Shopping Tour in Dresden

Dresden has many unique locations for shopping special and beautiful things.

There are, of course, the spacious shopping malls in the inner city – they bring you all the international brands you would expect in a metropolis.

But if you are looking for something different, things you won’t find anywhere else – why not join your guide into the narrow streets of Dresden Baroque Quarter and Outer Neustadt?  

The Baroque Quarter is the place with the highest concentration of artisan shops in Dresden. Charming arcades have sprung up in the Baroque townhouses. Numerous artisans, artist galleries, antique shops, high-class boutiques and various eating establishments combine a unique shopping experience, delicate handicrafts and relaxation opportunities.

After that we delve into the colourful and multicultural atmosphere of Dresden’s „alternative center“, Outer Neustadt. This is where students and artists live. Here is Dresden’s most trendy neighbourhood with an exciting history and an abundance of unusual bars, shops and artist’s workshops.

If you are looking for sandals made of camel leather, salt from the Dead Sea, an evening dress made of a boiler suit – anything is possible! Many special things are made out of ordinary materials and delicate works of art out of all stuffs imaginable.

You will find aromatic spices, fragant tea, beautiful pottery and many unique artefacts, often made and sold in tiny locations by very interesting persons who can tell you compelling stories – in the end you might like to close the day in a typical Neustadt pub or restaurant.

You don’t have to buy anything! Just look around, rummage, experience, learn, feel and enjoy –

Don’t worry – Most of the people in the Neustadt speak English fluently. And if you meet someone who doesn’t, I am always there to cross the language barrier for you!

 

 

 

 

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Fee for the Guide: 45,- Euro per hour.

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 165,- 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.

 

Moritzburg Palace

The dense forests with an abundance of game in the middle of a lovely pond landscape were perfect for the hunting activities of the court. Situated on an artificial island Moritzburg Palace marks the center of these historical hunting grounds – it is one of baroque’s  most beautiful treasures.

Moritzburg is only a short drive away from Dresden.

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”.

The exhibition in the palace boasts rare and priceless leather tapestry, vast quantities of hunting trophies, escpecially rare antlers from all over the world.

The royal bedchamber is absolutely unique: The bed and the tapestries are made of colored bird’s feathers!. The first catholic masses on Saxon soil were held in the baroque chapel.

A short walk brings us to the cosy summer residence, called the Pheasant Palais (Fasanenschlösschen). Right beside this little architectural jewel the next surprise is waiting: There is a lighthouse with a pier – almost like being at the seaside. This place was built as a model of the Dardanelles and was used for playing naval battles for entertainment.

3 Hour trip – Guide’s Fee 140,- Euro
plus admission to the guided tour in the exhibition (on request)

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

Possible Combination:
Ganztagsausflug: Excursion to Meissen (with Porcelain manufactory Meissen)

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 265,- 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

 

Saxon Switzerland: Pillnitz, Pirna, Bastei, Stolpen

The romantic tour starts in Dresden and runs on the Saxon Wine Route  along the banks of the river Elbe to Pillnitz and the fascinating landscape of Saxon Switzerland with its bizarre landmarks.

At first, 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. Scenicly situated at the Elbe river bank you see a multitude of rare exotic plants and trees on a guided walking tour, among them the oldest camellia in Europe. 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 next stop is Pirna a beautiful town that enchanted even the famous painter Canaletto. It is dubbed the “Gate to Saxon Switzerland” and you will have a guided walking tour through the pictorial small town with gothic, renaissance and baroque architecture.

Soon afterwards 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.  

On the panorama drive 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. After some time the landscape changes, the hills grow softer and greener. On a basalt mountain the landmark of this area comes into view: The mighty tower ruins of Castle Stolpen. The former bishop’s palace became the prison of Countess Cosel, the famous mistress of Duke Augustus the Strong. You will see her lodgings in Cosel Tower, where her tragic fate ended, a 84 m deep basalt well, the torture chamber and maybe meet the Castle ghost of Stolpen.

From Stolpen the bus takes you back to Dresden.

6-8 hour excursion, start and finish in Dresden – Guide’s Fee 265,- Euro

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

In the Footsteps of Countess Cosel: Dresden, Pillnitz and Stolpen

The tragic fate of Countess Cosel, her rise to the height of power and her fall to the wretched existence as a prisoner of her former lover, is the main topic of this interesting, emotional and entertaining trip.

Anna Constantia von Cosel is known to this day as the most famous mistress of Augustus the Strong, Duke of Saxony and King of Poland. She lived with Augustus in the lavish Taschenberg Palais in Dresden, and owned the splendid Pillnitz Palace, built in Asian style with its lush park grounds, surrounded by exotic plants and all the accommodation a lady could wish for in the festive times of baroque merriment.

The last 49 years of her life however she spent in solitude, imprisoned in the mighty tower of Castle Stolpen.

We will visit all these places on our trip and you will receive in-depth information of this exceptional and emotional story that lets you delve deeply into life, love and fate in the olden times of the baroque era.  

6-8 hour excursion, start and finish in Dresden – Guide’s Fee 265,- Euro

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

 

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 265,- 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 265,- 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/

 

Meissen (with Meissen Porcelain Manufactory)

Walking tour through the old town of Meissen and guided tour at the Porcelain Manufactory Meissen (Erlebniswelt HAUS MEISSEN®).

Transfer to Meissen with your own bus or public fast-train-connection. Upon request we can rent a bus, van or taxi for you.

Long before Dresden even became a city, everything started in Meissen. That’s why the town was dubbed “The Cradle of Saxony”. So we will start with an extensive walking tour through the old town of Meissen.

Führung in der Porzellanmanufaktur Meißen

Führung in der Porzellanmanufaktur Meißen

Führung in der Porzellanmanufaktur Meißen

Meissen is a very ancient old 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 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 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.

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 265,- Euro

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 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.

 

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 140,- 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.

 

 

© Foto: Marco Tiedemann - Stadtführung im Dresdner Zwinger

Dresden Individual City Tour

For small groups without a bus – your exclusive city tour!

This city tour is just for you with your own city guide. We can individually pick and visit all the sights you really want to see.

And here’s how it works:
For 1-3 persons I will rent a taxi for you, a taxibus would be necessary for up to 7 persons. For more people we would choose between buses of different sizes. The combined price depends on the kind of vehicle we need. My fee, to be sure, stays the same for the booked amount of time

I accompany you, show you the most beautiful places in Dresden and the surroundings and tell you their fascinating history.

This tour is perfect for:
Individual travel groups, family or corporate celebrations and other festive events.

A unique present for a special occasion

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Fee for 2 hours 105,- Euro, each additional hour 45,- Euro
Plus vehicle rental.

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 105,- 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: Dresden Christmas

Walking tour through the Dresden Christmas Markets with the portly baker Zacharias Zuckerkern (aka actor and singer Dr. Stephan Reher)

Dresden – the Christmas City! – Can you smell the enticing scents of cinnamon and incense wafting through the air? Isn’t your mouth watering at the thought of a cup of delicious spiked Christmas punch? Wouldn’t you like a slice of stollen, that tasty German Christmas cake?

But what’s behind everything that the Striezelmarkt and the other Christmas markets have to offer?

Go on a clever and contemplative yuletide excursion with the portly baker Zacharias Zuckerkern.

Come with me and find out:

  • What in the world is a Pflaumentoffel?
  • Why do pyramids rotate in Germany?
  • Where is the longest Christmas cake in the world?
  • What will a whispering stollen tell us?
  • Just how lucky is Neunerlei, the nine-course Christmas Eve meal?

If you want to know the answers, then this is the tour for you! Zacharias  will show you around the exotic world of Christmas in Dresden and the city’s Christmas markets. He’ll let you in on all of the Saxon secrets: Dresden Christmas traditions, specialties from the Ore Mountains, Christmas anecdotes, stories and songs to laugh, dream and sing along to. And of course the portly baker will show you where the best mulled wine is!

2 hour costume walking tour – Fee for your portly guide, the baker Zacharias 225,- Euro  

Special offers including mulled wine or nonalcoholic Christmas punch available on request

The group size should not exceed 25 persons –

Only in the Christmas Season – Not on Saturdays!

 

Stadtrundgang Dresdner Weihnacht

Dresden Ghosts – The spooky city tour!

The secret archivist Lindhorst (aka actor and singer Dr. Stephan Reher) will introduce you to the ghosts of the Saxon residence in a costume tour at night.

When night falls, the streets are empty and the bats circle the Hausmann Tower, a different world comes into view: the Dresden ghosts step out of their vaults, from the waves of the Elbe, out of mysterious cellars and the deep dark past – into the light of the moon.

Secret Archivist Lindhorst knows them all because he lives in their world.

On this entertaining walking tour you’ll learn all about the white lady on Palace Square, the ghost of the Bishop of Meissen, the walled-in nun on Rosemary Lane, the student Anselmus and his love of a green snake and much, much more.

Have a look at Dresden that no mortal has ever seen. –

Only after nightfall!

2 hour costume walking tour with spooky stories and fantastic songs – Fee for your guide Mr. Lindhorst: 225,- Euro

Stadtführung Dresdner Gespenster

Dresden criminal tour

In this entertaining costume tour Doctor Watson (aka actor and singer Dr. Stephan Reher) leads you on a musical trail through Dresden’s crime scenes.

Feared bandits, unscrupulous killers and crafty con men – all of them were up to no good in the Saxon royal residence. Some of them have even become the heroes of verses and songs, anecdotes and witty horror stories.

These include the bandit Lips Tullian and the Black Guard from the Tharandt Forest, the notorious Johannes Karasek and the con man Karl May, otherwise known as one of Germany’s most celebrated authors of adventure literature and inventor of the Apache Chief Winnetou.

Famous criminals also need celebrity victims: for example, the great Dresden painter Gerhard von Kügelgen, who bumped into an assassin; the violin virtuoso Gunkel, whose ex-lover shot him in the tram; even the Saxon King himself was in on the fun!

Dresden’s history is more exciting than a mystery thriller!

This musical costume tour is a entertaining and humourous city walk for mystery fans. You will see the scenes of famous historical crimes and hear the criminal secrets of Dresden’s alleyways.

2 hour musical walking tour – Doctor Watson’s fee: 225,- Euro

 

Stadtrundgang Dresden Kriminell

Musical City Tour

Mr. Balthasar Briesemuth Biedermann (aka actor and singer Stephan Reher) will show you around Dresden’s historic district, where the city’s breathtaking baroque skyline rises over the banks of the beautiful Elbe River.

The dignified gentleman in the red frock coat will show you the Cathedral, Theater Square, Semperoper Opera House, the Royal Palace and the Zwinger. We will also visit the resurrected New Market Square and the one and only Frauenkirche, also known as the Church of Our Lady.

Numbers, dates and buildings aren’t the focus of this entertaining tour, rather the faces behind the facades and the people who made history. Mr. Biedermann will take the bronze figures off of their pedestals and bring them to life for you.

Gallant tales, exciting intrigues, hearty ballads, tragic and amusing events – Bänkelsänger Biedermann knows them all and will let you in on Dresden’s most intimate secrets. Whether in myths or legends, satirical songs, history or tales, facts or rumors – you will never have been more informatively entertained or more amusingly informed!

On this costume tour you will experience a fascinating walk through the historic old town with Zwinger, Royal Palace, Theatre Square and Frauenkirche.

2 hour musical walking tour – Fee for Mr. Biedermann 225,- Euro

 

Alternative Offer:

Musical tour through the baroque quarters Innere Neustadt

Follow Mr. Biedermann to the baroque district built by Duke August the Strong as his royal city. Have a swinging stroll on the trail of  the Golden Rider around the elegant Königstraße with the Dreikönigskirche und the Japanese Palais. This magnificent part of the residence was originally preserved and is now meticulously restored to its former splendor.

2 hour musical walking tour  – Fee for Mr. Biedermann 225,- Euro

Combo Tour:

You can combine both tours…

for an entertaining and diverting overview walking tour with many lively songs, in-depth information and amusing anecdotes.

Mr. Biedermann’s fee for a 3 hour musical walking tour 275,- Euro

These tours do not include inside visits of museums, cathedrals etc.!

This tour can also be given in baroque dress:

 

musikalischer Dresden Altstadt Rundgang in barocker Robe

musikalischer Stadtrundgang Dresden-Altstadt

From the Baroque Quarter to trendy Outer Neustadt

If you already know the historic old town – Dresden continues on the other bank of the river Elbe – and it’s just as beautiful and fascinating!

We start from the „Golden Rider“ – the gilded equestrian statue of Augustus the Strong, Duke of Saxony and King of Poland, who ordered the “New King’s Town” to be built in the 18th century. We walk along a beautiful plane tree avenue, called Haupstraße (Main street). Much has been originally preserved: Elegant patrician buildings, artisan arcades, secluded courtyards.

Special highlights:
Dreikönigskirche (Three King’s Church), historic Market Hall, Societaetstheater (original baroque theatre building), artisan arcades, Königsstraße, Japanese Palais and Albertplatz.

At the close of the 19th century Dresden grew rapidly due to industrial development and the increasing population – so a new quarter was created 150 years ago, in an era we call Foundation period (Gründerzeit): Outer Neustadt. Its architecture has some of the finest examples of period houses in Europe.

Today Outer Neustadt is the trendy and multicolored center of alternative culture, art and nightlife.

Highlights of Outer Neustadt:
Kunsthofpassagen (artisan courtyards), Martin-Luther-Platz, Pfund‘s Molkerei (mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records as the most beautiful dairy shop in the world), the old Jewish cemetery and lots of interesting people from the whole world.

 

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3 hour walking tour – Fee for the guide 140,- Euro
for groups of more than 10 persons 150,- Euro
for groups of more than 20 persons 170,- Euro

 

From Dresden’s Old Town to the Baroque Quarter

First you will see the historic Old Town with its famous highlights like the Zwinger, Semper Opera, Frauenkirche, etc. After that we will take a pleasant walk over the Augustus Bridge to the opposite bank of the river Elbe – and a whole new part of the residence.

Like Prague’s famous Charles Bridge (Karlovy most) Dresden boasts of the Augustus bridge which leads directly from the Royal Palace to Dresden’s baroque quarters, called “The New King’s Town”.

Enjoy the splendid panorama view of the historic old town’s skyline and the scenic surroundings. Just arrived on the other side you stand before the „Golden Rider“ – the equestrian statue of Augustus the Strong, Duke of Saxony and King of Poland.

This is the start of the baroque quarter’s exciting story. The historic quarter has been originally preserved and meticulously restored. So you can walk past splendid patrician buildings, romantic courtyards with magnificent boutiques, artisan arcades, antique shops and high-class art galleries.

Other highlights of the tour are the Dreikönigskirche, the Japanese palais with its lavish park and the historic market hall.

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3 hour walking tour – Fee for the guide 140,- Euro

For groups of more than 10 persons 150,- Euro
For groups of more than 20 persons 170,- Euro

Dresden Outer Neustadt – the trendy Bohemian Quarter

We start at one of  the most beautiful squares in Germany, the Albertplatz with the famous pair of fountains and walk into the multicultural and trendy neighborhood we call the Outer Neustadt.

This quarter dates from the so-called Foundation period (late 19th century) and its architecture is originally preserved with some of the finest examples of art nouveau apartment houses in Europe.

This is Dresden’s centre of alternative culture. You’ll find colourful painted facades, street art, a multitude of pubs, bars, restaurants of all categories and many extraordinary shops in narrow streets and secluded courtyards

Special Recommendation: the Kunsthof-Passage which was designed by young Dresden artists. It consists of several courtyards with fantastic animals, the court of the elements and many extraordinary artistic installations. Here you find a lot of restaurants and craft-art shops

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Highlights of this walking tour:
Kunsthofpassagen (artisan courtyards), Martin-Luther-Platz, Pfund‘s Molkerei (mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records as the most beautiful dairy shop in the world), the old Jewish cemetery and many interesting people from the whole world.

2 hour walking tour – Fee for the guide 95,- Euro
for groups of more than 10 persons 105,- Euro
for groups of more than 20 persons 125,- Euro

 

 

 

Dresden Baroque Quarter and Artisan Arcades

Join us on a pleasant walking tour through the Baroque Quarters. Built as “New King’s Town” in the 18th century, Augustus the Strong made his dream of a Baroque residence come true.

The famous king himself sits enthroned over the main street as the famous gilded monument “Golden Rider”. From there our walking tour begins through a shady plane tree avenue, winding streets, romantic courtyards and royal view axes.

The unbroken rows of baroque patrician houses, originally preserved and restored at great expense, provide a good impression of how Dresden used to look. You can stroll around the centuries in a relaxed atmosphere.

This is the place with the highest concentration of artisan shops in Dresden. Charming arcades have sprung up in the Baroque townhouses. Numerous artisans, artist galleries, antique shops and various eating establishments combine a unique shopping experience, delicate handicrafts and relaxation opportunities.

The highlights of this tour:
Golden Rider, baroque Dreikönigskirche (Three King’s Church), Artisan Arcades, historic market hall and the Japanese Palais with its lush park near the river.

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2 hour walking tour – Fee for the guide 95,- Euro
for groups of more than 10 persons 105,- Euro
for groups of more than 20 persons 125,- Euro

 

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 225,- 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

Audienz mit August dem Starken

Individual city tour: Dresden just for the two of you

For Dresden visitors who are young (or old) and in love … and for those who are waiting to fall in love.

A great day awaits you with a romantic carriage tour and a stroll through the lover’s lanes of the historical old town of Dresden with some nice stories about the amourous adventures in the lavish olden days. Finally in stylish atmosphere you will taste a sweet dish we call “Hot Love” – it’s vanilla ice with hot raspberries.  

 

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We start with a walking tour around Dresden’s historical Old Town with all the famous highlights: The Zwinger Palace, the Theatre Square with Semper Opera House, the Royal Palace, the Frauenkirche and many more. In 90 minutes you will see beautiful architecture, sample the atmosphere of a baroque city and its love for splendor and lavish festivities

After that a romantic carriage tour awaits you just for the two of you with a glass of sparkling wine.
Duration: about 30 minutes.

This pleasant expericence finds its finale in a nice Dresden café with vanilla ice and hot raspberrys. For this you will receive a voucher (you can use the amount of money on the voucher for an different order in the café, of course)

Duration (without coffee break) 2,5 hours. Price: 166,- Euro

This includes , for two persons:

  •  Guided city walk through the old town
  •  Carriage tour 
  •  Voucher for vanilla ice with hot raspberrys in a special Dresden café  
  •  Glass of sparkling wine