Welcome to Dresden


Dresden's cultural heyday came during the 18th-century reigns of Augustus the Strong (August der Starke) and his son Augustus III, who sponsored many of Dresden’s iconic buildings, including the Zwinger and the Frauenkirche. While the devastating 1945 Allied firestorm levelled most of these treasures, their contents were safely removed before the bombings and now take pride of place in Dresden's rebuilt museums.

Across the river from this treasure trove of classic art and architecture, Dresden's Neustadt has dozens of funky restaurants, shops and one of the liveliest nightlife scenes in Germany's east.


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$67.36 Day Trips & Excursions

Dresden Day Trip from Berlin

After meeting your guide in central Berlin, sit back and relax aboard an air-conditioned coach during your 2-hour journey to Dresden. When you arrive in Dresden, also known as the 'Jewel Box' because of its rococo and baroque city center, your guide will show you the city on a walking tour.Learn about Dresden's history and how it served as a cultural capital between 1806 and 1918 under reign of the Saxon Kings. As you walk around, learn about the tragic end of World War 2 and hear about the controversial bombing in February 1945, during which the whole city center was destroyed. After the city's reconstruction and since the reunification of Germany in 1990, Dresden has regained importance as one of the country's cultural centers, now featuring 56 galleries, 44 museums and 36 theaters, including the former royal treasure collection, the 'Green Vault.'See the neo-Renaissance Semperoper opera house, in which the world-famous composer Richard Wagner held some of his premiers. Next to the opera house is the Zwinger palace, one of the most delightful baroque constructions in Germany. Once a palace for parties and celebrations for the royals, it now houses museums including the Old Masters Picture Gallery featuring among others Raphael's Sistine Madonna and a porcelain museum. Admire the impressive and newly rebuilt Frauenkirche, completely destroyed in 1945, which served as a war memorial in the German Democratic Republic and was not rebuilt until 2005.By midday, you'll have time at your leisure to explore this interesting city. To get a feel for it like a true local, have lunch (own expense) at one of the many kneipen (pubs) in Weisse Gasse, a pedestrianized area in the old town. Later, you can visit the sights you saw on your walking tour from the outside in more detail, stroll along the beautiful river Elbe, visit Dresden's many parks, or enjoy a cold beer in a Biergarten (beer garden) overlooking the baroque skyline.

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Dresden Walking Tour of the Historic Old Town

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Zwinger, Dresden, SaxonyNo museum visits planned.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Procession of Princes, Dresden, SaxonyHear about the rulers of Saxony, who are all lined up at his great "mosaic" or longest porcelain tile painting in the world.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), Dresden, Saxonyno museum entrance planned during the tourDuration: 15 minutesStop At: DresdenWalks, Dresden, SaxonySee Schlossplatz Square and the Catholic CathedralDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Semper Opera House (Semperoper), Dresden, SaxonyWe talk About Johann and his royal Family creating the Theater or todays Opera House. Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Neumarkt, Dresden, SaxonyFrauenkircheDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Frauenkirche, Dresden, Saxonyno inside visitDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Bruehl Terrace, Dresden, Saxonybalcony of europeDuration: 10 minutes

$182.68 Day Trips & Excursions

Bohemian, Saxon Switzerland National Parks Tour from Dresden

Meet at a central location in Dresden and depart the city early in the morning with this full day tour. The first stop on your journey will be Bastei Bridge on the Saxon side of the national park. You will have the opportunity to walk across this magnificent bridge perched high above the river Elbe. Enjoy stunning views that will take your breath away! The trip then continues on to the Pravcika Gate on the Czech side of the park. The Pravcika Gate is the largest natural sandstone gate in the whole of Europe and is truly one of a kind. Next, you will stop for lunch (included in the tour price). After you enjoyed a relaxed lunch, the group will head towards Kamenice Gorge. Here you will board a small dinghy for a journey through a canyon carved deep in the surrounding sandstone walls. Next is Hrensko, a small colourful town, from where the tour will head back to Dresden.

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Trip from Prague to Dresden

Stretch your holiday across two countries and get a glimpse of the gorgeous scenery of České středohoří (Central Bohemian Highlands) with a trip to the German city of Dresden, just across the northern border. Originally a small fishing village, Dresden grew to become a spa town, a royal residence and finally, the capital city of Saxony. A simple day trip can show you the similarities and differences between these two neighboring countries. During World War II, Dresden suffered a massive air raid that almost destroyed it entirely; however, the city has been immaculately reconstructed and rebuilt.We'll walk around Dresden's most important historical monuments, including the Zwinger and Albertinum galleries, the Hofkirche and Frauenkirche churches and the Semperoper Opera House and then you´ll have a plenty of time to explore this beatiful city on your own.

$170.12 Day Trips & Excursions

Dresden to Saxon Switzerland Park: 12-Hour Group Tour, Lunch

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Old Market Square (Altmarkt), Dresden, SaxonyThe tour begins by picking you up at your Dresden hotel, Airbnb or elsewhere in Dresden. Our comfortable vehicle will then transport you to the German part of the National Park. The snacks and beverages along the way in combination with an informative description of the passing landmarks will make the journey over in no time. Stop At: Bastei, Lohmen, SaxonyOur first destination is the magnificent Bastei Bridge (Saxon Switzerland, Germany). The breathtaking view of the Elbe River Canyon, high above which the Bridge perches, will be engrained into your memory forever. Watching the sunrise above the unique sandstone pinnacles is a priceless experience.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Neurathen Castle, Bastei, SaxonyThe easy scenic walk across the Bastei Bridge is finished by an excursion of the medieval castle ruins of Felsenburg Neurathen (13th cen.), located at the other end of the Bastei Bridge. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Pravcicka brana, Hrensko, Usti nad Labem Region, BohemiaThe following jurney takes us over the border to the Bohemian (Czech) part of the National Park. The 2km hike navigates us to the Pravcicka Gate. Approaching it from below, you will see the majesty with which it stands at the top of the surrounding landscape. It is the symbol of the Bohemian Swizerland National Park and you will know why, once you see it. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: MeznáWithin seeing distance from the Pravcicka Gate is our traditional Czech restaurant. A rich 'a la carte' lunch will be an appreciated reward. Both traditional Czech and international dishes are served (vegetarian options available).Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kamenice GorgeOur final trip begins at the restaurant's doorstep. A descending hike unravels the beauty of the Kamenice River Gorge. Its moderate rainforest climate is very refreshing. The river along which you stroll is wild at first, but as you approach the boat cruise section, it calms down completely. The mystical dinghy boat cruise is the last element of this impression-rich day tour.The tour will end by dropping you off in Dresden at your accommodation or elsewhere in the city.Duration: 2 hours

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Meissen and Dresden Private Tour from Berlin

Your driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel in Berlin and take you to the city of Dresden first. The drive there from Berlin is about two hours. You will have time to explore the beautiful sights of Dresden: Old Town with its Frauenkirche and the royal palace including the famous Zwinger, the river Elbe and the view from the Brühlsche Terrace and much more. After lunch, you will be driven to Meissen where you can visit the oldest Porcellain manufactury of Europe, stroll through the Old Town and view the historic cathedral dating back to the 9th century.This is a full-day tour so you will not be rushed. When you have seen enough, you will return to Berlin and be dropped of at your hotel.