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Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

1. 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 City Card for 1-3 Days

2. Dresden City Card for 1-3 Days

Use the Dresden City Card to explore the capital of Saxony - experience the city's culture, enjoy leisure activities and concert performances, or dine in a restaurant. Take advantage of free transportation on the local buses, trams, and S-Bahn, as well as discounts on many more tourist offers including museums, sightseeing tours, concerts, theater shows, dining, and shopping. Museums and Exhibitions Dresden Transport Museum (-1,00 EUR) Dresden City Museum (-1,00 EUR) Carl-Maria-von-Weber Museum (-1,00 EUR) Schillerhäuschen (free) Asisi Panometer (-1,50 EUR) Sightseeing and City Tours City Sightseeing Tour with 22 stops (-2,00 EUR) Comedy Tour Dresden (-7,00 EUR) Segway Tour Dresden (-10,00 EUR) Tour of the Semperoper (Dresden opera house) (-1,00 EUR) Tours by Dresden Information (-2,00 EUR) Concerts and Theater Herkuleskeule (-10%) Staatsschauspiel (-10%) Dresden Frauenkirche (-20%) Leisure Activities in Dresden Dresden Zoo (-1,00 EUR) Dresden Suspension Railway (-1,50 EUR) Ticket to the top of the Frauenkirche dome (-2,00 EUR) You will also receive reductions in some restaurants around Dresden.

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Dresden: Zwinger Skip-the-Line & 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

3. Dresden: Zwinger Skip-the-Line & 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Enjoy 2 of Dresden's must-do activities - the hop-on-hop-off bus tour and the museums at the Zwinger - at an attractive combined price. This includes a visit to the newly re-opened Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister. Discover Dresden with a 2-day ticket and get to know the city during the bus tour including 22 different stops. Start your tour at the first bus stop where you will exchange your voucher for additional tickets. Your 2-day ticket also includes a Night Watchman walking tour, an Old Town walking tour and transport to the castle and park in Pillnitz, all from the same central meeting point location: Postplatz/Kronentor Zwinger. The Zwinger is a popular destination for visitors to Dresden. Created as a magnificent festival site in the heyday of the Baroque period, it now houses magnificent collections and treasures. Your ticket gives you skip-the-line access. In the Zwinger, find the "Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon" and the porcelain collection. The Highlight is the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, which re-opened in February 2020 after 7 years of renovation. Marvel at Raphael's masterpiece "Sistine Madonna" and a sculpture collection up to the year 1800.

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Dresden Regio Card for 1, 2, or 3 Days

4. Dresden Regio Card for 1, 2, or 3 Days

Explore the capital of Saxony the easy way with the Dresden Regio Card. Experience the culture and leisure, concerts and restaurants of the city. Take advantage of free travel on local buses, trams, and trains in Dresden and the surrounding area as well as discounts at museums and other tourist attractions such as bus tours, walking tours, concerts, theatre, gastronomy, and shopping. Choose between the Dresden Regio Card and the Regio Card Plus for individuals or families. Examples of discounts: Museums and exhibitions Dresden Transport Museum (- €1) Dresden City Museum (- €1) Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Museum (- €1) Schiller Pavilion (free) Asisi Panometer Dresden (-€1.50) Many more City tours Bus tour with 22 stops (- €2) Comedy Tour Dresden (- €7) Tour of the Semperoper Dresden (- €1.00) Tasty Dresden – Culinary Guided Tour (- €1) Walking tour of the Dresden Information (- €2) Concerts and theatre Herkuleskeule (-10%) Staatsschauspiel (-10%) Dresden Frauenkirche (-20%) Many more Leisure activities in Dresden Dresden Zoo (- €1) Dresden Suspension Railway (- €1.50) Dresden Frauenkirche Tower (- €2) Many more Leisure activities in the region Karl-May-Museum Radebeul (- €0.50) Wackerbarth Castle wine tour (-10%) Guided tour of Meissen (- €1.50) Radebeul–Radeburg railway (-50%) Kirnitzschtal tramway (-50%) Lessing Museum Kamenz (- €1.50) Many more You also receive discounts on dining options. You can also purchase the Dresden Regio Card Plus for 2 days. This includes additional discounts for the Dresden State Art Collections. Dresden Regio Card Plus Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (- €10) Dresden Porcelain Collection (- €6) Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments (- €6) New Green Vault (- €12) Turkish Chamber (- €12) Dresden Armory (- €12) Coin Cabinet (- €12) Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs (- €12) Hausmannsturm (- €12) Galerie Neue Meister (- €10) Sculpture Collection (- €10) Exhibition hall of the Lipsiusbau (- €5) Dresden Museum of Ethnology (free) Museum of Saxon Folk Art and Puppet Theatre Collection (- €5) Wine Experience World Meissen (-10%)

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From Dresden: Saxon Switzerland & Pillnitz Castle

5. From Dresden: Saxon Switzerland & Pillnitz Castle

Discover the beauty of Saxon Switzerland and the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. This day tour can take place in your own tour bus/rental car or with public transit from Dresden. When traveling by rental car or tour bus, tour the national park with a stop at the world-famous Bastei; when using public transit, travel with your tour guide to Rathen Station and hike your way to the Bastei. Let the romance of Saxon Switzerland with its otherworldly rock formation enchant you. Enjoy the beautiful view from the Bastei deep into the valley below. At the end of the day, head to Pillnitz to admire the Chinese-inspired fairytale palace and gardens and tour this summer residence of the Saxon kings and queens.

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Dresden: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Fortress Xperience

6. Dresden: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Fortress Xperience

Enjoy 2 of Dresden's must-do activities - the hop-on-hop-off bus tour and the virtual reality experience "Fortress Experience" - at an attractive combined price. Discover Dresden with a 1-day ticket and get to know the city during the bus tour including 22 different stops. Start the tour at the first stop of the Hop On Hop Off where you will exchange your voucher. Your 1-day ticket also includes a night watchman walking tour, an old town walking tour and transport to the castle and park in Pillnitz, all from the same central meeting point location: Postplatz/Kronentor Zwinger. If you find that you run out of time to see and do everything included with your ticket, you can choose to extend the hop-on-hop-off ticket for a further day once you arrive (for €2 extra, not included) and thus extend all of the inclusions listed above. With the ticket to the virtual reality experience Fortress Xperience, you encounter an adventurous journey through time through 450 years of Dresden's eventful history: Celebrations. Dramas. Disasters. The secrets of Dresden Fortress are brought to life with breathtaking 360-degree projections and 3D sound technology. You can expect a completely new range of experiences on 1,500m², right in the heart of Dresden's old town.  FestungXperience is an approximately one-hour format with content and emotional demands, which is why the visit is recommended for children from 12 years and not allowed for children younger than 8.

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From Dresden: Scavenger Hunt to Pillnitz by Bike (in German)

7. From Dresden: Scavenger Hunt to Pillnitz by Bike (in German)

Explore Dresden and the surrounding area in a unique way on a scavenger hunt playing the City Game Seductive Dresden. 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 to Pillnitz by bike. Solve the puzzles and let the clues lead you to your next destination. 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. Cycle past the Waldschlösschen Bridge, the construction of which cost the city of Dresden its UNESCO World Heritage title, and past the Loschwitz Bridge, also known as the “Blue Miracle.”Learn interesting facts about the Johannisfriedhof Cemetery and the Laubegaster Werft. Then, take the lock ferry to Pillnitz Castle and its park. Discover the vineyard church and the romantic church Maria am Wasser (Mary by the Water). Enjoy a mysterious, unique and extraordinary bicycle tour. 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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Dresden: 1.5-Hour Guided Tour of Pillnitz Castle

8. Dresden: 1.5-Hour Guided Tour of Pillnitz Castle

The Countess von Brühl will greet you at the "Alte Wache" or Old Guardhouse and will then explain civilized etiquette to get you ready for the evening's formal ball. After the drink the ladies of status begin their tour, taking you to the starting point of all festivities: the Riverside Palace. The Venetian gondolas moor here, from which the guests emerge before they indulge in lavish feasts, masquerade balls, theater performances, illuminations, and much more. In the pleasure garden between the Upper Palace and the Riverside Palace, the Countess bestows a deep insight into the subtle art of Baroque society games and reminisces about the bygone festivities. However, they stop for a moment when entering the palace garden. In the shadows of the colossal hedges, the cloak of secrecy is lifted to reveal the secrets to the art of female communication with a handheld fan. With the certainty of being able to hold your own in front of the women at the court, you'll walk through the conifer garden and enjoy the highlights of the French, English, Dutch, and Chinese garden culture. The tour continues on to uncover one or two more secrets to the Baroque art of seduction, before concluding in the elegant Fliederhof, a courtyard of lilacs that will be sure to please your senses. The tour ends with the presentation of a letter of recommendation.

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What people are saying about Pillnitz Castle

Overall rating

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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.

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.