Dresden Elbe Valley

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Dresden Elbe Valley: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Dresden: River Sightseeing 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise

    1. Dresden: River Sightseeing 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise

    Experience the most beautiful landmarks of the Elbe Valley and the historic old town of Dresden during this sightseeing boat tour. 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”.

    Good value for your money, smooth ride, punctual. I actually liked that the narration was recorded because it was a clear, well-spoken voice at an optimal volume. I didn’t have to miss content due to a guide who doesn’t speak clearly or speaks with a strong accent.

  • Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

    2. 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.

    Beautiful Landscape and exciting scenery of castles and Monuments. Only critical Point is the missing Information about the Starting Point where which Boat starts. The Location of the Ticket Shop (at starting point 1) is always to approach for changing the get your Guide Voucher into Tickets which you Need todo before you can enter a boat. Everything Else Went perfect.

  • Dresden: Segway Tour Along the Elbe and Old Town

    3. Dresden: Segway Tour Along the Elbe and Old Town

    Discover the incredible Dresden Elbe Valley from a whole new perspective and see the city by Segway. Get an introduction to this trendy 2-wheeled transportation, then head on to the most famous sights of the city. Start at the Königsufer and travel to the historic Frauenkirche. Ride by the magical Dresden Castle and the famous Zwinger, then see the Semperoper and the impressive Dresden Cathedral. Enjoy the elevated view from your Segway and discover the most beautiful side of Dresden in a swift and comfortable way.

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

    4. 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.

  • Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Meissen

    5. Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Meissen

    Explore the picturesque Saxon Wine Route on a boat trip from Dresden to Meissen and back. On board the boat you can discover interesting facts about the cathedral town, the cozy wine taverns, and the wine villages in the region. Set off on the paddle steamer in the morning and reach Meissen at midday. Even from a distance you can discover the silhouette of the town characterized by its castle hill and surrounded by the hills in the Elbe Valley. In the town itself, you can visit the Albrechtsburg with its cathedral. Heading from the pier, simply take a right turn down under the bridge and you'll reach the castle after a 10-minute walk or by using the lift. Take a stroll through the town with its historical wall and visit the town museum or the porcelain factory. Meissen's Frauenkirche is also worth a visit. The church, built in the 15th century, is located in the center of the town, a ...

    This Tour was just wonderful and amazing. Something will be unforgettable. Well organized and the crew are just nice and so kind. And every station we stopped was just in time. Thanks a lot

  • Dresden: Sightseeing-Tour in German by Bike

    6. 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...

    You get a very good impression of greater Dresden with a funny, well informed guide. She even fulfilled our special wish to see the blue wonder. We really had a good time. I can highly recommend this tour.

  • From Dresden: Hike Through Saxon Switzerland with Transfers

    7. From Dresden: Hike Through Saxon Switzerland with Transfers

    Discover the diversity of one of the most beautiful national parks during a hiking tour through the Bastei and Malerweg regions in Saxon Switzerland. After a comfortable train trip (20 minutes) from Dresden main station to Pirna, you will take the bus to the Bastei bridge (20 minutes). From there you start the hiking tour. The guides will attend to you all the times, including during the train trip. The total hike is approximately 3.5 hours, 6.5 kilometers long including a short break (the entire trip including the transfers with bus and train is 5 hours). The level of difficulty is easy to average and the difference in altitude is approximately 160 meters downward. Along the spectacular and bizarre rock formations, you can enjoy the panoramic views over the romantic Elbe valley and experience the Bastei area with its unique beauty. During the tour you will see various kind of landscap...

  • Dresden: Inflatable Boat Tour of the Old Town

    8. 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.

  • Dresden: E-Bike Tour and Dresden Heath Forest Trails

    9. Dresden: E-Bike Tour and Dresden Heath Forest Trails

    Avoid the public streets with this adventurous bike tour. Begin your tour in Neustadt, Dresden and head towards the Schönfelder Highlands.  Visit Wachbergschänke, a popular inn with a beer garden, where you can experience a spectacular view of Dresden. Travel into Alaunplatz and pass through Dresden Heath on incredible forest trails. Leave the forest and head towards Dresden TV tower, the highest viewing point on the route. Journey downhill until you reach the Dresden Elbe Valley. Enjoy riding on the bike paths along the Elbe river, back to Neustadt, Dresden.  

  • Scavenger Hunt to Elbe River Slopes & Castles (in German)

    10. Scavenger Hunt to Elbe River Slopes & Castles (in German)

    Explore the beautiful Elbe castles and the area around the famous Blue Miracle Bridge in a unique way. 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 on foot, by bus, train or bike to the beautiful Elbe River castles of Dresden and to the area around the Blue Miracle Bridge. 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 i...

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What people are saying about Dresden Elbe Valley

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It was a wonderful, very entertaining ride on the ebike (top e-mountain bikes with lots of accessories: saddle bag, helmet, even shoe protection). Alex guided us very well and told us exciting things in a very entertaining way. The 50 km went by in a flash and it wasn't until the descent into the Elbe valley that we noticed how much altitude we had cycled comfortably. This tour is definitely more than worth the money. I recommend it to anyone who wants to experience Dresden from a completely new perspective. Thanks Alex (and the nice fellow cyclists) for an eventful afternoon!

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.

This Tour was just wonderful and amazing. Something will be unforgettable. Well organized and the crew are just nice and so kind. And every station we stopped was just in time. Thanks a lot

We had a limited amount of time for sightseeing and since Dresden was famous for his riverfront mansions a boat ride was a natural solution.

Everyone I went with enjoyed it including my wife! She thanked me many times for the idea!