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Leipzig: City History Canal Sightseeing Tour on a Motorboat

1. Leipzig: City History Canal Sightseeing Tour on a Motorboat

Cruise along the winding canals of Leipzig and admire the city views from the water on this guided tour. Watch the history of Leipzig unfold as you pass important districts, including Plagwitz and Palmengartenwehr. Begin your tour at the picturesque city harbor of Leipzig with its famous beach bar. Relax on board a motorboat as you embark on a sightseeing tour of Leipzig's historical and modern sights along the waterside. See the villa of the famous publishing Baedeker family who is well-known among travelers around the globe. Continue to the Palmengartenwehr, a vital part of Leipzig's public flood protection facilities. Head to the western territories, enjoy a brief moment of silence, and admire the nature surrounding the area. Admire the architecture of the textile factories of the Buntgarnwerke, a former yarn mill building built in the late 19th century. It is one of the largest Wilhelminian-era industrial sites in Germany. Making your way to the Karl Heine Canals, you will explore one of the most beautiful canals in Leipzig, meandering through the old industrial district of Plagwitz. Karl Heine, a lawyer, entrepreneur, and industrial pioneer played a key role in the urban development of Leipzig’s western areas. See the striking Stelzenhaus at the last stop of the tour before heading back to the harbor where you can enjoy a cold drink at the beach bar. The harbor is perfectly located if you wish to explore further sights of Leipzig after the tour.

Leipzig: Mulled Wine Motorboat Tour

2. Leipzig: Mulled Wine Motorboat Tour

Begin your tour at the picturesque city harbor in Leipzig, with its famous beach bar. Relax on a electric motorboat as you embark on a 60-minute sightseeing tour of Leipzig's historical and modern sights along the waterside. Enjoy a cup of mulled wine to keep you warm. See the villa of the famous publishing Baedeker family who is well-known among travelers around the globe. Continue to the Palmengartenwehr, a vital part of Leipzig's public flood protection facilities. Head to the western territories, enjoy a brief moment of silence, and view the nature surrounding the area. Admire the architecture of the textile factories of the Buntgarnwerke, a former yarn mill building built in the late 19th Century. It is one of the largest Wilhelminian-era industrial sites in Germany. Making your way to the Karl Heine Canals, you will explore one of the most beautiful canals in Leipzig, meandering through the old industrial district of Plagwitz. Karl Heine, a lawyer, entrepreneur, and industrial pioneer, played a key role in the urban development of Leipzig’s western areas. The harbor is perfectly located if you wish to explore the sights of Leipzig further after the motorboat tour.

Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip From Dresden

3. 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.

From Dresden: Saxon Switzerland National Park Full-Day Trip

4. From Dresden: Saxon Switzerland National Park Full-Day Trip

Explore the bizarre rocky landscape of the Saxon Switzerland National Park on a panoramic double-decker bus tour from Dresden. Marvel at the Bastei lookout rock, the world-famous Bastei Bridge, and the breathtaking circular route of the Königstein Fortress. Gather at the meeting point in Dresden then set off toward the picturesque Saxon Switzerland National Park. Swiss painters discovered the sandstone cliffs as a landscape backdrop more than 200 years ago, and the park's well-known natural highlights such as Schrammsteine, Rathen, and the Kirnitzschtal have inspired numerous artists, including Caspar David Friedrich and Richard Wagner. On this tour, go directly into and through the national park with your German-speaking guide. Soak up stunning panoramic views throughout, especially from the Bastei lookout rock (entry included). Explore the Königstein Fortress, one of the largest fortifications in Europe (entry not included). To conclude your tour, you can either return to Dresden by simply staying on the bus, or you can take an optional boat ride back to the city on the oldest and largest side-wheel steamer fleet in the world. The boat ride is not included and can only be purchased onsite.

Dresden: Volkswagen Factory Tour with Test Drive and Lunch

5. Dresden: Volkswagen Factory Tour with Test Drive and Lunch

Visit the assembly line and the production area of Volkswagen's Transparent Factory in Dresden with this guided tour. Expereince the thrill of going for a test drive in an ID. model electric car. Have a delicious lunch with the included e-Vitrum restaurant voucher.  Check-in at the factory's reception desk and receive your restaurant voucher. Choose from menu options like the VW-currywurst, the e-Vitrum summer bowel, and the e-Vitrum burger. After lunch go on a tour of the factory premises.  Learn about car manufacturing and find out about the effects of electric motoring and digitalization. Get up close to the construction process at the assembly line and the production area.  Listen as your guide provides a fascinating overview of the process of manufacturing electric automobiles. Discover how a combination of top-quality craftsmanship and high-precision work brings each car to life. Have all of your questions about the future of electromobility answered.  After the tour, have the chance to explore other attractions in the vicinity if you wish. Finally, take an electric car for a test drive to wrap up your VW experience.

From Prague: Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Scenic Tour

6. From Prague: Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Scenic Tour

Escape the busy city of Prague and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature on this highlights tour of the Bohemian and Saxon National park.  Visit sites that have been declared a ‘European Destination of Excellence’ for their exceptional beauty, enjoy the most photogenic natural creations of the National Park, and enjoy walks and moderate hikes in the most preserved parts of the park. Visit the most popular natural attraction in Bohemian Switzerland National Park, Pravcicka Gate, famous for being Europe’s largest sandstone arch. The site was used as a filming location for the movie Narnia, and there’s no escaping the Gate’s magical qualities.  Mysterious and inspiring, the gate is hidden deep in the woods and this impressive symbol of the National park stands 21 meters tall, leaving all the spectators in admiration. The next stop is lunch which caters to vegetarians, vegans, and meat lovers alike. Enjoy a traditional Czech meal at a stunning stone house that was built on the stream in 1905 by German workers.  This newly renovated restaurant will surprise you with an amazing steampunk-style interior, which is decorated with gears, rivets, and a huge clock with visible gears and the sound of mechanics. Your last stop is Bastei n the Saxon part of the National Park. The Bastei rock formation has plenty of viewpoints over the Elbe canyon on the right bank of the river Elbe. Walk across the famous sandstone bridge that connects Bastei and explore the ruins of the old Neurathen rock castle.

Bad Schandau/Dresden: Saxon Switzerland Boat Trip

7. Bad Schandau/Dresden: 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.

From Prague: Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Full-Day Tour

8. From Prague: Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Full-Day Tour

Explore Bohemia and the Saxon Switzerland National Park on a full day from Prague. See the Bastei Bridge, Pravcika Gate, Kamenice Gorge, and more with a guide. After being picked up from Prague head 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 Prague.

From Prague: Saxony and Bohemian Switzerland Walking Tour

9. From Prague: Saxony and Bohemian Switzerland Walking Tour

Make the most of your trip and admire some of the most spectacular wonders that mother nature has created. On this full-day tour, which should be on the bucket list of every nature lover, visit Bohemian Switzerland National Park, a place that has been certified as a ‘European Destination of Excellence’ thanks to its exceptional beauty. Throughout the day, visit the region’s most idyllic locations, enjoy walks and moderate hikes, dine on local cuisine, and capture incredible photos. The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Prague and heads to Bohemian Switzerland National Park. Upon arrival visit the most popular natural attraction in the park, Pravcicka Gate, which is Europe’s largest sandstone arch, hidden deep in the mysterious woodland. Take some time to admire the beauty of the arch, which stands at an impressive 21 meters tall and was used as a filming location for the movie Narnia. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite it’s time for lunch, served in a historical stone house. The restaurant, which was originally built in 1905 by German workers to supply coal gas to local homes, now boasts a newly renovated interior with a trendy steam punk inspired style. Enjoy a delicious traditional Czech meal and learn a little about local cuisine while you eat.  The last stop of the day is the Bastei rock formation, which sits in the German Saxony side of the park. The Bastei offers an array of breathtaking view points over the Elbe Canyon on the banks of the River Elbe. From here, walk across the fascinating sandstone bridge that connects Bastei and explore the ruins of an old Neurathen rock castle. At the end of an unforgettable day of adventures, sit back and enjoy a well-deserved rest on the return journey to Prague.

Dresden: Sightseeing-Tour in German by Bike

10. Dresden: Sightseeing-Tour in German by Bike

Discover Dresden in an active way and look forward to a perfect mix of culture and nature. Experience the highlights of Dresden and places that lie off the beaten track by bike. This tour follows one of the prettiest cycling routes in Germany and is the ideal start for new visitors as well as Dresden-enthusiasts. Admire the old town along the Elbe banks, flowering gardens and the trendy founding-district of the new town. Follow quiet streets and tracks of an extensive network of cycling routes through the unique landscape of the Elbe Valley without having to cope with significant height differences. Your expert guide provides you with precious insider tips und turns your tour into a special experience.  The route leads you past the Frauenkirche, the Hygiene Museum, the Palais of the Grand Garden and the VW-factory to the Waldschlösschen Bridge, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Elbe castles. Make your way to Pfunds Molkerei (with a short break to use the restrooms) and the hip and trendy district of Dresden, the outer new town. Get a glimpse of the Baroque district, the Palais of Japan and the Theatre Square with the famous Semperoper and Zwinger.

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This was a great day trip especially if you want to do something memorable out of the city. Josef was a fantastic tour guide who was knowledgeable and very passionate about his job and his country. He was very communicative and on time. He was very detail oriented by packing snacks for everyone and remembering names. From the views, to the sit down lunch, it was a great way to end a trip. The only critique I could make, is that when sitting in the back of the van, it was difficult to hear what Josef was saying. But it was a very worthwhile excursion. Thanks Josef!!!

AMAZING! Joseph was an amazing tour guide through the entire thing. He picked us up right on time and was very welcoming and friendly. The views we seen were beautiful and the hike itself was easy enough. We booked the winter tour that had 9 people in total and made the tour very personal which is a nice change of pace to most tours that have 20+ people. After the hike we went to a nice restaurant and had local czech food which was delicious. Would definitely do this again, can’t thank Joseph enough for making the day memorable.

I was lucky since my guide Joseph has a background in geography. He is very knowledgeable and introduced the formation of the park in a way of easy understanding. I was the only customer in this trip but didn’t feel awkward at all as Joseph treated me like a friend while in the same time he took care everything very well. I strongly recommend this tour if you are a nature lover and want to see different scenery.

Beautiful nature, comfortable minibus and amazing guide. Would definitely recommend to my friends. Our family had an amazing time! Thanks a lot to our guide Joseph!

Absolutely amazing experience! The weather was perfect for this tour! Our tour guide (Joseph) was great and made the experience very enjoyable!