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Dresden Castle: Our most recommended tours and activities

Royal Castle Dresden: General Admission Ticket

1. Royal Castle Dresden: General Admission Ticket

Pre-book your admission ticket to Residenzschloss, also known as the Dresden Castle or Royal Palace, and get to know this historic site. Enrich your experience with a complimentary audio guide to help you understand the German history behind the castle. With a single ticket, gain access to Residenzschloss’ Neues Grünes Gewölbe (New Green Vault), the Turkish Chamber, the Renaissance Wing, and the Armory. Entry to the Historisches Grünes Gewölbe (Historic Green Vault) is not included. Further explore publicly accessible places such as the extensive art library, various lecture and study halls, as well as the tower known as the Hausmannsturm (available in the summer months), which affords visitors who climb its 327 steps a spectacular view of Dresden.

Dresden: City & Semperoper Guided Walking Tour

2. 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: Semperoper and Old Town Tour

3. Dresden: Semperoper and Old Town Tour

Take a walking tour of Dresden’s historical Old Town, and go inside the world-famous Semperoper with a local guide. Explore the Semperoper to see its grand Baroque architecture and ornate rooms, reconstructed in the original style. Head to, walk around Neumarkt, and explore other highlights like the Zwinger, Dresden Royal Palace, and Frauenkirche. Experience a 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. Enjoy a multi-faceted look at this breathtaking opera house and immerse yourself in its rich history. Guided visits to the Semperoper are possible nearly every day when performances or other events are not taking place. Next, soak in the ambiance of Dresden Old Town as you follow your guide to cultural highlights such as the Zwinger, Dresden Castle, Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), and the newly-established Neumarkt. Refresh yourself with a cold strawberry punch (if option selected). Hear about how Dresden worked so hard to reconstruct its historical monuments along the way.

Dresden: Guided City Walk with a Cup of Coffee

4. Dresden: Guided City Walk with a Cup of Coffee

Travel back in time and immerse yourself in the history and culture of Dresden. Hear little anecdotes and big stories from your experienced and licensed tour guide who brings the city's past back to life.  Discover the dark times of the Middle Ages. Experience 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 Frauenkirche, Semperoper, and the Baroque Zwinger.  Stroll by top sights like the Residenzschloss and the Fürstenzug. From Dresden Castle, head to Brühl's Terrace, the Procession of Princes, and Stallhof until you arrive at Dresden Cathedral. Next, follow your guide to Taschenbergpalais and Augustus Bridge before ending your walking tour near Frauenkirche.

Dresden: Segway Tour Along the Elbe and Old Town

5. Dresden: Segway Tour Along the Elbe and Old Town

Discover the incredible Dresden Elbe Valley from a whole new perspective and see the city by Segway. Get an introduction to this trendy 2-wheeled transportation, then head on to the most famous sights of the city. Start at the Königsufer and travel to the historic Frauenkirche. Ride by the magical Dresden Castle and the famous Zwinger, then see the Semperoper and the impressive Dresden Cathedral. Enjoy the elevated view from your Segway and discover the most beautiful side of Dresden in a swift and comfortable way.

Dresden: Shared Small Group Walking Tour in English

6. 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: Semperoper and Royal Castle

7. 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: Complete Walking Tour with Frauenkirche Visit

8. 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.

Dresden: 2-Day Museum Card with 16 Exhibitions Included

9. Dresden: 2-Day Museum Card with 16 Exhibitions Included

Benefit from free entrance to over 16 of the most famous museums and exhibitions in Dresden for two days in a row. Skip the line at the cash desk and enjoy direct admission without long waiting times. Free entrance to the following museums and exhibitions: Dresden Zwinger: • Old Master Picture Gallery and sculpture collection • Porcelain Collection • Museum of Mathematical and Physical Instruments Dresden Castle: • Royal State Apartments and the Porcelain Cabinet • Cabinet of Prints, Drawings and Photographs • Coin Cabinet • New Green Vault • Renaissance Wing • Giants hall with armoury • Gun collection in the long aisle • Turkish Chamber • Special exhibitions Albertinum Modern Art Museum: • New Master Picture Gallery and sculpture collection Further Museums: • Museum of Saxon Folk Art and Puppet Theatre Collection • Japanese Palace (special exhibitions) • Lipsiusbau Exhibition Hall (special exhibitions) • Joseph Hegenbarth Archive Discounted offers for further exhibitions: • Deutsches Hygiene – Museum The Human Adventure (-10%) • Karl May Museum Radebeul (-1.00 EUR) • Panometer Dresden (-1.50 EUR) • Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Museum (reduced admission) • Memorial Place Bautzner Straße (-1.00 EUR) • Kraszewski-Museum (reduced admission) • Kügelgenhaus – Museum of Dresden Romanticism (reduced admission) • Kunsthaus Dresden – Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Art (reduced admission) • Leonhardi Museum (reduced admission) • Palitzsch Museum (reduced admission) • Dresden City Museum (reduced admission) • Museum of Technology and Industry (reduced admission) Discounted offers for concerts and theater: • Dresden State Operetta ( -7.00 EUR) Discounts on city tours and walking tours: • Der besondere Stadtrundgang (-2.00 EUR) • Dresden im Laternenlicht (-3.00 EUR) • Bike tour "Fahrradtour für Genießer" ( -2.00 EUR) • Glanzlichter Dresdens (up to 12.00 EUR discount) • Die Roten Doppeldecker: Grand city bus tour through Dresden (-10%) • Schloss Wackerbarth – Wine or sparkling wine guided tours with tasting (-10%) • Weinerlebniswelt Meissen – wine cellar guided tour (-10%) Discounted offers at Restaurants: • Pastamanufaktur (-10%) • Gasthaus am Schloss Wackerbarth (-5%) • Museumsküche (-10%) • Schwerelos (-5%)

Dresden City Card for 1-3 Days

10. Dresden City Card for 1-3 Days

Use the Dresden City Card to explore the capital of Saxony - experience the city's culture, enjoy leisure activities and concert performances, or dine in a restaurant. Take advantage of free transportation on the local buses, trams, and S-Bahn, as well as discounts on many more tourist offers including museums, sightseeing tours, concerts, theater shows, dining, and shopping. Museums and Exhibitions Dresden Transport Museum (-1,00 EUR) Dresden City Museum (-1,00 EUR) Carl-Maria-von-Weber Museum (-1,00 EUR) Schillerhäuschen (free) Asisi Panometer (-1,50 EUR) Sightseeing and City Tours City Sightseeing Tour with 22 stops (-2,00 EUR) Comedy Tour Dresden (-7,00 EUR) Segway Tour Dresden (-10,00 EUR) Tour of the Semperoper (Dresden opera house) (-1,00 EUR) Tours by Dresden Information (-2,00 EUR) Concerts and Theater Herkuleskeule (-10%) Staatsschauspiel (-10%) Dresden Frauenkirche (-20%) Leisure Activities in Dresden Dresden Zoo (-1,00 EUR) Dresden Suspension Railway (-1,50 EUR) Ticket to the top of the Frauenkirche dome (-2,00 EUR) You will also receive reductions in some restaurants around Dresden.

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Wonderful tour that gave us a different view of Dresden. Our guide Laura patiently answered our many questions about Dresden's eventful history and took time for everything - including a mulled wine at the Christmas market :-)! It was also great that the tour went ahead even though only my partner and I had signed up. So we practically got a private tour through the old Dresden, including lots of suggestions as to what we should see in the following days! So, anytime again!

Laura was a super interesting guide, inspite of the cold weather, she kept us engaged throughout the tour and 2 hours just flew past. The tour provides a nice overview Dresden and it's history and is a great place to start for first time visitors. In terms of Christmas, much of the tour walks through or close to some of the Christmas markets, you could easily grab a cup of glühwein to go along. :)

Get a lot of interesting information about Dresden. Very personable guide! I didn't find the tasting in the basement of a passage quite as stylish and the mulled wine was also a little different. I might have wished for that at a stand at one of the markets. But it didn't hurt the lead in the end.

Laura was an amazing guide. So knowledgeable and so kind! We learned so much about the city from this tour. I would recommend this tour to everyone

This was a great tour and Karen was a lovely guide. Definitely a highlight during our stay in Dresden!