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Dresden: Semperoper Tickets and Guided Tour

1. 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: Guided Tour of the Church of Our Lady

2. 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: 1-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

3. 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: City & Semperoper Guided Walking Tour

4. 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.

Dresden: Guided Tour of the Volkswagen Transparent Factory

5. Dresden: Guided Tour of the Volkswagen Transparent Factory

Delve into the inner workings of the Volkswagen car factory in Dresden on a guided tour. Enjoy this exciting opportunity to learn about how these cars are manufactured, alongside finding out more about the production process, e-mobility, and digitalization. On the guided tour, be taken directly to the assembly line and the manufacturing area, to observe many of the manufacturing steps at close range. Your guide will provide a fascinating overview of the process of manufacturing electric automobiles and will explain the combination of top-quality craftsmanship and high-precision work required to bring them to life.  Your knowledgeable guide will answer all of your questions about what the future of electromobility holds and will offer exciting insight and outlook into the topic. After the tour, you have the chance to explore other attractions in the vicinity if you wish.

Dresden: Walking Tour with a Night Watchman and Meal

6. 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: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

7. 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

8. 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.

Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip From Dresden

9. Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip From Dresden

See the best of Bohemia and the Saxon Switzerland National Park on a full-day guided tour from Dresden. Transfer to the heart of Bohemia and the Saxon Switzerland National Park, the youngest national park in the Czech Republic. Stop at Bastei Bridge, perched high above the River Elbe. Enjoy stunning views as you walk across the bridge. Then, continue to Pravcika Gate on the Czech Republic side of the park. Admire Europe’s largest natural sandstone gate. Pause for lunch (included), before transferring to Kamenice Gorge. Here, you will board a small dinghy for a scenic journey through a canyon carved deep in the sandstone cliffs. Arrive at the colorful village of Hrensko at the confluence of the Kamenice and Labe rivers. Stroll around the former 15th-century trading post, before your return transfer to Dresden.

Dresden: Grand City Tour by Red Double-Decker Bus

10. Dresden: Grand City Tour by Red Double-Decker Bus

Experience the many fascinating sides of Dresden on a city tour in an original red double-decker bus. Visit the famed Pfunds Molkerei dairy shop and see top sights like the "Blue Wonder" bridge.  Hop aboard the cheerfully-colored bus and make your way around Dresden's highlights. Travel in comfort with plenty of space to stretch out. View the thoroughly restored Baroque new town and Europe's largest late-19th-century district, the Äußere Neustadt. Visit the most beautiful dairy in the world, Pfunds Molkerei, and have time to pick up a light refreshment. Get to know the Großen Garten and the villa districts of Blasewitz and Loschwitz in the eastern part of the city. Capture pictures of the "Blue Wonder" bridge to share with friends and family back home. Admire the architecture that lines the Elbe river like the Albrechtsberg Palace, the cableway, and the funicular.

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Our driver/guide Joseph was right on time to pick us up at our hotel. He very friendly and knowledgeable about the sites we visited. Unfortunately due to wild fires within the Switzerland National Parks our tour had to be changed dramatically but we still had an enjoyable day out. We visited Konigstein Fortress in Germany and Tisa Rocks in Czech Republic. My husband also climbed Decin mountain and observation tower with some of the group while I stayed with the van with 2 other members of our group to relax. The included lunch was delicious and there were plenty of options to choose from. We might try this tour again on our next visit to Prague to see the sights we missed this time.

The perfect way to start your trip in Dresden. In just 2 hours, you learn all the details about this beloved city. Karen, a highly educated person, was excellent. So emotional and enjoyable. We loved her. Highly recommended!!!!

Perfect day in a small intimate group, Joseph and Paul were very warm and friendly with a lot of knowledge on the history of the areas we visited.

With adaptations because of the fire but all went smoothly and wonderful

Good n experience guides. we have enjoyed it very much.