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Zwinger Dresden: Entry Ticket

1. Zwinger Dresden: Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to the Zwinger in Dresden and gain access to the Zwinger’s Old Masters Picture Gallery, the Sculpture Collection, the Porcelain Collection, and the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments. Explore Dresden Zwinger’s various galleries and collections and marvel at an ensemble of gardens and a fountain, considered one of Germany’s most important Baroque architectures. The name Zwinger refers to the original position of the complex, between the inner and outer fortress wall.

Dresden: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

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

Explore Dresden's beautiful Old Town at dusk and follow the historical night watchman on his rounds. At nightfall, the hour of the night watchman strikes. His horns ring in narrow alleys, the light of his lantern 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: 1-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

3. Dresden: 1-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

Experience Dresden, the capital of the beautiful state of Saxony, on a double-decker bus and get off as often as you like at any of the 22 stops to see the sights there. Take advantage of several activities included with your ticket, such as an evening cruise, a night watchman tour, or a children's city tour, as well as entrance fees to various monuments. Begin your journey at the main Postplatz/Zwinger stop or any of the other stops. Decide for yourself whether you would like to take part in a continuous 90-minute city tour past Dresden's most important monuments, or choose to hop off the bus at any point of interest and take a closer look at the respective attraction or monument. Visit the world's most beautiful dairy shop, Pfunds Dairy. Continue to enjoy a guided tour of the Dresden Zwinger, a baroque building complex with gardens that was one of the most important buildings of its time. Another highlight of your excursion is the visit to the Fürstenzug, a monumental image of a cavalcade on 23,000 ceramic tiles considered the largest porcelain image in the world. What's more, listen to interesting explanations about the famous Dresden Frauenkirche, which you will get to know during an outdoor tour. On sunny days, enjoy impressive views of historic Dresden and the Elbe from the open roof of the bus, a perfect position for taking dreamy souvenir photos.

Historic Dresden & Semperoper Walking Tour in German

4. Historic Dresden & Semperoper Walking Tour in German

Discover the historic city of Dresden on a walking tour and see iconic buildings like Frauenkirche. Continue to the Semperoper for a guided tour of this impressive Opera. 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 1-hour guided tour. Learn the history behind each turn as you tour the magnificent rooms.

Dresden: Sightseeing-Tour in German by Bike

5. Dresden: Sightseeing-Tour in German by Bike

Discover Dresden in an active way and look forward to a perfect mix of culture and nature. Experience the highlights of Dresden and places that lie off the beaten track by bike. This tour follows one of the prettiest cycling routes in Germany and is the ideal start for new visitors as well as Dresden-enthusiasts. Admire the old town along the Elbe banks, flowering gardens and the trendy founding-district of the new town. Follow quiet streets and tracks of an extensive network of cycling routes through the unique landscape of the Elbe Valley without having to cope with significant height differences. Your expert guide provides you with precious insider tips und turns your tour into a special experience.  The route leads you past the Frauenkirche, the Hygiene Museum, the Palais of the Grand Garden and the VW-factory to the Waldschlösschen Bridge, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Elbe castles. Make your way to Pfunds Molkerei (with a short break to use the restrooms) and the hip and trendy district of Dresden, the outer new town. Get a glimpse of the Baroque district, the Palais of Japan and the Theatre Square with the famous Semperoper and Zwinger.

Dresden: Guided City Walk with a Cup of Coffee

6. Dresden: Guided City Walk with a Cup of Coffee

Travel back in time and immerse yourself in the history and culture of Dresden. Hear little anecdotes and big stories from your experienced and licensed tour guide who brings the city's past back to life. Discover the dark times of the Middle Ages, experience the vigor of the Renaissance and the grandeur of the Baroque. Explore the backgrounds of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989 and hear what it must have felt like to the people of former East and West Germany. The walking tour through the historic old town starts at Neumarkt. See Dresden's most famous attractions, including Frauenkirche, Semperoper and the Baroque Zwinger. From Dresden Castle, head to Brühl's Terrace, the Procession of Princes and Stallhof, until you arrive at Dresden Cathedral. Next, follow your guide to Taschenbergpalais and Augustus Bridge, before ending your walking tour near Frauenkirche.

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

7. 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: Night Watchman Tour Through The Old Town

8. Dresden: Night Watchman Tour Through The Old Town

Meet your guide in front of the Zwinger. Explore the city and learn stories about the old Dresden and of the Zwinger, an impressive baroque palace. Delight in your guide’s colorful anecdotes as you pass by Dresden’s stately baroque theater, the Semperosa.  Admire the Fürstenzug, a gorgeous mural depicting a procession of Saxony's rulers. See the Frauenkirche, a majestic Lutheran church topped with an impressive dome. Experience the city in a unique way that combines theater with a traditional tour, creating an unforgettable experience.

Dresden: Historic Walking Tour "Florence on the Elbe"

9. Dresden: Historic Walking Tour "Florence on the Elbe"

Discover historical Dresden ‒ the so-called "Florence on the Elbe." Start your tour at the Dresden Castle and walk towards Dresden's famous landmark: the Church of Our Lady. Admire the elaborately and completely restored church not only from the outside, but get the chance to take a look at its magnificent interior. Continue to Fürstenzug, an important part of Saxon history, and to the stable yard of the Dresden Castle. Get an insight into the imposing building and get a glance at the Taschenbergpalais. Not to be missed on a tour like this is the Zwinger, a late Baroque masterpiece. En route, learn interesting and amusing facts about Augustus the Strong, before the tour ends at the Theater Square with the cathedral and the Semper Opera House. Please note that this tour will be conducted in German.

Dresden: Comedy Tour in Saxon German

10. Dresden: Comedy Tour in Saxon German

Explore Dresden in a humorous way and learn more about the history of the city, told by the last Saxon king. During the tour of Dresden's city center, listen to stories about the difficult education of his wife and kids told in his very own Saxon and quirky manner. With a generous dose of self-irony and an added smirking undertone, he also reports of the mishaps, which happened to him in the professional world as the representative of Saxon and in the arena of diplomacy. Look forward to the beautiful Old Town of Dresden with its stately buildings. See the Semper Opera House and the Zwinger and take a look at the historic Frauenkirche. Drive through the district Blasewitz and see the bridge Blaues Wunder, the Government District and explore the Inner and Outer New Town.

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What people are saying about Zwinger

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 11,049 reviews

Our very competent guide Wolfgang was "on the spot" on time. And as it turned out, we were his only guests, as there was apparently no demand for a guided tour in English. Funnily enough, I only booked this because the German-speaking tours were fully booked. Wolfgang then immediately agreed to guide us in German. Because of the amount of historical information he gave us, spiced up with nice anecdotes, we were quite happy that we received the information in our mother tongue. In the end we went on a 2-hour, humorous and very informative (history, architecture, art, cuisine, ...) walk through the city. I'm convinced that Wolfgang could have dealt with a larger group and in English in a similarly informal but targeted manner. Any time.

The organizer, Dresden-Roller, made a very modern and professional impression. The event was well prepared and the briefing was extensive and practical. The care was very caring and extensive. This was also reflected in the equipment, Segway and optional helmets (also possible warm additional clothing). The city tour was very informative. Despite good previous knowledge, there was also something new to experience and discover. There was a high level of fun. The 2 hour tour was completely sufficient, but still over far too quickly. Can only be recommended in dry weather. In addition, a telephone consultation was held the day before because the weather forecast had deteriorated. But we were lucky, the weather held up. So everything is perfect.

Excellent tour, exceptional guide! The group was tiny and it appeared that we had almost a private tour that lasted approx. three hours (much more than the website promised). Our guide (Wolfgang) was incredibly knowledgeable, polite, humorous and super nice man. It was a great pleasure to walk through the city with him and to dig into beautiful and tragic history of Dresden.

Natalie was outstanding with our tour. She introduced us to Dresden in a very interesting way. Thank you for the time.

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