Dresden Sightseeing cruises

Our most recommended Dresden Sightseeing cruises

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: Paddle Steamer Winter Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

2. Dresden: Paddle Steamer Winter Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

Embark on a scenic cruise through the city center of Dresden from the comfort of an authentic paddle steamer. Explore the historic Old Town, the Baroque Quarter, the 3 famous Dresden Elbe Castles, and the Blue Wonder Bridge. Sail towards Pillnitz Castle and Park, which transforms into a sparkling Christmas garden every winter. The ship will turn in front of this castle. On the way back, enjoy views of the wintery river landscape with a cup of hot mulled wine. Finally, enjoy panoramic views of the Old Town before arriving back at the pier.

Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Meissen

3. Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Meissen

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.

Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

4. 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 Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cruise to Königstein Fortress

5. From Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cruise to Königstein Fortress

Witness the versatility of „Dresden Elbe” and the Saxon Switzerland with a cruise between Dresden and Königstein. From bizarrely shaped rock formations via opulent wine-growing districts and fascinating baroque palaces through to the unique skyline of Dresden. Only the city center of Dresden, with the Frauenkirche, Semperoper, and the Brühl´s Terrace, presents priceless views. Above that, you can discover the three beautiful Elbe castles and the Pillnitz Palace and Park along the riverbanks of the Elbe while driving.  In Saxon Switzerland await the cities Pirna, Stadt Wehlen and Kurort Rathen and also Königstein to be spotted. Here you can admire the world-famous “Festung Königstein”, which is 250 meters high and looks back at a history of more than 700 years. This tour offers different options for traveling, like a round trip or single trips with start in Dresden or Königstein. Please check the several journey times.

Dresden: 1-Hour Paddle Steamer Cruise with Canaletto-View

6. Dresden: 1-Hour Paddle Steamer Cruise with Canaletto-View

Experience a 1-hour steamer cruise through Dresden. Board your authentic paddle steamer a few blocks away from the Frauenkirche. Soak up the sun and relax as you enjoy a scenic view of the historical old town of Dresden. After traveling upriver, change course towards Dresden-Übigau. Catch sight of the world-renowned Canaletto View, the view made famous by painter Bernardo Bellotto. Float down the river and admire the Semper Opera House, the Catholic chapel of the palace built by Italian master builder Gaetano Chivari, the Bruehl Terrace, and the Dresdner Frauenkirche. Marvel at the stark beauty of Dresden’s magnificent skyline.

Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cultural Heritage Group Tour

7. Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cultural Heritage Group 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.

From Dresden: Saxon Wine Route Paddle Steamer Day Cruise

8. From Dresden: Saxon Wine Route Paddle Steamer Day Cruise

Discover the Saxon Wine Route on a Paddle Steamer boat tour. Start the tour in Dresden's old town and travel through the heart of the famous Saxon wine-growing region on the River Elbe. Travel past Radebeul and Meissen and see the famous Meissen Cathedral and the grand Albrechtsburg Castle. Around noon reach the charming wine villages of Diesbar and Seusslitz. After a short stop in each village, the steamer will return to Dresden.

From Dresden: Day Trip to The Spreewald

9. From Dresden: Day Trip to The Spreewald

Discover the idyll place of the Spreewald, from Dresden and enjoy a walk in Lübbenau. Stroll to Lehde or Leipe, over wooden bridges, narrow paths and past Sorbian wooden houses. Explore Lower Spreewald, Burg and Slavic castle Raddusch. Admire the countless small and large watercourses that flow around hundreds of islands in the Spreewald. See the picturesque cultural landscape between Berlin and Dresden and the locals that live from cucumber cultivation and barge rides. Board a punt or kayak in Lübben and float through the Spree Lagoon. Have a regional snack at one of the river snack bars along the way. Ride a minibus to the Lower Spreewald, to Burg and to the Slavic castle Raddusch. Head back to Dresden, accompanied by Sorbian-Wendish songs and stories. Enjoy free time during the day tour and culinary tastings of the region.

Dresden: Winter Paddle Steamship City Cruise

10. Dresden: Winter Paddle Steamship City Cruise

Admire Dresden's famous landmarks from a unique perspective aboard a historic paddle steamer ship on a 1-hour wintertime cruise sailing down the Elbe River. Listen to it the splash of the paddle wheels and glide past such iconic sites like the Semperoper, the Catholic Hofkirche, the Brühlische Terrasse, and the Frauenkirche. Enjoy a relaxing alternative to sightsee in Dresden- a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion.

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Saxon Switzerland National Park

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What people are saying about Dresden

all in all it was nice. However, if it's autum season and one plans to sit on upper open deck, one has to have warm clothes. Also, the drinks are a bit expensive (more expensive than your usual bar).

Relaxing steamer trip to Saxon Switzerland, relaxation, pure relaxation, pleasant trip on the Elbr

Nice way to spend a couple of hours, seeing a few of the sights, with some commentary and drinks!

Beautiful cruise, the scenery was gorgeous. Nice service on board and easy on and off access.

A very nice trip. The ship is also very beautiful. Everything you need is on board.