Water activity

Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

Water activity

Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

Activity provider: WEIßE FLOTTE SACHSEN GmbH

From US$ 30.36 per person

Experience a boat cruise along the Elbe and pass the scenic riverscape of Dresden on board a rustic paddle steamer or salon ship. Enjoy the view to the impressive castles and Baroque Pillnitz Castle.

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Duration 3 hours
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Audio guide included
German, English
Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover Dresden and its fascinating old town on board a ship and marvel at the unique river landscape along the Elbe
  • Pass the 3 impressive castles and admire the panoramic view of Dresden's landmarks in the old town
  • Learn more about the eventful history of the city and enjoy the local cuisine on board
Full description

Discover the historic old town of Dresden aboard a ship and admire the most beautiful sites of the Elbe Valley. Start off at Terrassenufer and see the three famous castles: Albrechtsberg, Eckberg, and Lingner Castle, along the Elbe on the way to the villa quarter Loschwitz. Pass the 4 famous Elbe bridges, whose histories affect the city up until now. The most memorable bridge is called Blue Wonder, which gets its name because of the color. Soak up the views of the impressive Pillnitz Palace as your boat drops anchor for roughly twenty minutes. It was built in the 18th century under the Elector of Saxony August the Strong and is now the site of the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Arts and Crafts) as well as the Schlossmuseum (Castle Museum).

  • Round-trip cruise from Dresden to Pillnitz and direct return
  • Audio commentary via on-board announcements or via the app with detailed information
  • Transfer to/from pier
  • Food and drinks on board
  • Entry to Pillnitz

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Meeting point

You can find out which pier your ship departs from on the displays at each pier or on the large display board at the local supplier's ticket office. This tour has the line number 61 - this is shown as "Line 61" or L61.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Student card
  • Disability card

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • The tour is a round-trip cruise. The ship will anchor for 20 minutes in Pillnitz for entry and exit only. It is recommended to remain onboard. There will be no time to visit Pillnitz Castle
  • In case of extremely high or low water levels, the timetable may change or certain trips may be canceled
  • For wheelchairs or buggies, please notify the company in advance
  • The tour information is offered to you via on-board announcements and an app downloadable for Apple and Android
Customer reviews

Overall rating

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based on 729 reviews

Review summary

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it takes hours to reach the castle by this boat to Pillnitz Castle, nice and easy going you can get drinks and some basic food on board , I recommend to get the tram back it only takes minutes you need to cross the river by the ferry then w k up the road until you see the Tram stop for about 10 minutes the tram take around 25 muntes to get back to altstadt "old town"

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March 30, 2023

Beautiful Landscape and exciting scenery of castles and Monuments. Only critical Point is the missing Information about the Starting Point where which Boat starts. The Location of the Ticket Shop (at starting point 1) is always to approach for changing the get your Guide Voucher into Tickets which you Need todo before you can enter a boat. Everything Else Went perfect.

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March 30, 2023

Trotz des großen Andrangs verlief das Einchecken an Bord gut organisiert und pünktlich; das Bordpersonal war freundlich! Alles war sauber und ansprechend. Es war fantastisch, Dresden von der Elbe aus bis Pillnitz zu bewundern! Leider war der Abfahrtspier auf der Buchung nicht angegeben, auch kein Scancode. Vielleicht hätte man dazu die App herunterladen müssen?! So war ein Gang ins Ticketbüro am Kai notwendig.

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March 30, 2023

Product ID: 57948