Dresden Elbe Valley

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Dresden Elbe Valley: Our most recommended tours and activities

Dresden: River Sightseeing 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise

1. 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”.

Dresden: Sightseeing-Tour in German by Bike

2. 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: Inflatable Boat Tour of the Old Town

3. Dresden: Inflatable Boat Tour of the Old Town

Hop aboard an inflatable boat and discover the renowned “Florence of the Elbe” from the water. Discover Dresden, the regional capital of Saxony, in an unconventional and unique way while admiring its skyline from a new perspective. The journey starts from the landing slipway at Körnerplatz (Körnergarten) and takes you past Dresden's Elbe castles, the ferry garden, Dresden's old town, and via Altübigau to arrive at the endpoint at the slip station in Dresden Pieschen. Stop at one of the many beer gardens along the way and enjoy a small snack and a drink while resting on the river banks. Enjoy paddling on the Elbe with your family and friends. The boats can accommodate a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 6 people on the small boat and from a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 7 people on the bigger boat.

Dresden: E-Bike Tour and Dresden Heath Forest Trails

4. Dresden: E-Bike Tour and Dresden Heath Forest Trails

Avoid the public streets with this adventurous bike tour. Begin your tour in Neustadt, Dresden and head towards the Schönfelder Highlands.  Visit Wachbergschänke, a popular inn with a beer garden, where you can experience a spectacular view of Dresden. Travel into Alaunplatz and pass through Dresden Heath on incredible forest trails. Leave the forest and head towards Dresden TV tower, the highest viewing point on the route. Journey downhill until you reach the Dresden Elbe Valley. Enjoy riding on the bike paths along the Elbe river, back to Neustadt, Dresden.  

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What people are saying about Dresden Elbe Valley

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,309 reviews

The organizer, Dresden-Roller, made a very modern and professional impression. The event was well prepared and the briefing was extensive and practical. The care was very caring and extensive. This was also reflected in the equipment, Segway and optional helmets (also possible warm additional clothing). The city tour was very informative. Despite good previous knowledge, there was also something new to experience and discover. There was a high level of fun. The 2 hour tour was completely sufficient, but still over far too quickly. Can only be recommended in dry weather. In addition, a telephone consultation was held the day before because the weather forecast had deteriorated. But we were lucky, the weather held up. So everything is perfect.

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

Overall it was a nice experience. Considering that now is October, it is quite windy and cold in the morning, so I suggest to be prepared in terms of clothing.

The boat trip to Pillnitz Castle was very nice. Ship was not full, service and catering were very friendly and quick. Toilets very clean.

The city from the water looks quite different - beautiful - from. You should definitely do it when you visit Dresden