Water activity

Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cruise & Canaletto View

Water activity

Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cruise & Canaletto View

Activity provider: WEIßE FLOTTE SACHSEN GmbH

From US$ 22.62 per person

Enjoy a cruise through the beautiful city center of Dresden on a historical paddle steamer. Go from the old town up and downstream to catch the world-famous Canaletto view on the way back.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
German, English
Audio guide included
German, English


  • Enjoy the view made famous in the painting “Dresden from the right bank of the Elbe below the Augustus Bridge”
  • See the Dresden Frauenkirche, the Semperoper and the International Congress Center
  • Catch a sneak peek of the Pieschener Harbor
Full description
Experience a 1-hour steamer cruise through Dresden. Board your authentic paddle steamer a few blocks away from the Frauenkirche. Soak up the sun and relax as you enjoy a scenic view of the historical old town of Dresden. After traveling upriver, change course towards Dresden-Übigau. Catch sight of the world-renowned Canaletto View, the view made famous by painter Bernardo Bellotto. Float down the river and admire the Semper Opera House, the Catholic chapel of the palace built by Italian master builder Gaetano Chivari, the Bruehl Terrace, and the Dresdner Frauenkirche. Marvel at the stark beauty of Dresden’s magnificent skyline.
  • 1-hour cruise on an old paddle steamer
  • Audio commentary via on-board announcements or via our app with detailed information
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

You can find out which pier your ship departs from on the displays at each pier or on the large display board at the ticket office. This tour has the line number 52 - this is shown as "Line 52" or L52.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Student card
  • Disability card

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • This tour is only available to a limited extent for people with limited mobility, bicycles, or strollers. Please contact the local operator before the start of your journey
  • 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

4.4 /5

based on 43 reviews

Review summary

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The "1-hour paddle steamer trip with a view of the Canaletto" is like a city trip, only by boat. Very informative and airy. The trip depends on the water level of the Elbe, because it goes 1x downstream and then upstream. The tour guide was easy to understand at all times. You are not struck down with the year and the story is always told with reference. Sitting at the bow has more advantages in my opinion, but there are drinks in the back. We had a great time and haven't regretted it.

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August 31, 2020

The Canaletto ride was very nice. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate, but everyone had a lot of fun. Paying through the app was super easy. I really liked the booking via the QR code.

August 30, 2022

Very nice boat trip, drinks and service great!

June 5, 2022

Product ID: 243437