Dresden Museums & exhibitions

Our most recommended Dresden Museums & exhibitions

Zwinger Dresden: Entry Ticket

1. Zwinger Dresden: Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to the Zwinger in Dresden and gain access to the Zwinger’s Old Masters Picture Gallery, the Sculpture Collection, the Porcelain Collection, and the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments. Explore Dresden Zwinger’s various galleries and collections and marvel at an ensemble of gardens and a fountain, considered one of Germany’s most important Baroque architectures. The name Zwinger refers to the original position of the complex, between the inner and outer fortress wall.

Royal Castle Dresden: General Admission Ticket

2. 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.

Dresden: City & Semperoper Guided Walking Tour

3. 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: Gala Concert in the Dresden Zwinger

4. Dresden: Gala Concert in the Dresden Zwinger

Enjoy a classical concert in the Wallpavillon of the Dresden Zwinger Palace. Decide which performance of which composer's pieces you'd like to hear and enjoy masterpieces at a concert of waltz dreams or listen to Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Mi, 23.11.22 Winterträume Do, 24.11.22 Italienische Nacht Fr, 25.11.22 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sa, 26.11.22 Winterträume Mi, 30.11.22 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Do, 1.12.22 Walzerträume Fr, 2.12.22 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sa, 3.12.22 Winterträume Mi, 7.12.22 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fr, 9.12.22 Klänge der Romantik Sa, 10.12.22, Winterträume Mi, 14.12.22 Winterträume Do, 15.12.22 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fr, 16.12.22 Italienische Nacht Sa, 17.12.22 Winterträume Mi, 21.12.22 Klänge der Romantik Do, 22.12.22 Winterträume Fr, 23.12.22 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Di, 27.12.22, 17:00 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Di, 27.12.22, 19:30 Winterträume Mi, 28.12.22, 17:00 Winterträume Mi, 28.12.22, 19:30, Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Do, 29.12.22, 17:00, Italienische Nacht Do, 29.12.22, 19:30, Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fr, 30.12.22, 17:00, Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fr, 30.12.22, 19:30, Winterträume Fr, 6.1.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sa, 7.1.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sa, 14.1.23 Winterträume Sa, 21.1.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sa, 28.1.23 Slawische Klassik Sa, 4.2.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sa, 11.2.23 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Di, 14.2.23 Valentinskonzert Sa, 18.2.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sa, 25.2.23 Winterträume Fr, 3.3.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sa, 4.3.23 Italienische Nacht Fr, 10.3.23 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Sa, 11.3.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fr, 17.3.23 Klänge der Romantik Fr, 24.3.23 Frühlingsstimmen Sa, 25.3.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fr, 31.3.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sa, 1.4.23 Frühlingsstimmen Do, 6.4.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" So, 9.4.23 Walzerträume Mo, 10.4.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Mi, 12.4.23 Klänge der Romantik Fr, 14.4.23 Frühlingsstimmen Sa, 15.4.23 Slawische Klassik Mi, 19.4.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fr, 21.4.23 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Sa, 22.4.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Mi, 26.4.23 Walzerträume Fr, 28.4.23 Italienische Nacht So, 30.4.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Mi, 3.5.23 Frühlingsstimmen Fr, 5.5.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sa, 6.5.23 Jubiläumskonzert - 10 Jahre Dresdner Residenz Konzerte Mi, 10.5.23 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Fr, 12.5.23 Slawische Klassik Sa, 13.5.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Mi, 17.5.23 Klänge der Romantik Do, 18.5.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fr, 19.5.23 Walzerträume Sa, 20.5.23 Italienische Nacht Mi, 24.5.23 Slawische Klassik Do, 25.5.23 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Fr, 26.5.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sa, 27.5.23 Frühlingsstimmen Mi, 31.5.23 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten"

World of Panoramas: Dresden's Baroque Era

5. World of Panoramas: Dresden's Baroque Era

Experience a trip through time to Dresden's heyday. Enjoy a fascinating world of panoramas. In 2003 and 2006 respectively, Asisi created the world's largest panoramas in Leipzig and Dresden. Both are in the historically-protected former gasometer. The focus of Yadegar Asisi's 360° Panorama of the Baroque halcyon days of Dresden is the daily life of citizens, shopkeepers, fishermen, servants and craftspeople in the Saxon town. He compresses the time from around 1695 to 1760 into an artistic snapshot of the Baroque era in Dresden. Immerse yourself in the past and see the scenes with historic characters like Peter the Great, Johann Friedrich Böttger, the inventor of porcelain, Johann Sebastian Bach or the court jester Joseph Fröhlich. See the arrival of the Sistine Madonna in 1754. Forgotten everyday moments with woodsmen and washerwomen along the Elbe, as well as sedan bearers, comedians and many more make this a real artistic representation of the era. The night variation also offers a glittering view. On display until 6th of January 2019.

Dresden: Complete Walking Tour with Frauenkirche Visit

6. 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: Guided City Walk with a Cup of Coffee

7. 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.

Dresden: Dresden Transport Museum Entrance Ticket

8. Dresden: Dresden Transport Museum Entrance Ticket

Visit the Dresden Transport Museum at the Johanneum building and learn more about the history of vehicular transportation. Explore an impressive variety of exhibits including unique originals, imposing models, and fascinating rare vehicles. Discover more about the history of all primary modes of transportation including rail, shipping, road, and air. Using the free Wi-Fi to download the audioguide app on your own mobile device available in a variety of languages. Hear interesting stories about the vehicles, the people, and the technology that has shaped the modern world. Learn interesting facts at the interactive and hands-on exhibits suitable for all ages. Ride a penny-farthing, board a steam locomotive, or design your own boat to take part in a digital regatta. See once-powerful locomotives, elegant vintage cars, adventurous flying machines, and stunning models of ships throughout the museum.

Dresden: Historical City Tour of Dresden and Frauenkirche

9. 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.

Dresden: Historical Walking Tour and Chocolate Museum Ticket

10. Dresden: Historical Walking Tour and Chocolate Museum Ticket

Historical Walking Tour: Travel back in time, and immerse yourself in the history and culture of Dresden. Hear facts and stories from your experienced and licensed tour guide, who will bring the city's past back to life. Discover the dark times of the Middle Ages, 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 the Frauenkirche, the Semperoper, and the Baroque Zwinger. From Dresden Castle, head to Brühl's Terrace and the Procession of Princes and Stallhof, until you arrive at Dresden Cathedral. Then, follow your guide to the Taschenbergpalais and Augustus Bridge, before ending your walking tour near Frauenkirche. Chocolate Museum: Included with your tour is entry to Dresden's chocolate museum, which you can visit either before or after your walking tour. Dresden was known as Germany's "capital of chocolate" and is considered to be the place where milk chocolate was invented. From here it was exported worldwide. Experience this delicacy's fascinating history and what really good chocolate is all about. Learn surprising facts about the numerous chocolate factories in 19th-century Dresden. Discover one of the world's largest collections of chocolate moulds by Anton Reiche and trace the long path from cocoa bean to delicious chocolate. Afterward, find out what the first chocolate bars may have tasted like and what really good milk chocolate tastes like today.

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What people are saying about Dresden

Sehr tolle Führung, Frau Blau hat sehr viel Wissen über die Stadt Dresden und ihre Geschichte. Sie hat uns die wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten sehr informativ und humorvoll präsentiert und konnte alle Fragen beantworten.

don't climb the steps if you have mobility issues. use the slope at the back to access the concert hall.

Wonderful rendition of classical masterpieces. Especially the Violin Solo of Vivaldi Four seasons.

The musicians were amazing. This activity was just an up-scale recital.

Our guide, a woman, forgot her name ,,sorry, was excellent,,,,,