Dresden is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. It is situated in a valley on the River Elbe, near the Czech border. According to Wikipedia there is currently (from the year 2014) around 530,000 people living in Dresden. Find out more information about the city on Wikipedia.
The city has a notorious reputation in Germany as the capital of racism, every Monday evening there are active demonstrations against the people of Muslim religion living in Germany. The number of members of the anti-Islamic movement reaches over 10 thousand people (I've been told this information by numerous people so far, however I've not checked this information out so feel free to correct it if it's misleading or just wrong.
The cities official site claims that "Dresden has a very well-structured public transport system". You can buy tickets at the stops, on the trams or buses and at service points. You must then stamp your tickets in the machines on the vehicle like in other parts of Germany as well.
- Single journey Dresden (1 fare zone) - €2.30
- 4-trip ticket (1 fare zone) - €8.20
- One Day pass (1 fare zone) - €6.00
- One-day family pass (1 fare zone) - €9.00
- Small group ticket (1 fare zone) - €15.00
Family pass is valid at most fir two adults (age 15 and above) and up to four children aged from 6 to 14).
One-day, family and small group tickets are valid from the moment you stamp it until 4 a.m. the next morning.
Group tickets are valid for a group of up to five people from the time you stamp the ticket until 4 a.m. the next morning.
Severely disabled people and children aged below 6 and accompanied by an adult, or in kindergarten groups, travel free of charge.
More information about tickets and transportation in Dresden can be found on the official site.
Don't know the prices of hostels and hotels, you need to look those up somewhere else.
Since June or July 2015 busking in Dresden is allowed without a permit even with an amplifier everywhere except a few obscure locations where you are not allowed to play in certain time frames throughout the day. Read this document for detailed information on the law about doing street music and street art in Dresden.
Most of the alternative scene I've seen seems to be concentrated in Alaunstraße, a street in Äußere Neustadt. There is various alternative places there including a second hand shop, small music store and a well stocked Freeshop somewhere around Katy's garage.