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Dresden

With classic architecture and towering castles, Germany’s eastern capital is full of historical gems.

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Dresden: Semperoper Tickets and 45-Minute Guided Tour

1. Dresden: Semperoper Tickets and 45-Minute 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.

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Dresden: River Sightseeing 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise

2. Dresden: River Sightseeing 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise

Experience the most beautiful landmarks of the Elbe Valley and the historic old town of Dresden during this sightseeing boat tour. 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”.

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Historic Dresden & Semperoper Walking Tour in German

3. Historic Dresden & Semperoper Walking Tour in German

Discover the historic city of Dresden on a walking tour and see iconic buildings like Frauenkirche. Continue to the Semperoper for a guided tour of this impressive Opera. 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 1-hour guided tour. Learn the history behind each turn as you tour the magnificent rooms.

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Dresden: Gala Concert in the Dresden Zwinger

4. Dresden: Gala Concert in the Dresden Zwinger

Experience an evening in the Dresden Zwinger in Classical style and let pieces by Vivaldi, Mozart, Verdi, Beethoven and other famous composers of the era enchant you. Decide which performance of which composer's pieces you'd like to hear and enjoy masterpieces of classic, spirited polkas at a concert of waltz dreams or hear Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Program 2021/2022 Winter Dreams Music of Spring - all shows start at 5:00 PM Waltz Dreams – all shows start at 5:00 PM Vivaldi - The Four Seasons Masterpieces of Classics - all shows start at 5:00 PM Viennese Classical Arts - all shows start at 5:00 PM Summer Nights - all shows start at 5:00 PM Autumn Colors - all shows start at 5:00 PM Russian Dreams Italian Night Mozart's A Little Night Music Mozart's A Little Night Music

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Dresden: 1-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

5. Dresden: 1-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

Experience Dresden, the capital of the beautiful state of Saxony, on a double-decker bus and get off as often as you like at any of the 22 stops to see the sights there. Take advantage of several activities included with your ticket, such as an evening cruise, a night watchman tour, or a children's city tour, as well as entrance fees to various monuments. Begin your journey at the main Postplatz/Zwinger stop or any of the other stops. Decide for yourself whether you would like to take part in a continuous 90-minute city tour past Dresden's most important monuments, or choose to hop off the bus at any point of interest and take a closer look at the respective attraction or monument. Visit the world's most beautiful dairy shop, Pfunds Dairy. Continue to enjoy a guided tour of the Dresden Zwinger, a baroque building complex with gardens that was one of the most important buildings of its time. Another highlight of your excursion is the visit to the Fürstenzug, a monumental image of a cavalcade on 23,000 ceramic tiles considered the largest porcelain image in the world. What's more, listen to interesting explanations about the famous Dresden Frauenkirche, which you will get to know during an outdoor tour. On sunny days, enjoy impressive views of historic Dresden and the Elbe from the open roof of the bus, a perfect position for taking dreamy souvenir photos.

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From Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cruise to Königstein Fortress

6. From Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cruise to Königstein Fortress

Witness the versatility of „Dresden Elbe” and the Saxon Switzerland with a cruise between Dresden and Königstein. From bizarrely shaped rock formations via opulent wine-growing districts and fascinating baroque palaces through to the unique skyline of Dresden. Only the city center of Dresden, with the Frauenkirche, Semperoper, and the Brühl´s Terrace, presents priceless views. Above that, you can discover the three beautiful Elbe castles and the Pillnitz Palace and Park along the riverbanks of the Elbe while driving.  In Saxon Switzerland await the cities Pirna, Stadt Wehlen and Kurort Rathen and also Königstein to be spotted. Here you can admire the world-famous “Festung Königstein”, which is 250 meters high and looks back at a history of more than 700 years. This tour offers different options for traveling, like a round trip or single trips with start in Dresden or Königstein. Please check the several journey times.

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Terrifying Tour of Dresden Led by a Dungeon Master

7. Terrifying Tour of Dresden Led by a Dungeon Master

When night falls over Dresden, and darkness entwines the alleys, the dungeon master comes out of his cave. His scary stories about all sorts of abominations will send a shiver down your spine. Let yourself in for an introduction into the criminal world — the dungeon master is always looking for his assistant and successor. Explore Dresden by night and see the spookies corners of the city. Listen to stories and anecdotes of macabre murders, and risky raids of plunder. Let the dungeon master lead you on a wayward path of exploration through the darker side of the city, and wander the alleys of the city center under the light of the moon.

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Dresden: Boat Cruise, Wine Tasting and Lunch Platter

8. Dresden: Boat Cruise, Wine Tasting and Lunch Platter

Take a boat cruise on a traditional steam paddler from Dresden to Diesbar-Seußlitz. Admire the views of the magnificent old castles and the Saxon vineyards on your 3-hour cruise. The impressive Albrechtsburg with the cathedral in Meißen can already be seen from far away while you make your way to the scenic wine villages on the shores of the Elbe. After your arrival, hike through the vineyards and explore one of Germany's smallest wine regions with its distinctive wines. Enjoy a hearty buffet with your wine tasting in the heart of the vineyards and sample 5 different wines from the region. Some of the local grape varieties can only be found in Saxony. Their rarity has made them a sought-after product. End your tour in a rustic winegrower's house and afterward drive back to Dresden.

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Combo Ticket Dresden: Semperoper & Old Town Tour

9. Combo Ticket Dresden: Semperoper & Old Town Tour

Experience an interesting 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. Enjoy a multi-faceted look at this breathtaking opera house. Let your German-speaking guide share the countless interesting cultural highlights of Dresden with you on this tour and discover the Zwinger, Dresden Castle, the world-famous Frauenkirche and the newly-established Neumarkt.

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Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip From Dresden

10. Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip From Dresden

See the best of Bohemia and the Saxon Switzerland National Park on a full-day guided tour from Dresden. Transfer to the heart of Bohemia and the Saxon Switzerland National Park, the youngest national park in the Czech Republic. Stop at Bastei Bridge, perched high above the River Elbe. Enjoy stunning views as you walk across the bridge. Then, continue to Pravcika Gate on the Czech Republic side of the park. Admire Europe’s largest natural sandstone gate. Pause for lunch (included), before transferring to Kamenice Gorge. Here, you will board a small dinghy for a scenic journey through a canyon carved deep in the sandstone cliffs. Arrive at the colorful village of Hrensko at the confluence of the Kamenice and Labe rivers. Stroll around the former 15th-century trading post, before your return transfer to Dresden.

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Frequently asked questions about Dresden

What top attractions are a must-see in Dresden?

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days should you spend in Dresden?

    With so much to see and do you could easily spend a week in Dresden without running out of activities. But if you're stopping off as part of a trip to other European cities, or thinking about visiting from Berlin or Prague, 3 days will leave you satisfied without being too overwhelmed.

  • How to get there

    Access to the city is very simple from Dresden-Klotzsche Airport. With regular buses and trains (S-Bahn, line S2) into the city. It is also very simple to travel by train from the rest of Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich) and Prague, Budapest and Wroclaw.

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    Springtime is great for a visit with milder temperatures, longer daylight hours, and fewer tourists, but Christmas time is also recommended for the fabulous Christmas markets.

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What people are saying about Dresden

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 23,905 reviews

Great day out with Jan and his team. 3 fantastic sights, combined with some walking in natural surroundings. Extremely well organized, very friendly, nice lunch and very punctual pick up and dropoff. A great days outing.

The trip is excellent and no way a traveler can plan and do all this in one day. Besides some hiking, I have nothing to worry about. Everything is arranged and timed perfectly. Well worth the money.

Gur organized tour, great ship with comfortable seats and good visibility. Very extensive and well explained sights. The staff was very attentive and friendly.

Jan was the best guide we could ask for and the whole trip was one of the best we ever had; beautiful and exciting. Thanks again for everything ❤️

Die Führung war sehr interessant gestaltet und sehr informativ. Einen Besuch der Semperoper sollte man sich nicht entgehen lassen!