1. Germany
  2. Saxony
  3. Dresden
  4. Blue Wonder Bridge

Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

Product ID: 57948
Experience a boat cruise along the Elbe and pass the scenic riverscape of Dresden on board a rustic paddle steamer or salon ship. Enjoy the view to the impressive castles and see the Baroque Pillnitz Castle.
About this ticket
Duration: 2 - 5.5 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
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Host or greeter
English, German
Audio guide/headphones
English, German
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover Dresden and its fascinating old town on board a ship and marvel at the unique river landscape along the Elbe
  • Pass the 3 impressive castles and admire the panoramic view of Dresden's landmarks in the old town
  • Learn more about the eventful history of the city and enjoy the local cuisine on board
Full description
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.

When you arrive in Pillnitz you will visit Pillnitz Palace. 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). Take some time to explore the beautiful Pillnitz Palace garden. The garden is inviting in all four seasons.
  • Boat cruise Dresden - Pillnitz - Dresden (only if return journey booked as well)
  • Audio commentary (in German)
What’s Not Included
  • Transfer to/from pier
  • Food and drinks on board
  • Entry to Pillnitz

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

• Your voucher must be exchanged for a valid ticket (at the ticket shop on pier #2) • Please collect your tickets up to 20-minutes before departure

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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 canceled
• For wheelchairs or buggies, please notify the company in advance
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 245 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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days outing

it takes hours to reach the castle by this boat to Pillnitz Castle, nice and easy going you can get drinks and some basic food on board , I recommend to get the tram back it only takes minutes you need to cross the river by the ferry then w k up the road until you see the Tram stop for about 10 minutes the tram take around 25 muntes to get back to altstadt "old town"

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July 5, 2019

Exciting boat Trip with an incredible Scene of castles.

Beautiful Landscape and exciting scenery of castles and Monuments. Only critical Point is the missing Information about the Starting Point where which Boat starts. The Location of the Ticket Shop (at starting point 1) is always to approach for changing the get your Guide Voucher into Tickets which you Need todo before you can enter a boat. Everything Else Went perfect.

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August 6, 2017

Schifffahrt war sehr schön. Leider gab es den zugesagten Audio Guide nicht (nach Aussage an der Nase gibt es grundsätzlich keinen Audio Guide oder sonstigen Führer) und die Durchsagen an Board waren auf der Hinfahrt sehr leise und somit kaum zu verstehen, auf der Rückfahrt kamen die Durchsagen dann immer sehr verspätet.

July 25, 2019

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