Dresden Frauenkirche

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Dresden: Guided Tour of the Church of Our Lady

1. Dresden: Guided Tour of the Church of Our Lady

After meeting your guide in front of the Church of Our Lady, or the Frauenkirche, you’ll head right into the marvelous structure for a thorough tour. After being all but completely destroyed by bombing during World War II, the ruins of the church were left standing for decades. However, after the reunification of Germany, an ambitious campaign was mounted to reconstruct it. After over a decade of construction based on George Bähr’s original plans from the 1720s, the Church of Our Lady was restored to its former glory in 2005. Ever since, its ornate interior and expansive cupola have beckoned visitors to see its glorious tale of rebirth. During your tour, you’ll gain exclusive access to the church’s gallery, and pick up countless insights into the structure that stands representative of Dresden’s progress as a whole.

Dresden: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

Combo Ticket Dresden: Semperoper & Old Town Tour

4. 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.

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 few minutes walk from the Albrechtsburg. Ride on the paddle steamer back to Dresden and reach the city in the evening.

Historic Dresden & Semperoper Walking Tour in German

6. 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.

Dresden: Guided City Walk with a Cup of Coffee

7. 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. 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: Comedy Tour in Saxon German

8. Dresden: Comedy Tour in Saxon German

Explore Dresden in a humorous way and learn more about the history of the city, told by the last Saxon king. During the tour of Dresden's city center, listen to stories about the difficult education of his wife and kids told in his very own Saxon and quirky manner. With a generous dose of self-irony and an added smirking undertone, he also reports of the mishaps, which happened to him in the professional world as the representative of Saxon and in the arena of diplomacy. Look forward to the beautiful Old Town of Dresden with its stately buildings. See the Semper Opera House and the Zwinger and take a look at the historic Frauenkirche. Drive through the district Blasewitz and see the bridge Blaues Wunder, the Government District and explore the Inner and Outer New Town.

Terrifying Tour of Dresden Led by a Dungeon Master

9. 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.

Dresden: Segway Tour Along the Elbe and Old Town

10. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Dresden Frauenkirche

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Entrance to Dresden Frauenkirche is free, and you do not need a ticket or pre-booking to visit.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Dresden Frauenkirche is open to tourists from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, Monday through Friday, and 9:00AM to 3:00PM on Saturdays.

  • When to visit?

    If you don't intend to see inside the church, the best time to visit is at night when it is spectacularly lit up, along with many of Dresden's Old Town sights!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The church is open Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 6:00PM and Saturday, 9:00AM to 3:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Admission to the church is free (donations welcome), but adult tickets to ascend the dome are 8€.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. The church offers a variety of tours, depending on your interests.
  • How to get there
    Take tram lines 1, 2, or 4 to Altmarkt, or take tram lines 3, 7, or 12, or bus lines 62 or 75 to Pirnaischer Platz.
  • Additional information
    Children under the age of 6 are not allowed to ascend the dome. |
    The ascent is quite strenuous and requires good health, and robust shoes. |
    Animals are not allowed inside the church. |
    Cell phones must be turned off and eating is not allowed inside. |
    Taking photos or videos is not permitted.

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What people are saying about Dresden Frauenkirche

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 12,955 reviews

Our very competent guide Wolfgang was "on the spot" on time. And as it turned out, we were his only guests, as there was apparently no demand for a guided tour in English. Funnily enough, I only booked this because the German-speaking tours were fully booked. Wolfgang then immediately agreed to guide us in German. Because of the amount of historical information he gave us, spiced up with nice anecdotes, we were quite happy that we received the information in our mother tongue. In the end we went on a 2-hour, humorous and very informative (history, architecture, art, cuisine, ...) walk through the city. I'm convinced that Wolfgang could have dealt with a larger group and in English in a similarly informal but targeted manner. Any time.

The organizer, Dresden-Roller, made a very modern and professional impression. The event was well prepared and the briefing was extensive and practical. The care was very caring and extensive. This was also reflected in the equipment, Segway and optional helmets (also possible warm additional clothing). The city tour was very informative. Despite good previous knowledge, there was also something new to experience and discover. There was a high level of fun. The 2 hour tour was completely sufficient, but still over far too quickly. Can only be recommended in dry weather. In addition, a telephone consultation was held the day before because the weather forecast had deteriorated. But we were lucky, the weather held up. So everything is perfect.

Excellent tour, exceptional guide! The group was tiny and it appeared that we had almost a private tour that lasted approx. three hours (much more than the website promised). Our guide (Wolfgang) was incredibly knowledgeable, polite, humorous and super nice man. It was a great pleasure to walk through the city with him and to dig into beautiful and tragic history of Dresden.

so glad we did this tour. the guide is amazing and made the tour v. interesting. the minibus was also so much better than a big bus. definitely a must do tour.

I had a wonderful time with Karen. Her knowledge about Dresden is phenomenal.