Dresden
Boat Tours & River Cruises

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended Dresden Cruises & Boat Tours

  • From Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cruise to Königstein Fortress

    1. 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: Segway Tour Along the Elbe and Old Town

    2. 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

    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.

  • From Dresden: Saxon Wine Route Paddle Steamer Day Cruise

    4. 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

    5. 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.

  • Family Port Tour

    6. Family Port Tour

    Throughout this tour you will receive the answers to your questions about Hamburg’s port, such as why are the merchants’ houses standing in the water? What is inside the famous warehouses in the Speicherstadt? How do the huge ships get into a dry-dock? And what is an “English closet”? Explore Hamburg’s waterfront on foot and by ferry and hear fascinating stories of merchants and pirates, spices and goods from all over the world, and of old ships and modern container vessels. Take a guided walk along the canals and waterways of the historic port area in the Speicherstadt and Hafencity, as well as in the historic Deichstraße. You can also see the famous Elbphilharmonie and the Landungsbrücken and enjoy impressive harbor vistas. Throughout your tour you will be able to enjoy the maritime atmosphere along the canals and the river Elbe, taking in stunning views along the way.

  • Dresden: Inflatable Boat Tour of the Old Town

    7. 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: Sunset Paddle Steamer Cruise on the Elbe River

    8. Dresden: Sunset Paddle Steamer Cruise on the Elbe River

    Gently roll down the Elbe on a relaxing boat trip to Pillnitz and back. Sit back and relax as you float by the scenic landscapes of the Elbe Valley. See the Albrechtsberg castle, the Eckberg castle, the Lingner Castle and the Blue Bridge. Start your tour by boarding a historical steamship in the Terrasanufer, located in the heart of Dresden. Admire the stately manors of the Loschwitzer district. In the 1920s and ’30s, the district was the most expensive living area in all of Europe. Marvel at the vineyards that line the banks of the Elbe. Pass by the 4 famous bridges of the Elbe. Listen to the onboard commentary and learn about the history of the area. Take a peek at your steamboat’s engine. Look down into the engine room and watch the pistons as they propel the boat forward. This is an authentic steamboat, not a replica. Be mesmerized by the soft glow of the evening light at your ret...

Other Sightseeing Options in Dresden

Want to discover all there is to do in Dresden? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Dresden

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 20 reviews

A highlight, with a paddle steamer through a beautiful landscape. To the right and left of the Elbe, pretty little towns and then the passage through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains - simply gigantic, beautiful and, thanks to good weather, an absolute highlight. Very good explanations during the journey, we were in Dresden for the first time and received a lot of interesting information during the journey. The care was very good, very friendly staff, the weather was autumnal but partly sunny, so that we could sit outside for almost the whole tour and just enjoy the day. All in all, a wonderful day and crowned by a short beautiful rainbow at the end before the end of the tour. The trip with the "Pillnitz" will remain unforgettable

Thank you very much for the beautiful day - Marcel Beier from Elbtal Tours Dresden has skilfully covered up corona-related changes in the shipping schedule with small changes to the schedule. He presented us with an interesting and "drinkable" day including wonderful sunshine. The winemaker picnic was plentiful and tasty. Overall, this tour is highly recommended; also to escape the Corona monotony as a Dresdener.

I never expected such a great, familiar and perfect wine tasting! A relaxed atmosphere, a lot of wine and the specialist knowledge didn't fall by the wayside either! Definitely to be recommended and should not be missing during a stay in Dresden. We'll be back for the next visit !!! THANKS! Greetings from the pot, Julius and Lina

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.

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.