Dresden sports is a hot topic all year-round. Winter skating, summer and winter swimming opportunities, biking trails and of course, the obligatory football matches are on offer.
So no matter what time of year you arrive, you’re certain to find some athletic activities. :-)
Football / Soccer
The SG Dynamo Dresden is the local football or soccer team. This Dresden sports team was founded in 1950 as an affiliate of the Stasi, the Communist East German police. It was easily one of former Eastern Germany’s most popular clubs. Following the collapse of Communism and the German reunification, the Dresden Dynamo managed to survive.
They currently play at Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion (Lennestraße), built in the 1920s with a capacity to seat over 32,000 fans. There are two other smaller teams you may see fighting for Dresden as well, the Dresdner SC and SC Borea Dresden.
This Dresden sport is as popular here as in everywhere else in the country. A bike provides a convenient — and healthy — alternative to dealing with the city traffic. For the more professional, there are many biking trails that are sure to please.
The Elbe Cycle Path is the most famous and very popular. You can cycle along the banks of the Elbe, from the city center through the green fields and tree-lined streets of outer Dresden. A must for cycling and nature enthusiasts alike! ;-)
If you love this elegant sport, then Dresden will surely delight you. You can practice figure skating on the 1,600 square meter rink at the Ostragehege Sports Park (Magdeburger Straße 10).
And if you have a need for speed, there’s even an outdoor speed skating track. The outdoor rink can be reached via tunnel, meaning you can avoid some of the winter cold! And if you’re worried that your skates won’t fit in your carry-on, rest assured that you can rent a variety of skates from the sports park.
Surely, Dresden sports aren’t only for the winter. Swimming is popular in both the summer and winter here. In the warmer summer months, you can bathe in one of the city’s open-air pools, like the Wostra (An der Wostra 7), Mockritz (Münzteichweg 22b) and Prohlis (Senftenberger Straße 58). And just because the winter turns cold, there’s no reason you can’t continue this favorite activity.
Dresden also boasts a number of indoor swimming and sauna facilities. You’ll find some of the best at Prohlis again (Senftenberger Straße 58), and also at Freiberger Platz (Freiberger Platz 1) and Georg Arnhold (Hauptallee 2).