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Dresden: Semperoper Guided Tour for Families

1. 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: Semperoper and Royal Castle

2. 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: Semperoper and Old Masters Picture Gallery

3. Dresden: Semperoper and Old Masters Picture Gallery

Take a tour of the elegant Semperoper in Dresden, and discover its impressive story. Admire the reconstruction, learn about its acoustics, and tales of its history. Afterward, head to the Old Masters Picture Gallery and discover the sculpture collection up to the 1800s. Meet your guide at the doors and tour the Semperoper, discovering the rich interiors and beautiful architecture in Italian High Renaissance style. Learn about the original-plan reconstruction and listen to 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. Once you felt the acoustics for yourself, enjoy a guided tour of the Old Masters Picture Gallery. After seven years of partial closure, the famous 19th-century Semper Building at the Zwinger shines in new splendor. For the first time, the Old Masters Picture Gallery and the Sculpture Collection up to 1800 are presented together in the extensively renovated museum building. The concept of the new permanent exhibition follows a geographical division according to schools and focuses on individual main themes of the respective period. Gaze upon world-famous masterpieces such as Raphael's "Sistine Madonna", Rembrandt's Ganymede or Bernardo Bellotto's Dresden Vedute form fixed points. Then, immerse into an important collection of antiquities is on display in the sculpture hall.

Dresden: Semperoper and Old Town with Ice Cream

4. Dresden: Semperoper and Old Town with Ice Cream

Begin your tour by entering the Semperoper to discover the rich interiors and beautiful architecture in Italian High Renaissance style, reconstructed according to the original plans. Learn more about the incredible acoustics and storied history of the beautifully arranged auditorium. With your guide, discover the many cultural highlights of Dresden as you discover the old town of the city. See many notable landmarks such as the Zwinger built in the Baroque style, the museum complex of Dresden Castle, the world-famous Frauenkirche, and the newly-established Neumarkt. To finish your tour, enjoy a typical local ice cream. Refresh yourself with a white or dark chocolate ice crem according to your individual taste!

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3,043 reviews

The tour of the castle and the opera was great. Unfortunately, you had to arrange a time by phone and since we had overlooked that, we had to make an appointment spontaneously, but because we had other appointments, we had to be packed in between. Thank you to the staff, it worked great. For other attractions, you could specify a time when booking. Would also be recommended here.

Great tour of the Semperoper. We visited the residential palace on our own. It's great that the two things can be done on different days. Only the museum staff should be initiated into this fact. Contrary to what was said at the cash register, they did not want to let us up on the tower, because this is supposedly not possible with the ticket.

Even if you're not an opera lover, it's still worth taking part in a guided tour of the Semperoper. The story behind it is very interesting, but most of all this beautiful architecture. I was totally blown away by the residential palace: impressive rooms and great exhibitions.

Some areas of the Residenzschloss are only open on weekends. I only saw a corresponding notice in the castle.

The tour of the Semperoper was very informative and entertaining. We recommend.