Dresden Castle

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Dresden: City & Semperoper Guided Walking Tour

1. 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.

Royal Castle Dresden: General Admission Ticket

2. Royal Castle Dresden: General Admission Ticket

Pre-book your admission ticket to Residenzschloss, also known as the Dresden Castle or Royal Palace, and get to know this historic site. Enrich your experience with a complimentary audio guide to help you understand the German history behind the castle. With a single ticket, gain access to Residenzschloss’ Neues Grünes Gewölbe (New Green Vault), the Turkish Chamber, the Renaissance Wing, and the Armory. Entry to the Historisches Grünes Gewölbe (Historic Green Vault) is not included. Further explore publicly accessible places such as the extensive art library, various lecture and study halls, as well as the tower known as the Hausmannsturm (available in the summer months), which affords visitors who climb its 327 steps a spectacular view of Dresden.

Dresden: Semperoper and Old Town Tour

3. 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: Advent Tour with Stollen Tasting and Mulled Wine

4. Dresden: Advent Tour with Stollen Tasting and Mulled Wine

Experience the colorful hustle and bustle of the Dresden Christmas markets! See the most beautiful places in Old Town and learn about Dresden Stollen, Pflaumentoffel (dried fruit figurines), and Ore Mountain woodcarvings while surrounded by enticing scents and sparkling lights. Your journey begins at Neumarkt with the famous Frauenkirche, followed by the Procession of Princes. After this, you will go to the Royal Palace, the Semper Opera, the Zwinger and finally the Striezelmarkt.  Visit the three most beautiful Christmas markets with their gorgeous huts and sweet treats and stroll through the world-famous squares of Dresden's Old Town. Your guide will show you the world of Saxony's Christmas traditions. See the world's largest Christmas pyramid and an enormous, Saxon Schwibbogen (candle holder) . Enjoy a tasting of Stollen cake and mulled wine.

Dresden: Guided City Walk with a Cup of Coffee

5. 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.  Stroll by top sights like the Residenzschloss and the Fürstenzug. 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.

Dresden: 2-Day Museum Card with 16 Exhibitions Included

6. Dresden: 2-Day Museum Card with 16 Exhibitions Included

Benefit from free entrance to over 16 of the most famous museums and exhibitions in Dresden for two days in a row. Skip the line at the cash desk and enjoy direct admission without long waiting times. Free entrance to the following museums and exhibitions: Dresden Zwinger: • Old Master Picture Gallery and sculpture collection • Porcelain Collection • Museum of Mathematical and Physical Instruments Dresden Castle: • Royal State Apartments and the Porcelain Cabinet • Cabinet of Prints, Drawings and Photographs • Coin Cabinet • New Green Vault • Renaissance Wing • Giants hall with armoury • Gun collection in the long aisle • Turkish Chamber • Special exhibitions Albertinum Modern Art Museum: • New Master Picture Gallery and sculpture collection Further Museums: • Museum of Saxon Folk Art and Puppet Theatre Collection • Japanese Palace (special exhibitions) • Lipsiusbau Exhibition Hall (special exhibitions) • Joseph Hegenbarth Archive Discounted offers for further exhibitions: • Deutsches Hygiene – Museum The Human Adventure (-10%) • Karl May Museum Radebeul (-1.00 EUR) • Panometer Dresden (-1.50 EUR) • Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Museum (reduced admission) • Memorial Place Bautzner Straße (-1.00 EUR) • Kraszewski-Museum (reduced admission) • Kügelgenhaus – Museum of Dresden Romanticism (reduced admission) • Kunsthaus Dresden – Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Art (reduced admission) • Leonhardi Museum (reduced admission) • Palitzsch Museum (reduced admission) • Dresden City Museum (reduced admission) • Museum of Technology and Industry (reduced admission) Discounted offers for concerts and theater: • Dresden State Operetta ( -7.00 EUR) Discounts on city tours and walking tours: • Der besondere Stadtrundgang (-2.00 EUR) • Dresden im Laternenlicht (-3.00 EUR) • Bike tour "Fahrradtour für Genießer" ( -2.00 EUR) • Glanzlichter Dresdens (up to 12.00 EUR discount) • Die Roten Doppeldecker: Grand city bus tour through Dresden (-10%) • Schloss Wackerbarth – Wine or sparkling wine guided tours with tasting (-10%) • Weinerlebniswelt Meissen – wine cellar guided tour (-10%) Discounted offers at Restaurants: • Pastamanufaktur (-10%) • Gasthaus am Schloss Wackerbarth (-5%) • Museumsküche (-10%) • Schwerelos (-5%)

Dresden City Card for 1-3 Days

7. Dresden City Card for 1-3 Days

Use the Dresden City Card to explore the capital of Saxony - experience the city's culture, enjoy leisure activities and concert performances, or dine in a restaurant. Take advantage of free transportation on the local buses, trams, and S-Bahn, as well as discounts on many more tourist offers including museums, sightseeing tours, concerts, theater shows, dining, and shopping. Museums and Exhibitions Dresden Transport Museum (-1,00 EUR) Dresden City Museum (-1,00 EUR) Carl-Maria-von-Weber Museum (-1,00 EUR) Schillerhäuschen (free) Asisi Panometer (-1,50 EUR) Sightseeing and City Tours City Sightseeing Tour with 22 stops (-2,00 EUR) Comedy Tour Dresden (-7,00 EUR) Segway Tour Dresden (-10,00 EUR) Tour of the Semperoper (Dresden opera house) (-1,00 EUR) Tours by Dresden Information (-2,00 EUR) Concerts and Theater Herkuleskeule (-10%) Staatsschauspiel (-10%) Dresden Frauenkirche (-20%) Leisure Activities in Dresden Dresden Zoo (-1,00 EUR) Dresden Suspension Railway (-1,50 EUR) Ticket to the top of the Frauenkirche dome (-2,00 EUR) You will also receive reductions in some restaurants around Dresden.

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: Historical City Tour of Dresden and Frauenkirche

9. Dresden: Historical City Tour of Dresden and Frauenkirche

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: Semperoper and Royal Castle

10. Dresden: Semperoper and Royal Castle

Experience a fascinating 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. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this glamorous house. When performances or other events are not taking place, visits to the Semperoper are possible nearly every day. You can enjoy a multi-faceted look at this breathtaking opera house. You will then visit the Royal Palace of Dresden, which houses the Dresden State Art Collections in the historic center of Dresden. The following museums are housed in the so-called “Saxon Louvre”: New Green Vault (Neues Grünes Gewölbe), Turkish Chamber (Türckische Cammer), Giant's Hall, Concept and Encounter: The World around 1600, Hausmannsturm (April-October), Power and Fashion and the Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs (for special exhibitions).

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What people are saying about Dresden Castle

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Sehr tolle Führung, Frau Blau hat sehr viel Wissen über die Stadt Dresden und ihre Geschichte. Sie hat uns die wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten sehr informativ und humorvoll präsentiert und konnte alle Fragen beantworten.

The tour guide was very good. Extensive information packed in an entertaining way. A total of 130 minutes instead of 100. Great! The free coffee wasn't great. Recommended tour!

City Card is a recommendation because you can get through the entire city without stress. Just get on no matter what, bus or train and off you go. Plus more perks.

This is such a great way to see a city with teenagers - thoroughly recommend and looking forward to doing another one.

Our guide, a woman, forgot her name ,,sorry, was excellent,,,,,