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  • Dresden: River Sightseeing 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise

    1. 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”.

    Good value for your money, smooth ride, punctual. I actually liked that the narration was recorded because it was a clear, well-spoken voice at an optimal volume. I didn’t have to miss content due to a guide who doesn’t speak clearly or speaks with a strong accent.

  • Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

    2. Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

    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. When you arrive in Pillnitz you will visit Pillnitz Palace. 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). Take some time to explore the beautiful Pillnitz Palace garden. The garden is inviting in all four seasons.

    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.

  • Hamburg: Panoramic Streetkart Tour

    3. Hamburg: Panoramic Streetkart Tour

    After meeting with your group, you will receive a detailed and professional briefing on the functions of the karts, before starting your fun tour. You will set off from the south of Hamburg in the municipality Seevetal, driving in the direction of the Hamburger Hafen. The Köhlbrandbrücke takes you to the harbor, and after a short break you will turn off towards Elbuferstrasse, where you will be able to really accelerate your vehicle. The trip on the Elbe dike is extremely scenic, and will also provide you with some time for great photos. You can look forward to an exciting and fast-paced tour, which can be adjusted depending on weather or traffic conditions. Your tour will be discussed and agreed with the participants, allowing you to form the best tour according to your group's desires.

  • Family Port Tour

    4. 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.

  • Hamburg: 2.5-Hour Private Historical Walking Tour

    5. Hamburg: 2.5-Hour Private Historical Walking Tour

    Start your tour in front of one of Hamburg’s most beautiful architectural marvels, the neo-renaissance town hall. From there, trace the path of the Great Fire of 1842 to see where it all started in the picturesque Deichstrasse, one of the oldest parts of Hamburg to survive the firebombing of the Second World War. Along the way, your expert guide will show you how disaster has shaped the city on the Elbe, from fires to floods, and war to cholera. The fact that Hamburg is still standing might be the most surprising fact you learn on this tour! But don't just focus on doom and gloom. Learn how the great ambitions of Hamburg’s titans of industry, Salomon Heine and Albert Ballin, gave Hamburg the progressive traditions that have seen it thrive not only economically, but socially as well. Finish your tour by the gleaming new Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s stunning new Philharmonic. Visit the bui...

  • Dresden: E-Bike Tour and Dresden Heath Forest Trails

    6. Dresden: E-Bike Tour and Dresden Heath Forest Trails

    Avoid the public streets with this adventurous bike tour. Begin your tour in Neustadt, Dresden and head towards the Schönfelder Highlands.  Visit Wachbergschänke, a popular inn with a beer garden, where you can experience a spectacular view of Dresden. Travel into Alaunplatz and pass through Dresden Heath on incredible forest trails. Leave the forest and head towards Dresden TV tower, the highest viewing point on the route. Journey downhill until you reach the Dresden Elbe Valley. Enjoy riding on the bike paths along the Elbe river, back to Neustadt, Dresden.  

  • From Berlin: Guided Day Trip to Dresden

    7. From Berlin: Guided Day Trip to Dresden

    Join this fascinating day trip to Dresden aboard your coach hired just for this round trip to Dresden. Dresden was the royal residence of the Saxon Kings, who established a city of such cultural and artistic splendour it was named “The Pearl of the Baroque.” To this day it is still considered one of Germany's most beautiful cities. During the tour you’ll explore the immaculately restored Old Town and Old Market, including the famous Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), the Semper Opera House, and the Balcony of Europe – once Dresden's defensive rampart on the River Elbe. You will also wander around the Zwinger medieval fortress – home to the Old Masters’ Collection featuring works by Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, and more. During the tour, you will also learn about the Albertinum, Blue Wonder, Dresden Castle, Taschenberg Palace, and Procession of Princes. Walk by the Augustus Bridge, Brühl...

    Viagem muito agradável e segura. O guia foi extremamente atencioso e tinha um conhecimento histórico fantástico! A cidade é linda, repleta de belezas arquitetônicas e uma atmosfera sensacional! Passeio imperdível, recomendo!

  • Scavenger Hunt to Elbe River Slopes & Castles (in German)

    8. Scavenger Hunt to Elbe River Slopes & Castles (in German)

    Explore the beautiful Elbe castles and the area around the famous Blue Miracle Bridge in a unique way. The City Game Box contains 11 sealed and numbered envelopes with small puzzles that need to be solved. Guided by clear directions, make your way on foot, by bus, train or bike to the beautiful Elbe River castles of Dresden and to the area around the Blue Miracle Bridge. Each solved puzzle will yield a number that will tell you which envelope to open next. You will not know in advance what order the scavenger hunt city envelopes need to be opened. The envelopes will also contain detailed background information of each attraction - its history, its current use and much more. Decide for yourself when to start your Scavenger Hunt City Tour and how much time to spend at each location. Embark on an enigmatic and extraordinary tour and take a break from your City Game whenever you feel like i...

  • Hamburg Harbor: 3.5-Hour Guided Tour by Bike

    9. Hamburg Harbor: 3.5-Hour Guided Tour by Bike

    Start your 3.5-hour guided cycling tour in St. Pauli, pass by St. Michaelis Church and continue to HafenCity, which is home to the Elbphilharmonie. Continue along the Baackenhöft and cross the Elbe River, taking in the panorama of Hamburg. In Veddel you’ll learn about the district’s history and its important connection to the development of the harbor. See the Golden House and the famous Ballinstadt Emigration Museum. On the way back across the Elbe, explore the famous Speicherstadt and learn about the first metropolitan railway and the canalization of Hamburg. End the tour with a stop at the Landungsbrücken and finally at the Davidwache, the famous police station on Spielbudenplatz.

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What people are saying about Elbe River

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,260 reviews

It was a wonderful, very entertaining ride on the ebike (top e-mountain bikes with lots of accessories: saddle bag, helmet, even shoe protection). Alex guided us very well and told us exciting things in a very entertaining way. The 50 km went by in a flash and it wasn't until the descent into the Elbe valley that we noticed how much altitude we had cycled comfortably. This tour is definitely more than worth the money. I recommend it to anyone who wants to experience Dresden from a completely new perspective. Thanks Alex (and the nice fellow cyclists) for an eventful afternoon!

We had a limited amount of time for sightseeing and since Dresden was famous for his riverfront mansions a boat ride was a natural solution.

Everyone I went with enjoyed it including my wife! She thanked me many times for the idea!

Mega cool experience, very professional and great guide :)

Beautiful boat tour and a grat way to see the city