"Experience Dresden on land, on water and from the air"

Dresden tour with paddle steam boat trip on the river Elbe*.

This Dresden tour is a very special experience. You will see Dresden from many surprising perspectives and use 3 different means of transport on your way.

From the historic old town you embark on a paddle steamer cruise. On this historic steamboat you have an especially magnificent view to the buildings of the old town, the famous Elbe palaces, the vineyards and the elegant residential villas, accompanied by your Dresden guide.

A paddle steamer trip with the Sächsische Dampfschifffahrt gives you romantic landscape and a breeze around your nose, elegantly sliding past the most beautiful views of the city and its singularly beautiful surroundings. This is a special kind of city tour!

At Blasewitz we berth in the midst of Dresden’s most beautiful villa district. On a leisurely walk we cross the famous “Blue Wonder”, our most beloved historical bridge, and stroll through the romantic fishing village Loschwitz situated directly at the river.

From this place we are aiming high: We take the historical funicular, one of Dresden’s  mountain railways, up to a district called “The white Stag” (Der weiße Hirsch). This area housed one of the most exclusive health resorts of the 19th century. You can still feel the atmosphere of the elegant spa in the lavish villas and the lush gardens.

After that we travel by tram into Dresden Neustadt where we will take a coffee break at Pfund’s Dairy. This place is deemed “the most beautiful dairy shop of the world” by Guinness’ Book of Records. Here we will have a cup of coffee and a slice of Eierschecke, the famous Dresden cake speciality.

After the coffee break we return to the old town by tram. – Upon request we can also arrange a bus transfer.

 

 

 

 

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3 hour tour, Fee for the Guide 135,- Euro
plus 28,- Euro per Person for

  • ticket for paddle steamer trip
  • ticket for funicular railway
  • coffee break
  • ticket for the tram rides

All this is included in the price of 28,- Euro per person

Upon request we can book a bus transfer vor the trip back from Pfund’s Dairy to your hotel

Paddle steamers operate from Easter until approximately November 1

*Attention! Sometimes a modern paddle steamer is used for a tour – I have no influence on that.

"City Tour of Dresden with Excursion to Pillnitz"

This excursion includes a guided walk and a bus drive – either on your own bus or on one we’ll rent for you.

The walking tour leads you through the historic Old Town of Dresden with the Zwinger Palace, Frauenkirche, Semper Opera House, Cathedral and many more, presented with wit, charme and expertise.

After the walk it is time to relax: Enjoy a bus drive around the most beautiful parts of Dresden. You will see the most beautiful districts of Dresden, the  villas and palaces that were built amidst vast gardens and parks. We will drive along the Saxon Wine Route and you will see the original picturesque rural villages of fishermen and wine makers on your way  to the magnificent park of Pillnitz Palace.

After a drive of about 30 minutes we arrive at Pillnitz, the ancient summer residence of the Saxon Kings. It is here where Augustus the Strong built a magnificent Asian style palais surrounded by a spacious landscape park. 

On a walking tour through the palace park of Pillnitz you will experience many wonders of nature and gardening.  You will see incredible plants, such as the 200 year old camelia, splendid speciemens of redwood trees, sycamores, ginkos or orange and lemon trees that are over 300 years old, still bearing fruit.  Secret labyrinths of hedges, cozy places and a natural pavillion of love remain unforgettable.

You will stroll over the symmetrically laid out lawns with opulent flowers in the styles of French baroque and English landscape gardening art. You will hear exciting stories about amorous adventures of the kings of Saxony and also important political events that formed Europen history. Relax in the midst of beautiful nature, amazing architecture and great culture!

4 hour trip through Dresden and Pillnitz palace. Fee for the guide 175,00 Euro

Admission fee in Pillnitz 3,- Euro / reduced 2,50 Euro / groups from 10 persons 2,50 Euro p.P.

http://www.schlosspillnitz.de/en/guest-service/

Upon request we can rent a bus, coach, minibus, van or taxi for you. (Prices differ according to availability and group/vehicle size)

Special offer:

The return trip from Pillnitz to Dresden (or the other way round) can be made by paddle steamboat. This historic way of travelling on the river is always a special and nostalgic experience.

 

"Radebeul – Moritzburg: Nostalgic ride on the Narrow-Gauge Railway"

Excursion for indiviual guests or small groups. No bus is needed for this tour.

From Dresden we go by train to Radebeul Station – but then we will change to the historic narrow gauge steam railway, locally nicknamed the Lößnitzdackel (Lößnitz Dachshund). With full steam, but unhurriedly we will puff away through the scenic landscape! The engine is steaming, whistling and smelling like burnt coal – as it was in the olden days. A pleasure almost forgotten in our modern age of transport – but simply unforgettable. A moment of special excitement is when the train crosses the water … and you won’t get wet.

A short walk leads us to Moritzburg Palace, the baroque hunting lodge. Here you will feel like being in a fairy tale yourself, because Moritzburg is also the filming location for the popular Christmas movie “Three wishes for Cinderella”. Maybe you’ll find Cinderella’s famous lost shoe here. In 2019 Moritzburg palace was also a major shooting location for the film “Charlie’s Angels”.

You will have a guided tour through the lavish park around the palace in the picturesque setting of the Moritzburg pond landscape. You will hear exciting and funny stories about the activities of the court – not always hunting, to be sure – the sumptuous dinners and other good and bad habits of baroque times.

A short individual snack break, and then we will get back to Dresden with the public bus.

For groups with their own bus:
Transfers Dresden-Radebeul und Moritzburg-Dresden can be done with your own bus.
5 hour tour, start and finish in Dresden. Fee for the Guide 200,- Euro
Plus tickets for the narrow gauge train.

For Individuals and small groups without a bus)
5 hour tour, start and finish in Dresden.
Special offer for groups from 1-9 persons: Fee for the Guide 180,- Euro
From 10 Persones Fee for the Guide 200,- Euro
Prices plus Tickets for the train, narrow gauge steam train and public bus approximately 20 € per person.

Upon request we can book a guided tour through the baroque interior of the palace.
(Admission not included in the fee for the guide)

"Dresden – Saxon Switzerland: Pillnitz – Bastei – Königstein Fortress"

One day excursion to Saxon Switzerland (Sächsische Schweiz) for groups with their own bus oder individual guests with a vehicle rented by us.

The romantic bus tour starts along the river Elbe on the Saxon Wine Road to Pillnitz. Vineyards, villas, noble palaces and picturesque wine and fisher’s villages are on the way. Our first stop is the splendid park of Pillnitz palace. Scenically situated at the Elbe river bank you take a stroll through the romantic park with a multitude of rare exotic plants and trees, among them the oldest camellia in Europe. It has a height of about 9 meters  and is estimated to be 250 years old. In the center of the park Duke Augustus the Strong built two baroque palaces in the Asian style that you simply have to see to believe.

The tour continues past the renaissance town of Pirna, and soon we arrive at the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and the National Park Saxon Switzerland. Here you will experience a walk over the “Bastei” (bastion) an amazing rock formation towering 194 metres above the Elbe River, which is the landmark of Saxon Switzerland. Here you can enjoy a magnificent view over the unique rock formations in this very unusual mountain area.  

Afterwards on a panorama bus tour you will see more of this peerless and wild landscape with bizarre and steep rock formations that seem to grow out of deep green hollows. Past Bad Schandau the drive goes on to the  Königstein Fortress. This ancient castle and garrison that is built into a huge rock formation can be reached comfortably by lift and the plateu presents the visitor with a surprising variety of sights. Here you can see 50 buildings, some over 400 years old, that bear witness to the military and civilian life in the fortress. A guided tour shows you the oldest garrison church in Germany, one of the deepest wells in Europe, the most secure historic prison in Saxony, the treasury and much, much more – on top of it, an impressive scenic view over the landscape. 

8 hour tour, start and finish in Dresden.
Fee for the Guide 245,- Euro
Admissions are not included in the fee.

Admissions for Pillnitz Park:
https://www.schlosspillnitz.de/en/guest-service/ticket-rates/
Admissions for Königstein Fortress:
https://www.festung-koenigstein.de/en/opening-hours-admission-fees.html

Proposal: Lunch break at Panorama restaurant BASTEI
https://www.berghotel-bastei.de/en/Panoramarestaurant.html

 

"Dresden – Meissen (including Meissen Porcelain Manufactory)"

One day excursion including:
Sightseeing tour Dresden and Meissen and guided tour of the Porcelain Manufactory Meissen (Erlebniswelt HAUS MEISSEN®).

For groups with their own bus oder individual guests with a vehicle rented by us.

On the walking tour through the Historic Old Town of Dresden you will see the most important and world famous sights. We will visit the baroque Zwinger Palace where the nobility used to have exuberant feasts, the Royal Palace which shows us the beauty of renaissance times. The Theater Square with the Semper Opera reminds us of Dresden’s importance as a metropolis of music and opera. You will also see two highlights of Christian architecture: The Frauenkirche and the Cathedral.

But long before Dresden even became a city, everything started in Meissen. That’s why the town was dubbed “The Cradle of Saxony”. After the walk through Dresden we will go by bus through the picturesque Elbe valley with its vineyards and castles and arrive in Meissen for a walking tour.

In Meissen you will experience a very ancient old town with its typical narrow alleys and enchanting buildings from medieval and renaissance times. On a walk through Meissen you would think that time has stood still. This historic treasure is nestled up against the steep castle hill with the imposing gothic cathedral over the wide curve of the river Elbe. From up there you have a unique view over the scenic landscape with vineyards, the river and a maze of red roofed burgher houses. Enthroned above it all are the cathedral and the Albrechtsburg. It is regarded as being the first castle to be used as a royal residence in the German-speaking world. Here Europe’s first porcelain manufactory was founded. We will visit its present site after a short walk of 20 minutes, or comfortably by bus.

A short individual snack break is possible during the walking tour or during the visit of the porcelain manufactory (Erlebniswelt HAUS MEISSEN®), where you can eat from real Meissen porcelain plates.

At the porcelain manufactory we will arrange the visit and a guided tour through the Demonstration Workshops. There you can watch how Meissen porcelain is made, formed and decorated. The Demonstration Workshops  offer unique insights into the artisanal techniques employed by Meissen’s craftsmen and -women to create its delicate porcelain

After the visit of the manufactory we drive back to Dresden.

6-8 hour tour, start and finish in Dresden. Fee for the Guide 245,- Euro

Upon request we can rent a bus, van or taxi for you. (Prices differ according to availability and group/vehicle size)

Small groups can also use the fast city-train-connection between Dresden and Meissen. We will be happy to accompany you.

We will of course arrange the visit and the guided tour through the Porcelain Manufactory. Admission is not included in the fee for the guide.
You can estimate the admission fees on this website:

https://www.erlebniswelt-meissen.com/en/#entrance

 

 

"Moritzburg – Meißen (including Meissen Porcelain Manufactory)"

One day excursion including: Sightseeing tour Meissen, visit and guided tour through Porcelain Manufactory Meissen (Erlebniswelt HAUS MEISSEN®), excursion to Moritzburg.

For groups with their own bus oder individual guests with a vehicle rented by us.

Long before Dresden even became a city, everything started in Meissen. That’s why the town was dubbed “The Cradle of Saxony”.

We will drive by bus from Dresden through the picturesque Elbe valley with its vineyards and castles and arrive in Meissen for a walking tour. You will experience a very ancient historic town with narrow alleys and enchanting buildings from medieval and renaissance times. On a walk through Meissen you would think that time has stood still. This historic treasure is nestled up against the steep castle hill with the imposing gothic cathedral over the wide curve of the river Elbe. From up there you have a unique view over the scenic landscape with vineyards, the river and a maze of red roofed burgher houses. Enthroned above it all are the cathedral and Albrechtsburg Palace. It is regarded as being the first castle to be used as a royal residence in the German-speaking world. Here Europe’s first porcelain manufactory was founded. We will visit its present site after a short walk of 20 minutes, or be comfortably go by bus.

A short individual snack break is possible during the walking tour or during the visit of the porcelain manufactory, where you can eat from real Meissen porcelain plates.

From Meissen a short drive brings us to the next highlight of the tour: Moritzburg Palace, the baroque hunting lodge. You will have a guided tour through the lavish park around the palace in the picturesque setting of the Moritzburg pond landscape. You will hear exciting and funny stories about the hunting activities of the court, the sumptuous dinners and other good and bad habits of baroque times. Moritzburg is also the filming location for the popular Christmas movie “Three wishes for Cinderella”, and maybe you’ll find the famous lost shoe here. In 2019 Moritzburg Palace was also a major shooting location for the film “Charlie’s Angels”. Upon request we can book a guided tour through the baroque interior of the palace.

The excursion ends with a bus drive back to Dresden.

6-8 hour tour, start and finish in Dresden. Fee for the Guide 245,- Euro

Upon request we can rent a bus, van or taxi for you. (Prices differ according to availability and group/vehicle size)

We will of course arrange the visit and the guided tour through the Porcelain Manufactory. Admission is not included in the fee for the guide.
You can estimate the admission fees on this website:

https://www.erlebniswelt-meissen.com/en/#entrance

Upon request we book a guided tour for you through Moritzburg Palace. In the summer season you will shown the baroque interior of the hunting lodge – in the winter season you will be able to see an exhibition about the film “Three wishes for Cinderella”

You can estimate the admission fees on this website:

https://www.schloss-moritzburg.de/en/guest-service/

 

"Combo tour: city tour on foot and by bus combined"

Bus and Walking Tour combined

This tour is very popular, because it allows you to experience a lot of Dresden in a short time.

It consists of a walking tour through Dresden’s Historic Old Town and a driving tour by bus (either on your own bus or one we’ll rent for you)

The walking tour comprises all the famous sights of the Old Town: the baroque Zwinger, Semper Opera House, the Frauenkirche and many more.

After that we explore the surroundings by bus.
There we find elegant residential houses and villas, the romantic river landscape at the Elbe with its broad meadows, vineyards and splendid architecture. Three palaces in a beautiful vineyard bear witness to the exciting history of the people who lived there. We drive over the historic bridge “The Blue Wonder” and see a cosy village on the other side of the river. The tour includes a stop at “Pfund’s Dairy” which was named by the Guinness Book of Records “the most beautiful dairy shop in the world”. Of course, the final highlight of the tour is the Baroque Quarters Inner Neustadt.

© Fotolia/ Foto: Christiane Hering - SemperoperPfunds Molkerei© DMG/ Foto: Christoph Münch - Gläserene Manufaktur

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3 hour combo tour for groups with their own bus 135,- Euro (guide’s fee)

Upon request we can rent a bus, coach, minibus, van or taxi for you. (Prices differ according to availability and group/vehicle size)

Special Offer:

I will be more than happy to adapt the drive to special requests regarding the route on the city tour.
We can also take the opportunity to alight from the bus or taxi for a drink somewhere at a beautiful place.
Drinks and snack catering is available upon request.

 

 

"City tour by Bus or Taxi"

City tour for small or large groups or individual travellers

Dresden consists of many beautiful parts. They surround the Old Town and there are many magnificent sights to see. On the drive you will see some fascinating new architecture – e.g. the Transparent Factory of VW – but the tour shows you also elegant residential areas from the 19th century. At the river Elbe you have an amazing view over vineyards, villas and palaces. You will see some old time technical miracles such as the famous Blue Wonder Bridge and some of the oldest cable cars and funiculars in the world. The tour includes a stop at “Pfund’s Dairy” which was named by the Guinness Book of Records “the most beautiful dairy shop in the world”. A view of the Historic Old Town and the Baroque Quarters Inner Neustadt are included in the tour.

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2 hour sightseeing tour with your own bus 93,- Euro (guide’s fee)

Upon request we can rent a bus, coach, minibus, van or taxi for you. (Prices differ according to availability and group/vehicle size)

Special Offer:

I will be more than happy to adapt the drive to special requests regarding the route on the city tour.
We can also take the opportunity to alight from the bus or taxi for a drink somewhere at a beautiful place.
Drinks and snack catering is available upon request.

 

"Costume Tour with August the Strong"

Dresden – A Golden City in its Golden Age!

Duke Augustus the Strong receives you in a private Audience and shows you his personal sights of Dresden.

Join Augustus the Strong on a walk throug Dresden’s Historical District, full of gallant stories, amusing anecdotes and loads of fun and information!

He will show you his own special Dresden experience – as it was in his lifetime: Gallant, luxurious and full of splendour.

He loves art, theatre and luxury. His most wonderful treasure, the Zwinger Palace, is what you might call his own party location.

So he has a lot to tell – about his life and times, his beautiful city, and of course his many mistresses!

Get to know the truth about Countess Cosel’s tragical fate, broken horse shoes, August’s legendary strength and his crowd of children.

The City Walk with August the Strong comprises:
Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House at Theatre Square, Taschenbergpalais, Procession of the Princes (Fürstenzug), Royal Palace, Cathedral at the Palace Square, Frauenkirche and New Market – and many more

1,5-2 hour walking tour with Duke August the Strong 195,- Euro

Special Offer:

If you’d rather stay inside and have an evening entertainment for your farewell dinner, company event, anniversary, wedding, birthday or etc. then why not book an Audience with the Duke indoors in a nice historical atmosphere?

Or would you like a show on a bigger scale – with courtiers, mistresses, dancers, court jester etc.?

We can give you a whole baroque experience!

Just contact me and we’ll fix your personal arrangement

"Night tour of Dresden Old Town"

Walk Dresden’s alleys with the Night Watchman

When night falls over Dresden’s Old Town, follow the Night Guard on his way through dark alleys and the magical atmosphere of romantically lit squares and streets. 

Enjoy Zwinger, Semperoper and Frauenkirche by the light of the night – a very special experience. The Dresden Night Watchman sings his songs, and entertains you with funny or mildly scary stories about the history of Dresden, its beautiful buildings, interesting people – and their secrets they hid in dark places…

1,5-2 hour walking tour with the Night Guard 195,- Euro

Special Offer:
If you have already experienced the Old Town why not join the Night Watchman on a walk through the Baroque Quarters right on the opposite side of the river Elbe? A picturesque historical district awaits you there, built by Duke Augustus the Strong 300 years ago – you will see the Japanese Palais, the Golden Horseman, the baroque boulevard Königsstrasse with beautiful courts, gardens, alleys and passages.

The Video you see here is in German – the tour for you will be in English, of course!

 

"City Tour Dresden Old Town for School Classes"

Dresden City Walk for School Classes or Student Groups

This pupil- or student-orientated city walk will arouse curiosity and interest for the history of our beautiful city. We bring you facts without too many figures and make history an exciting story. We don’t do long-winding explanations – Our city walk is lively and interactive as it combines expertise and humour. This is our city walk for school classes and student groups, always orientated towards the age and background of the group and the study topics.

You can tell a lot of stories about the famous Zwinger Palace. A little bit of a fairy tales for the younger children, relaxed and humourous for the older pupils and students. The topics will be architecture, biblical and mythological issues, poverty and wealth, the system of absolute monarchy, war, peace and reconciliation in old and new times.   

Sightseeing will not comprise inside visits of museums or the Royal Palace – churches will be visited, provided they are open at the time of the tour.

City Walk Historic Old Town for school classes comprises:
Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House at Theatre Square, Taschenbergpalais, Procession of the Princes (Fürstenzug), Royal Palace, Cathedral at the Palace Square, Frauenkirche and New Market – and many more

90 minute walking tour Historic Old Town 93,- Euro
(for groups of more than 30 persons 110,- Euro)

*For larger groups it is advisable to book a second guide for increased quality of experience.

This offer can be combined with other tours – we also do pupil-orientated bus tours in Dresden.

This tour does not include inside visits of museums etc.!

This is an exclusive tour, so no individual guests will be able to join.

Recommendation:
The State’s Museums (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen) offer free entrance into their museums for pupils and students under age 17.
https://shop.skd.museum/webshop/?___store=english&___from_store=english

Other museums also give discounts for pupils, students and groups

https://www.verkehrsmuseum-dresden.de/en/your-visit/tickets
http://www.stadtmuseum-dresden.de/adresse-preise-oeffnung

"Classic Walking Tour through Dresden’s Historic Old Town – the best-selling city tour"

Classic walking tour through Dresden’s Historic Old Town – the best-selling city tour

Can you see a lot of Dresden in a short amount of time?

Yes, you can! The most beautiful attractions of Dresden are situated only a short walk apart.

Short Description City Walk Historic Old Town

This walking tour shows you all the famous sights of Dresden. Of course you will visit the baroque Zwinger, the Semper Opera House on the Theatre Square, the Royal Palace, or the magnificently reconstructed town houses on the New Market Square (Neumarkt). You will visit masterworks of sacred architecture, like the reconstructed Frauenkirche and the Cathedral. But that is not all: You will see a great deal more interesting and unique places. We will tell you the history of our city and its buildings – with expertise, charm and humour.

City Walk Historic Old Town comprises:
Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House at Theatre Square, Taschenbergpalais, Procession of the Princes (Fürstenzug), Royal Palace, Cathedral at the Palace Square, Frauenkirche and New Market – and many more

Residenzschloss Dresden

Semperoper Dresden

Fürstenzug Dresden

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2 hour walking tour Historic Old Town 93,- Euro
(for groups of more than 30 persons 110,- Euro)

3 hour walking tour Historic Old Town 135,- Euro
(for groups of more than 30 persons 150,- Euro)

This offer can be combined with other tours – depending on how long you plan to stay in Dresden.

This tour does not include inside visits of museums etc.!

This is an exclusive tour, so no individual guests will be able to join.