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Dresden: River Sightseeing Boat Cruise

1. Dresden: River Sightseeing Boat Cruise

Discover Dresden's charm and history on a boat cruise down the Elbe River. See the Elbe Valley's most beautiful landmarks and the historic old town of Dresden on this sightseeing boat cruise. Begin at the Terrassenufer and discover the three Elbe palaces: Albrechtsberg Palace, Eckberg Palace, and the Lingner Palace. Travel to the Loschwitz Villa Quarter and pass four of the famous Elbe Bridges, including Loschwitz Bridge, affectionately known as the "Blue Wonder".

Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

2. Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

Discover the historic old town of Dresden aboard a ship and admire the most beautiful sites of the Elbe Valley. Start off at Terrassenufer and see the three famous castles: Albrechtsberg, Eckberg, and Lingner Castle, along the Elbe on the way to the villa quarter Loschwitz. Pass the 4 famous Elbe bridges, whose histories affect the city up until now. The most memorable bridge is called Blue Wonder, which gets its name because of the color. Soak up the views of the impressive Pillnitz Palace as your boat drops anchor for roughly twenty minutes. It was built in the 18th century under the Elector of Saxony August the Strong and is now the site of the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Arts and Crafts) as well as the Schlossmuseum (Castle Museum).

From Prague: Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip

3. From Prague: Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip

Choose from a hiking tour, a fantasy highlights tour and a winter tour, and discover Prague in a unique way. Visit National Parks, ancient castles, or snow-covered landscapes. Learn about your surroundings from your local expert guide. Your guide will pick you up from your Prague accommodation early in the morning. Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle while learning about Czech culture, history, and the main highlights on your way to the national park. Taste snacks and enjoy beverages throughout the entire day.  Enjoy an abundance of time to admire the filming sites of the 'Chronicles of Narnia' movie in a group of a maximum of 10 persons. Spend an unforgettable day in the Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park, one of the unique natural reserves in Europe, by choosing one of the following Tour options:  Hiking Tour Choose this tour if you want to see the main highlights of both National Parks. 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 gondola-style boats through the soothing Kamenice river gorge (a 12-hour, 10-kilometer active hike). Fantasy Highlights Tour This tour brings together the two main fantasy filming sites of the region. Visit Saxon Switzerland and walk across the magnificent Bastei bridge and visit Neurathen Castle ruins. Cross to Bohemian Switzerland and adore the amazing views from the Sneznik lookout tower. Enjoy a tasty lunch (included) in a local restaurant and continue to experience Narnia while hiking through the sandstone labyrinth of Tyssa Walls (a 10-hour, 9-kilometer moderate hike).  Winter Tour Go on this tour for an active winter visit to the region. Marvel at the beauty of snow-covered sandstone towers. Stroll across the Bastei Bridge to reach the medieval ruins of Neurathen Castle. Enjoy the Pravcicka Gate during the season pictured in Narnia. Hot beverages and lunch in a local restaurant (included) will help you regain all your energy (10-hour, 7-kilometer moderate hike).

Dresden: Winterlights Evening River Cruise with Dinner

4. Dresden: Winterlights Evening River Cruise with Dinner

Witness the city of Dresden from a completely unique perspective on this Christmas cruise. Admire the city during the festive season and cruise past some of the city's most beautiful and iconic landmarks. Start your trip in the Christmas-decorated old town of Dresden on one of the festively decorated saloon boats. Traverse the Elbe River through the Elbe Valley to Pillnitz Palace while being spoiled with a Christmas 3-course menu on board. Passing the three Elbe castles, the imposing Blue Wonder and the majestic Pillnitz Palace in the winter magic, the perfect Christmas mood will arise, accompanied by discreet live music from the on board pianist.

Bad Schandau: Saxon Switzerland Boat Trip

5. Bad Schandau: Saxon Switzerland Boat Trip

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.

1-Day Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour of Hamburg Line D

6. 1-Day Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour of Hamburg Line D

Get onboard the hop-on hop-off bus and experience an exciting tour of Hamburg. With this 1-day ticket you can get on and off at any of the 14 bus stops and explore the famous sights at your own pace. Alternatively, you can stay seated in the bus and listen to commentary in English, German, Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian with the fantastic international voice system. Start your tour at Hamburg Central Station and enjoy the views of the Alster River along the way. See the Hamburg Rathaus and the beautiful St. Michael’s Church. Travel along Hafenstraße, where the famous fish market is held, and discover the St. Pauli Landing Stages. Admire the historical warehouses of the Speicherstadt that stand in contrast to the modern HafenCity. Bus stops: • Hamburg Central Station/Kirchenallee • Spitalerstraße Holzdamm / Hotel Atlantic Dammtor Fontenay • Alsterufer • Schöne Aussicht (Mosque) • Schöne Aussicht (Alsterperle) • Hamburg Rathaus • Rödingsmarkt station • St. Michael’s Church • Davidstraße (Reeperbahn) • Hafenstraße (fish market) • St. Pauli Landing Stages • Auf dem Sande (Speicherstadt) • Marco Polo Terraces (HafenCity) • Hamburg Central Station/Spitalerstraße (shopping street)

Hamburg: Guided Bike Tour

7. Hamburg: Guided Bike Tour

Highlights of Hamburg This tour is especially perfect for first-time visitors or rediscoverers and includes the most important sights of our beautiful Elbe metropolis. We start in the Kontorhaus district with its imposing Chilehaus. We will show you the town hall, Jungfernstieg and the Alster, the historical city with its many canals and the modern HafenCity with its extraordinary architecture are also part of our bike tour highlights. After a detour to the St.Michaels Church, we cycle through the Portuguese Quarter to the historic Landungsbrücken with a view of the harbor. After driving through the old Elbe tunnel, a break awaits us at one of the most beautiful vantage points in Hamburg. Our bike tour also takes you over the Reeperbahn to St.Pauli before we drive back to the two-wheeler pearl. At each attraction you have the opportunity to ask questions and take photos. During the bike tour, we will of course provide you with exciting tips for other activities that are worthwhile during your stay. The perfect tour for anyone new to Hamburg..

From Meissen: Paddle Steamer Tour to Dresden

8. From Meissen: Paddle Steamer Tour to Dresden

Discover the vineyards of Saxony from the water after a day in Meissen. Take in the famous Saxon Wine Route as you sail by paddle boat to Dresden, with a stop in Radebeul, a town well-known for its viticulture. Enjoy a one-way trip that lets you explore more of Saxony during your vacation. After exploring Meissen, head to the pier to board the steamboat. Indulge in a relaxing trip along the Elbe River. Travel along the Saxon Wine Route, discovering the vineyards growing the grapes for famous Saxon wines. Listen to the onboard audio commentary as you sail to get more from your trip. Stop in Radebeul, where you can admire beautiful vineyards and half-timbered houses. Climb back on board to continue to Dresden. As you approach the city, marvel at the unique silhouette in the evening glow and the famous Canaletto view. On arrival, disembark to explore the Old Town.

Dresden: Bridges River Tour

9. Dresden: Bridges River Tour

Pass romantic riverside castles as you cruise to Blasewitz the Blue Wonder Bridge on this group boat tour of Dresden on the Elbe river. Immerse yourself in Dresden's old town and its bridges with this steamer cruise. Once you get to the Blue Wonder bridge, head back to see Dresden's old town. Sail by the Augustus Bridge, the Semper Opera House, and the congressional center to Pieschen. Take in stunning views of of the famous Canaletto view.

Die Kiez-Kapitän Reeperbahn & Beatles Kieztour Hamburg

10. Die Kiez-Kapitän Reeperbahn & Beatles Kieztour Hamburg

The Kiez Captain for the Reeperbahn & St. Pauli takes you on the original Kieztour & Reeperbahn tours of Hafenkante Hamburg Touren. All about the history of the Hamburger Berg, the Herbertstraße & Prostitution on St. Pauli, the box cellar of the "Ritze", Danes in Altona, Hans Albers, the Beatles in the Große Freiheit, Freddy Quinn, the "big city district" of the police station Davidwache and a lot of theater! The popular, very personal tour with your neighborhood captain through the history of the Reeperbahn. The whole personal Reeperbahn tour & Kieztour in Hamburg with your Kiez Captain! Discovered together with me on the great Reeperbahn tours of the harbor district of St. Pauli, the links and the right of the Reeperbahn has much more to offer than just the "sinful mile"! The most popular original Reeperbahn tours for those who want to get to know the "sinful mile". The very personal Kieztour in Hamburg between Elbe and "Great Freedom". The tour is suitable for adults and adolescents. For holders of the Hamburg Card tickets for the Reeperbahn tour are now available with discount. When booking, select the appropriate price category. Your personal guide on the journey through the history of the harbor quarter from the mountain of Hamburg to the party mile. The informative and humorous Reeperbahn tour since Ten Years. Learn more about my own neighborhood history between Davidwache and Great Freedom. From 1982 as a small "Butscher" between large stacks of Astra boxes, St. Pauli harbor road and Millerntorstadion to the neighborhood captain. And my roles in the film on St. Pauli at "emergency call Hafenkante", "big city district", "murders in the north" and many other Tv and cinema productions of Ard, Zdf and art in Hamburg. Also in the "Golden Glove" by Fatih Akin. The exciting Reeperbahn tours with the neighborhood captain, who have much more to offer than just the story of the "sinful mile". Humorous, informative, personal!

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The guide made a great impression on us. Josef was open, communicative, willingly answered all questions, said a lot of interesting facts and made accurate situational comments. A small number of people was a comfortable solution. It is worth considering dinner for people on a vegetarian/vegan diet, because the place where we ate did not offer much choice (3 items available). Compared to the meat dishes, the portion was small.

Super nice boat trip. We were at the jetty half an hour before the start. Unfortunately too late. I would recommend at least 1 hour before departure and not 30 minutes before as stated. Luckily we got an outside seat. Unfortunately, after half the time, no more information came out of the loudspeaker. It was a shame but not too tragic since we had done the hop on hop off bus tour before.

Great experience. Joseph and Monika were great. very knowledgeable guides and stunning views throughout the day. Smooth transport with all needs catered for, we could never have seen as much as we did in one way without the help of our guides. Lunch was also great, as was the beer at our second stop! would really recommend for anyone looking for a day trip while in the Prague area.

The sights were breathtaking and the guiding crew were great!

Joseph was an excellent guide and was very informative