Water activity

Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Meissen

Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Meissen

Activity provider: WEIßE FLOTTE SACHSEN GmbH

From US$ 29.51 per person

Discover the Saxon Wine Route by paddle steamer on a full-day trip. Travel from Dresden to Meissen, visit the Albrechtsburg, stroll through the town and explore the porcelain factory before returning.

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Duration 2 - 8.5 hours
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German, English
Audio guide included
English, German


  • Experience a relaxing boat ride along the Elbe river and enjoy the fantastic views of the vineyards
  • Get off at Meissen and see the impressive Scharfenberg Palace and Siebeneichen Palace
  • Stroll through the historical town and visit the town museum or the porcelain factory
Full description
Explore the picturesque Saxon Wine Route on a boat trip from Dresden to Meissen and back. On board the boat you can discover interesting facts about the cathedral town, the cozy wine taverns, and the wine villages in the region. Set off on the paddle steamer in the morning and reach Meissen at midday. Even from a distance you can discover the silhouette of the town characterized by its castle hill and surrounded by the hills in the Elbe Valley. In the town itself, you can visit the Albrechtsburg with its cathedral. Heading from the pier, simply take a right turn down under the bridge and you'll reach the castle after a 10-minute walk or by using the lift. Take a stroll through the town with its historical wall and visit the town museum or the porcelain factory. Meissen's Frauenkirche is also worth a visit. The church, built in the 15th century, is located in the center of the town, a few minutes walk from the Albrechtsburg. Ride on the paddle steamer back to Dresden and reach the city in the evening.
  • Boat cruise Dresden - Meissen - Dresden (if return journey booked)
  • Audio commentary and stories via App
  • Food and drink
  • Pick-up and drop off from the pier
  • Entrance fees in Meissen
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Go to the ticket office at pier #2 at Terrassenufer. You can find the correct pier by checking the timetable there.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Student card
  • Disability card

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • In case of extremely high or low water levels, the timetable may change or certain trips may be cancelled
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 278 reviews

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The description of the meeting point is abysmal because nowhere was it mentioned that the ship docks at the LAST pier so there is hardly any time if you are a bit late. Impossible!!!! The journey there and back is VERY time-consuming, the intermediate stops are NOT listed by name. We lived in Radebeul and could have boarded much later than in Dresden. Staff on the ship average.

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July 11, 2022

Down the river with the paddle steamer on the Elbe there were very nice impressions, eye-catchers, picture motifs and lots of natural views. The captain explained in advance the upcoming "cult objects" worth seeing. But you could capture your own views with the camera. On board there were typical Saxon small dishes, including potato soup and much more. a.

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September 28, 2021

The trip on the paddle steamer to Meissen and back to Dresden was wonderful. The crew was very nice. It was just a pity that we were only informed before arriving in Meissen that we would only have a half hour stay and that this would also be the last possibility to come back to Dresden by ship. But all in all it was a nice trip, although we would have liked to have taken a closer look at Meissen. Then next time.

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August 28, 2021

Product ID: 50405