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Dresden: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

1. Dresden: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

Explore Dresden's beautiful Old Town at dusk and follow the historical night watchman on his rounds. At nightfall, the hour of the night watchman strikes. His horns ring in narrow alleys, the light of his lantern 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: Night Watchman Tour Through The Old Town

2. Dresden: Night Watchman Tour Through The Old Town

Meet your guide in front of the Zwinger. Explore the city and learn stories about the old Dresden and of the Zwinger, an impressive baroque palace. Delight in your guide’s colorful anecdotes as you pass by Dresden’s stately baroque theater, the Semperosa.  Admire the Fürstenzug, a gorgeous mural depicting a procession of Saxony's rulers. See the Frauenkirche, a majestic Lutheran church topped with an impressive dome. Experience the city in a unique way that combines theater with a traditional tour, creating an unforgettable experience.

Dresden: Tour of the Baroque Quarter with a Night Watchman

3. Dresden: Tour of the Baroque Quarter with a Night Watchman

Meet your guide at the Golden Rider, where your off-the-beaten-track tour will begin. The Baroque quarter of Dresden is the essence of old Dresden: it's a historic district with many lovingly-restored passages, courtyards, and alleys. Enjoy a guided walk exploring the well-preserved architecture through the narrow streets and romantic courtyards of this neighborhood. Let yourself be carried away by the entertaining stories that your night watchman will tell you and learn more about the transformation of Dresden from the former Altendresden to the inner city of Neustadt. Complete your tour at the Cannalettoblicke, where you can admire the view to the other Elbseite of the old town, which is truly an unforgettable sight. 

Dresden: Sunset Paddle Steamer Cruise on the Elbe River

4. Dresden: Sunset Paddle Steamer Cruise on the Elbe River

Gently roll down the Elbe on a relaxing boat trip to Pillnitz and back. Sit back and relax as you float by the scenic landscapes of the Elbe Valley. See the Albrechtsberg castle, the Eckberg castle, the Lingner Castle and the Blue Bridge. Start your tour by boarding a historical steamship in the Terrasanufer, located in the heart of Dresden. Admire the stately manors of the Loschwitzer district. In the 1920s and ’30s, the district was the most expensive living area in all of Europe. Marvel at the vineyards that line the banks of the Elbe. Pass by the 4 famous bridges of the Elbe. Listen to the onboard commentary and learn about the history of the area. Take a peek at your steamboat’s engine. Look down into the engine room and watch the pistons as they propel the boat forward. This is an authentic steamboat, not a replica. Be mesmerized by the soft glow of the evening light at your return to the old city center. Enjoy food and drinks available for purchase onboard.

Dresden: Walking Tour with a Night Watchman and Meal

5. Dresden: Walking Tour with a Night Watchman and Meal

Experience the perfect combination of dining and walking on a tour of Dresden's old town. Enjoy a traditional meal of food from Saxony and savor the excellent beers of the region. Choose from 4 dishes, including a delicious Saxon Sauerbraten (marinated tenderloin), red cabbage and potato dumplings. Savor the flavors of a tasty Freiberger Biergulasch (pork goulash), with pickled cabbage and Bohemian yeast dumplings. Alternatively, indulge yourself with a trout dish, served with red cabbage and parsley potatoes, or choose the vegetarian option of a cheese spaetzle with onion, fresh parsley and melted cheese.  Complement your meal with a beer or wine before making your way to the meeting point to enjoy a walking tour with the night watchman of Dresden.

Dresden: Old and New Town Night Watchman Tour

6. Dresden: Old and New Town Night Watchman Tour

Join this entertaining tour with spooky stories and juicy anecdotes from centuries past. Follow the historical Night Watchman on their rounds through winding alleys, hidden backyards and along famous sights on both sides of the Elbe river. Experience the uncanny sites of Dresden in the flickering lantern lights against a spectacular backdrop steeped in history. Discover the secrets of the city as the Night Watchman tells you of powerful rulers, influential courtesans and the splendour of the Saxon Court.

Dresden Group Tour with a Night Watchman

7. Dresden Group Tour with a Night Watchman

Explore the Old Town of Dresden at dusk as you follow a night watchman on his evening round. Journey back in time and experience the evening atmosphere of the city center with a costumed guide. Wander down narrow alleys by the light of his lantern and the medieval halberd he uses to protect the honorable citizens from vagabonds and shady characters. Hear legends from the history of the city and see beautiful sights along the way. Pass the magnificent Semperoper opera house and the famous Zwinger palace that served as the orangery and festival arena of the Dresden Court. Get a glimpse of Brühl's Terrace, known as the Balcony of Europe, high above the River Elbe.

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What people are saying about Dresden

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,028 reviews

Even as a Dresdener, the tour was very informative and entertaining. The guide passed on knowledge in an absolutely interesting and amusing way. Both history and cutting-edge topics were taken up and the new town was presented very well, including places that you have never seen before. In any case, we took a lot with us and can recommend the tour without reservation.

A fantastic experience, the ship was not overcrowded and you could enjoy the unique scenery and relax. The team was very friendly, wonderful service on board. I will definitely take a ride again on my next trip to Dresden.

Our night watchman Klaus gave us an entertaining tour of beautiful Dresden. We had a lot of fun and got a lot of information about Dresden at the same time. The time flew by. Clear recommendation!

We had the night watchman tour in the baroque district, our night watchman was great.

Very interesting lecture seasoned with a lot of humor and heart.