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

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Dresden: Semperoper Tickets and Guided Tour

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: Tour of VW's Transparent Factory

Dresden: Tour of VW's Transparent Factory

Look forward to an insight into our production and world of experience! When was the first electric Volkswagen built? How far can you go with one charge? And how many production steps does it actually take to complete an electric car? You will get answers to your questions in our 45-minute overview tour from an expert guide.

Dresden: River Sightseeing Boat Cruise

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: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

Dresden: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

Explore the beautiful Old Town of Dresden with a historical night watchman. Sip on Schlummertrunk, a small alcoholic drink before visiting the main highlights like Semper Opera House, Dresden Frauenkirche, and more. Begin your tour with rings of the watchman’s horn in narrow alleys, and the light of his lantern which 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: 1-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

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.

Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

Discover the historic old town of Dresden aboard a ship and admire the most beautiful sites of the Elbe Valley. Start off at Terrassenufer and see the three famous castles: Albrechtsberg, Eckberg, and Lingner Castle, along the Elbe on the way to the villa quarter Loschwitz. Pass the 4 famous Elbe bridges, whose histories affect the city up until now. The most memorable bridge is called Blue Wonder, which gets its name because of the color. Soak up the views of the impressive Pillnitz Palace as your boat drops anchor for roughly twenty minutes. It was built in the 18th century under the Elector of Saxony August the Strong and is now the site of the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Arts and Crafts) as well as the Schlossmuseum (Castle Museum).

Dresden: Church of Our Lady Guided Tour of Gallery

Dresden: Church of Our Lady Guided Tour of Gallery

After meeting your guide in front of the Church of Our Lady, or the Frauenkirche, you’ll head right into the marvelous structure for a thorough tour. After being all but completely destroyed by bombing during World War II, the ruins of the church were left standing for decades. However, after the reunification of Germany, an ambitious campaign was mounted to reconstruct it. After over a decade of construction based on George Bähr’s original plans from the 1720s, the Church of Our Lady was restored to its former glory in 2005. Ever since, its ornate interior and expansive cupola have beckoned visitors to see its glorious tale of rebirth. During your tour, you’ll gain exclusive access to the church’s gallery, and pick up countless insights into the structure that stands representative of Dresden’s progress as a whole.

Dresden: Semperoper and Old Town Tour

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. Hear about how Dresden worked so hard to reconstruct its historical monuments along the way.

Dresden: 360° Panorama Amazonia Entry Ticket

Dresden: 360° Panorama Amazonia Entry Ticket

Enjoy the fascinating world of panoramic art with this ticket for the Panometer Dresden museum. Admire one of the largest panoramas in the world that was created by Yadegar Asisi in a former gasometer. Watch as a simulated day and night change, and sounds make the panorama come to life. Be captivated by the enchantment of the nature world as it surrounds you in this magnificent and exciting piece. See how with Amazonia, Yadegar Asisi has created a hyper-realistic art space that condenses the complexity of a wide variety of geological formations in the tropical rainforest. The cylindrical panorama reveals mountain rainforests and river valleys, clearings and bodies of water, giant trees or an opening valley. Take the density of the green cosmos as various exotic inhabitants of the natural area come into view. Be mesmerized as tangled carnivorous plants in bright colors, fall seamlessly into colonies of giant ants or the local population on the hunt. Stop in at the cafe to purchase a snack or a drink and have the chance to buy a souvenir at the onsite giftshop.

Royal Castle Dresden: General Admission Ticket

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. Please note that the Royal Parade Rooms of Augustus the Strong will be closed from August 5 to October 18, 2024.

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The day trip was excellent! Our guide, Joseph and our driver Monica, were both amazing. So nice and informative and caring– they were awesome. Everything was spot on – the car, The timing, the entire trip. And of course, the places in this trip all three locations were amazing. Highly recommend them!!- uniline tours and the entire crew- guides and drivers. 5 stars!

Really enjoyable day! Ondrej was amazing, very knowledgeable, friendly, and made the day overall really fun. Would definitely recommend to anyone I knew that was travelling to Prague!

A lot of interesting information was conveyed in a relaxed manner. The most important rooms were shown, but not the upper tiers!

The tour covered everything I was hoping for. Every question I asked was answered. The history was very interesting

Very profesional and knowlegible guide . Thank tou Karen