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Leipzig: Motorboat Canal Sightseeing Cruise

1. Leipzig: Motorboat Canal Sightseeing Cruise

Sail along the winding canals of Leipzig and admire the city views from the water. Watch the history of Leipzig unfold as you pass important districts, including Plagwitz and Palmengartenwehr. Begin your tour at the picturesque city harbor of Leipzig with its famous beach bar. Relax on board a motorboat as you embark on a sightseeing tour of Leipzig's historical and modern sights along the waterside. See the villa of the famous publishing Baedeker family who is well-known among travelers around the globe. Continue to the Palmengartenwehr, a vital part of Leipzig's public flood protection facilities. Head to the western territories, enjoy a brief moment of silence, and admire the nature surrounding the area. Admire the architecture of the textile factories of the Buntgarnwerke, a former yarn mill building built in the late 19th century. It is one of the largest Wilhelminian-era industrial sites in Germany. Making your way to the Karl Heine Canals, you will explore one of the most beautiful canals in Leipzig, meandering through the old industrial district of Plagwitz. Karl Heine, a lawyer, entrepreneur, and industrial pioneer played a key role in the urban development of Leipzig’s western areas. See the striking Stelzenhaus at the last stop of the tour before heading back to the harbor where you'll enjoy a cold drink at the beach bar. The harbor is perfectly located if you wish to explore further sights of Leipzig after the motorboat tour.

Tickets to the Meissen Porcelain Factory

2. Tickets to the Meissen Porcelain Factory

Explore the fascinating world of the famous MEISSEN porcelain factory and discover the various steps of porcelain production. Over centuries, the human hand has remained the main tool at the porcelain factory. The demonstration workshops invite you to experience how the famous MEISSEN porcelain takes shape before your very eyes. See close up how cups are made and how many individual pieces make up a typical figurine. Observe the principal stages of the manufacturing process: molding and throwing, the crafting of figurines (“repairing”), and both underglaze and overglaze decorations. The tour of the demonstration workshops is accompanied by an audio guide. The Museum of MEISSEN Art takes you on an enticing journey through 300 years of porcelain history. Numerous pieces from the year 1710 to the present day, drawn from the manufactory’s vast stocks, are displayed chronologically to illustrate design developments throughout the ages. There is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world. The exhibition "Meissen Variatons", new for 2017, displays everything from chamber pots to tea sets. From March 2017 it is possible to experience the topics of literature, fashion, music and theater in the museum's recently renovated 2nd floor. The re-imagined exhibition tells the story of porcelain in the past and present. You can also visit the “MEISSEN artCAMPUS”, which exhibits contemporary artwork in MEISSEN porcelain. Within the MEISSEN artCAMPUS project many international renowned painting and sculpting artists work together with MEISSEN craftspeople to create contemporary pieces of art. You then have the opportunity to browse the MEISSEN boutique, the MEISSEN outlet, and the museum shop as well as treat yourself to one or two delicacies in the café or restaurant.

Dresden: River Sightseeing Boat Cruise

3. Dresden: River Sightseeing Boat Cruise

Discover Dresden's charm and history on a boat cruise down the Elbe River. See the Elbe Valley's most beautiful landmarks and the historic old town of Dresden on this sightseeing boat cruise. 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".

Dresden: Semperoper Tickets and Guided Tour

4. Dresden: Semperoper Tickets and Guided Tour

Visit the Semperoper in Dresden with its long history and elegant architecture. Embark on a guided tour through this historic opera and uncover the prestige and history behind each turn. Begin at the beautiful Semperoper in Dresden and admire the magnificent architecture in the style of the Italian Renaissance. Explore ornate rooms, reconstructed in the original style. Discover the great acoustics in the elaborate auditorium and learn about the rich history of this grand building. Experience the atmosphere in one of the most beautiful and prestigious opera houses in the world, a truly unforgettable experience.

Dresden: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

5. 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.

Combo Tour in Leipzig: Guided City Tour & City Sightseeing

6. Combo Tour in Leipzig: Guided City Tour & City Sightseeing

Experience the highlights in Leipzig's Old Town during this unique walking and bus tour. Foll your guide to see sights like Gohlis castle, the former Reich Court, the Old Market, and the Battle of Nations Monument. Meet your guide in the heart of the city at the new Katharinum (Tourist Information). Begin your walking adventure with a stroll through downtown. Go past the famous Nikolai Church, and the Specks Hof Passage mall. Breath in the aroma of fresh food from the small Snack Market. Admire the colors in Old Rathaus market and the elegant Mädler Passage mall. Stroll by the traditional Auerachs Cellar and Barthels Hof restaurants. Marvel at the mix of Gothic and Romanesque architecture at the St. Thomas Church. Hop aboard an airconditioned and spacious bus to see the sights outside the city ring. Head to the Gohlis quarter to see the 18th-century Gohlis castle. Pass by the Schiller House, a modest farm house in which Friedrich Schiller lived in 1785 for several months and worked on "Ode to Joy." Make your way to the Waldstraßen Quarter and past the Red Bull Arena Arrive in the constantly-changing Plagwitz city section, with canals, galleries and lofts. Take in the greenery and villas as you ride thorugh the music district. Cruise by the Federal Administrative Court which is in the building of the former Reich Court. Pass through the lively southern suburb past the popular Panometer to one of the well-known sites in Leipzig, the Battle of Nations Monument. On the way back see the Old Market, the German Square and the Bavarian Train Station. End your tour in Augustusplatz, where our tour ends where you can see the New Concert Hall, the University and the Opera house.

Leipzig: 1.5-Hour Tour with Night Watchman Bremme

7. Leipzig: 1.5-Hour Tour with Night Watchman Bremme

Go on the night watchman tour, which is led by the night watchman Bremme®, one of the most popular tours of the old town of Leipzig. This historical figure is now a permanent feature of Leipzig’s nocturnal cityscape. In the late hours, follow the night watchman light his lantern and lead you on a path through secluded places and dark alleys, past the most beautiful sights in Leipzig. Listen as your guide – in historical costume – shares exciting and curious stories from Leipzig’s past. Hear interesting stories about famous celebrities including Goethe, Schiller, and the infamous Mayor Romanus. During the tour, take a look at the Nikolaikirchhof, the Alte Nikolaischule, the old town hall, and the market with the old stock exchange.

Bad Schandau: Saxon Switzerland Boat Trip

8. Bad Schandau: Saxon Switzerland Boat Trip

Discover a unique landscape from this historic paddle steamer and enjoy the journey along the Elbe River from Bad Schandau to Pillnitz and back. You can admire the prettiest scenes of the Elbe valley in the Nation Park Saxon Switzerland.  Discover the picturesque Old Town with the Canaletto-House and the church St. Marien. Also pay a visit to Sonnenstein Castle for a fantastic view of Pirna. Take a closer look at the 250-meter high Fortress in Koenigstein and the impressive bastion rocks, Basteifelsen, in Kurort Rathen. Settle back and enjoy a delicious cake and specialty coffees while passing small picturesque villages. The National Park Saxon Switzerland, with its diverse flora and fauna, is a paradise for hikers and climbers.

Zwinger Dresden: Entry Ticket

9. 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.

Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Full-Day Tour from Prague

10. Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Full-Day Tour from Prague

See the best of Bohemia and the Saxon Switzerland National Park on a full-day guided tour from Prague. Transfer to the heart of Bohemia and the Saxon Switzerland National Park, the youngest national park in the Czech Republic. Stop at Bastei Bridge, perched high above the River Elbe. Enjoy stunning views as you walk across the bridge. Then, continue to Pravcika Gate on the Czech Republic side of the park. Admire Europe’s largest natural sandstone gate. Pause for lunch (included), before transferring to Kamenice Gorge. Here, you will board a small dinghy for a scenic journey through a canyon carved deep in the sandstone cliffs. Arrive at the colorful village of Hrensko at the confluence of the Kamenice and Labe rivers. Stroll around the former 15th-century trading post, before your return transfer to Prague.

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What people are saying about Saxony

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This trip was the absolute highlight of my 4 day stay in Prague, the group was international, small, active, polite, and friendly. The tour guide was absolutely fantastic!! Jan is from the area and was able to tell us lots about the different places, very helpful taking photos, polite and funny. I totally recommend this trip, especially if you are traveling solo!! Would definitely do it all over again!! Oh, the lunch was excellent!!

We are from Singapore n this is our first "hiking trip" in Prague. We were sceptical initially but the whole trip expectations surpassed our doubts. We had a very good hike n certainty a memorable trip. No regrets, thks to our guide Lenka n Jacob the driver for this wonderful holiday

We had a great experience with Uniline Tours. The guides we're very nice, helpful, and friendly, and we got to enjoy and learn about these two parks with them. The tour was everything we hoped for and we got to see some of the country from Prague.

Very informative and entertaining tour with a small group. Tour guide Laura was enthusiastic and welcomed questions. The time went quickly and I was thoroughly pleased with the experience.

Nice and interesting walking tour, thank you Seema for sharing and inspiring stories and recommendations. A very good tour to get to know the old town.