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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: 1-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. 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.

Dresden: City & Semperoper Guided Walking Tour

3. 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: Gala Concert in the Dresden Zwinger

4. Dresden: Gala Concert in the Dresden Zwinger

Enjoy a classical concert in the Wallpavillon of the Dresden Zwinger Palace. Decide which performance of which composer's pieces you'd like to hear and enjoy masterpieces at a concert of waltz dreams or listen to Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Sat., February 4, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., February 11, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Tues., February 14, 2023 Valentinskonzert Sat., February 18, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., February 25, 2023 Winterträume Fri., March 3, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., March 4, 2023 Italienische Nacht Wed., March 8, 2023 Frauentagskonzert Fri., March 10, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Fri., March 17, 2023 Klänge der Romantik Fri., March 24, 2023 Frühlingsstimmen Sat., March 25, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., April 1, 2023 Frühlingsstimmen Thurs., April 6, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sun., April 9, 2023 Walzerträume Mon., April 10, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., April 12, 2023 Klänge der Romantik Fri., April 14, 2023 Frühlingsstimmen Sat., April 15, 2023 Slawische Klassik Wed., April 19, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., April 21, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Sat., April 22, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., April 26, 2023 Walzerträume Fri., April 28, 2023 Italienische Nacht Sun., April 30, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., May 3, 2023 Frühlingsstimmen Fri., May 5, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., May 6, 2023 Jubiläumskonzert - 10 Jahre Dresdner Residenz Konzerte Wed., May 10, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Fri., May 12, 2023 Slawische Klassik Sat., May 13, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., May 17, 2023 Klänge der Romantik Thurs., May 18, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., May 19, 2023 Walzerträume Sat., May 20, 2023 Italienische Nacht Wed., May 24, 2023 Slawische Klassik Thurs., May 25, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Fri., May 26, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., May 27, 2023 Frühlingsstimmen Wed., May 31, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Thurs., June 1, 2023 Klänge der Romantik Fri., June 2, 2023 Slawische Klassik Sat., June 3, 2023 Jubiläumskonzert Thurs., June 8, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Fri., June 9, 2023 Walzerträume Sat., June 10, 2023 Italienische Nacht Wed., June 14, 2023 Klänge der Romantik Thurs., June 15, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., June 16, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Wed., June 21, 2023 Sommernachtsträume Thurs., June 22, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., June 23, 2023 Italienische Nacht Sat., June 24, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., June 28, 2023 Sommernachtsträume Thurs., June 29, 2023 Walzerträume Fri., June 30, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., July 1, 2023 Sommernachtsträume Mon., July 3, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., July 5, 2023 Slawische Klassik Thurs., July 6, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Fri., July 7, 2023 Jubiläumskonzert Sat., July 8, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., July 12, 2023 Walzerträume Thurs., July 13, 2023 Sommernachtsträume

Dresden: Semperoper and Old Town Tour

5. 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: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tickets

6. Dresden: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tickets

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

7. 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: Complete Walking Tour with Frauenkirche Visit

8. Dresden: Complete Walking Tour with Frauenkirche Visit

Enjoy an insightful tour of Dresden's main highlights that brings Saxon history to life. Learn compelling stories of the heydays and current events told in an exciting and humorous way by your professional guide. Meet your guide in the city center and get kitted out with headphones to hear them clearly before setting off together on your walking tour. First, experience the city's famous buildings on a tour of the historic old town. See Stallhof and Fürstenzug, the historic Neumarkt, Schlossplatz, and Catholic Hofkirche. Step inside the Frauenkirche (The Church of our Lady) and learn about the alter, the stunning murals and the historic crypt. Marvel at the baroque splendor of the unusual nave and the impressive lower church. Then, head over to Theaterplatz which boasts the Royal Palace and Semper Opera. Enjoy a stroll across the Brühlsche Terrasse with a view of the beautiful Elbe landscape. After this, continue the tour into the Zwinger District and experience the Saxon Baroque. Enjoy up-close views of the impressive sandstone sculptures which reveal many historic stories. Learn about the former function of the statues, the festival culture at the court of Augustus the Strong, and its current use as a museum.

Dresden: Sightseeing-Tour in German by Bike

9. 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: 1.5-Hour Comedy Bus Tour in German

10. Dresden: 1.5-Hour Comedy Bus Tour in German

Experience Dresden's rolling comedy stage as two hilarious comedians have the bus roaring with laughter. Explore Dresden in a fun and unique way on this 90-minute round trip and show with a bus. Enjoy a great mix of comedy, historical anecdotes and spontaneous humor. See the real life locations to the jokes, the Zwinger, the Dresden Frauenkirche, the Saxon Parliament, the Yenidze, and the Loschwitz Bridge. Enjoy the Canaletto View.

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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.

It was an entertaining and powerful evening. Great artists, pleasant ambience, warm welcome at reception... We were thrilled and can recommend the gala concert - we heard Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

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

It was a very beautiful evening. We bought the CD ourselves to remember this great concert.

Excellent musicians, very good acoustics, comparatively small frame. Great experience!