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Dresden: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

1. Dresden: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

Explore the beautiful Old Town of Dresden with a historical night watchman. Sip on Schlummertrunk, a small alcoholic drink before visiting the main highlights like Semper Opera House, Dresden Frauenkirche, and more. Begin your tour with rings of the watchman’s horn in narrow alleys, and the light of his lantern which 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: Semperoper Tickets and Guided Tour

2. 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.

Terrifying Tour of Dresden Led by a Dungeon Master

3. 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 shiver down your spine.  Let yourself in for an introduction into the criminal world — the dungeon master always looks for his assistant and successor. Explore Dresden by night and see the spooky 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 city's darker side and wander the alleys of the city center under the light of the moon.

Dresden: Semperoper Guided Tour for Families

4. Dresden: Semperoper Guided Tour for Families

During this guided tour created specifically for families, the Semperoper opera house welcomes young and old alike to get to know this important destination in Dresden together.  Parents and children are invited to ask any questions they may have about Semperopera, its history, and its secrets. What does a normal day look like in an opera house with a new performance each day? Experience the special atmosphere of one of the most beautiful and prestigious opera houses in the world, promising a truly luxurious experience for the whole family. A visit to the Semperoper is a must for every visitor of Dresden.

Dresden: Guided Tour of the Church of Our Lady

5. 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: City & Semperoper Guided Walking Tour

6. Dresden: City & Semperoper Guided Walking Tour

Discover the historic city of Dresden on a guided walking tour and visit the iconic Frauenkirche. Enjoy a guided tour of the elegant Dresden Zwinger gardens and see where royalty once lived on a tour of Dresden Castle. Explore the history of music on a tour of the Semperoper opera house.  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 guided tour. Learn the history behind each turn as you tour the magnificent rooms.

Dresden: Semperoper and Old Town Tour

7. Dresden: Semperoper and Old Town Tour

Take a walking tour of Dresden’s historical Old Town, and go inside the world-famous Semperoper with a local guide. Explore the Semperoper to see its grand Baroque architecture and ornate rooms, reconstructed in the original style. Head to, walk around Neumarkt, and explore other highlights like the Zwinger, Dresden Royal Palace, and Frauenkirche. Experience a 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. Enjoy a multi-faceted look at this breathtaking opera house and immerse yourself in its rich history. Guided visits to the Semperoper are possible nearly every day when performances or other events are not taking place. Next, soak in the ambiance of Dresden Old Town as you follow your guide to cultural highlights such as the Zwinger, Dresden Castle, Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), and the newly-established Neumarkt. Warm up with a hot mulled wine (if option selected). Hear about how Dresden worked so hard to reconstruct its historical monuments along the way.

Dresden: Walking Tour with a Night Watchman and Meal

8. Dresden: Walking Tour with a Night Watchman and Meal

Experience the perfect combination of dining and walking on a tour of Dresden's old town. Enjoy a traditional meal of food from Saxony and savor the excellent beers of the region. Choose from 4 dishes, including a delicious Saxon Sauerbraten (marinated tenderloin), red cabbage and potato dumplings. Savor the flavors of a tasty Freiberger Biergulasch (pork goulash), with pickled cabbage and Bohemian yeast dumplings. Alternatively, indulge yourself with a trout dish, served with red cabbage and parsley potatoes, or choose the vegetarian option of a cheese spaetzle with onion, fresh parsley and melted cheese.  Complement your meal with a beer or wine before making your way to the meeting point to enjoy a walking tour with the night watchman of Dresden.

Taste of Dresden Food Walk

9. Taste of Dresden Food Walk

Stroll through the Old Town (Altstadt) of Dresden learning the culinary secrets of Saxony on a guided food walk. Sample local specialties and experience the warm hospitality of the locals. Hear stories about the Middle Ages and the excesses of the inns. Explore the coffee culture of the Baroque era and hear about the improvised joy of life under communism. Stop for 6 different tastings, including an exclusive wine from Saxony, a typical beer from the region, the best eierschecke (cheese cake) in town and a fine chocolate and coffee from the Dresdner Kaffeerösterei.

Dresden: Guided Tour of the Volkswagen Transparent Factory

10. Dresden: Guided Tour of the Volkswagen Transparent Factory

Delve into the inner workings of the Volkswagen car factory in Dresden on a guided tour. Enjoy this exciting opportunity to learn about how these cars are manufactured, alongside finding out more about the production process, e-mobility, and digitalization. On the guided tour, be taken directly to the assembly line and the manufacturing area, to observe many of the manufacturing steps at close range. Your guide will provide a fascinating overview of the process of manufacturing electric automobiles and will explain the combination of top-quality craftsmanship and high-precision work required to bring them to life.  Your knowledgeable guide will answer all of your questions about what the future of electromobility holds and will offer exciting insight and outlook into the topic. After the tour, you have the chance to explore other attractions in the vicinity if you wish.

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Get a lot of interesting information about Dresden. Very personable guide! I didn't find the tasting in the basement of a passage quite as stylish and the mulled wine was also a little different. I might have wished for that at a stand at one of the markets. But it didn't hurt the lead in the end.

Great tour - learn about the construction and history of the building and get to see the daytime activities of the opera house (rehearsal, stagecraft, setting etc.) Be sure to buy a photo licence from the main entrance before the start time of the tour!

Danilo ist ein sehr toller Guide. Guter Humor und kennt sehr viele Anekdoten und historische Fakten. Sehr gute Tour, auf jeden Fall zu empfehlen.

Sehr informative und kurzweilige Nachtwächter Tour mit vielen Interessanten Informationen. Hatten mit Klaus einen super tollen Abend.

Very nice tour with cool spots that you probably wouldn't see without a guide!