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Dresden: Walking Tour with a Night Watchman and Meal

1. 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 1.5-hour walking tour with the night watchman of Dresden.

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Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

2. Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

Discover the historic old town of Dresden aboard a ship and admire the most beautiful sites of the Elbe Valley. Start off at Terrassenufer and see the three famous castles: Albrechtsberg, Eckberg, and Lingner Castle, along the Elbe on the way to the villa quarter Loschwitz. Pass the 4 famous Elbe bridges, whose histories affect the city up until now. The most memorable bridge is called Blue Wonder, which gets its name because of the color. When you arrive in Pillnitz you will visit Pillnitz Palace. It was built in the 18th century under the Elector of Saxony August the Strong and is now the site of the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Arts and Crafts) as well as the Schlossmuseum (Castle Museum). Take some time to explore the beautiful Pillnitz Palace garden. The garden is inviting in all four seasons.

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Dresden: 2 hour 15-Minute Trabi Safari

3. Dresden: 2 hour 15-Minute Trabi Safari

Experience an unforgettable Trabi safari in Dresden. Whether in a bright red convertible or the sky-blue limousine – a city tour in one of the legendary vehicles is great fun for young and old. Discover the city from a unique perspective and experience a touch of Trabi fever. In a convoy of up to 6 Trabis, you can enjoy the driving experience behind the wheel. After a short technical introduction in German to the secrets of the 4-speed revolver gear system you can set off on the tour. Take a leisurely drive in your preferred Trabi across the last cobbled remnants of Dresden. Explore the famous sights in Dresden’s old town, experience your own “Blue Wonder” (one of the famous bridges over the Elbe river), and explore the districts of Loschwitz and Weißer Hirsch. See the beautiful palaces and drive through the Gründerzeit district of Äußere Neustadt.

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Dresden: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

4. 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.

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Taste of Dresden Food Walk

5. Taste of Dresden Food Walk

Stroll through the Old Town (Altstadt) of Dresden learning the culinary secrets of Saxony on a guided food walk. Sample local specialties and experience the warm hospitality of the locals. Hear stories about the Middle Ages and the excesses of the inns. Explore the coffee culture of the Baroque era and hear about the improvised joy of life under communism. Stop for 6 different tastings, including an exclusive wine from Saxony, a typical beer from the region, the best eierschecke (cheese cake) in town and a fine chocolate and coffee from the Dresdner Kaffeerösterei.

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Dresden: Smile Tour with Prosecco

6. Dresden: Smile Tour with Prosecco

Discover the beauty of Dresden and discover the gorgeous old town in an amusing way. See the most famous sights of the city and admire the lovely buildings like the Dresden Castle, the Zwinger, the Semperoper and the newly-built Frauenkirche.  Learn more about the bygone days of Dresden and the countless ways in which it was destroyed over the course of World War II. Remember to smile and enjoy the truly delightful areas of the old town with a glass of bubbly prosecco.

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Dresden: Segway Mini-Tour

7. Dresden: Segway Mini-Tour

Dresden is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, world-famous for its incomparable location in the beautiful Elbe Valley and world-famous for the numerous unique art treasures that its museums hold.  Discover the highlights of the Baroque old town on a Segway tour. Start with your experienced guide at the Neustädter Markt monument "Goldener Reiter" and drive to the Königsufer. For centuries, the silhouette of Dresden's old town has fascinated visitors. Immerse yourself in the eventful history of Dresden and let yourself be enchanted by the charm of urban architecture from the 18th century. Travel by Segway over the Alber bridge to Neumarkt with the world-famous Frauenkirche. During various stops, historical and interesting background knowledge will be brought to life by a knowledgeable guide. See the city in a whole new perspective  during this unique tour and experience the most beautiful sides of Dresden. 

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From Prague: Guided Dresden Day Trip with Lunch

8. From Prague: Guided Dresden Day Trip with Lunch

Explore the most spectacular Baroque city in Germany on this day trip to Dresden from Prague. Discover the historic sites in a city once called the “Florence of the North” with an English-speaking guide. Visit the terrific Frauenkirche church, the renowned Dresden Cathedral, and the world-famous Zwinger museum complex. Choose to begin your trip either at the meeting point or at your hotel in Prague. Set off early in the morning and arrive in Dresden approximately 2 hours later. First, make your way to the stunning Bruhl’s Terrace, sometimes called the “Balcony of Europe.” From the terrace, look across the River Elbe and see the historic architecture lining the streets of Dresden Neustadt. After a cup of coffee and a famous local dessert in a renowned local café, visit the breathtaking Frauenkirche church, badly damaged during World War II and recently fully restored. Then, admire the ingenious Furstenzug — The Procession of Princes. As it stands over 10 metres tall, you’ll need to crane your neck to take in the detailed artwork. The next stop will be at Dresden Cathedral, whose façade is covered with intricate sculptures and reliefs. After walking through the doors, marvel as your eyes are drawn immediately to a large painting of Jesus Christ ascending to the sky. The inside of the cathedral also includes a stone pulpit and the tombs of former Saxon sovereigns. After exploring the cathedral, stop for a traditional German lunch in a cozy local restaurant. Finish your tour of Dresden by visiting the Zwinger museums and admiring the art and amazing porcelain. Finally, head back to Prague, where you should arrive around 7 PM.

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Dresden: Sightseeing-Tour in German by Bike

9. Dresden: Sightseeing-Tour in German by Bike

Discover Dresden in an active way and look forward to a perfect mix of culture and nature. Experience the highlights of Dresden and places that lie off the beaten track by bike. This tour follows one of the prettiest cycling routes in Germany and is the ideal start for new visitors as well as Dresden-enthusiasts. Admire the old town along the Elbe banks, flowering gardens and the trendy founding-district of the new town. Follow quiet streets and tracks of an extensive network of cycling routes through the unique landscape of the Elbe Valley without having to cope with significant height differences. Your expert guide provides you with precious insider tips und turns your tour into a special experience.  The route leads you past the Frauenkirche, the Hygiene Museum, the Palais of the Grand Garden and the VW-factory to the Waldschlösschen Bridge, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Elbe castles. Make your way to Pfunds Molkerei (with a short break to use the restrooms) and the hip and trendy district of Dresden, the outer new town. Get a glimpse of the Baroque district, the Palais of Japan and the Theatre Square with the famous Semperoper and Zwinger.

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Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cultural Heritage Group Tour

10. Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cultural Heritage Group Tour

Pass romantic riverside castles as you cruise to Blasewitz the Blue Wonder Bridge on this group boat tour of Dresden on the Elbe river. Immerse yourself in Dresden's old town and its bridges with this steamer cruise. Once you get to the Blue Wonder bridge, head back to see Dresden's old town. Sail by the Augustus Bridge, the Semper Opera House, and the congressional center to Pieschen. Take in stunning views of of the famous Canaletto view.

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What people are saying about Dresden Old Town

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,253 reviews

In summery weather we sailed from Dresden to Pillnitz Castle with the youngest paddle steamer "Leipzig". The landscape was impressive. The crew was exceptionally accommodating and friendly. An entertaining undertaking.

Gur organized tour, great ship with comfortable seats and good visibility. Very extensive and well explained sights. The staff was very attentive and friendly.

It was a very nice afternoon even if the weather wasn't that great. The sights are nicely described. Staff is friendly & helpful. Any time.

The boat trip to Pillnitz Castle was very nice. Ship was not full, service and catering were very friendly and quick. Toilets very clean.

It was a successful trip. The tickets could be ordered online without any problems. The admission to the ship was on time. Everything OK.