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Dresden: River Sightseeing Boat Cruise

1. Dresden: River Sightseeing Boat Cruise

Discover Dresden's charm and history on a boat cruise down the Elbe River. See the Elbe Valley's most beautiful landmarks and the historic old town of Dresden on this sightseeing boat cruise. Begin at the Terrassenufer and discover the three Elbe palaces: Albrechtsberg Palace, Eckberg Palace, and the Lingner Palace. Travel to the Loschwitz Villa Quarter and pass four of the famous Elbe Bridges, including Loschwitz Bridge, affectionately known as the "Blue Wonder".

Dresden: Semperoper Tickets and Guided Tour

2. Dresden: Semperoper Tickets and Guided Tour

Visit the Semperoper in Dresden with its long history and elegant architecture. Embark on a guided tour through this historic opera and uncover the prestige and history behind each turn. Begin at the beautiful Semperoper in Dresden and admire the magnificent architecture in the style of the Italian Renaissance. Explore ornate rooms, reconstructed in the original style. Discover the great acoustics in the elaborate auditorium and learn about the rich history of this grand building. Experience the atmosphere in one of the most beautiful and prestigious opera houses in the world, a truly unforgettable experience.

Dresden: Grand City Tour by Red Double-Decker Bus

3. Dresden: Grand City Tour by Red Double-Decker Bus

Experience the many fascinating sides of Dresden on a city tour in an original red double-decker bus. See the thoroughly restored Baroque new town and Europe's largest late-19th-century district, the Äußere Neustadt. Visit the most beautiful dairy in the world, Pfunds Molkerei, and enjoy a little refreshment there. Get to know the Großen Garten, the villa districts of Blasewitz and Loschwitz east of the city and of course the "Blue Wonder" bridge. Enjoy a view of the city from the banks of the Elbe, the 3 Elbe Palaces and the cableway and funicular.

Dresden: Sunset Paddle Steamer Cruise on the Elbe River

4. Dresden: Sunset Paddle Steamer Cruise on the Elbe River

Gently roll down the Elbe on a relaxing boat trip to Pillnitz and back. Sit back and relax as you float by the scenic landscapes of the Elbe Valley. See the Albrechtsberg castle, the Eckberg castle, the Lingner Castle and the Blue Bridge. Start your tour by boarding a historical steamship in the Terrasanufer, located in the heart of Dresden. Admire the stately manors of the Loschwitzer district. In the 1920s and ’30s, the district was the most expensive living area in all of Europe. Marvel at the vineyards that line the banks of the Elbe. Pass by the 4 famous bridges of the Elbe. Listen to the onboard commentary and learn about the history of the area. Take a peek at your steamboat’s engine. Look down into the engine room and watch the pistons as they propel the boat forward. This is an authentic steamboat, not a replica. Be mesmerized by the soft glow of the evening light at your return to the old city center. Enjoy food and drinks available for purchase onboard.

Dresden: Shared Small Group Walking Tour in English

5. Dresden: Shared Small Group Walking Tour in English

Let your guide bring the history of Dresden to life on this guided walking tour in the Old Town. Explore the multi layered history of the city through captivating stories about rulers, love, betrayal, and war. Meet your guide amid the monuments and churches surrounding Schlossplatz square near the River Elbe. Find out how the city developed from a small fishing village. Continue along the narrow cobbled streets to Theaterplatz square which is dominated by the imposing Semper Opera house. See the Zwinger palatial complex and hear about the ruler that built it as a display of wealth and power. Walk on through the open spaces of the reconstructed Royal Palace. Follow in the footsteps of dukes to reach the Royal Stables and Baroque-style Frauenkirche. End your tour with views from Brühl's Terrace which overlooks the Elbe river.

Dresden: The Best Of Dresden, City Walking Tour

6. Dresden: The Best Of Dresden, City Walking Tour

Gain fascinating insights into the history of Saxony and its rulers, the house of Wettin, on this guided tour Explore Dresden's past and present in one day as you travel from the Zwinger into the heart of the old town, the Neumarkt and the Church of our Lady. Compliment your journey into Dresden's past with photos and videos of times gone by provided by your guide. During this 120-minute tour, you will discover the history of one of Germany's oldest dynasties, as well as unearthing curious tales of its electors and kings. You'll also enjoy a typical local delicacy, which changes with the seasons and remains a surprise.  After your tour, get recommendations on the best restaurants and bars from your local guide, as well as suggestions on how best to spend the rest of your time in Dresden.

Dresden: Old and New Town Night Watchman Tour

7. Dresden: Old and New Town Night Watchman Tour

Join this entertaining tour with spooky stories and juicy anecdotes from centuries past. Follow the historical Night Watchman on their rounds through winding alleys, hidden backyards and along famous sights on both sides of the Elbe river. Experience the uncanny sites of Dresden in the flickering lantern lights against a spectacular backdrop steeped in history. Discover the secrets of the city as the Night Watchman tells you of powerful rulers, influential courtesans and the splendour of the Saxon Court.

Dresden: Sightseeing-Tour in German by Bike

8. Dresden: Sightseeing-Tour in German by Bike

Discover Dresden in an active way and look forward to a perfect mix of culture and nature. Experience the highlights of Dresden and places that lie off the beaten track by bike. This tour follows one of the prettiest cycling routes in Germany and is the ideal start for new visitors as well as Dresden-enthusiasts. Admire the old town along the Elbe banks, flowering gardens and the trendy founding-district of the new town. Follow quiet streets and tracks of an extensive network of cycling routes through the unique landscape of the Elbe Valley without having to cope with significant height differences. Your expert guide provides you with precious insider tips und turns your tour into a special experience.  The route leads you past the Frauenkirche, the Hygiene Museum, the Palais of the Grand Garden and the VW-factory to the Waldschlösschen Bridge, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Elbe castles. Make your way to Pfunds Molkerei (with a short break to use the restrooms) and the hip and trendy district of Dresden, the outer new town. Get a glimpse of the Baroque district, the Palais of Japan and the Theatre Square with the famous Semperoper and Zwinger.

Dresden: Comedy Tour in Saxon German

9. Dresden: Comedy Tour in Saxon German

Explore Dresden in a humorous way and learn more about the history of the city, told by the last Saxon king. During the tour of Dresden's city center, listen to stories about the difficult education of his wife and kids told in his very own Saxon and quirky manner. With a generous dose of self-irony and an added smirking undertone, he also reports of the mishaps, which happened to him in the professional world as the representative of Saxon and in the arena of diplomacy. Look forward to the beautiful Old Town of Dresden with its stately buildings. See the Semper Opera House and the Zwinger and take a look at the historic Frauenkirche. Drive through the district Blasewitz and see the bridge Blaues Wunder, the Government District and explore the Inner and Outer New Town.

Dresden: Complete Walking Tour with Frauenkirche Visit

10. Dresden: Complete Walking Tour with Frauenkirche Visit

Enjoy an insightful tour of Dresden's main highlights that brings Saxon history to life. Learn compelling stories of the heydays and current events told in an exciting and humorous way by your professional guide. Meet your guide in the city center and get kitted out with headphones to hear them clearly before setting off together on your walking tour. First, experience the city's famous buildings on a tour of the historic old town. See Stallhof and Fürstenzug, the historic Neumarkt, Schlossplatz, and Catholic Hofkirche. Step inside the Frauenkirche (The Church of our Lady) and learn about the alter, the stunning murals and the historic crypt. Marvel at the baroque splendor of the unusual nave and the impressive lower church. Then, head over to Theaterplatz which boasts the Royal Palace and Semper Opera. Enjoy a stroll across the Brühlsche Terrasse with a view of the beautiful Elbe landscape. After this, continue the tour into the Zwinger District and experience the Saxon Baroque. Enjoy up-close views of the impressive sandstone sculptures which reveal many historic stories. Learn about the former function of the statues, the festival culture at the court of Augustus the Strong, and its current use as a museum.

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What people are saying about Dresden

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 20 reviews

The tour is amazing! The guide is very passionate about history and art and gives a lot of explanations about those during the tour. It was an indescribable experience. We also brought our dog and all the places were pet friendly. I would never see statues and pieces of art in the same way as before this tour. It was a masterclass.

Very informative and entertaining tour with a small group. Tour guide Laura was enthusiastic and welcomed questions. The time went quickly and I was thoroughly pleased with the experience.

Great leadership, very refreshing yet sensitive. In this way we wanted to bring my hometown closer to our Norwegian family. But I was also able to gain new insights from the tour :-)

Nice and interesting walking tour, thank you Seema for sharing and inspiring stories and recommendations. A very good tour to get to know the old town.

Guide was informative and spent time where we were interested, was helpful and and allowed extra time for the kids.