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Dresden: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

1. Dresden: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

Explore the beautiful Old Town of Dresden with a historical night watchman. Sip on Schlummertrunk, a small alcoholic drink before visiting the main highlights like Semper Opera House, Dresden Frauenkirche, and more. Begin your tour with rings of the watchman’s horn in narrow alleys, and the light of his lantern which 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.

Dresden: 1-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Dresden: 1-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

Experience Dresden, the capital of the beautiful state of Saxony, on a double-decker bus and get off as often as you like at any of the 22 stops to see the sights there. Take advantage of several activities included with your ticket, such as an evening cruise, a night watchman tour, or a children's city tour, as well as entrance fees to various monuments. Begin your journey at the main Postplatz/Zwinger stop or any of the other stops. Decide for yourself whether you would like to take part in a continuous 90-minute city tour past Dresden's most important monuments, or choose to hop off the bus at any point of interest and take a closer look at the respective attraction or monument. Visit the world's most beautiful dairy shop, Pfunds Dairy. Continue to enjoy a guided tour of the Dresden Zwinger, a baroque building complex with gardens that was one of the most important buildings of its time. Another highlight of your excursion is the visit to the Fürstenzug, a monumental image of a cavalcade on 23,000 ceramic tiles considered the largest porcelain image in the world. What's more, listen to interesting explanations about the famous Dresden Frauenkirche, which you will get to know during an outdoor tour. On sunny days, enjoy impressive views of historic Dresden and the Elbe from the open roof of the bus, a perfect position for taking dreamy souvenir photos.

Dresden: Semperoper and Old Town Tour

3. Dresden: Semperoper and Old Town Tour

Take a walking tour of Dresden’s historical Old Town, and go inside the world-famous Semperoper with a local guide. Explore the Semperoper to see its grand Baroque architecture and ornate rooms, reconstructed in the original style. Head to, walk around Neumarkt, and explore other highlights like the Zwinger, Dresden Royal Palace, and Frauenkirche. Experience a tour of the Semperoper and discover the rich interiors and beautiful architecture in Italian High Renaissance style, reconstructed according to the original plans. Learn background information about the incredible acoustics in the artfully arranged auditorium. Enjoy a multi-faceted look at this breathtaking opera house and immerse yourself in its rich history. Guided visits to the Semperoper are possible nearly every day when performances or other events are not taking place. Next, soak in the ambiance of Dresden Old Town as you follow your guide to cultural highlights such as the Zwinger, Dresden Castle, Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), and the newly-established Neumarkt. Refresh yourself with a cold strawberry punch (if option selected). Hear about how Dresden worked so hard to reconstruct its historical monuments along the way.

Dresden: Zwinger Museum Entry Ticket

4. Dresden: Zwinger Museum 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.

Dresden: City & Semperoper Guided Walking Tour

5. Dresden: City & Semperoper Guided Walking Tour

Discover the historic city of Dresden on a guided walking tour and visit the iconic Frauenkirche. Enjoy a guided tour of the elegant Dresden Zwinger gardens and see where royalty once lived on a tour of Dresden Castle. Explore the history of music on a tour of the Semperoper opera house.  Begin your trip at Dresden Castle and head to the most famous landmark of the entire city: Frauenkirche. Marvel at the elaborately restored church from the outside and have a look at its splendid interior. Continue to the Procession of Princes, a crucial part of Saxon history, and to the Stables Courtyard of Dresden Castle. Get an idea of what these impressive buildings look like inside and see the Taschenbergpalais. Undoubtedly, a walking tour through Dresden would not be the same without seeing the Zwinger. Hear interesting and entertaining stories about Augustus II the Strong, before the tour ends at the theater square with its cathedral. Next, explore the famous Semperoper, the Saxon State Opera, and court opera, on a guided tour. Learn the history behind each turn as you tour the magnificent rooms.

Dresden: Gala Concert in the Dresden Zwinger

6. Dresden: Gala Concert in the Dresden Zwinger

Enjoy a classical concert in the Wallpavillon of the Dresden Zwinger Palace. Decide which performance of which composer's pieces you'd like to hear and enjoy masterpieces at a concert of waltz dreams or listen to Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Fri., September 1, 2023 Slawische Klassik Sat., September 2, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., September 6, 2023 Klänge der Romantik Fri., September 8, 2023 Jubiläumskonzert Sat., September 9, 2023 Italienische Nacht Mon., September 11, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., September 13, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., September 15, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Sat., September 16, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., September 20, 2023 Herbstklassik Fri., September 22, 2023 Walzerträume Sat., September 23, 2023 Herbstklassik Wed., September 27, 2023 Slawische Klassik Fri., September 29, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., September 30, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Sun., October 1, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Mon., October 2, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., October 6, 2023 Italienische Nacht Wed., October 11, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., October 13, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Sat., October 14, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., October 18, 2023 Klänge der Romantik Fri., October 20, 2023 Slawische Klassik Wed., October 25, 2023 Walzerträume Fri., October 27, 2023 Italienische Nacht Sat., October 28, 2023 Herbstklassik Sun., October 29, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Mon., October 30, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., November 3, 2023 Herbstklassik Sat., November 4, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., November 10, 2023 Mozarts Nachtmusik Sat., November 11, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., November 17, 2023 Slawische Klassik Sat., November 18, 2023 Jubiläumskonzert Wed., November 29, 2023 Winterträume Thurs., November 30, 2023 Adventskonzert Fri., December 1, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., December 2, 2023 Winterträume Sun., December 3, 2023 Adventskonzert Wed., December 6, 2023 Adventskonzert Thurs., December 7, 2023 Jubiläumskonzert Fri., December 8, 2023 Adventskonzert Sat., December 9, 2023 Winterträume Sun., December 10, 2023 Adventskonzert Wed., December 13, 2023 Weihnachtliche Klänge der Romantik Thurs., December 14, 2023 Winterträume Fri., December 15, 2023 Adventskonzert Sat., December 16, 2023 Winterträume Sun., December 17, 2023 Adventskonzert Wed., December 20, 2023 Vivaldi - Die vier Jahreszeiten Thurs., December 21., 2023 Adventskonzert Fri., December 22, 2023 Adventskonzert Sat., December 23, 2023 Winterträume Mon.., December 25, 2023 17:00/19:30 Uhr + Tue., December 26, 17:00 Uhr Festliches Weihnachtskonzert Tue., December 26, 2023 19:30 Uhr Winterträume Wed., December 27, 2023 17:00 Uhr Winterträume Wed., December 27, 2023 19:30 Uhr Vivaldi - Die vier Jahreszeiten Thurs., December 28, 2023 17:00 Uhr Slawische Klassik Thurs., December 28, 2023 19:30 Uhr Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik

Dresden: Night Watchman Tour Through The Old Town

7. Dresden: Night Watchman Tour Through The Old Town

Embark on a guided walking tour of Dresden with the night watchmen. Listen to the stories and legends behind each turn as you admire highlights, including the Semperoper and Frauenkirche. Meet your guide in front of the Zwinger. Explore the city and learn stories about the old Dresden and of the Zwinger, an impressive baroque palace. Delight in your guide’s colorful anecdotes as you pass by Dresden’s stately baroque theater, the Semperosa.  Admire the Fürstenzug, a gorgeous mural depicting a procession of Saxony's rulers. See the Frauenkirche, a majestic Lutheran church topped with an impressive dome. Experience the city in a unique way that combines theater with a traditional tour, creating an unforgettable experience.

Dresden: Guided City Walk with a Cup of Coffee

8. Dresden: Guided City Walk with a Cup of Coffee

Travel back in time and immerse yourself in the history and culture of Dresden. Hear little anecdotes and big stories from your experienced and licensed tour guide who brings the city's past back to life.  Discover the dark times of the Middle Ages. Experience the vigor of the Renaissance and the grandeur of the Baroque. Explore the backgrounds of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989 and hear what it must have felt like to the people of former East and West Germany. The walking tour through the historic old town starts at Neumarkt. See Dresden's most famous attractions, including Frauenkirche, Semperoper, and the Baroque Zwinger.  Stroll by top sights like the Residenzschloss and the Fürstenzug. From Dresden Castle, head to Brühl's Terrace, the Procession of Princes, and Stallhof until you arrive at Dresden Cathedral. Next, follow your guide to Taschenbergpalais and Augustus Bridge before ending your walking tour near Frauenkirche.

Dresden: Sightseeing-Tour in German by Bike

9. Dresden: Sightseeing-Tour in German by Bike

Discover Dresden in an active way and look forward to a perfect mix of culture and nature. Experience the highlights of Dresden and places that lie off the beaten track by bike. This tour follows one of the prettiest cycling routes in Germany and is the ideal start for new visitors as well as Dresden-enthusiasts. Admire the old town along the Elbe banks, flowering gardens and the trendy founding-district of the new town. Follow quiet streets and tracks of an extensive network of cycling routes through the unique landscape of the Elbe Valley without having to cope with significant height differences. Your expert guide provides you with precious insider tips und turns your tour into a special experience.  The route leads you past the Frauenkirche, the Hygiene Museum, the Palais of the Grand Garden and the VW-factory to the Waldschlösschen Bridge, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Elbe castles. Make your way to Pfunds Molkerei (with a short break to use the restrooms) and the hip and trendy district of Dresden, the outer new town. Get a glimpse of the Baroque district, the Palais of Japan and the Theatre Square with the famous Semperoper and Zwinger.

Full day Tour to Dresden with Zwinger visit from Prague

10. Full day Tour to Dresden with Zwinger visit from Prague

Dresden's beauty disappeared during bombing raids on the nights of Feb 13th and 14th, 1945. But, as many other cities, Dresden has risen from the ashes like mythical phoenix, and is now restored to its original beauty. Ater enjoying a 3-hour drive you will arrive in Dresden. The tour begins in the historc center where you will visit the Zwinger. Gaze at the Zwinger Gallery's collection of famous masters. See the Sistine Madonna by Raphael along with paintings by Tizian, Canaletto, Lucas Cranach the Elder and of several Flemish artists. Next, view the rest of the Palace before visiting the rebuilt Church of the Virgin Mary. After your guided tour enjoy free time for lunch or shopping before returning to Prague.

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Wonderful tour that gave us a different view of Dresden. Our guide Laura patiently answered our many questions about Dresden's eventful history and took time for everything - including a mulled wine at the Christmas market :-)! It was also great that the tour went ahead even though only my partner and I had signed up. So we practically got a private tour through the old Dresden, including lots of suggestions as to what we should see in the following days! So, anytime again!

Laura was a super interesting guide, inspite of the cold weather, she kept us engaged throughout the tour and 2 hours just flew past. The tour provides a nice overview Dresden and it's history and is a great place to start for first time visitors. In terms of Christmas, much of the tour walks through or close to some of the Christmas markets, you could easily grab a cup of glühwein to go along. :)

Sehr informative und kurzweilige Nachtwächter Tour mit vielen Interessanten Informationen. Hatten mit Klaus einen super tollen Abend.

It was a very beautiful evening. We bought the CD ourselves to remember this great concert.

Excellent musicians, very good acoustics, comparatively small frame. Great experience!