14 Best Dresden Tours

Located along the Elbe River in the German state of Saxony, Dresden is a sizable city with a population of 780,000 that has become a popular tourist destination.

Due to its unique architecture and long-standing role in the art world, Dresden has earned the nickname “Florence of the Elbe”.

Many tourists visit the city every year to see this stunning building and immerse themselves in the local art scene. They also come to visit many museums and the surrounding natural landscape, including the Aure Mountains, the Elbe Valley and the Saxon Switzerland National Park.

The city hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the International Dixieland Festival Dresden and the Polimagie Festival.

Here are 14 of the best travel itineraries in Dresden.

1. Embark on a walking tour of Dresden

Dresden, Germany

The best way to get acquainted with Dresden and get to know its main attractions is to take a guided walking tour of the city.

This 90-minute tour will take you into the heart of the old town, where you’ll see sights such as the Zwinger Palace, Neumarkt and Frauenkirche. Along the way, your knowledgeable guide will talk about the city’s history, and you’ll have the opportunity to sample surprising local delicacies.

At the end of the tour, your guide will provide you with valuable information about the best restaurants and activities around Dresden.

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2. Visit Volkswagen factory

Volkswagen factory, Dresden

If you’ve ever wondered what’s going on inside a car factory, this 90-minute tour will take you into the Volkswagen Transparent Factory in Dresden, where you’ll go on a guided exploration.

During the tour, you will see the daily operation of the factory and watch the production of Volkswagen’s electric vehicles. You’ll also learn about the cars made there and the new technologies being used.

After the tour, you will have time to explore other attractions in the nearby area.

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3. Admire the natural beauty of the Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park

Bastet Bridge, Saxon Switzerland, Germany

Step away from the cityscape and get into nature on a 10-hour day trip to the Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park.

Meet your local guide at your hotel and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan. On this hour-long drive, your guide will tell you about the history of the park and what to expect during the day.

You’ll arrive at the entrance before the large crowds arrive and start exploring this beautiful area that has caught the eye of many filmmakers over the years.

You can choose from three different tours. The walking tour will take you to all the main highlights of the park, including Bastille Bridge, Elbe Gorge and Pravcicka Gate.

You’ll also take a boat ride through the Kamenice River Gorge and begin a 10-kilometer hike to sample local delicacies.

The Fantasy Highlights tour includes visits to many of the same sights, as well as Sneknik Lookout Tower, Tyssa Walls, and Narnia Labyrinth, where you’ll take a 9-kilometer hike. Winter tours are also offered.

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4. Experience 18th century Dresden

Historical Costume Tour

Experience 18th century Dresden on this unique 90-minute tour. Follow your costumed guide to the Saxon Court, where you’ll take an animated tour back to the days when the Count and Countess of von Breuer were in power.

Learn about life at the time and practice your manners and how to behave accordingly in court. During this tour, you will also enjoy a champagne reception.

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5. Cruise the Elbe by boat

Elbe, Dresden

Embark on a water journey along the Saxon Wine Route from Dresden to Meissen on this full-day tour. Board a paddle steamer and enjoy stunning views of the region during the voyage.

Arrive in Meissen in the afternoon and visit various sights including Albrechtsburg, town museum, porcelain factory and Frauenkirche. Spend some free time walking through the walled town and admiring the sights before heading back to Dresden.

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6. Learn about the events of World War II

Dresden Brewer Terrace

Take a fun history lesson and get the chance to visit some of Dresden’s top sights.

This two-hour guided walking tour focuses on World War II, the Third Reich, the rise and fall of Hitler, and how these events affected the people of Dresden and Germany during this dark period.

As you pass through the historic city, you’ll see many iconic landmarks, including Breuer Terrace, Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House, Old Market and Frauenkirche.

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7. Admire the beautiful frescoes in Dresden

Dresden Graffiti

The streets of Dresden are full of fascinating street art and murals. On this three-hour walking tour, you’ll not only see art, but learn about the history and artists behind it.

Some arts are quite old, while others are modern. All this is beautiful. You’ll see work by several artists, including Jens Besser and Ema Jones.

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8. Explore Pillnitz Castle

Pillnitz Castle

Take a tour of Pillnitz Castle on this Baroque-themed 90-minute tour. Meet your costumed guide at the old guardhouse and follow you as you tour the castle and grounds.

Along the way, you’ll learn about the social game of the period and improve your etiquette skills in preparation for the party.

Enjoy a culinary and champagne reception, followed by theatrical performances, lighting and other forms of entertainment. End the tour in the courtyard of the Fliederhof.

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9. Indulge in food and beer

Beer Tasting and Dining Tour

Indulge in food and beer on this 90-minute tour that takes you through the streets of the Old Town. The brewmaster will take you to the Altmarktkeller restaurant, where you will enjoy four beer tastings and a two-course dinner.

Along the way, you’ll see many of the city’s attractions and learn about its unique relationship with beer.

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10. Explore Dresden on a Segway

Dresden Segway

A Segway is a modern and unique form of transportation, perfect for exploring the city. On this 90-minute tour, you’ll ride a Segway while your knowledgeable guide points out important landmarks and popular attractions as they provide some of the city’s history.

Meet your guide at the Neustädter Markt monument and after a brief explanation on how to use your Segway, head to Konigsufer.

Next, cross the Alber Bridge into the New Market, where you will see the iconic Church of Our Lady. Head to the Old Town to see more of the city’s highlights.

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11. Follow in the footsteps of Kurt Vonnegut

Dresden Frauenkirche

Kurt Vonnegut’s story is an interesting one, and you’re probably familiar with it if you’ve read his books about his experiences as a prisoner of war and his subsequent survival.

This two-hour tour brings this iconic piece of literature to life by exploring his experiences.

See the buildings destroyed in the 1945 bombing and learn how they were rebuilt. Visit the old slaughterhouse where Kurt Vonnegut and his fellow prisoners of war survived the bombing. Hear stories about the events leading up to the bombing and city life after.

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12. Take part in a scavenger hunt

Dresden

Scavenger hunts are fun, but they also offer a unique way to explore new cities. This scavenger hunt around Dresden will take players along old city streets, through colorful districts, and close to some of the city’s main attractions. All you have to do is pre-order your game and pick it up or have it delivered to you.

Start the hunt at Theaterplatz and solve puzzles and riddles. Along the way, visit various landmarks such as Breuer Terrace, Frauenkirche, Zwinger Palace, Augustus Bruck and Dresden Castle.

You can start and end the game at any time as there is no set time required to complete the game.

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13. Hear stories about Dresden while visiting the sights

Semper Opera House

Meet your guide near the Elbe and walk through the city streets to hear stories of love, war and betrayal over the centuries.

On this 90-minute tour, you’ll also see many of the city’s top attractions and hear the stories behind them. Theaterplatz, Semper Opera House, Zwinger Palace, Taschenberg Palace Hotel, and Frauenkirche are just some of the sights to visit along the way.

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14. Enjoy free or discounted entry to museums and attractions

Zwinger Palace, Dresden

Available in print or mobile service, this coupon gives you free access to many of the city’s museums. You can also skip the lineup. Some of the museums include the Zwinger Palace, Dresden Castle, the Albertinheim Museum of Modern Art and the Jagerhof Museum of Saxon Folk Art.

Discounts are also available at many other museums, attractions, events and restaurants.

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