Guided tour

Dresden: Saxon Switzerland and Pillnitz Park Half-Day Trip

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Activity provider: Dresden Information

Dresden: Saxon Switzerland and Pillnitz Park Half-Day Trip

Activity provider: Dresden Information

From US$ 26.30 per person

Discover the rare beauty of Saxon Switzerland National Park and its famous landmark: the Bastei rock formation. Enjoy a guided experience that also includes a visit to the Palace Pillnitz park grounds.

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  • Marvel at the magnificent natural beauty of Saxon Switzerland
  • Learn about the history, flora and fauna of the landscape
  • Explore the impressive Bastei rock formation
  • Enjoy the breathtaking view across the spectacular Elbe valley
  • Admire the magnificent baroque park of Pillnitz Palace
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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.
  • Entrance ticket to Pillnitz Castle Park
  • Guided tour of the Pillnitz Castle Park
  • Bus tour through Saxon Switzerland National Park
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Guided tour through the bastion area
  • Entry to Bastei area
  • Free time in the bastion area
  • Food and drinks
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  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

The meeting point at the Busparkplatz am Zwingerteich near the bistro.

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  • Comfortable shoes
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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 58 reviews

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Despite the storm, we were probably one of the few who did the tour. Unfortunately, the garden at the castle was closed due to the storm. Nevertheless, we are on to the Bastei, fortunately the weather has calmed down a bit. A relaxed excursion turned into a real adventure. The bus driver and guide turned the tour into a nice experience very confidently and with a lot of wit and charm.

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October 22, 2021

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.

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October 8, 2021

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.

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October 1, 2021

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