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Our most recommended Dresden Day Trips

  • Dresden: Saxon Switzerland Bastei Bridge Tour by Bus

    1. Dresden: Saxon Switzerland Bastei Bridge Tour by Bus

    Discover the rare beauty and unique biodiversity of the Saxon Switzerland National Park. Sit back and relax on the comfortable bus whilst listening to interesting commentary about the national park from your experienced guide. Tour the Bastei rock formation together and then enjoy some free time for your own exploring.  Before the journey to Saxon Switzerland, visit the fairy-tale Pillnitz Palace complex, former summer residence of the Saxon kings. Go on an exciting guided tour of the palace grounds and fantastic photo opportunities await you in this extraordinary ensemble of architecture and garden art. Continue back on the bus and enjoy the beautiful view on the way to Saxon Switzerland and listen to your experienced tour guide who will tell you about the unique flora and fauna as well as the history of the national park. Once arrived at the Bastei, begin your 1-hour guided tour tha...

  • From Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cruise to Königstein Fortress

    2. 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

    3. 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.

  • Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip From Dresden

    4. Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip From Dresden

    See the best of Bohemia and the Saxon Switzerland National Park on a full-day guided tour from Dresden. 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 Dresden.

    A trip that should not be missed, especially in the company of Jan and William! The beauty of the places is worth the little effort dedicated to this hike!

  • From Dresden: Saxon Wine Route Paddle Steamer Day Cruise

    5. 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

    6. 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.

  • 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...

  • Scavenger Hunt Through Historic Dresden

    8. Scavenger Hunt Through Historic Dresden

    Discover Dresden’s historic city centre in a wholly new way with the Scavenger Hunt City Game. This is how the Scavenger Hunt City Game works: The city game box contains 11 sealed and numbered envelopes, each holding riddles that need to be solved. Following clear and precise directions, you will be taken on a walk through Dresden’s wonderful historic city centre. Solve the riddles to find your way to the various sights. Once you solve a riddle you will be given a number, which reveals which envelope to open next. You don’t know ahead of time in which succession the Scavenger Hunt City Game envelopes need to be opened. Additionally, for all the sights you visit, you will receive detailed information regarding their historical background, current use, and much more. It’s up to you when to start your Scavenger Hunt City Game through Dresden’s historic city centre and a...

  • Dresden: Old Town Scavenger Hunt for Kids (in German)

    9. Dresden: Old Town Scavenger Hunt for Kids (in German)

    Explore the Old Town of Dresden in a unique way with your children, school class or even birthday groups on this scavenger hunt City Game Seductive Dresden. The directions for this tour are child-friendly and use the German informal address to be more appealing to children. If the kids are getting tired, the tour can be shortened accordingly. The riddles of the Old Town Kids Tour are suitable for children ages 5 and up. If the children know how to read and count, nothing should stand in the way of them solving the riddles. The City Game Box contains 11 sealed and numbered envelopes with puzzles that need to be solved. Guided by clear directions, walk the children through the beautiful Old Town of Dresden. Let the little ones solve the puzzles and lead you to the next destination. Each solved puzzle will yield a number that will tell you which envelope to open next. You will not know in ...

  • Dresden: Winter Paddle Steamship City Cruise

    10. Dresden: Winter Paddle Steamship City Cruise

    Admire Dresden's famous landmarks from a unique perspective aboard a historic paddle steamer ship on a 1-hour wintertime cruise sailing down the Elbe River. Listen to it the splash of the paddle wheels and glide past such iconic sites like the Semperoper, the Catholic Hofkirche, the Brühlische Terrasse, and the Frauenkirche. Enjoy a relaxing alternative to sightsee in Dresden- a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion.

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What people are saying about Dresden

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 421 reviews

A perfect day trip to Saxon Switzerland and Bohemia! After being picked up right at the hotel, there was a very well planned route to all the sights and with enough breaks and refreshments in between. There are some climbs, but the tour is easy to manage even for the untrained. Sturdy shoes and, if necessary, weatherproof clothing are recommended. We were a well mixed group and tour guide Jan made the day perfect with his charming and attentive manner. 100% recommend!

It was an absolute pleasure taking this tour with Jan! He did the tour with me even though I was the only person booked onto it. He's such a nice guy and it was such a fun day! The views are incredible. A must-see if you're visiting Dresden. You have to see the lovely scenery for yourself. Would recommend it to everyone! Thanks for the amazing day, Jan.

The explanation of all the sights during the bus tour by the tour guide was very interesting and well presented. It's just a shame that the time at Pillnitz Castle (20 minutes) and on the Bastei (60 minutes) is simply too short to go on a discovery tour yourself.

everything was perfectly planned out by Jan and William from picking me up in the morning, the short hikes around the bastei and prebisch gate, to bringing me home in the evening - I really enjoyed it :)

A trip that should not be missed, especially in the company of Jan and William! The beauty of the places is worth the little effort dedicated to this hike!