Dresden
Cruises & Boat Tours

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended Dresden Cruises & Boat Tours

Dresden: Semperoper Tickets and Guided Tour

1. Dresden: Semperoper Tickets and 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.

Dresden: River Sightseeing 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise

2. 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”.

Dresden: Sightseeing-Tour in German by Bike

3. 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 Elbe castles. Make your way to Pfunds Molkerei (with a short break to use the restrooms) and the hip and trendy district of Dresden, the outer new town. Get a glimpse of the Baroque district, the Palais of Japan and the Theatre Square with the famous Semperoper and Zwinger.

Dresden: Comedy Tour in Saxon German

4. 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.

Dresden: Sunset Paddle Steamer Cruise on the Elbe River

5. 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 return to the old city center. Enjoy food and drinks available for purchase onboard.

Dresden: City Walking Tour

6. Dresden: City Walking Tour

Gain fascinating insights into the history of Saxony and its rulers, the house of Wettin, on this guided tour Explore Dresden's past and present in one day as you travel from the Zwinger into the heart of the old town, the Neumarkt and the Church of our Lady. Compliment your journey into Dresden's past with photos and videos of times gone by provided by your guide. During this 90-minute tour, you will discover the history of one of Germany's oldest dynasties, as well as unearthing curious tales of its electors and kings. You'll also enjoy a typical local delicacy, which changes with the seasons and remains a surprise.  After your tour, get recommendations on the best restaurants and bars from your local guide, as well as suggestions on how best to spend the rest of your time in Dresden.

Dresden: 1-Hour Paddle Steamer Cruise with Canaletto-View

7. 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.

Dresden: Shared Small Group Walking Tour in English

8. Dresden: Shared Small Group Walking Tour in English

Let your guide bring the history of Dresden to life on this guided walking tour in the Old Town. Explore the multi layered history of the city through captivating stories about rulers, love, betrayal, and war. Meet your guide amid the monuments and churches surrounding Schlossplatz square near the River Elbe. Find out how the city developed from a small fishing village. Continue along the narrow cobbled streets to Theaterplatz square which is dominated by the imposing Semper Opera house. See the Zwinger palatial complex and hear about the ruler that built it as a display of wealth and power. Walk on through the open spaces of the reconstructed Royal Palace. Follow in the footsteps of dukes to reach the Royal Stables and Baroque-style Frauenkirche. End your tour with views from Brühl's Terrace which overlooks the Elbe river.

Dresden: Half day trip to Meißen and Moritzburg Castle

9. Dresden: Half day trip to Meißen and Moritzburg Castle

Discover two unique German places in one day. The bus will take you first to the beautiful castle of Moritzburg. Nestled between mysterious forests, rolling hills, and lovely lakes, the castle now serves as a museum and an enchanting backdrop for major Hollywood productions. A guided tour awaits you at Moritzburg. Tour through magnificent rooms with valuable porcelain, paintings, and the legendary treasure of the Saxons. From here, continue to Meissen, the "cradle of Saxony", with its thousand-year history. In Meissen, you can enjoy 2.5 hours of free time. Use the time to take an inside tour of the world-famous porcelain factory, or stroll with your tour guide through the medieval old town in the direction of the cathedral, and the oldest castle in Germany, the Albrechtsburg. Afterward, you can enjoy a typical Saxon lunch in a restaurant of your choice (price not included). Departure from Meissen is at 2:30 PM. After an eventful day, we will reach Dresden again around 3 PM.

Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cultural Heritage Group Tour

10. Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cultural Heritage Group Tour

Pass romantic riverside castles as you cruise to Blasewitz the Blue Wonder Bridge on this group boat tour of Dresden on the Elbe river. Immerse yourself in Dresden's old town and its bridges with this steamer cruise. Once you get to the Blue Wonder bridge, head back to see Dresden's old town. Sail by the Augustus Bridge, the Semper Opera House, and the congressional center to Pieschen. Take in stunning views of of the famous Canaletto view.

Frequently asked questions about Dresden Cruises & Boat Tours

What are other things to do than Cruises & Boat Tours that are worth visiting in Dresden?

The other unmissable things to do in Dresden are:

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

The best Segway experience we had for a while. Mother & Son team to bring the best out of Dresden on a segway. We thank you for being such a pro team. I felt that both of them were looking for our safety. The segway are highly maintained, and with personal care, with an attention to details. We enjoy our visit and our ride together, with a great hospitality and city history. Highly recommended AAA+++

Great introduction. We were able to practice various things (curbs, bumps) extensively so that everyone felt safe on the devices. The tour was very varied between tourist destinations and just driving. We were all super excited and can only warmly recommend this tour.

very nice group. Received a lot of new expert information. Well-prepared guides (gloves/extra jackets - it was a bit chilly)

There was nothing to complain about. Very nice staff. Very attentive and friendly. Therefore there is

excellent boat trip on the Elbe, highly recommended!