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Dresden: Guided Tour of the Church of Our Lady

1. Dresden: Guided Tour of the Church of Our Lady

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: 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.

Royal Castle Dresden: General Admission Ticket

3. 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.

From Prague: Bastei and Dresden Small-Group Day Trip

4. From Prague: Bastei and Dresden Small-Group Day Trip

Combine history, culture, and nature on this day trip from Prague. Travel in a comfortable minivan with wifi, accompanied by an expert guide. Explore the Bastei Bridge, the most popular part of Saxon Switzerland, located just a 2-hour drive from Prague. Enjoy panoramic views of the Elbe Canyon and River and walk across the famous sandstone bridge that connects Bastei and the ruins of an old Neurathen rock castle. Continue through Saxon land to the city of Dresden, notable for its stunningly rebuilt architecture and modern cultural history. After a delicious lunch in a local restaurant, discover this city's rich architecture and see for yourself what makes it a popular royal retreat. Visit some of its historical monuments such as the Royal Palace and the Zwinger Old Master Gallery. Here, see masterworks including the ‘Sistine Madonna’ by Raphael and admire the domed Frauenkirche (Church of the Virgin Mary).  In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore the rest of the city at your own pace.

Dresden: Guided City Walk with a Cup of Coffee

5. 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.

From Prague: Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip

6. From Prague: Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip

Choose from a hiking tour, a fantasy highlights tour and a winter tour, and discover Prague in a unique way. Visit National Parks, ancient castles, or snow-covered landscapes. Learn about your surroundings from your local expert guide. Your guide will pick you up from your Prague accommodation early in the morning. Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle while learning about Czech culture, history, and the main highlights on your way to the national park. Taste snacks and enjoy beverages throughout the entire day.  Enjoy an abundance of time to admire the filming sites of the 'Chronicles of Narnia' movie in a group of a maximum of 10 persons. Spend an unforgettable day in the Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park, one of the unique natural reserves in Europe, by choosing one of the following Tour options:  Hiking Tour Choose this tour if you want to see the main highlights of both National Parks. Visit two countries in one day. The first destination is the magnificent Bastei Bridge. Feast on the breathtaking views of the Elbe river canyon, surrounded by unique sandstone rock formations. Then enjoy the rolling landscape full of tiny German villages and famous table mountains. The following hike brings you near the main symbol of Bohemian Switzerland — the Pravcicka Gate — the largest sandstone arch in Europe. After tasting the rich local cuisine (lunch included), sail on gondola-style boats through the soothing Kamenice river gorge (a 12-hour, 10-kilometer active hike). Fantasy Highlights Tour This tour brings together the two main fantasy filming sites of the region. Visit Saxon Switzerland and walk across the magnificent Bastei bridge and visit Neurathen Castle ruins. Cross to Bohemian Switzerland and adore the amazing views from the Sneznik lookout tower. Enjoy a tasty lunch (included) in a local restaurant and continue to experience Narnia while hiking through the sandstone labyrinth of Tyssa Walls (a 10-hour, 9-kilometer moderate hike).  Winter Tour Go on this tour for an active winter visit to the region. Marvel at the beauty of snow-covered sandstone towers. Stroll across the Bastei Bridge to reach the medieval ruins of Neurathen Castle. Enjoy the Pravcicka Gate during the season pictured in Narnia. Hot beverages and lunch in a local restaurant (included) will help you regain all your energy (10-hour, 7-kilometer moderate hike).

Dresden: TimeRide VR Time Travel Experience Ticket

7. Dresden: TimeRide VR Time Travel Experience Ticket

Your tour will begin at the first station, which is located at the Spiegelkabinett. Here you will get dressed as various Baroque characters, with the fun help of a few magic mirrors that work with augmented-reality technology. You will then enjoy a thrilling presentation with accompanying information around the life and regency of August the Strong at the first station. The next station is the so called "Lichtspielhof", where you will see some short films revolving around life at court. The highlight of your visit is the virtual reality (VR) experience, which you will experience at your third station. Via virtual reality technology, you can go back in time to the year 1719. You will get an impression of life in Dresden's suburbs as a guest of one of the biggest and most spectacular weddings of all time, the marriage of Friedrich August III and Maria Josepha inside the Dresden Zwinger.

Dresden: Tour of the Baroque Quarter with a Night Watchman

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

Step back in time as you explore the Baroque quarter of Dresden on a guided walking tour. See how Dresden has transformed over time as you uncover traces of this fascinating city's past.  Meet your guide at the Golden Rider, where your off-the-beaten-track tour begins. Discover the essence of old Dresden as you pass thorugh the historic district's many lovingly-restored passages, courtyards, and alleys.  Admire well-preserved architecture as your walk through narrow, winding streets. Let yourself be carried away by the entertaining stories that your night watchman will tell you and learn more about the transformation of Dresden. Trace a path 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: Complete Walking Tour with Frauenkirche Visit

9. 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: Historical City Tour of Dresden and Frauenkirche

10. Dresden: Historical City Tour of Dresden and Frauenkirche

Discover historical Dresden ‒ the so-called "Florence on the Elbe." Start your tour at the Dresden Castle and walk towards Dresden's famous landmark: the Church of Our Lady. Admire the elaborately and completely restored church not only from the outside, but get the chance to take a look at its magnificent interior. Continue to Fürstenzug, an important part of Saxon history, and to the stable yard of the Dresden Castle. Get an insight into the imposing building and get a glance at the Taschenbergpalais. Not to be missed on a tour like this is the Zwinger, a late Baroque masterpiece. En route, learn interesting and amusing facts about Augustus the Strong, before the tour ends at the Theater Square with the cathedral and the Semper Opera House. Please note that this tour will be conducted in German.

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Wanted to get away from the city for a day and experience gorgeous nature. This was perfect. Took the fantasy highlights tour, which had the fun element of seeing countryside used in the Chronicles of Narnia movies. We made three different stops and each place had a hike through beautiful rocky forested landscapes with scenic vistas. The last stop was a favorite with all of us, as we wound our way through countless rock formations with names like The Sofa, Gorilla, Rock City, and even Decapitated Mayor! Our guide Edward and our driver Joseph were both great. Edward was entertaining, informative, and made sure we were all doing fine with the hikes. I would rate the activity level as between moderate and strenuous. One of the hikes was long and steep, with many inclines and quite a few stairs before you arrived at the top. It was totally worth it, but make sure you bring your energy and good walking shoes with traction!

Great trip, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Even though it was pouring with rain, we had a great time and the sites were incredible. Joseph and Paul answered all of our questions and shared a lot of information. Thank you!

The Saxon Swiss Park( Germany) was resplendent in fall colors! Dresden was also a historical city. Barbora, our guide was punctual, an excellent communicator and very pleasant company,0

Amazing tour. Our guide Joseph was great, very friendly and he has lots of knowledge to share. The views are beautiful and the food was very good too. Highly recommended it!

Quite realistic and well narrated in English. We were the only 2 participants, so was almost like a private event.