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Riesa is a city in Saxony.


Riesa is a mid-sized industrial town, about halfway between Dresden and Leipzig. It is known in the region for its pasta production and its sports tradition. The once dominant steelworks have massively lost in importance, depriving many locals of their jobs.

Get in

By plane

Riesa is about 50 km from Dresden airport (one hour by train) and 90 km from Leipzig/Halle airport (one to 1½ hours by train).

By train

Riesa has a station on the Frankfurt–Leipzig–Dresden ICE line (two-hourly) and the Cologne–Hanover–Dresden intercity line (two-hourly). Moreover hourly regional (express) trains connect from LeipzigDresden and Chemnitz, two-hourly from Elsterwerda. It is a 30–45 minutes ride from either Dresden or Leipzig, one hour from Chemnitz, 1:20 from Erfurt, two hours from Magdeburg, 2:15 from Berlin (via Leipzig), 3½ hours from Hanover, 3:40 from Frankfurt.

By bicycle

Riesa is located on the Elbe Radweg (Elbe River cycle route), 53 km from Dresden and 48 km from Torgau.

Get around


  • Trinitatis Church. Unusual Romanesque revival church from the late 19th century.
  • Rostige Eiche ("Rusty Oak"). Large-sized cast-steel sculpture by Jörg Immendorf (1945–2007), officially named Elbequelle ("Elbe source"), but nicknamed "Rusty Oak" by locals. An artictic bow to both Riesa's location on the river Elbe and its steel industry heritage.
  • Townhall (Rathaus). Representative building that originally served as a Benedictine abbey, then as a squire's manor and now as seat of the local administration.
  • Pasta center (Nudel-Center). Get to know the town's most well-known product: Riesa pasta. The "pasta center" consists of a museum, a production site open to visitors, a pasta restaurant and shop.
  • Schloss Gröba. Well-preserved and restored Baroque mansion.


  • Filmpalast Capitol. Heritage cinema in an interesting neo-classical building. All pictures in German.
  • Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen. Symphony orchestra.


  • Pasta made by Teigwaren Riesa




  • Gasthof & Hotelpension „Zum Lindengarten“, Heidebergstraße 2, ☏ +49 3525 872700.
  • Mercure Riesa Elbland, Bahnhofstr. 40, ☏ +49 3525 7090.
  • Hotel Sachsenhof Riesa, Hauptstraße 65, ☏ +49 3525 733629.
  • Pension Zum Bürgergarten, Rudolf-Breitscheid-Str. 41, ☏ +49 3525 738811.
  • Pension Haupt, Am Anger 20, ☏ +49 3525 872582.


Go next

  • Meißen, former residence of the eponymous Margraviate (precursor of the state of Saxony) with impressive medieval castle and cathedral, internationally known for its porcelain, 30 km southeast (on the Elbe cycle route, upriver). On the way between Riesa and Meißen are several pretty wine-growing villages.
  • Torgau, former residence with Renaissance castle and the first newly-built Protestant church in the world, 40 km northwest (on the Elbe cycle route, downriver)
  • Dresden, state capital with opulent Baroque old town, 50 km southeast (30–45 minutes by train; or cycle the Elbe Radweg upriver)
  • Grimma, well-preserved old town in the Mulde valley, 55 km west
  • Leipzig, major trade and cultural city, 70 km west (30–45 minutes by train)

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