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

1. 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.

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Dresden: Boat Cruise, Wine Tasting and Lunch Platter

2. Dresden: Boat Cruise, Wine Tasting and Lunch Platter

Take a boat cruise on a traditional steam paddler from Dresden to Diesbar-Seußlitz. Admire the views of the magnificent old castles and the Saxon vineyards on your 3-hour cruise. The impressive Albrechtsburg with the cathedral in Meißen can already be seen from far away while you make your way to the scenic wine villages on the shores of the Elbe. After your arrival, hike through the vineyards and explore one of Germany's smallest wine regions with its distinctive wines. Enjoy a hearty buffet with your wine tasting in the heart of the vineyards and sample 5 different wines from the region. Some of the local grape varieties can only be found in Saxony. Their rarity has made them a sought-after product. End your tour in a rustic winegrower's house and afterward drive back to Dresden.

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Dresden: Saxon Switzerland and Pillnitz Park Half-Day Trip

3. Dresden: Saxon Switzerland and Pillnitz Park Half-Day Trip

Discover the rare beauty and unique biodiversity of the Saxon Switzerland National Park. Sit back and relax on the comfortable bus whilst listening to interesting commentary about the national park from your experienced guide. Tour the Bastei rock formation together and then enjoy some free time for your own exploring.  Before the journey to Saxon Switzerland, visit the fairy-tale Pillnitz Palace complex, former summer residence of the Saxon kings. Go on an exciting guided tour of the palace grounds and fantastic photo opportunities await you in this extraordinary ensemble of architecture and garden art. Continue back on the bus and enjoy the beautiful view on the way to Saxon Switzerland and listen to your experienced tour guide who will tell you about the unique flora and fauna as well as the history of the national park. Once arrived at the Bastei, begin your 1-hour guided tour that will take you to the enchanting Bastei rock formation with breathtaking views across the romantic Elbe Valley. Discover extraordinary photo opportunities and admire the beautiful rocky landscape. Afterwards, you will have one hour for your own discovery tour. Meet again at the Bastei parking lot at 2:30 PM to return back to Dresden by 3:30 PM.

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Historic Dresden: Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour of 22 Landmarks

4. Historic Dresden: Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour of 22 Landmarks

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.

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Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip From Dresden

5. Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip From Dresden

See the best of Bohemia and the Saxon Switzerland National Park on a full-day guided tour from Dresden. Transfer to the heart of Bohemia and the Saxon Switzerland National Park, the youngest national park in the Czech Republic. Stop at Bastei Bridge, perched high above the River Elbe. Enjoy stunning views as you walk across the bridge. Then, continue to Pravcika Gate on the Czech Republic side of the park. Admire Europe’s largest natural sandstone gate. Pause for lunch (included), before transferring to Kamenice Gorge. Here, you will board a small dinghy for a scenic journey through a canyon carved deep in the sandstone cliffs. Arrive at the colorful village of Hrensko at the confluence of the Kamenice and Labe rivers. Stroll around the former 15th-century trading post, before your return transfer to Dresden.

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From Dresden: Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland Day-Trip

6. From Dresden: Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland Day-Trip

Your local guide will pick you up at your Dresden accommodation early in the morning. From here you will set off to the National Park as you enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle whilst learning about local culture, history and the area's main highlights on the way. You will arrive at the Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland just in time to beat the crowds, giving you a more private experience of the place. All the admission and bathroom fees are included and throughout the day you will have the chance to taste delicious beverages and snacks.  On your tour you have will plenty of time to admire the film set of the Chronicles of Narnia movie with your group. Spend an unforgettable day in the Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland National Park - one of the most unique natural reserves of Europe – by choosing one of the following tour options: Best of - Hiking Tour: If you want to see the main highlights of both National Parks this is the right tour for you. Visit two countries in one day! The first destination is the magnificent Bastei Bridge. Feast on the breathtaking views of the Elbe river canyon, surrounded by unique sandstone rock formations. Then enjoy the rolling landscape full of tiny German villages and famous table mountains. The following hike brings you near the main symbol of Bohemian Switzerland - the Pravcicka Gate - the largest sandstone arch in Europe. After tasting the rich local cuisine (lunch included), sail on a gondola-style boat through the soothing Kamenice river gorge (12-hour 10 kilometer active hike). Best of - Winter Edition:  This tour is an ideal choice for someone wanting an active, Winter visit of the region. Marvel at the beauty of snow-covered sandstone towers and stroll across the Bastei Bridge to reach the medieval ruins of Neurathen Castle. Enjoy the Pravcicka Gate during the season pictured in Narnia. Warm up with some delicious hot beverages and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (10-hour 9-kilometer moderate hike). Fantasy Highlights Tour:  Enjoy a tour that brings together the two main fantasy filming sites of the region. First stop will be the amazing Bastei bridge. The breathtaking views of the Elbe River Canyon and the surrounding sandstone formations will be engraved into your memory forever. Next stop, Sneznik lookout tower on the Czech side of the national park. The views will be spectacular. After a delicious lunch in mountain climbers favorite tavern, move into the Tyssa Walls and experience the magic of Narnia Labyrinth (11-hour 9 kilometers moderate hike).

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Dresden: Grand City Tour by Red Double-Decker Bus

7. Dresden: Grand City Tour by Red Double-Decker Bus

Experience the many fascinating sides of Dresden on a city tour in an original red double-decker bus. See the thoroughly restored Baroque new town and Europe's largest late-19th-century district, the Äußere Neustadt. Visit the most beautiful dairy in the world, Pfunds Molkerei, and enjoy a little refreshment there. Get to know the Großen Garten, the villa districts of Blasewitz and Loschwitz east of the city and of course the "Blue Wonder" bridge. Enjoy a view of the city from the banks of the Elbe, the 3 Elbe Palaces and the cableway and funicular.

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Dresden: 1.5-Hour Comedy Bus Tour in German

8. 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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Dresden: Comedy Tour in Saxon German

9. Dresden: Comedy Tour in Saxon German

Explore Dresden in a humorous way and learn more about the history of the city, told by the last Saxon king. During the tour of Dresden's city center, listen to stories about the difficult education of his wife and kids told in his very own Saxon and quirky manner. With a generous dose of self-irony and an added smirking undertone, he also reports of the mishaps, which happened to him in the professional world as the representative of Saxon and in the arena of diplomacy. Look forward to the beautiful Old Town of Dresden with its stately buildings. See the Semper Opera House and the Zwinger and take a look at the historic Frauenkirche. Drive through the district Blasewitz and see the bridge Blaues Wunder, the Government District and explore the Inner and Outer New Town.

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

10. 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.

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Planning Your Visit

  • How much does it cost?

    Hop-on hop-off bus tours of Dresden are a great way of covering all points of interest without breaking the bank. Prices start at €20 for a single day's sightseeing, which ought to suffice for a city of Dresden's size.

  • Where else do they stop?

    You'll find most places of interest covered by the city tour buses, but routes and stops differ depending on the tour provider. Any good bus tour should provide you with routes and itineraries prior to booking.

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What people are saying about Dresden

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 789 reviews

A very worthwhile excursion! During the trip to Pillnitz Castle and the Bastei, the tour guide told many very interesting anecdotes, and some of them were very humorous. The tours in Park Pillnitz and at the Bastei were both at a comfortable pace. In both places you still had some free time to look around yourself. At the Schlosspark Pillnitz a few minutes too little for us, but at the bastion another three quarters of an hour was completely sufficient for us for our own tour. Luckily we caught a very sunny day and the bastion wasn't too crowded that day. On the way back there were a few more stories. Really very exciting and not overloaded. The price-performance ratio was very good here.

A very nice half day tour! Our guide Doris Wahl accompanied us through the excursion in an entertaining manner with her somewhat cheeky manner and provided us with a lot of information about Dresden, Pillnitz Castle and Saxon Switzerland. Personally, I had enough time both at Pillnitz Castle and at the Bastei bridge. Sure, a little more is always possible, but the tour is planned as a half-day excursion and the program is exactly as described. Both Pillnitz Castle and the Bastei are definitely worth a visit. Unfortunately we weren't that lucky with the weather, but you now know that it's worth coming back here - with a little more time, if necessary.

Great day out with Jan and his team. 3 fantastic sights, combined with some walking in natural surroundings. Extremely well organized, very friendly, nice lunch and very punctual pick up and dropoff. A great days outing.

The trip is excellent and no way a traveler can plan and do all this in one day. Besides some hiking, I have nothing to worry about. Everything is arranged and timed perfectly. Well worth the money.

Jan was the best guide we could ask for and the whole trip was one of the best we ever had; beautiful and exciting. Thanks again for everything ❤️