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

1. 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.

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Dresden: Night Watchman Tour Through The Old Town

2. Dresden: Night Watchman Tour Through The Old Town

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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Combo Ticket Dresden: Semperoper & Old Town Tour

3. Combo Ticket Dresden: Semperoper & Old Town Tour

Experience an interesting 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. 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. Enjoy a multi-faceted look at this breathtaking opera house. Let your German-speaking guide share the countless interesting cultural highlights of Dresden with you on this tour and discover the Zwinger, Dresden Castle, the world-famous Frauenkirche and the newly-established Neumarkt.

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Dresden: The Original Night Watchman Tour in Lantern Light

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

Explore Dresden's beautiful Old Town at dusk and follow the historical night watchman on his rounds. At nightfall, the hour of the night watchman strikes. His horns ring in narrow alleys, the light of his lantern 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.

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Dresden: Old and New Town Night Watchman Tour

5. Dresden: Old and New Town Night Watchman Tour

Join this entertaining tour with spooky stories and juicy anecdotes from centuries past. Follow the historical Night Watchman on their rounds through winding alleys, hidden backyards and along famous sights on both sides of the Elbe river. Experience the uncanny sites of Dresden in the flickering lantern lights against a spectacular backdrop steeped in history. Discover the secrets of the city as the Night Watchman tells you of powerful rulers, influential courtesans and the splendour of the Saxon Court.

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Dresden: Private Old Town Walking Tour

6. Dresden: Private Old Town Walking Tour

Travel back in time and immerse yourself in the history and culture of Dresden. You will be able to hear little anecdotes and big 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, experience the vigor of the Renaissance and the grandeur of the Baroque. You can 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. This walking tour through the historic old town starts at Neumarkt. From here you will see Dresden's most famous attractions, including Frauenkirche, Semperoper and the Baroque Zwinger. From Dresden Castle, head to Brühl's Terrace, the Procession of Princes and and Stallhof, until you arrive at Dresden Cathedral. Next, follow your guide to Taschenbergpalais and Augustus Bridge, before concluding your walking tour near Frauenkirche.

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Dresden: Historical Walking Tour and Chocolate Museum Ticket

7. 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.

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Dresden: Zwinger Guided Tour

8. Dresden: Zwinger Guided Tour

Experience the splendor of the Zwinger, one of Dresden's most famous buildings. Marvel at the beautiful architecture inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Inside the Zwinger, an expansive courtyard with fountains and lush lawns hints at lavish 18th-century celebrations. Behind the stone walls, world-renowned art collections attract all types of visitors. A certified tour guide will guide you through the rich history of Dresden's splendid collections of paintings and porcelain as well as milestones of scientific inventions. Learn more about powerful Roman Gods and playful nymphs. Walk through 300 years of turbulent history and hear about the lost and recovered art during WWII.

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Dresden: Welcome Card with Museum Entrance and Discounts

9. Dresden: Welcome Card with Museum Entrance and Discounts

Experience cultural and musical experiences and visit restaurants with the Dresden Museums Card and discover the capital of Saxony over 2 days. Use the included services and save with countless discounts and offers for tourists, including city tours, walking tours, concerts, theater performances, restaurants and shopping. Free entry to the following museums and exhibitions is included: At the Zwinger Palace • Porcelain Collection • Museum of Mathematics and Physics • Old Masters Picture Gallery with Sculpture Collection until 6 PM (reopening Feb. 29, 2020) At Dresden Castle: • Royal State Apartments and the Porcelain Cabinet • Cabinet of Prints, Drawings and Photographs • Coin Cabinet • New Green Vault • Renaissance Wing • The New Hall of the Giants • Turkish Chamber At the Albertinum Modern Art Museum: • Art from the Romantic period to the present day At the Jägerhof Museum of Saxon Folk Art: • Museum of Saxon Folk Art and Puppet Theatre Collection • Japanese Palace (special exhibitions) • Lipsiusbau Exhibition Hall • Joseph Hegenbarth Archive • Schiller Pavilion – smallest museum in Dresden (Museen der Stadt Dresden) Special offers for further exhibitions: • Deutsches Hygiene – Museum The Human Adventure (-10%) • Deutsches Hygiene – Museum Children’s Museum the World of the Senses (-10%) • Karl May Museum Radebeul (-10%) • Panometer Dresden (-1,50 EUR) • Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Museum (reduced admission) • The World of GDR (-1,50 EUR) • Memorial Place Bautzner Straße (-1,00 EUR) • Hans Körnig Museum (-1,00 EUR) • Kraszewski-Museum (reduced admission) • Kügelgenhaus – Museum of Dresden Romanticism (reduced admission) • Kunsthaus Dresden – Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Art (reduced admission) • Leonhardi Museum (reduced admission) • Palitzsch Museum (reduced admission) • Dresden City Art Museum (reduced admission) • Dresden City Museum (reduced admission) • Museum of Technology and Industry (reduced admission) Special offers for concerts and theater: • Hellerau – European Centre for the Arts (-20%) • Dresden State Operetta (-20%) • State Playhouse Dresden (2 for 1) • Theaterkahn Dresden (-10%) Discounts on city tours and walking tours: • Der besondere Stadtrundgang (-20%) • Dresden im Laternenlicht (-20%) • Genusswandern in der Sächsischen Schweiz (-20%) • Lieblingsorte der Dresdner – Der Insider-Ausflug (-20%) • Glanzlichter Dresdens (up to 12,00 EUR discount) • Semperoper erleben (Dresden opera house) (-1,00 EUR) • Comedy tour Dresden (-5,90 EUR) • Die Roten Doppeldecker: Grand city tour through Dresden (-10%) • Schloss Wackerbarth – Wine or sparkling wine guided tours with tasting (-10%) • Weinerlebniswelt Meissen – wine cellar guided tour (-10%) Restaurants and Leisure Activities: • There are also more than 20 special offers on culinary experiences and leisure activities Castles and Parks in the Area:  • Discover five of the most famous castles and parks near Dresden with reduced entry, including one featured in the movie Charlie’s Angels.

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Dresden: Smile Tour with Prosecco

10. Dresden: Smile Tour with Prosecco

Discover the beauty of Dresden and discover the gorgeous old town in an amusing way. See the most famous sights of the city and admire the lovely buildings like the Dresden Castle, the Zwinger, the Semperoper and the newly-built Frauenkirche.  Learn more about the bygone days of Dresden and the countless ways in which it was destroyed over the course of World War II. Remember to smile and enjoy the truly delightful areas of the old town with a glass of bubbly prosecco.

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What people are saying about Zwinger

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4.4 / 5

based on 3,685 reviews

We had a really entertaining city tour with our bus driver. There were always additions to the importers from the driver himself, funny and informative.

very insightful. we probably spent a bit too much time in the opera house, and not enough time in the old city.

Def. Recommendable tour. Small, very informative chocolate museum with a really great shop.

Fantastic museums although some were not included despite being on the list.

It was great, a tour all over the city to see all historical monuments.