By planeRiesa 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 trainRiesa 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 Leipzig, Dresden 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 bicycleRiesa is located on the Elbe Radweg (Elbe River cycle route), 53 km from Dresden and 48 km from Torgau.
Trinitatis ChurchUnusual Romanesque revival church from the late 19th century.
Rostige EicheLarge-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.
TownhallRepresentative building that originally served as a Benedictine abbey, then as a squire's manor and now as seat of the local administration.
Pasta centerGet 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 GröbaWell-preserved and restored Baroque mansion.
Filmpalast CapitolHeritage cinema in an interesting neo-classical building. All pictures in German.
Elbland Philharmonie SachsenSymphony orchestra.
- Pasta made by Teigwaren Riesa
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- 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)