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Dresden: Zwinger Skip-the-Line & 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

1. Dresden: Zwinger Skip-the-Line & 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Enjoy 2 of Dresden's must-do activities - the hop-on-hop-off bus tour and the museums at the Zwinger - at an attractive combined price. This includes a visit to the newly re-opened Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister. Discover Dresden with a 2-day ticket and get to know the city during the bus tour including 22 different stops. Start your tour at the first bus stop where you will exchange your voucher for additional tickets. Your 2-day ticket also includes a Night Watchman walking tour, an Old Town walking tour and transport to the castle and park in Pillnitz, all from the same central meeting point location: Postplatz/Kronentor Zwinger. The Zwinger is a popular destination for visitors to Dresden. Created as a magnificent festival site in the heyday of the Baroque period, it now houses magnificent collections and treasures. Your ticket gives you skip-the-line access. In the Zwinger, find the "Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon" and the porcelain collection. The Highlight is the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, which re-opened in February 2020 after 7 years of renovation. Marvel at Raphael's masterpiece "Sistine Madonna" and a sculpture collection up to the year 1800.

Dresden: Semperoper and Old Masters Picture Gallery

2. Dresden: Semperoper and Old Masters Picture Gallery

Take a tour of the elegant Semperoper in Dresden, and discover its impressive story. Admire the reconstruction, learn about its acoustics, and tales of its history. Afterward, head to the Old Masters Picture Gallery and discover the sculpture collection up to the 1800s. Meet your guide at the doors and tour the Semperoper, discovering the rich interiors and beautiful architecture in Italian High Renaissance style. Learn about the original-plan reconstruction and listen to background information about the incredible acoustics in the artfully arranged auditorium. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this glamorous house. When performances or other events are not taking place, visits to the Semperoper are possible nearly every day. You can enjoy a multi-faceted look at this breathtaking opera house. Once you felt the acoustics for yourself, enjoy a guided tour of the Old Masters Picture Gallery. After seven years of partial closure, the famous 19th-century Semper Building at the Zwinger shines in new splendor. For the first time, the Old Masters Picture Gallery and the Sculpture Collection up to 1800 are presented together in the extensively renovated museum building. The concept of the new permanent exhibition follows a geographical division according to schools and focuses on individual main themes of the respective period. Gaze upon world-famous masterpieces such as Raphael's "Sistine Madonna", Rembrandt's Ganymede or Bernardo Bellotto's Dresden Vedute form fixed points. Then, immerse into an important collection of antiquities is on display in the sculpture hall.

Dresden Regio Card for 1, 2, or 3 Days

3. Dresden Regio Card for 1, 2, or 3 Days

Explore the capital of Saxony the easy way with the Dresden Regio Card. Experience the culture and leisure, concerts and restaurants of the city. Take advantage of free travel on local buses, trams, and trains in Dresden and the surrounding area as well as discounts at museums and other tourist attractions such as bus tours, walking tours, concerts, theatre, gastronomy, and shopping. Choose between the Dresden Regio Card and the Regio Card Plus for individuals or families. Examples of discounts: Museums and exhibitions Dresden Transport Museum (- €1) Dresden City Museum (- €1) Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Museum (- €1) Schiller Pavilion (free) Asisi Panometer Dresden (-€1.50) Many more City tours Bus tour with 22 stops (- €2) Comedy Tour Dresden (- €7) Tour of the Semperoper Dresden (- €1.00) Tasty Dresden – Culinary Guided Tour (- €1) Walking tour of the Dresden Information (- €2) Concerts and theatre Herkuleskeule (-10%) Staatsschauspiel (-10%) Dresden Frauenkirche (-20%) Many more Leisure activities in Dresden Dresden Zoo (- €1) Dresden Suspension Railway (- €1.50) Dresden Frauenkirche Tower (- €2) Many more Leisure activities in the region Karl-May-Museum Radebeul (- €0.50) Wackerbarth Castle wine tour (-10%) Guided tour of Meissen (- €1.50) Radebeul–Radeburg railway (-50%) Kirnitzschtal tramway (-50%) Lessing Museum Kamenz (- €1.50) Many more You also receive discounts on dining options. You can also purchase the Dresden Regio Card Plus for 2 days. This includes additional discounts for the Dresden State Art Collections. Dresden Regio Card Plus Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (- €10) Dresden Porcelain Collection (- €6) Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments (- €6) New Green Vault (- €12) Turkish Chamber (- €12) Dresden Armory (- €12) Coin Cabinet (- €12) Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs (- €12) Hausmannsturm (- €12) Galerie Neue Meister (- €10) Sculpture Collection (- €10) Exhibition hall of the Lipsiusbau (- €5) Dresden Museum of Ethnology (free) Museum of Saxon Folk Art and Puppet Theatre Collection (- €5) Wine Experience World Meissen (-10%)

Dresden: Ticket + Tour Gallery Old Masters

4. Dresden: Ticket + Tour Gallery Old Masters

You'll begin your tour with a brief orientation in the building and an introduction to the exhibits overall concept and classic art in general. You will take a brief look at 5 paintings, each only for a couple of minutes and each representing a different type or category. You will also see the the first paintings ever to be made in oil paint, as well as some made of gold. Works of the Italian painter Botticelli, Raphael, the Dutch painter Jan van Eyk and the famous Rembrandt and Vermeer will be among them. Once you know how to look at art and how to spot exciting elements in religious paintings, it will be time to look at some of them in more detail. Examine the world-famous Madonna by Raphael, before discovering two megastars of the Renaissance: Titian and Giorgione. The "Sleeping Venus" of Dresden does not only happen to be the first and finest nude painting of a woman in all modern art, but is also surprising in many ways. You will hear about the background of this work, and will even see it from the inside by looking at X-ray images of the painting. Although this sounds like a lot, the tour is made to be entertaining and easily comprehendable at the same time. The concept is to be equally entertaining and revealing for you, and additional digital imagery and videos will enhance your experience to the fullest.

Dresden: Old Town Highlights Self-guided Tour

5. Dresden: Old Town Highlights Self-guided Tour

This tour is only available in German. Get to know Dresden in a relaxed way. Start the self-guided tour whenever you like and spend a varied and enjoyable time in this exciting and fascinating city. The tour starts at the Schinkelwache, not far from the Zwinger, before you get to the King John Monument, an impressive equestrian statue erected in 1889. From here you have a fantastic view of the Semper Opera House, one of the most beautiful theatres in Europe. Continue to the Old Masters Picture Gallery, where you can admire masterpieces such as "The Sistine Madonna" or "The Chocolate Girl". The next stop is the Wall Pavilion in the Zwinger, an impressive baroque building created by Balthasar Permoser. The tour ends at the Frauenkirche, an impressive symbol of reconciliation that has been resurrected from the ruins of the Second World War. Whether you are a history buff, an art lover or just a curious traveller, this tour offers you the opportunity to discover Dresden's Old Town in a unique and entertaining way. Who knows, for example, what ... but no, we won't tell you yet! Plan a leisurely 2,5 hours for this 1,5 km walk so that you can take your time to look at everything and have time for small breaks here and there. The tour ends near the starting point. The tour is a great way to get outside and discover new things with family, friends or on your own. It's like being shown Dresden by a good friend who knows the city like the back of his hand and has many exciting stories and anecdotes to tell. You can start the tour at any time and as often as you like in the browser of a smartphone. On site or even from the comfort of your sofa. Enjoy your time in Dresden! *** Good to know *** You will receive the link to start the tour in an email directly after booking.

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I could take most of the public transport, except for some river crossing ferries Pro: convenient, eligible to access regional (Dresden city and outskirts towns) public transportation without worrying of buying ticket Con: bus and ferry drivers are not familiar with the card, they took time to read the card before accepting the rides

The tour is good. The picture gallery and the Semperoper are next to each other. Short routes. Unfortunately, collecting the tickets at the Schinkelwache requires queuing. Should be solved differently. Maybe the QR code in your cell phone is enough.

Everything went fine. We were able to get past the line. The hop on hop off also worked great. Very nice bus drivers and you could get information everywhere at the stations. Only recommended.

Everything was perfect, once the bus drove away from under our noses and we had to wait over 20 minutes.

A great way to travel around Dresden and the surrounding area, the city is very well connected.