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Dresden: Guided Tour of the Church of Our Lady

1. Dresden: Guided Tour of the Church of Our Lady

After meeting your guide in front of the Church of Our Lady, or the Frauenkirche, you’ll head right into the marvelous structure for a thorough tour. After being all but completely destroyed by bombing during World War II, the ruins of the church were left standing for decades. However, after the reunification of Germany, an ambitious campaign was mounted to reconstruct it. After over a decade of construction based on George Bähr’s original plans from the 1720s, the Church of Our Lady was restored to its former glory in 2005. Ever since, its ornate interior and expansive cupola have beckoned visitors to see its glorious tale of rebirth. During your tour, you’ll gain exclusive access to the church’s gallery, and pick up countless insights into the structure that stands representative of Dresden’s progress as a whole.

Leipzig: 360° Panorama NEW YORK 9/11 Exhibition Ticket

2. Leipzig: 360° Panorama NEW YORK 9/11 Exhibition Ticket

Experience “NEW YORK 9/11 – War in Times of Peace” the latest 360° panorama presented by artist Yadegar Asisi at the Leipzig Panometer. This highly topical work of art will transport you back to the attacks of September 11, and illustrate the impact they had around the world. Follow a chronological journey through the past 20 years since that fateful day. Five installations visualize some of the less visible consequences: the suffering caused in war-torn Middle Eastern countries, the huge follow-up costs of the war on terror, and the fates of the refugees and witnesses. At the end of these installations, you'll encounter the 32-meter-high NEW YORK 9/11 panorama setting the scene of the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001, at 08:41, five minutes before the attacks took place. In the knowledge of the tragedies that followed, you'll find this starting point rife with tension as you stand in the midst of the morning bustle of multicultural Manhattan, a seemingly utopian snapshot. The panorama artwork is accompanied by authentic background sounds and music by the composer Eric Babak, who has composed the respective panorama soundtracks since the first panorama, EVEREST 8848. “NEW YORK 9/11 – War in Times of Peace“ is the fourth anti-war project by Yadegar Asisi and continues his examination of the world with a particular focus on the wars of modern times.

Dresden: City & Semperoper Guided Walking Tour

3. 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

4. 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.

Gruseltour Leipzig: A Haunted Guided Tour

5. Gruseltour Leipzig: A Haunted Guided Tour

Spend 1.5 hours experiencing the haunted side of Leipzig on a guided walking tour. Enter a world of grisly legends, creepy secrets of the past and goose-bump-inducing events. Discover why Leipzig was such an important destination for those who believed in ghosts. Hear about a city bustling with gravediggers who would bury people alive. Your guide will also tell you about the so-called evilest man that ever lived, who, when he visited this beautiful city, left a bad impression on Leipzig that lingers until today. The secrets of the past will be revealed to you and your guide will introduce you to the demons of the night in Leipzig.

Zwinger Dresden: Entry Ticket

6. Zwinger Dresden: Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to the Zwinger in Dresden and gain access to the Zwinger’s Old Masters Picture Gallery, the Sculpture Collection, the Porcelain Collection, and the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments. Explore Dresden Zwinger’s various galleries and collections and marvel at an ensemble of gardens and a fountain, considered one of Germany’s most important Baroque architectures. The name Zwinger refers to the original position of the complex, between the inner and outer fortress wall.

Dresden: Gala Concert in the Dresden Zwinger

7. 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. Wed., November 30, 2022 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Thurs., December 1, 2022 Walzerträume Fri., December 2, 2022 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., December 3, 2022 Winterträume Wed., December 7, 2022 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., December 9, 2022 Klänge der Romantik Sat., December 10, 2022 Winterträume Wed., December 14, 2022 Winterträume Thurs., December 15, 2022 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., December 16, 2022 Italienische Nacht Sat., December 17, 2022 Winterträume Wed., December 21, 2022 Klänge der Romantik Thurs., December 22, 2022 Winterträume Fri., December 23, 2022 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Tues., December 27, 2022, 17:00 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Tues., December 27, 2022, 19:30 Winterträume Wed., December 28, 2022, 17:00 Winterträume Wed., December 28, 2022, 19:30, Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Thurs., December 29, 2022, 17:00, Italienische Nacht Thurs., December 29, 2022, 19:30, Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., December 30, 2022, 17:00, Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., December 30, 2022, 19:30, Winterträume Fri., January 1, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., January 7, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., January 14, 2023 Winterträume Sat., January 21, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., January 28, 2023 Slawische Klassik 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 Fri., March 10, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Sat., March 11, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., March 17, 2023 Klänge der Romantik Fri., March 24, 2023 Frühlingsstimmen Sat., March 25, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., March 31, 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"

Leipzig: 1.5-Hour Historical Walking Tour in German

8. Leipzig: 1.5-Hour Historical Walking Tour in German

On this exciting walking tour, discover facts about Leipzig with live German commentary. Learn why the Central Train Station was made up of two halves, hear the interesting story about the fountains, discover how Greenlanders end up in Leipzig, and find out what is interesting about Shakespeare’s stockings. This tour is ideal for visitors who want to discover the city in an entertaining way. During the tour, see the Opera House, the Gewandhaus concert hall, the university, the Mädler Passage, the Old Town Hall, and St. Thomas Church. Along the way, your tour guide will recount anecdotes and legends from the city’s history.

World of Panoramas: Dresden's Baroque Era

9. 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: Guided City Walk with a Cup of Coffee

10. 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.

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Wanted to get away from the city for a day and experience gorgeous nature. This was perfect. Took the fantasy highlights tour, which had the fun element of seeing countryside used in the Chronicles of Narnia movies. We made three different stops and each place had a hike through beautiful rocky forested landscapes with scenic vistas. The last stop was a favorite with all of us, as we wound our way through countless rock formations with names like The Sofa, Gorilla, Rock City, and even Decapitated Mayor! Our guide Edward and our driver Joseph were both great. Edward was entertaining, informative, and made sure we were all doing fine with the hikes. I would rate the activity level as between moderate and strenuous. One of the hikes was long and steep, with many inclines and quite a few stairs before you arrived at the top. It was totally worth it, but make sure you bring your energy and good walking shoes with traction!

Great trip, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Even though it was pouring with rain, we had a great time and the sites were incredible. Joseph and Paul answered all of our questions and shared a lot of information. Thank you!

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

Quite realistic and well narrated in English. We were the only 2 participants, so was almost like a private event.

Wonderful rendition of classical masterpieces. Especially the Violin Solo of Vivaldi Four seasons.