It is essentially an affluent garden suburb of Dresden, but not officially within city limits. It is famous for the novelist Karl May, "father" of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand. Popular with Saxony's entrepreneurs and managers, Radebeul has become the richest town in Eastern Germany. It is situated near the Dresden microchip plants and the Dresden heath, the largest forest within Dresden's city limits.
Most people come to Radebeul from Dresden. Radebeul can be reached via line 4 of Dresden's tram system (every 10 minutes in the daytime on Mon - Sat, every 15 minutes in the evening and on Sundays; takes about 20 minutes from central Dresden to eastern Radebeul, half an hour to the western part).
Radebeul is also accessible via rail. The hourly Saxonia Express connecting Dresden and Leipzig stops at Radebeul eastern station (Radebeul-Ost; 15 minutes from Dresden main station, 1:20 from Leipzig). The Dresden S-Bahn (suburban train) has four stops in Radebeul, linking the town with Dresden, Meißen and Pirna and Bad Schandau (Saxon Switzerland) every half hour; takes 15–20 minutes from Dresden main station to Radebeul.
When arriving by car, leave the Autobahn A4 at exit "Dresden-Neustadt".
The lower part of Radebeul is well connected to tram line 4, Dresden's longest tram line.
- 1 Altkötzschenbroda (Tram 4 "Moritzburger Straße" or S 1 "Radebeul-Kötzschenbroda"). Oldest and most original part of Radebeul with a complete ensemble of carefully restored 19th-century homes and shops, most of them are listed heritage buildings. Considered to be one of the most beautiful townsquares in Saxony.
- 2 Karl May Museum – Villa Shatterhand, Karl-May-Straße 5 (Tram 4 "Schildenstraße"), ☎ . Erstwhile residence of Karl May, tremendously popular adventure novelist who authored stories about the 19th-century Orient and American Old West and created the characters of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand. The displays illustrate the life and culture of the Indians of North America: pre-Columbian Age Indians, the Athabascans Indians of Alaska and Canada, Northwest Coast Indians, Californian Indians, Pueblo Indians, the Eastern Woodland Tribes, Plains Indians, the Ghost Dance Movement, and modern American Indian Arts and Crafts.
- 3 DDR-Museum Zeitreise, Wasastraße 50 (Tram 4 "Wasastraße"), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tue–Sun (and public holidays) 10AM - 6PM. Museum about life in former East Germany during communist rule. Full rate 9 €, reduced 8 €.
Enjoy some wine, walk through the vineyards of Oberlößnitz and visit a castle nearby.
- 1 Lößnitzgrundbahn. Steam-hauled heritage railway affectionately dubbed Lößnitzdackel ("Lößnitz dachshund"), to Moritzburg and Radeburg, leaves from Radebeul-Ost station. Six trains per day (seven during summer) from Radebeul to Moritzburg and back; three to Radeburg. Radebeul–Moritzburg round trip 12.70 €, children 6.40 €.
- Autumn and wine festival Altkötzschenbroda, last weekend in September.
There are numerous small (and rather high-prised) shops on the picturesque Altkötzschenbroda square.
Nudossi, the East German equivalent of Nutella (but containing a lot more hazelnuts than the latter), is produced in Radebeul and sold at a factory outlet as well as most supermarkets and groceries.
- Nudossi Fabrikverkauf, Kötitzer Straße 27 (next to the Netto supermarket; Bus 400 "Emil-Schüller-Straße"), ☎ . Mon - Fri 8:00 – 17:00. Apart from the popular chocolate-hazelnut spread, other chocolate products, cookies and pastries are sold.
- 1 Spitzhaus, Spitzhausstraße 36, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 11:00 AM to 22:00 except on Tuesday. The Spitzhaus restaurant on top of the wine hills is a well-known attraction of the town and offers a good view of parts of Radebeul and nearly all of Dresden.
Savour local wines and champagne at one of the vineyards.
- 1 Schloss Wackerbarth, Wackerbarthstraße 1 (Tram 4 "Schloss Wackerbarth"), ☎ . Guided tours and wine tasting: Mon–Fri 12PM and 2PM (wine); 5PM (champagne); Sat–Sun 12PM, 2PM, 4PM (wine), 1PM, 3PM, 5PM (champagne). There is also a restaurant (closed on Mondays, on Mondays and Tuesdays in February and March, closed all January) and special events like Sunday brunch or more elaborate wine tastings and themed menus. Guided tour with either wine or champagne tasting 12 €, children (who can taste local grape juice) 6 €.
Radebeul has many affordable guesthouses which are a good alternative to Dresden's inner city hotels.
- Radisson BLU Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Dresden Radebeul, Nizzastraße 55, 01445 Radebeul (Tram 4 "Schildenstraße"), ☎ . Please note that apart from this conference centre in Radebeul, Radisson also has a property in the centre of Dresden, so make sure you book the right one and note the exact address.
- Hotel Goldener Anker Radebeul, Altkötzschenbroda 61, 01445 Radebeul (right on the historical town square; Tram 4 "Moritzburger Straße" or S 1 "Radebeul-Kötzschenbroda"), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 500-year old, family-owned hotel, nowadays offers all modern amenities of an upper mid-range hotel. Some rooms with view on the River Elbe double room for 90–99 €.