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Dresden: River Sightseeing 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise

1. Dresden: River Sightseeing 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise

Experience the most beautiful landmarks of the Elbe Valley and the historic old town of Dresden during this sightseeing boat tour. Begin at the Terrassenufer and discover the three Elbe palaces: Albrechtsberg Palace, Eckberg Palace and the Lingner Palace. Travel to the Loschwitz Villa Quarter and pass four of the famous Elbe Bridges, including Loschwitz Bridge, affectionately known as the “Blue Wonder”.

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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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Family Port Tour

3. Family Port Tour

Throughout this tour you will receive the answers to your questions about Hamburg’s port, such as why are the merchants’ houses standing in the water? What is inside the famous warehouses in the Speicherstadt? How do the huge ships get into a dry-dock? And what is an “English closet”? Explore Hamburg’s waterfront on foot and by ferry and hear fascinating stories of merchants and pirates, spices and goods from all over the world, and of old ships and modern container vessels. Take a guided walk along the canals and waterways of the historic port area in the Speicherstadt and Hafencity, as well as in the historic Deichstraße. You can also see the famous Elbphilharmonie and the Landungsbrücken and enjoy impressive harbor vistas. Throughout your tour you will be able to enjoy the maritime atmosphere along the canals and the river Elbe, taking in stunning views along the way.

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Scavenger Hunt to Elbe River Slopes & Castles (in German)

4. Scavenger Hunt to Elbe River Slopes & Castles (in German)

Explore the beautiful Elbe castles and the area around the famous Blue Miracle Bridge in a unique way. The City Game Box contains 11 sealed and numbered envelopes with small puzzles that need to be solved. Guided by clear directions, make your way on foot, by bus, train or bike to the beautiful Elbe River castles of Dresden and to the area around the Blue Miracle Bridge. Each solved puzzle will yield a number that will tell you which envelope to open next. You will not know in advance what order the scavenger hunt city envelopes need to be opened. The envelopes will also contain detailed background information of each attraction - its history, its current use and much more. Decide for yourself when to start your Scavenger Hunt City Tour and how much time to spend at each location. Embark on an enigmatic and extraordinary tour and take a break from your City Game whenever you feel like it, or even continue your scavenger hunt on a different day – it’s completely up to you. There will be numerous cafes, restaurants and beer gardens along the way, so feel free to give in to the temptation to rest and linger. Start the game at Albrechtsberg Castle and walk through its beautiful park to the castle’s Roman baths. The neighboring Lingner Castle will also be worth a visit. Continue by bus, train or bike to Dresden’s suspension railway. If you want, make your way up the Elbe slope and enjoy a fantastic view of the picturesque Elbe Valley from there. Discover the Körnerplatz and the Friedrich-Wiek-Haus. Next, make your way down to the Old Fährhaus on the Elbe River, where beautiful beer gardens will provide an ideal spot for a break. Also not to be missed will be the famous Loschwitz Bridge, the Blue Miracle. No need to schedule your Scavenger Hunt City Tour for a certain date, simply order the City Game Box and have it delivered to your home, or make an appointment to pick it up in Dresden within the opening hours and you’re good to go.

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From Berlin: Guided Day Trip to Dresden

5. From Berlin: Guided Day Trip to Dresden

Join this fascinating day trip to Dresden aboard your coach hired just for this round trip to Dresden. Dresden was the royal residence of the Saxon Kings, who established a city of such cultural and artistic splendour it was named “The Pearl of the Baroque.” To this day it is still considered one of Germany's most beautiful cities. During the tour you’ll explore the immaculately restored Old Town and Old Market, including the famous Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), the Semper Opera House, and the Balcony of Europe – once Dresden's defensive rampart on the River Elbe. You will also wander around the Zwinger medieval fortress – home to the Old Masters’ Collection featuring works by Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, and more. During the tour, you will also learn about the Albertinum, Blue Wonder, Dresden Castle, Taschenberg Palace, and Procession of Princes. Walk by the Augustus Bridge, Brühl's Terrasse and the New Market. Hear stories of Dresden at the time of August the Strong (who allegedly sired 300 children), emotional wartime experiences, and the Communist era. Discover the vibrant city of today, and enjoy free time to visit the world-class museums, relax on the waterfront, or stroll through the flea market.

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Hamburg Harbor: 3.5-Hour Guided Tour by Bike

6. Hamburg Harbor: 3.5-Hour Guided Tour by Bike

Start your 3.5-hour guided cycling tour in St. Pauli, pass by St. Michaelis Church and continue to HafenCity, which is home to the Elbphilharmonie. Continue along the Baackenhöft and cross the Elbe River, taking in the panorama of Hamburg. In Veddel you’ll learn about the district’s history and its important connection to the development of the harbor. See the Golden House and the famous Ballinstadt Emigration Museum. On the way back across the Elbe, explore the famous Speicherstadt and learn about the first metropolitan railway and the canalization of Hamburg. End the tour with a stop at the Landungsbrücken and finally at the Davidwache, the famous police station on Spielbudenplatz.

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Dresden: E-Bike Tour and Dresden Heath Forest Trails

7. Dresden: E-Bike Tour and Dresden Heath Forest Trails

Avoid the public streets with this adventurous bike tour. Begin your tour in Neustadt, Dresden and head towards the Schönfelder Highlands.  Visit Wachbergschänke, a popular inn with a beer garden, where you can experience a spectacular view of Dresden. Travel into Alaunplatz and pass through Dresden Heath on incredible forest trails. Leave the forest and head towards Dresden TV tower, the highest viewing point on the route. Journey downhill until you reach the Dresden Elbe Valley. Enjoy riding on the bike paths along the Elbe river, back to Neustadt, Dresden.  

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Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cultural Heritage Group Tour

8. 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 Elbe River

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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.

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.

Everything is wonderful. Nobody wanted to see our specially made corona test, not even when I asked.