according to theme (castles, churches, etc). I’ll break it down by village, though.

Hermsdorf isn’t the largest of Ottendorf-Okrilla’s villages by population, but it does have the most sights; starting with its Bronze Age graves. Many centuries later the Schloss Hermsdorf was built (burned down & rebuilt a few times, too) and now where many concerts and other functions take place.

Medingen is more of an agricultural village, but it does have a 14th century castle and a 15th century church.

Gr├╝nberg is another agricultural hamlet with only about 600 residents and is quite rural. This is what you’d expect if you’re looking for the Germany that’s not “touristy” and as far away from a big city you will ever get.

Speaking of getting away from it all, the Teichwiesenbad is the best swimming around. For only a couple Euro you can spend the day under the Saxon sun while swimming or getting in on a game of beach volleyball. Ottendorf-Okrilla’s swimming season is open from May to September, giving you ample time to plan accordingly.

Don’t worry about transportation though. Again, there’s frequent air, rail and bus service to Ottendorf-Okrilla from Dresden.

 

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