Saxony
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Our most recommended Saxony River & Harbor Cruises

  • From Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cruise to Königstein Fortress

    1. From Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cruise to Königstein Fortress

    Witness the versatility of „Dresden Elbe” and the Saxon Switzerland with a cruise between Dresden and Königstein. From bizarrely shaped rock formations via opulent wine-growing districts and fascinating baroque palaces through to the unique skyline of Dresden. Only the city center of Dresden, with the Frauenkirche, Semperoper, and the Brühl´s Terrace, presents priceless views. Above that, you can discover the three beautiful Elbe castles and the Pillnitz Palace and Park along the riverbanks of the Elbe while driving.  In Saxon Switzerland await the cities Pirna, Stadt Wehlen and Kurort Rathen and also Königstein to be spotted. Here you can admire the world-famous “Festung Königstein”, which is 250 meters high and looks back at a history of more than 700 years. This tour offers different options for traveling, like a round trip or single trips with start in Dresden or Königstein. Please...

    We had a great time through out. Couldn’t find any option other than potato soup for vegetarians. If you can bring your eatables it would be more enjoyable.

  • Dresden: Boat Cruise, Wine Tasting and Buffet in German

    2. Dresden: Boat Cruise, Wine Tasting and Buffet in German

    Take a boat cruise on a traditional steam paddler from Dresden to Diesbar-Seußlitz. Admire the views of the magnificent old castles and the Saxon vineyards on your 3-hour cruise. The impressive Albrechtsburg with the cathedral in Meißen can already be seen from far away while you make your way to the scenic wine villages on the shores of the Elbe. After your arrival, hike through the vineyards and explore one of Germany's smallest wine regions with its distinctive wines. Enjoy a hearty buffet with your wine tasting in the heart of the vineyards and sample 5 different wines from the region. Some of the local grape varieties can only be found in Saxony. Their rarity has made them a sought-after product. End your tour in a rustic winegrower's house and afterward drive back to Dresden.

    This event surpassed our expectations by far! Super knowledgeable and friendly guide, excellent wine choices and food, lot’s of stories about the region and its wine and a lovely hike through vineyards with spectacular views at the Elbtal. We much recommend this tour.

  • Bad Schandau: 1.5-Hour Saxon Switzerland Paddle Steamer Tour

    3. Bad Schandau: 1.5-Hour Saxon Switzerland Paddle Steamer Tour

    From April to the beginning of November, this 1.5-hour boat trip departs Bad Schandau every Friday and Saturday (May to October) and takes you on a journey along the rock formations of the Saxon Switzerland National Park. Depending on the water level, you can admire the Schrammsteine (a long, strung-out, very jagged group of rocks in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains) and the legendary Sieben Brüder houses in Postelwitz. Alternatively, the paddle steamer travels to Königstein. From the boat, you can see the striking shape of the fortress and Lilienstein on the right-hand side.

  • From Dresden: Saxon Wine Route Paddle Steamer Day Cruise

    4. From Dresden: Saxon Wine Route Paddle Steamer Day Cruise

    Discover the Saxon Wine Route on a Paddle Steamer boat tour. Start the tour in Dresden's old town and travel through the heart of the famous Saxon wine-growing region on the River Elbe. Travel past Radebeul and Meissen and see the famous Meissen Cathedral and the grand Albrechtsburg Castle. Around noon reach the charming wine villages of Diesbar and Seusslitz. After a short stop in each village, the steamer will return to Dresden.

  • Dresden: 1-Hour Paddle Steamer Cruise with Canaletto-View

    5. Dresden: 1-Hour Paddle Steamer Cruise with Canaletto-View

    Experience a 1-hour steamer cruise through Dresden. Board your authentic paddle steamer a few blocks away from the Frauenkirche. Soak up the sun and relax as you enjoy a scenic view of the historical old town of Dresden. After traveling upriver, change course towards Dresden-Übigau. Catch sight of the world-renowned Canaletto View, the view made famous by painter Bernardo Bellotto. Float down the river and admire the Semper Opera House, the Catholic chapel of the palace built by Italian master builder Gaetano Chivari, the Bruehl Terrace, and the Dresdner Frauenkirche. Marvel at the stark beauty of Dresden’s magnificent skyline.

  • Dresden: Inflatable Boat Tour of the Old Town

    6. Dresden: Inflatable Boat Tour of the Old Town

    Hop aboard an inflatable boat and discover the renowned “Florence of the Elbe” from the water. Discover Dresden, the regional capital of Saxony, in an unconventional and unique way while admiring its skyline from a new perspective. The journey starts from the landing slipway at Körnerplatz (Körnergarten) and takes you past Dresden's Elbe castles, the ferry garden, Dresden's old town, and via Altübigau to arrive at the endpoint at the slip station in Dresden Pieschen. Stop at one of the many beer gardens along the way and enjoy a small snack and a drink while resting on the river banks. Enjoy paddling on the Elbe with your family and friends. The boats can accommodate a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 6 people on the small boat and from a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 7 people on the bigger boat.

  • Bad Schandau: Saxon Switzerland Boat Trip

    7. 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.

  • Dresden: Sunset Paddle Steamer Cruise on the Elbe River

    8. Dresden: Sunset Paddle Steamer Cruise on the Elbe River

    Gently roll down the Elbe on a relaxing boat trip to Pillnitz and back. Sit back and relax as you float by the scenic landscapes of the Elbe Valley. See the Albrechtsberg castle, the Eckberg castle, the Lingner Castle and the Blue Bridge. Start your tour by boarding a historical steamship in the Terrasanufer, located in the heart of Dresden. Admire the stately manors of the Loschwitzer district. In the 1920s and ’30s, the district was the most expensive living area in all of Europe. Marvel at the vineyards that line the banks of the Elbe. Pass by the 4 famous bridges of the Elbe. Listen to the onboard commentary and learn about the history of the area. Take a peek at your steamboat’s engine. Look down into the engine room and watch the pistons as they propel the boat forward. This is an authentic steamboat, not a replica. Be mesmerized by the soft glow of the evening light at your ret...

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What people are saying about Saxony

Overall rating

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based on 1,047 reviews

A highlight, with a paddle steamer through a beautiful landscape. To the right and left of the Elbe, pretty little towns and then the passage through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains - simply gigantic, beautiful and, thanks to good weather, an absolute highlight. Very good explanations during the journey, we were in Dresden for the first time and received a lot of interesting information during the journey. The care was very good, very friendly staff, the weather was autumnal but partly sunny, so that we could sit outside for almost the whole tour and just enjoy the day. All in all, a wonderful day and crowned by a short beautiful rainbow at the end before the end of the tour. The trip with the "Pillnitz" will remain unforgettable

Thank you very much for the beautiful day - Marcel Beier from Elbtal Tours Dresden has skilfully covered up corona-related changes in the shipping schedule with small changes to the schedule. He presented us with an interesting and "drinkable" day including wonderful sunshine. The winemaker picnic was plentiful and tasty. Overall, this tour is highly recommended; also to escape the Corona monotony as a Dresdener.

I never expected such a great, familiar and perfect wine tasting! A relaxed atmosphere, a lot of wine and the specialist knowledge didn't fall by the wayside either! Definitely to be recommended and should not be missing during a stay in Dresden. We'll be back for the next visit !!! THANKS! Greetings from the pot, Julius and Lina

This event surpassed our expectations by far! Super knowledgeable and friendly guide, excellent wine choices and food, lot’s of stories about the region and its wine and a lovely hike through vineyards with spectacular views at the Elbtal. We much recommend this tour.

We had a great time through out. Couldn’t find any option other than potato soup for vegetarians. If you can bring your eatables it would be more enjoyable.