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Scavenger Hunt Through Historic Dresden

1. Scavenger Hunt Through Historic Dresden

Discover Dresden’s historic city centre in a wholly new way with the Scavenger Hunt City Game. This is how the Scavenger Hunt City Game works: The city game box contains 11 sealed and numbered envelopes, each holding riddles that need to be solved. Following clear and precise directions, you will be taken on a walk through Dresden’s wonderful historic city centre. Solve the riddles to find your way to the various sights. Once you solve a riddle you will be given a number, which reveals which envelope to open next. You don’t know ahead of time in which succession the Scavenger Hunt City Game envelopes need to be opened. Additionally, for all the sights you visit, you will receive detailed information regarding their historical background, current use, and much more. It’s up to you when to start your Scavenger Hunt City Game through Dresden’s historic city centre and also how long you wish to stay at each location. Let yourself be transported on a mysterious and unconventional tour! You can take a break from your City Game at any time or even continue your Scavenger Hunt on another day – just as you like. You will pass numerous cafes and restaurants, perfect for lingering a while whenever you feel you need a rest. Experience Dresden’s historic city centre with the Scavenger Hunt City Game in a unique way. Simply book the City Game, get it sent to you or pick it up, and you’re ready to go. You start at the Theaterplatz, in the immediate proximity of the Semperoper. Next, you will pass the Augustusbrücke and the Katholische Hofkirche on the way to Brühl’s Terrace. You can also discover the Academy of Fine Arts, with its impressive dome, and the architecturally unique New Synagogue. Of course, you will also see the famous Frauenkirche, the Dresden Castle and the Zwinger. There is no need to make an appointment for your Scavenger Hunt City Game. Simply book the City Game box and get it sent to you (the shipping costs are already included in the price) or notify us and come pick it up during our opening times – then you’re ready to go.

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From Berlin: Guided Day Trip to Dresden

2. From Berlin: Guided Day Trip to Dresden

Join this fascinating day trip to Dresden aboard your coach hired just for this round trip to Dresden. Dresden was the royal residence of the Saxon Kings, who established a city of such cultural and artistic splendour it was named “The Pearl of the Baroque.” To this day it is still considered one of Germany's most beautiful cities. During the tour you’ll explore the immaculately restored Old Town and Old Market, including the famous Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), the Semper Opera House, and the Balcony of Europe – once Dresden's defensive rampart on the River Elbe. You will also wander around the Zwinger medieval fortress – home to the Old Masters’ Collection featuring works by Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, and more. During the tour, you will also learn about the Albertinum, Blue Wonder, Dresden Castle, Taschenberg Palace, and Procession of Princes. Walk by the Augustus Bridge, Brühl's Terrasse and the New Market. Hear stories of Dresden at the time of August the Strong (who allegedly sired 300 children), emotional wartime experiences, and the Communist era. Discover the vibrant city of today, and enjoy free time to visit the world-class museums, relax on the waterfront, or stroll through the flea market.

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From Prague: Bastei and Dresden Small-Group Day Trip

3. From Prague: Bastei and Dresden Small-Group Day Trip

Combine history, culture, and nature on this day trip from Prague. Travel in a comfortable minivan with wifi, accompanied by an expert guide. Explore the Bastei Bridge, the most popular part of Saxon Switzerland, located just a 2-hour drive from Prague. Enjoy panoramic views of the Elbe Canyon and River and walk across the famous sandstone bridge that connects Bastei and the ruins of an old Neurathen rock castle. Continue through Saxon land to the city of Dresden, notable for its stunningly rebuilt architecture and modern cultural history. After a delicious lunch in a local restaurant, discover this city's rich architecture and see for yourself what makes it a popular royal retreat. Visit some of its historical monuments such as the Royal Palace and the Zwinger Old Master Gallery. Here, see masterworks including the ‘Sistine Madonna’ by Raphael and admire the domed Frauenkirche (Church of the Virgin Mary).  In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore the rest of the city at your own pace.

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Dresden: Old Town Scavenger Hunt for Kids (in German)

4. Dresden: Old Town Scavenger Hunt for Kids (in German)

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.

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From Prague: Guided Dresden Day Trip with Lunch

5. From Prague: Guided Dresden Day Trip with Lunch

Explore the most spectacular Baroque city in Germany on this day trip to Dresden from Prague. Discover the historic sites in a city once called the “Florence of the North” with an English-speaking guide. Visit the terrific Frauenkirche church, the renowned Dresden Cathedral, and the world-famous Zwinger museum complex. Choose to begin your trip either at the meeting point or at your hotel in Prague. Set off early in the morning and arrive in Dresden approximately 2 hours later. First, make your way to the stunning Bruhl’s Terrace, sometimes called the “Balcony of Europe.” From the terrace, look across the River Elbe and see the historic architecture lining the streets of Dresden Neustadt. After a cup of coffee and a famous local dessert in a renowned local café, visit the breathtaking Frauenkirche church, badly damaged during World War II and recently fully restored. Then, admire the ingenious Furstenzug — The Procession of Princes. As it stands over 10 metres tall, you’ll need to crane your neck to take in the detailed artwork. The next stop will be at Dresden Cathedral, whose façade is covered with intricate sculptures and reliefs. After walking through the doors, marvel as your eyes are drawn immediately to a large painting of Jesus Christ ascending to the sky. The inside of the cathedral also includes a stone pulpit and the tombs of former Saxon sovereigns. After exploring the cathedral, stop for a traditional German lunch in a cozy local restaurant. Finish your tour of Dresden by visiting the Zwinger museums and admiring the art and amazing porcelain. Finally, head back to Prague, where you should arrive around 7 PM.

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From Berlin: Round-Trip Guided Tour of Dresden

6. From Berlin: Round-Trip Guided Tour of Dresden

Start your Dresden city tour from the comfort and convenience of your accommodation in Berlin. Your friendly and informative guide/driver will pick you up here at the start of the day, ensuring you skip any of the hassle of catching public transport. The distance from Berlin city center is about 190 km, making the drive to Dresden a relaxing and scenic 2 - 2.5-hour journey. Sit back and relax during your journey in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle and let your driver/guide do all the work for you.  Upon arrival in Dresden, your tour guide will be sure to show you all the major landmarks of the city, providing you with fascinating historical information at the same time. Some of the places you will get to see are the Semper Opera, the castle, Frauenkirche, Zwinger, Turkish Well, Brühl's Terrace, Cathedral, Pfunds Molkerei shop, the Golden Horsemen and the Princes Parade. Additional hours are available optionally and in addition, the tour can be combined with a visit to the porcelain factory of Meissen. Enjoy a relaxing end to your day of adventure with a lift back to Berlin city, right to the doorstep of your accommodation. 

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Full day Tour to Dresden with Zwinger visit from Prague

7. Full day Tour to Dresden with Zwinger visit from Prague

Dresden's beauty disappeared during bombing raids on the nights of Feb 13th and 14th, 1945. But, as many other cities, Dresden has risen from the ashes like mythical phoenix, and is now restored to its original beauty. Ater enjoying a 3-hour drive you will arrive in Dresden. The tour begins in the historc center where you will visit the Zwinger. Gaze at the Zwinger Gallery's collection of famous masters. See the Sistine Madonna by Raphael along with paintings by Tizian, Canaletto, Lucas Cranach the Elder and of several Flemish artists. Next, view the rest of the Palace before visiting the rebuilt Church of the Virgin Mary. After your guided tour enjoy free time for lunch or shopping before returning to Prague.

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Dresden: Classic Old Town Tour

8. Dresden: Classic Old Town Tour

Experience the beauty of Dresden and discover the historic heart of the city on this 2-hour walking tour. Let this spirited and humorous tour tell you all about the Saxon lifestyle, architecture and culture as wells as the history of Dresden. Stroll the historic street of the old town with your local guide and see the most famous buildings. Enjoy the baroque Zwinger with the Kronentor gate, the famous Semperoper at Theaterplatz, the Taschenbergpalais, Dresden Cathedral, Dresden Castle, the Fürstenzug, the Frauenkirche (with interior visit), the newly-rebuilt Neumarkt, Brühl's Terrace with a view of the state ministries, the new Synagogue, the Altmarkt with the Kulturpalast, and much more.

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What people are saying about Zwinger

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 193 reviews

Great overview sightseeing day of Dresden

Perfect day for getting out of Berlin by motor coach. See the country for a 2 hour drive to Dresden. Tour the city by an informed guide giving info on history of the city and buildings. Have the afternoon, about 3 hours to tour on your own, have a nice lunch. Climb to the top of the church dome for a great overview of the city and the river. Back in Berlin at 7pm- great tour

Scenic, picturesque, sunny day with a great, knowledgeable Tour guide.

Lior was an exceptional guide, enough information but not overpowering, the city was beautiful, amazing reflection on history and royalty at the end of the day.

Great Day Out

Very professional but relaxed atmosphere tour. Very educational and guide was a pleasure.

Lior was knowledgeable and a great guide. Well worth the trip.

Interesting

Nice guide, impressive old town with difficult history!