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Our most recommended Dresden Walking Tours

Dresden: Night Watchman Tour Through The Old Town

1. Dresden: Night Watchman Tour Through The Old Town

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.

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Combo Ticket Dresden: Semperoper & Old Town Tour

2. Combo Ticket Dresden: Semperoper & Old Town Tour

Experience an interesting 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. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this glamorous house. When performances or other events are not taking place, visits to the Semperoper are possible nearly every day. Enjoy a multi-faceted look at this breathtaking opera house. Let your German-speaking guide share the countless interesting cultural highlights of Dresden with you on this tour and discover the Zwinger, Dresden Castle, the world-famous Frauenkirche and the newly-established Neumarkt.

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Historic Dresden & Semperoper Walking Tour in German

3. Historic Dresden & Semperoper Walking Tour in German

Discover the historic city of Dresden on a walking tour and see iconic buildings like Frauenkirche. Continue to the Semperoper for a guided tour of this impressive Opera. 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 1-hour guided tour. Learn the history behind each turn as you tour the magnificent rooms.

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Terrifying Tour of Dresden Led by a Dungeon Master

4. Terrifying Tour of Dresden Led by a Dungeon Master

When night falls over Dresden, and darkness entwines the alleys, the dungeon master comes out of his cave. His scary stories about all sorts of abominations will send a shiver down your spine. Let yourself in for an introduction into the criminal world — the dungeon master is always looking for his assistant and successor. Explore Dresden by night and see the spookies corners of the city. Listen to stories and anecdotes of macabre murders, and risky raids of plunder. Let the dungeon master lead you on a wayward path of exploration through the darker side of the city, and wander the alleys of the city center under the light of the moon.

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Dresden: Walking Tour with a Night Watchman and Meal

5. Dresden: Walking Tour with a Night Watchman and Meal

Experience the perfect combination of dining and walking on a tour of Dresden's old town. Enjoy a traditional meal of food from Saxony and savor the excellent beers of the region.   Choose from 4 dishes, including a delicious Saxon Sauerbraten (marinated tenderloin), red cabbage and potato dumplings. Savor the flavors of a tasty Freiberger Biergulasch (pork goulash) with pickled cabbage and Bohemian yeast dumplings. Alternatively, indulge yourself with a trout dish, served with red cabbage and parsley potatoes or choose the vegetarian option of a cheese spaetzle with onion, fresh parsley and melted cheese.  Complement your meal with a beer or wine before making your way to the meeting point to enjoy a 1.5-hour walking tour with the night watchman of Dresden.

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Dresden: Semperoper Tickets and 45-Minute Guided Tour

6. Dresden: Semperoper Tickets and 45-Minute Guided Tour

Visit the Semperoper in Dresden with its long history and elegant architecture. Embark on a guided tour through this historic opera and uncover the prestige and history behind each turn. Begin at the beautiful Semperoper in Dresden and admire the magnificent architecture in the style of the Italian Renaissance. Explore ornate rooms, reconstructed in the original style. Discover the great acoustics in the elaborate auditorium and learn about the rich history of this grand building. Experience the atmosphere in one of the most beautiful and prestigious opera houses in the world, a truly unforgettable experience.

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Dresden: Saxon Switzerland and Pillnitz Park Half-Day Trip

7. Dresden: Saxon Switzerland and Pillnitz Park Half-Day Trip

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 that will take you to the enchanting Bastei rock formation with breathtaking views across the romantic Elbe Valley. Discover extraordinary photo opportunities and admire the beautiful rocky landscape. Afterwards, you will have one hour for your own discovery tour. Meet again at the Bastei parking lot at 2:30 PM to return back to Dresden by 3:30 PM.

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Dresden: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

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

Explore Dresden's beautiful Old Town at dusk and follow the historical night watchman on his rounds. At nightfall, the hour of the night watchman strikes. His horns ring in narrow alleys, the light of his lantern 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.

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Dresden: Neustadt – Subculture After Sunset

9. Dresden: Neustadt – Subculture After Sunset

We will meet us for this 2hrs Tour on the main square between the historical part of Dresden and the Sub-Cultural Scene of Dresden, the Albertplatz. We walking during this tour trough small streets and on squares. Many of them are occupied from peoples from all over the world. They are celebrate his nightly life not only in this amazing diffrent Bar´s and Pubs. On this way, you get informations about the history and the Culture scene of this area. We will pass trough the Kunsthofpassage in a nightly atmosphare. During or on the end of this tour, would be expect a surprice. Enjoy this tour as a motivation to stay for the night. Nothing is more exiting, then the Dresden Neustadt by night!

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Dresden: Old and New Town Night Watchman Tour

10. Dresden: Old and New Town Night Watchman Tour

Join this entertaining tour with spooky stories and juicy anecdotes from centuries past. Follow the historical Night Watchman on their rounds through winding alleys, hidden backyards and along famous sights on both sides of the Elbe river. Experience the uncanny sites of Dresden in the flickering lantern lights against a spectacular backdrop steeped in history. Discover the secrets of the city as the Night Watchman tells you of powerful rulers, influential courtesans and the splendour of the Saxon Court.

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Planning Your Visit

  • What about the New Town?

    All of the sights mentioned above feature prominently in Dresden Altstadt, or Old Town. The hipper Neustadt is better suited to seeking out cool cafés, bars, restaurants, and boutiques, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few landmarks suitable for walking tours. Our tips? Check out the Still Waters Fountain at Albertplatz and the Japanese Palace.

  • How do the free tours work?

    Visiting Dresden on a shoestring budget? Free walking tours are a great way to see the city for cheap. But remember, your guide does this for a living! Don't forget to bring some cash in order to pay what you think the tour was worth at the end.

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What people are saying about Dresden

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 9,331 reviews

A very worthwhile excursion! During the trip to Pillnitz Castle and the Bastei, the tour guide told many very interesting anecdotes, and some of them were very humorous. The tours in Park Pillnitz and at the Bastei were both at a comfortable pace. In both places you still had some free time to look around yourself. At the Schlosspark Pillnitz a few minutes too little for us, but at the bastion another three quarters of an hour was completely sufficient for us for our own tour. Luckily we caught a very sunny day and the bastion wasn't too crowded that day. On the way back there were a few more stories. Really very exciting and not overloaded. The price-performance ratio was very good here.

A very nice half day tour! Our guide Doris Wahl accompanied us through the excursion in an entertaining manner with her somewhat cheeky manner and provided us with a lot of information about Dresden, Pillnitz Castle and Saxon Switzerland. Personally, I had enough time both at Pillnitz Castle and at the Bastei bridge. Sure, a little more is always possible, but the tour is planned as a half-day excursion and the program is exactly as described. Both Pillnitz Castle and the Bastei are definitely worth a visit. Unfortunately we weren't that lucky with the weather, but you now know that it's worth coming back here - with a little more time, if necessary.

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.

Die Führung war sehr interessant gestaltet und sehr informativ. Einen Besuch der Semperoper sollte man sich nicht entgehen lassen!

very insightful. we probably spent a bit too much time in the opera house, and not enough time in the old city.