Europe's biggest oldtime jazz festival once again invites visitors to tap their feet to jazz beats in music venues across Dresden. From 12 to 19 May 2013 the International Dixieland Festival returns to Dresden for its 43rd year with a diverse programme of solo artists and jazz groups from all over the world. The festival showstopper has to be the Riverboat Shuffle, which sees the world's biggest fleet of paddle steamers take to the waters of the Elbe. Though with all those New Orleans boats, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were on the Mississippi. A fun day out for all the family – whether on board or on the riverbank.
In Dresden you can admire architecture from the Renaissance, baroque and classicist periods or escape to the surrounding countryside. The parkland at Pillnitz Palace is a particularly popular destination for a relaxing day out.