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Historic Dresden: Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour of 22 Landmarks

1. Historic Dresden: Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour of 22 Landmarks

Experience Dresden, capital of the State of Saxony. Lovingly known as "Florence on the Elbe" for its rich art collections, river views and baroque architecture, Dresden is a real gem. Take a tour of this historic city on an exclusive double-decker-bus, getting off and on as you like to admire the unique cultural monuments on offer. Your journey starts on the Theatre Square, near the Augustus Bridge. Decide yourself whether to take the uninterrupted 90-minute tour, of hop on and off the bus to absorb the city's splendors at your own pace. Your ticket includes diverse attractions and entry fees to various monuments around Dresden. Hear interesting stories about the famous Frauenkirche as you tour its exterior. Visit "Pfunds Molkerei," the prettiest dairy in the world. Tour the Dresden Zwinger Museums - a range of important baroque buildings that originally served as an orangery. A further attraction is a visit to the Procession of Princes, a vast mural painted on around 23,000 Meissen porcelain tiles, the largest of its kind anywhere, depicting the Electors of Saxony on horseback. On sunny days, you will ride in an open-topped bus: all the better to enjoy the inspiring views of historic Dresden and the Elbe, and to capture those perfect souvenir photographs.

Dresden City Card for 1-3 Days

2. Dresden City Card for 1-3 Days

Use the Dresden City Card to explore the capital of Saxony - experience the city's culture, enjoy leisure activities and concert performances, or dine in a restaurant. Take advantage of free transportation on the local buses, trams, and S-Bahn, as well as discounts on many more tourist offers including museums, sightseeing tours, concerts, theater shows, dining, and shopping. Museums and Exhibitions Dresden Transport Museum (-1,00 EUR) Dresden City Museum (-1,00 EUR) Carl-Maria-von-Weber Museum (-1,00 EUR) Schillerhäuschen (free) Asisi Panometer (-1,50 EUR) Sightseeing and City Tours City Sightseeing Tour with 22 stops (-2,00 EUR) Comedy Tour Dresden (-7,00 EUR) Segway Tour Dresden (-10,00 EUR) Tour of the Semperoper (Dresden opera house) (-1,00 EUR) Tours by Dresden Information (-2,00 EUR) Concerts and Theater Herkuleskeule (-10%) Staatsschauspiel (-10%) Dresden Frauenkirche (-20%) Leisure Activities in Dresden Dresden Zoo (-1,00 EUR) Dresden Suspension Railway (-1,50 EUR) Ticket to the top of the Frauenkirche dome (-2,00 EUR) You will also receive reductions in some restaurants around Dresden.

Dresden: Zwinger Skip-the-Line & 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

3. Dresden: Zwinger Skip-the-Line & 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Enjoy 2 of Dresden's must-do activities - the hop-on-hop-off bus tour and the museums at the Zwinger - at an attractive combined price. This includes a visit to the newly re-opened Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister. Discover Dresden with a 2-day ticket and get to know the city during the bus tour including 22 different stops. Start your tour at the first bus stop where you will exchange your voucher for additional tickets. Your 2-day ticket also includes a Night Watchman walking tour, an Old Town walking tour and transport to the castle and park in Pillnitz, all from the same central meeting point location: Postplatz/Kronentor Zwinger. The Zwinger is a popular destination for visitors to Dresden. Created as a magnificent festival site in the heyday of the Baroque period, it now houses magnificent collections and treasures. Your ticket gives you skip-the-line access. In the Zwinger, find the "Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon" and the porcelain collection. The Highlight is the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, which re-opened in February 2020 after 7 years of renovation. Marvel at Raphael's masterpiece "Sistine Madonna" and a sculpture collection up to the year 1800.

Dresden Regio Card for 1, 2, or 3 Days

4. Dresden Regio Card for 1, 2, or 3 Days

Explore the capital of Saxony the easy way with the Dresden Regio Card. Experience the culture and leisure, concerts and restaurants of the city. Take advantage of free travel on local buses, trams, and trains in Dresden and the surrounding area as well as discounts at museums and other tourist attractions such as bus tours, walking tours, concerts, theatre, gastronomy, and shopping. Choose between the Dresden Regio Card and the Regio Card Plus for individuals or families. Examples of discounts: Museums and exhibitions Dresden Transport Museum (- €1) Dresden City Museum (- €1) Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Museum (- €1) Schiller Pavilion (free) Asisi Panometer Dresden (-€1.50) Many more City tours Bus tour with 22 stops (- €2) Comedy Tour Dresden (- €7) Tour of the Semperoper Dresden (- €1.00) Tasty Dresden – Culinary Guided Tour (- €1) Walking tour of the Dresden Information (- €2) Concerts and theatre Herkuleskeule (-10%) Staatsschauspiel (-10%) Dresden Frauenkirche (-20%) Many more Leisure activities in Dresden Dresden Zoo (- €1) Dresden Suspension Railway (- €1.50) Dresden Frauenkirche Tower (- €2) Many more Leisure activities in the region Karl-May-Museum Radebeul (- €0.50) Wackerbarth Castle wine tour (-10%) Guided tour of Meissen (- €1.50) Radebeul–Radeburg railway (-50%) Kirnitzschtal tramway (-50%) Lessing Museum Kamenz (- €1.50) Many more You also receive discounts on dining options. You can also purchase the Dresden Regio Card Plus for 2 days. This includes additional discounts for the Dresden State Art Collections. Dresden Regio Card Plus Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (- €10) Dresden Porcelain Collection (- €6) Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments (- €6) New Green Vault (- €12) Turkish Chamber (- €12) Dresden Armory (- €12) Coin Cabinet (- €12) Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs (- €12) Hausmannsturm (- €12) Galerie Neue Meister (- €10) Sculpture Collection (- €10) Exhibition hall of the Lipsiusbau (- €5) Dresden Museum of Ethnology (free) Museum of Saxon Folk Art and Puppet Theatre Collection (- €5) Wine Experience World Meissen (-10%)

Dresden: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Fortress Xperience

5. Dresden: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Fortress Xperience

Enjoy 2 of Dresden's must-do activities - the hop-on-hop-off bus tour and the virtual reality experience "Fortress Experience" - at an attractive combined price. Discover Dresden with a 1-day ticket and get to know the city during the bus tour including 22 different stops. Start the tour at the first stop of the Hop On Hop Off where you will exchange your voucher. Your 1-day ticket also includes a night watchman walking tour, an old town walking tour and transport to the castle and park in Pillnitz, all from the same central meeting point location: Postplatz/Kronentor Zwinger. If you find that you run out of time to see and do everything included with your ticket, you can choose to extend the hop-on-hop-off ticket for a further day once you arrive (for €2 extra, not included) and thus extend all of the inclusions listed above. With the ticket to the virtual reality experience Fortress Xperience, you encounter an adventurous journey through time through 450 years of Dresden's eventful history: Celebrations. Dramas. Disasters. The secrets of Dresden Fortress are brought to life with breathtaking 360-degree projections and 3D sound technology. You can expect a completely new range of experiences on 1,500m², right in the heart of Dresden's old town.  FestungXperience is an approximately one-hour format with content and emotional demands, which is why the visit is recommended for children from 12 years and not allowed for children younger than 8.

From Dresden: Saxon Switzerland & Pillnitz Castle

6. From Dresden: Saxon Switzerland & Pillnitz Castle

Discover the beauty of Saxon Switzerland and the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. This day tour can take place in your own tour bus/rental car or with public transit from Dresden. When traveling by rental car or tour bus, tour the national park with a stop at the world-famous Bastei; when using public transit, travel with your tour guide to Rathen Station and hike your way to the Bastei. Let the romance of Saxon Switzerland with its otherworldly rock formation enchant you. Enjoy the beautiful view from the Bastei deep into the valley below. At the end of the day, head to Pillnitz to admire the Chinese-inspired fairytale palace and gardens and tour this summer residence of the Saxon kings and queens.

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What people are saying about Pillnitz Castle

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 739 reviews

In summery weather we sailed from Dresden to Pillnitz Castle with the youngest paddle steamer "Leipzig". The landscape was impressive. The crew was exceptionally accommodating and friendly. An entertaining undertaking.

Gur organized tour, great ship with comfortable seats and good visibility. Very extensive and well explained sights. The staff was very attentive and friendly.

The boat trip to Pillnitz Castle was very nice. Ship was not full, service and catering were very friendly and quick. Toilets very clean.

It was a successful trip. The tickets could be ordered online without any problems. The admission to the ship was on time. Everything OK.

The city from the water looks quite different - beautiful - from. You should definitely do it when you visit Dresden