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Dresden: Semperoper Tickets and Guided Tour

1. 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: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

2. Dresden: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

Explore Dresden's beautiful Old Town at dusk and follow the historical night watchman on his rounds. At nightfall, the hour of the night watchman strikes. His horns ring in narrow alleys, the light of his lantern penetrates the darkness. With his halberd, he protects the honorable citizens from vagabonds and shady characters even in the darkest corners. Look forward to an entertaining tour with spooky stories and juicy anecdotes from centuries past. Furthermore, take a look at the beautiful sights of the city. See the Semper Opera House and the famous Zwinger, walk over the palace square, and get a glimpse of the Brühlschen Terrassen.

Dresden: Semperoper and Royal Castle

3. Dresden: Semperoper and Royal Castle

Experience a fascinating tour of the Semperoper and discover the rich interiors and beautiful architecture in Italian High Renaissance style, reconstructed according to the original plans. Learn background information about the incredible acoustics in the artfully arranged auditorium. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this glamorous house. When performances or other events are not taking place, visits to the Semperoper are possible nearly every day. You can enjoy a multi-faceted look at this breathtaking opera house. You will then visit the Royal Palace of Dresden, which houses the Dresden State Art Collections in the historic center of Dresden. The following museums are housed in the so-called “Saxon Louvre”: New Green Vault (Neues Grünes Gewölbe), Turkish Chamber (Türckische Cammer), Giant's Hall, Concept and Encounter: The World around 1600, Hausmannsturm (April-October), Power and Fashion and the Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs (for special exhibitions).

Dresden: The Best Of Dresden, City Walking Tour

4. 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: Historical Walking Tour and Chocolate Museum Ticket

5. Dresden: Historical Walking Tour and Chocolate Museum Ticket

Historical Walking Tour: Travel back in time, and immerse yourself in the history and culture of Dresden. Hear facts and stories from your experienced and licensed tour guide, who will bring the city's past back to life. Discover the dark times of the Middle Ages, the vigor of the Renaissance, and the grandeur of the Baroque. Explore the backgrounds of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989 and hear what it must have felt like to the people of former East and West Germany. The walking tour through the historic old town starts at Neumarkt. See Dresden's most famous attractions, including the Frauenkirche, the Semperoper, and the Baroque Zwinger. From Dresden Castle, head to Brühl's Terrace and the Procession of Princes and Stallhof, until you arrive at Dresden Cathedral. Then, follow your guide to the Taschenbergpalais and Augustus Bridge, before ending your walking tour near Frauenkirche. Chocolate Museum: Included with your tour is entry to Dresden's chocolate museum, which you can visit either before or after your walking tour. Dresden was known as Germany's "capital of chocolate" and is considered to be the place where milk chocolate was invented. From here it was exported worldwide. Experience this delicacy's fascinating history and what really good chocolate is all about. Learn surprising facts about the numerous chocolate factories in 19th-century Dresden. Discover one of the world's largest collections of chocolate moulds by Anton Reiche and trace the long path from cocoa bean to delicious chocolate. Afterward, find out what the first chocolate bars may have tasted like and what really good milk chocolate tastes like today.

Dresden: Night Watchman Tour Through The Old Town

6. Dresden: Night Watchman Tour Through The Old Town

Meet your guide in front of the Zwinger. Explore the city and learn stories about the old Dresden and of the Zwinger, an impressive baroque palace. Delight in your guide’s colorful anecdotes as you pass by Dresden’s stately baroque theater, the Semperosa.  Admire the Fürstenzug, a gorgeous mural depicting a procession of Saxony's rulers. See the Frauenkirche, a majestic Lutheran church topped with an impressive dome. Experience the city in a unique way that combines theater with a traditional tour, creating an unforgettable experience.

Dresden: Semperoper Guided Tour for Families

7. Dresden: Semperoper Guided Tour for Families

During this guided tour created specifically for families, the Semperoper opera house welcomes young and old alike to get to know this important destination in Dresden together.  Parents and children are invited to ask any questions they may have about Semperopera, its history, and its secrets. What does a normal day look like in an opera house with a new performance each day? Experience the special atmosphere of one of the most beautiful and prestigious opera houses in the world, promising a truly luxurious experience for the whole family. A visit to the Semperoper is a must for every visitor of Dresden.

Dresden: Old and New Town Night Watchman Tour

8. 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: City & Semperoper Guided Walking Tour

9. Dresden: City & Semperoper Guided Walking Tour

Discover the historic city of Dresden on a guided walking tour and visit the iconic Frauenkirche. Enjoy a guided tour of the elegant Dresden Zwinger gardens and see where royalty once lived on a tour of Dresden Castle. Explore the history of music on a tour of the Semperoper opera house.  Begin your trip at Dresden Castle and head to the most famous landmark of the entire city: Frauenkirche. Marvel at the elaborately restored church from the outside and have a look at its splendid interior. Continue to the Procession of Princes, a crucial part of Saxon history, and to the Stables Courtyard of Dresden Castle. Get an idea of what these impressive buildings look like inside and see the Taschenbergpalais. Undoubtedly, a walking tour through Dresden would not be the same without seeing the Zwinger. Hear interesting and entertaining stories about Augustus II the Strong, before the tour ends at the theater square with its cathedral. Next, explore the famous Semperoper, the Saxon State Opera, and court opera, on a guided tour. Learn the history behind each turn as you tour the magnificent rooms.

Dresden: Comedy Tour in Saxon German

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Semperoper

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 12,152 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.

It was a very interesting guided tour with Klaus the night watchman. We learned a lot about Dresden and its history and all of our questions were answered. Lots of tips were given about the sights, which we implemented the next day. We really enjoyed the organ concert in the Frauenkirche. Thank you very much for the great tour.

There was a lot of interesting little side information on subjects that you don't get from history books but only from insiders. In addition, at the end, where you can still walk away... there was also a good mood at the start and everything was presented in a funny way. ;-)

A great, informative and unique tour. (Art)Historical contexts were well explained thanks to a committed city guide Thomas. Relaxed and with an introduction to many details that were previously unknown. This tour is an absolute recommendation.

Dresden is very well equipped with public transport connections. You can go anywhere. Depending on where you live, you don't need 3 days.