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Bad Schandau/Dresden: Saxon Switzerland Boat Trip

Bad Schandau/Dresden: Saxon Switzerland Boat Trip

Activity provider: WEIßE FLOTTE SACHSEN GmbH

From US$ 27.47 per person

Take a boat trip along the Elbe River through Saxon Switzerland, starting in Dresden or Bad Schandau. See Pillnitz Castle, bizarre sandstone formations, and romantic villages along the riverbanks.

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Duration 4 - 7 hours
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English, German
Optional audio guide
German, English


  • Enjoy a boat trip on a traditional paddle steamer
  • See an incomparable landscape and relish the view
  • Discover the small picturesque villages in the National Park Saxon Switzerland
  • Experience the ship's turn at Pillnitz Palace
Full description

Discover a unique landscape from this historic paddle steamer and enjoy the journey along the Elbe River. Admire the prettiest scenes of the Elbe valley in Saxon Switzerland National Park. Choose from a return trip starting in Bad Schaundau or a one-way trip from Dresden. Discover the picturesque Old Town with the Canaletto-House and the church St. Marien. Also pay a visit to Sonnenstein Castle for a fantastic view of Pirna. Take a closer look at the 250-meter high Fortress in Koenigstein and the impressive bastion rocks, Basteifelsen, in Kurort Rathen. Settle back and enjoy a delicious cake and specialty coffees while passing small picturesque villages. The National Park Saxon Switzerland, with its diverse flora and fauna, is a paradise for hikers and climbers.

  • Boat trip (return or 1-way depending on the option chosen)
  • Audio commentary via on-board announcements or the app
  • Pick up or drop-off
  • Food or drink

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Student card
  • Disability card

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Student or disability ID card must be presented on the day if applicable to your booking
  • In case of extremely high or low water levels, the timetable may change or certain trips may be canceled
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 50 reviews

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It was a very nice trip through Saxon Switzerland, which we can recommend. Unfortunately, there was only a 45-minute stay in Pillnitz, which was just enough for a visit to the castle or a quick trip to the nearby restaurant. The audio guide was included, but we still missed the nice explanations from the captain himself (like before ;-) Food and drinks were self-service.

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June 15, 2022

The lack of a restaurant or at least a good buffet during the 7-hour cruise is quite a drawback. Another problem is only 45 minutes of free time in Pillnitz. It was just enough to walk to the palace, buy some take-away food there, and go back to the ship. There is no time at all for even a minimal tour of anything. The cruise itself is fantastic in terms of views and we recommend it to everyone.

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August 20, 2021

was a very nice trip through Saxon Switzerland. There were a couple of stopovers that seemed planned. Actually, it was said that you can tell if someone wants to get out somewhere on the way and is taken back again. But people were getting on everywhere. But okay, it wasn't crowded anyway. The only annoying thing was that it was once a crèche and then you didn't understand anything about the announcement. Overall it was nice.

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June 30, 2018

Product ID: 216828