Setting & Size

With over half a million inhabitants, Dresden isone of the largest cities in the east of the Federal Republic of Germany and, thanks to its vicinity to the Czech Republic and Poland, at the gateway between central and eastern Europe.

Setting and Area

The city is in the southeast of the state of Saxony. Both the German capital, Berlin, and the Czech capital, Prague, can be reached within two hours. Compared with other German cities, Dresden comes fourth after Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne in terms of area.

Number of Inhabitants

Currently more than half a million people live here, making Dresden one oft the cities with the highest population in eastern Germany. 

  • Number of Inhabitants: 535.810 (on 12.31.2013)

Under five percent of its inhabitants are foreign nationals.

Population growth

Dresden is growing, as it profits from both high birth rates and immigration. With 116 births per 10,000 inhabitants Dresden's record as no. 1 city for the number of births in German is unbeaten even by Frankfurt or Munich. Within the next decade the number of inhabitants will rise to more than 550,000, bucking the general trend.

Excellence is the city‘s motto

Dresden’s success is based on key technologies including microelectronics, information-and-communications, new materials, photovoltaic and nanotechnology, and, life sciences and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary collaboration between businesses and research facilities helps move Dresden forward.