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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.

Dresden: Gala Concert in the Dresden Zwinger

2. Dresden: Gala Concert in the Dresden Zwinger

Enjoy a classical concert in the Wallpavillon of the Dresden Zwinger Palace. Decide which performance of which composer's pieces you'd like to hear and enjoy masterpieces at a concert of waltz dreams or listen to Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Sat., February 4, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., February 11, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Tues., February 14, 2023 Valentinskonzert Sat., February 18, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., February 25, 2023 Winterträume Fri., March 3, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., March 4, 2023 Italienische Nacht Wed., March 8, 2023 Frauentagskonzert Fri., March 10, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Fri., March 17, 2023 Klänge der Romantik Fri., March 24, 2023 Frühlingsstimmen Sat., March 25, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., April 1, 2023 Frühlingsstimmen Thurs., April 6, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sun., April 9, 2023 Walzerträume Mon., April 10, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., April 12, 2023 Klänge der Romantik Fri., April 14, 2023 Frühlingsstimmen Sat., April 15, 2023 Slawische Klassik Wed., April 19, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., April 21, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Sat., April 22, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., April 26, 2023 Walzerträume Fri., April 28, 2023 Italienische Nacht Sun., April 30, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., May 3, 2023 Frühlingsstimmen Fri., May 5, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., May 6, 2023 Jubiläumskonzert - 10 Jahre Dresdner Residenz Konzerte Wed., May 10, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Fri., May 12, 2023 Slawische Klassik Sat., May 13, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., May 17, 2023 Klänge der Romantik Thurs., May 18, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., May 19, 2023 Walzerträume Sat., May 20, 2023 Italienische Nacht Wed., May 24, 2023 Slawische Klassik Thurs., May 25, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Fri., May 26, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., May 27, 2023 Frühlingsstimmen Wed., May 31, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Thurs., June 1, 2023 Klänge der Romantik Fri., June 2, 2023 Slawische Klassik Sat., June 3, 2023 Jubiläumskonzert Thurs., June 8, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Fri., June 9, 2023 Walzerträume Sat., June 10, 2023 Italienische Nacht Wed., June 14, 2023 Klänge der Romantik Thurs., June 15, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., June 16, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Wed., June 21, 2023 Sommernachtsträume Thurs., June 22, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., June 23, 2023 Italienische Nacht Sat., June 24, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., June 28, 2023 Sommernachtsträume Thurs., June 29, 2023 Walzerträume Fri., June 30, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., July 1, 2023 Sommernachtsträume Mon., July 3, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., July 5, 2023 Slawische Klassik Thurs., July 6, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Fri., July 7, 2023 Jubiläumskonzert Sat., July 8, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., July 12, 2023 Walzerträume Thurs., July 13, 2023 Sommernachtsträume

Royal Castle Dresden: General Admission Ticket

3. 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.

World of Panoramas: Dresden's Baroque Era

4. World of Panoramas: Dresden's Baroque Era

Experience a trip through time to Dresden's heyday. Enjoy a fascinating world of panoramas. In 2003 and 2006 respectively, Asisi created the world's largest panoramas in Leipzig and Dresden. Both are in the historically-protected former gasometer. The focus of Yadegar Asisi's 360° Panorama of the Baroque halcyon days of Dresden is the daily life of citizens, shopkeepers, fishermen, servants and craftspeople in the Saxon town. He compresses the time from around 1695 to 1760 into an artistic snapshot of the Baroque era in Dresden. Immerse yourself in the past and see the scenes with historic characters like Peter the Great, Johann Friedrich Böttger, the inventor of porcelain, Johann Sebastian Bach or the court jester Joseph Fröhlich. See the arrival of the Sistine Madonna in 1754. Forgotten everyday moments with woodsmen and washerwomen along the Elbe, as well as sedan bearers, comedians and many more make this a real artistic representation of the era. The night variation also offers a glittering view. On display until 6th of January 2019.

Dresden: Dresden Transport Museum Entrance Ticket

5. Dresden: Dresden Transport Museum Entrance Ticket

Visit the Dresden Transport Museum at the Johanneum building and learn more about the history of vehicular transportation. Explore an impressive variety of exhibits including unique originals, imposing models, and fascinating rare vehicles. Discover more about the history of all primary modes of transportation including rail, shipping, road, and air. Using the free Wi-Fi to download the audioguide app on your own mobile device available in a variety of languages. Hear interesting stories about the vehicles, the people, and the technology that has shaped the modern world. Learn interesting facts at the interactive and hands-on exhibits suitable for all ages. Ride a penny-farthing, board a steam locomotive, or design your own boat to take part in a digital regatta. See once-powerful locomotives, elegant vintage cars, adventurous flying machines, and stunning models of ships throughout the museum.

Dresden: Complete Walking Tour with Frauenkirche Visit

6. 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 Walking Tour and Chocolate Museum Ticket

7. Dresden: Historical Walking Tour and Chocolate Museum Ticket

Historical Walking Tour: Travel back in time, and immerse yourself in the history and culture of Dresden. Hear facts and stories from your experienced and licensed tour guide, who will bring the city's past back to life. Discover the dark times of the Middle Ages, 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 the Frauenkirche, the Semperoper, and the Baroque Zwinger. From Dresden Castle, head to Brühl's Terrace and the Procession of Princes and Stallhof, until you arrive at Dresden Cathedral. Then, follow your guide to the Taschenbergpalais and Augustus Bridge, before ending your walking tour near Frauenkirche. Chocolate Museum: Included with your tour is entry to Dresden's chocolate museum, which you can visit either before or after your walking tour. Dresden was known as Germany's "capital of chocolate" and is considered to be the place where milk chocolate was invented. From here it was exported worldwide. Experience this delicacy's fascinating history and what really good chocolate is all about. Learn surprising facts about the numerous chocolate factories in 19th-century Dresden. Discover one of the world's largest collections of chocolate moulds by Anton Reiche and trace the long path from cocoa bean to delicious chocolate. Afterward, find out what the first chocolate bars may have tasted like and what really good milk chocolate tastes like today.

Dresden: Guided City Walk with a Cup of Coffee

8. 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: Semperoper and Old Masters Picture Gallery

9. Dresden: Semperoper and Old Masters Picture Gallery

Take a tour of the elegant Semperoper in Dresden, and discover its impressive story. Admire the reconstruction, learn about its acoustics, and tales of its history. Afterward, head to the Old Masters Picture Gallery and discover the sculpture collection up to the 1800s. Meet your guide at the doors and tour the Semperoper, discovering the rich interiors and beautiful architecture in Italian High Renaissance style. Learn about the original-plan reconstruction and listen to 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. Once you felt the acoustics for yourself, enjoy a guided tour of the Old Masters Picture Gallery. After seven years of partial closure, the famous 19th-century Semper Building at the Zwinger shines in new splendor. For the first time, the Old Masters Picture Gallery and the Sculpture Collection up to 1800 are presented together in the extensively renovated museum building. The concept of the new permanent exhibition follows a geographical division according to schools and focuses on individual main themes of the respective period. Gaze upon world-famous masterpieces such as Raphael's "Sistine Madonna", Rembrandt's Ganymede or Bernardo Bellotto's Dresden Vedute form fixed points. Then, immerse into an important collection of antiquities is on display in the sculpture hall.

Dresden: Guided City Walk and Panometer Entrance Ticket

10. Dresden: Guided City Walk and Panometer Entrance Ticket

Immerse yourself in Dresden's fascinating history with two tickets for the price of one, beginning with a guided small-group walking tour. Journey through the dark days of the Middle Ages, the cacophony of the Reformation and the splendor of the Baroque Age. Revisit the events of 1989, walk through the historic old town, soak up the atmosphere in Newmarket Square and admire the Church of Our Lady. After your walk, you can experience Dresden’s unique Panometer, a former gasometer which houses one of the world’s largest panorama paintings by Yadegar Asisi.

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What people are saying about Dresden

It was an entertaining and powerful evening. Great artists, pleasant ambience, warm welcome at reception... We were thrilled and can recommend the gala concert - we heard Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

The kennel is very large and spacious. It would be good if there were a signpost or map so that you don't have to search so long for the location of the event!

Very respectful atmosphere, professionalism of the musicians and a very special harmony. I recommend it.

It was a very beautiful evening. We bought the CD ourselves to remember this great concert.

Excellent musicians, very good acoustics, comparatively small frame. Great experience!