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Dresden: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

1. Dresden: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

Explore the beautiful Old Town of Dresden with a historical night watchman. Sip on Schlummertrunk, a small alcoholic drink before visiting the main highlights like Semper Opera House, Dresden Frauenkirche, and more. Begin your tour with rings of the watchman’s horn in narrow alleys, and the light of his lantern which penetrates the darkness. With his halberd, he protects the honorable citizens from vagabonds and shady characters even in the darkest corners. Look forward to an entertaining tour with spooky stories and juicy anecdotes from centuries past. Furthermore, take a look at the beautiful sights of the city. See the Semper Opera House and the famous Zwinger, walk over the palace square, and get a glimpse of the Brühlschen Terrassen.

Dresden: 1-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Dresden: 1-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

Experience Dresden, the capital of the beautiful state of Saxony, on a double-decker bus and get off as often as you like at any of the 22 stops to see the sights there. Take advantage of several activities included with your ticket, such as an evening cruise, a night watchman tour, or a children's city tour, as well as entrance fees to various monuments. Begin your journey at the main Postplatz/Zwinger stop or any of the other stops. Decide for yourself whether you would like to take part in a continuous 90-minute city tour past Dresden's most important monuments, or choose to hop off the bus at any point of interest and take a closer look at the respective attraction or monument. Visit the world's most beautiful dairy shop, Pfunds Dairy. Continue to enjoy a guided tour of the Dresden Zwinger, a baroque building complex with gardens that was one of the most important buildings of its time. Another highlight of your excursion is the visit to the Fürstenzug, a monumental image of a cavalcade on 23,000 ceramic tiles considered the largest porcelain image in the world. What's more, listen to interesting explanations about the famous Dresden Frauenkirche, which you will get to know during an outdoor tour. On sunny days, enjoy impressive views of historic Dresden and the Elbe from the open roof of the bus, a perfect position for taking dreamy souvenir photos.

Dresden: Gala Concert in the Dresden Zwinger

3. Dresden: Gala Concert in the Dresden Zwinger

Enjoy a classical concert in the Wallpavillon of the Dresden Zwinger Palace. Decide which performance of which composer's pieces you'd like to hear and enjoy masterpieces at a concert of waltz dreams or listen to Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Wed., November 30, 2022 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Thurs., December 1, 2022 Walzerträume Fri., December 2, 2022 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., December 3, 2022 Winterträume Wed., December 7, 2022 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., December 9, 2022 Klänge der Romantik Sat., December 10, 2022 Winterträume Wed., December 14, 2022 Winterträume Thurs., December 15, 2022 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., December 16, 2022 Italienische Nacht Sat., December 17, 2022 Winterträume Wed., December 21, 2022 Klänge der Romantik Thurs., December 22, 2022 Winterträume Fri., December 23, 2022 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Tues., December 27, 2022, 17:00 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Tues., December 27, 2022, 19:30 Winterträume Wed., December 28, 2022, 17:00 Winterträume Wed., December 28, 2022, 19:30, Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Thurs., December 29, 2022, 17:00, Italienische Nacht Thurs., December 29, 2022, 19:30, Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., December 30, 2022, 17:00, Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., December 30, 2022, 19:30, Winterträume Fri., January 1, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., January 7, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., January 14, 2023 Winterträume Sat., January 21, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., January 28, 2023 Slawische Klassik Sat., February 4, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., February 11, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Tues., February 14, 2023 Valentinskonzert Sat., February 18, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., February 25, 2023 Winterträume Fri., March 3, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., March 4, 2023 Italienische Nacht Fri., March 10, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Sat., March 11, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., March 17, 2023 Klänge der Romantik Fri., March 24, 2023 Frühlingsstimmen Sat., March 25, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., March 31, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., April 1, 2023 Frühlingsstimmen Thurs., April 6, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sun., April 9, 2023 Walzerträume Mon., April 10, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., April 12, 2023 Klänge der Romantik Fri., April 14, 2023 Frühlingsstimmen Sat., April 15, 2023 Slawische Klassik Wed., April 19, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., April 21, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Sat., April 22, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., April 26, 2023 Walzerträume Fri., April 28, 2023 Italienische Nacht Sun., April 30, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., May 3, 2023 Frühlingsstimmen Fri., May 5, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., May 6, 2023 Jubiläumskonzert - 10 Jahre Dresdner Residenz Konzerte Wed., May 10, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Fri., May 12, 2023 Slawische Klassik Sat., May 13, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Wed., May 17, 2023 Klänge der Romantik Thurs., May 18, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Fri., May 19, 2023 Walzerträume Sat., May 20, 2023 Italienische Nacht Wed., May 24, 2023 Slawische Klassik Thurs., May 25, 2023 Mozarts kleine Nachtmusik Fri., May 26, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten" Sat., May 27, 2023 Frühlingsstimmen Wed., May 31, 2023 Vivaldi "Vier Jahreszeiten"

Dresden: City & Semperoper Guided Walking Tour

4. Dresden: City & Semperoper Guided Walking Tour

Discover the historic city of Dresden on a guided walking tour and visit the iconic Frauenkirche. Enjoy a guided tour of the elegant Dresden Zwinger gardens and see where royalty once lived on a tour of Dresden Castle. Explore the history of music on a tour of the Semperoper opera house.  Begin your trip at Dresden Castle and head to the most famous landmark of the entire city: Frauenkirche. Marvel at the elaborately restored church from the outside and have a look at its splendid interior. Continue to the Procession of Princes, a crucial part of Saxon history, and to the Stables Courtyard of Dresden Castle. Get an idea of what these impressive buildings look like inside and see the Taschenbergpalais. Undoubtedly, a walking tour through Dresden would not be the same without seeing the Zwinger. Hear interesting and entertaining stories about Augustus II the Strong, before the tour ends at the theater square with its cathedral. Next, explore the famous Semperoper, the Saxon State Opera, and court opera, on a guided tour. Learn the history behind each turn as you tour the magnificent rooms.

Dresden: Semperoper and Old Town Tour

5. Dresden: Semperoper and Old Town Tour

Take a walking tour of Dresden’s historical Old Town, and go inside the world-famous Semperoper with a local guide. Explore the Semperoper to see its grand Baroque architecture and ornate rooms, reconstructed in the original style. Head to, walk around Neumarkt, and explore other highlights like the Zwinger, Dresden Royal Palace, and Frauenkirche. Experience a tour of the Semperoper and discover the rich interiors and beautiful architecture in Italian High Renaissance style, reconstructed according to the original plans. Learn background information about the incredible acoustics in the artfully arranged auditorium. Enjoy a multi-faceted look at this breathtaking opera house and immerse yourself in its rich history. Guided visits to the Semperoper are possible nearly every day when performances or other events are not taking place. Next, soak in the ambiance of Dresden Old Town as you follow your guide to cultural highlights such as the Zwinger, Dresden Castle, Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), and the newly-established Neumarkt. Warm up with a hot mulled wine (if option selected). Hear about how Dresden worked so hard to reconstruct its historical monuments along the way.

Dresden: Old Town Scavenger Hunt for Children

6. Dresden: Old Town Scavenger Hunt for Children

Explore the Old Town of Dresden in a unique way with your children, school class or even birthday groups on this scavenger hunt City Game Seductive Dresden. The directions for this tour are child-friendly and use the German informal address to be more appealing to children. If the kids are getting tired, the tour can be shortened accordingly. The riddles of the Old Town Kids Tour are suitable for children ages 5 and up. If the children know how to read and count, nothing should stand in the way of them solving the riddles. The City Game Box contains 11 sealed and numbered envelopes with puzzles that need to be solved. Guided by clear directions, walk the children through the beautiful Old Town of Dresden. Let the little ones solve the puzzles and lead you to the next destination. Each solved puzzle will yield a number that will tell you which envelope to open next. You will not know in advance what order the Scavenger Hunt City envelopes need to be opened. The envelopes will also contain detailed background information on each attraction - its history, its current use and much more. Decide for yourself when to start your scavenger hunt through the Old Town of Dresden, and how much time to spend at each location. Embark on an enigmatic and extraordinary tour and take a break from your City Game whenever you feel like it, or even continue your scavenger hunt on a different day – whatever the kids are in the mood for. There will be numerous cafes and restaurants along the way, inviting you to linger when you or the children are tired. Experience Dresden in a unique way with this scavenger hunt city tour. Start your tour at Theaterplatz, in the immediate vicinity of the Semperoper. Continue past the Augustus Bridge and the Catholic Court Church to Brühl's Terrace. Explore the College of Fine Arts, with its widely visible dome, and the architecturally unique New Jewish Synagogue. Of course, you can also visit the famous Frauenkirche, the Dresden Residenzschloss (Royal Palace) and the Dresden Zwinger. The information of each attraction was compiled not only for adults, but especially for children. No need to schedule your Scavenger Hunt City Tour for a certain date, simply order the City Game Box and have it delivered to your home, or make an appointment to pick it up in Dresden within the opening hours and you’re good to go.

Dresden: Comedy Tour in Saxon German

7. Dresden: Comedy Tour in Saxon German

Explore Dresden in a humorous way and learn more about the history of the city, told by the last Saxon king. During the tour of Dresden's city center, listen to stories about the difficult education of his wife and kids told in his very own Saxon and quirky manner. With a generous dose of self-irony and an added smirking undertone, he also reports of the mishaps, which happened to him in the professional world as the representative of Saxon and in the arena of diplomacy. Look forward to the beautiful Old Town of Dresden with its stately buildings. See the Semper Opera House and the Zwinger and take a look at the historic Frauenkirche. Drive through the district Blasewitz and see the bridge Blaues Wunder, the Government District and explore the Inner and Outer New Town.

Dresden: 1.5-Hour Comedy Bus Tour in German

8. Dresden: 1.5-Hour Comedy Bus Tour in German

Experience Dresden's rolling comedy stage as two hilarious comedians have the bus roaring with laughter. Explore Dresden in a fun and unique way on this 90-minute round trip and show with a bus. Enjoy a great mix of comedy, historical anecdotes and spontaneous humor. See the real life locations to the jokes, the Zwinger, the Dresden Frauenkirche, the Saxon Parliament, the Yenidze, and the Loschwitz Bridge. Enjoy the Canaletto View.

Dresden: Historical Walking Tour and Chocolate Museum Ticket

9. Dresden: Historical Walking Tour and Chocolate Museum Ticket

Historical Walking Tour: Travel back in time, and immerse yourself in the history and culture of Dresden. Hear facts and stories from your experienced and licensed tour guide, who will bring the city's past back to life. Discover the dark times of the Middle Ages, the vigor of the Renaissance, and the grandeur of the Baroque. Explore the backgrounds of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989 and hear what it must have felt like to the people of former East and West Germany. The walking tour through the historic old town starts at Neumarkt. See Dresden's most famous attractions, including the Frauenkirche, the Semperoper, and the Baroque Zwinger. From Dresden Castle, head to Brühl's Terrace and the Procession of Princes and Stallhof, until you arrive at Dresden Cathedral. Then, follow your guide to the Taschenbergpalais and Augustus Bridge, before ending your walking tour near Frauenkirche. Chocolate Museum: Included with your tour is entry to Dresden's chocolate museum, which you can visit either before or after your walking tour. Dresden was known as Germany's "capital of chocolate" and is considered to be the place where milk chocolate was invented. From here it was exported worldwide. Experience this delicacy's fascinating history and what really good chocolate is all about. Learn surprising facts about the numerous chocolate factories in 19th-century Dresden. Discover one of the world's largest collections of chocolate moulds by Anton Reiche and trace the long path from cocoa bean to delicious chocolate. Afterward, find out what the first chocolate bars may have tasted like and what really good milk chocolate tastes like today.

Dresden: Night Watchman Tour Through The Old Town

10. Dresden: Night Watchman Tour Through The Old Town

Embark on a guided walking tour of Dresden with the night watchmen. Listen to the stories and legends behind each turn as you admire highlights, including the Semperoper and Frauenkirche. Meet your guide in front of the Zwinger. Explore the city and learn stories about the old Dresden and of the Zwinger, an impressive baroque palace. Delight in your guide’s colorful anecdotes as you pass by Dresden’s stately baroque theater, the Semperosa.  Admire the Fürstenzug, a gorgeous mural depicting a procession of Saxony's rulers. See the Frauenkirche, a majestic Lutheran church topped with an impressive dome. Experience the city in a unique way that combines theater with a traditional tour, creating an unforgettable experience.

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Get a lot of interesting information about Dresden. Very personable guide! I didn't find the tasting in the basement of a passage quite as stylish and the mulled wine was also a little different. I might have wished for that at a stand at one of the markets. But it didn't hurt the lead in the end.

It was an entertaining and powerful evening. Great artists, pleasant ambience, warm welcome at reception... We were thrilled and can recommend the gala concert - we heard Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Sehr informative und kurzweilige Nachtwächter Tour mit vielen Interessanten Informationen. Hatten mit Klaus einen super tollen Abend.

It was a very beautiful evening. We bought the CD ourselves to remember this great concert.

Excellent musicians, very good acoustics, comparatively small frame. Great experience!