- Full-day trip to Dresden from Berlin
- Take a guided walking tour of Dresden and learn about the city’s fascinating history
- See top Dresden attractions, such as the Semperoper, the Frauenkirche and the Zwinger
- Stroll along the river Elbe and enjoy beautiful views of the city
- Enjoy free time to explore the city at your leisure
- Transport by comfortable, modern, air-conditioned minivan
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What You Can Expect
Learn about Dresden's history and how it served as a cultural capital between 1806 and 1918 under reign of the Saxon Kings. As you walk around, learn about the tragic end of World War 2 and hear about the controversial bombing in February 1945, during which the whole city center was destroyed. After the city's reconstruction and since the reunification of Germany in 1990, Dresden has regained importance as one of the country's cultural centers, now featuring 56 galleries, 44 museums and 36 theaters, including the former royal treasure collection, the 'Green Vault.'
See the neo-Renaissance Semperoper opera house, in which the world-famous composer Richard Wagner held some of his premiers. Next to the opera house is the Zwinger, one of the most delightful baroque constructions in Germany. Once a palace for parties and celebrations for the royals, it now houses museums including the Old Masters Picture Gallery featuring among others Raphael's Sistine Madonna and a porcelain museum. Admire the impressive and newly rebuilt Frauenkirche, completely destroyed in 1945, which served as a war memorial in the German Democratic Republic and was not rebuilt until 2005.
By midday, you'll have time at your leisure to explore this interesting city. To get a feel for it like a true local, have lunch (own expense) at one of the many kneipen (pubs) in Weisse Gasse, a pedestrianized area in the old town. Later, you can visit the sights you saw on your walking tour from the outside in more detail, stroll along the beautiful river Elbe, visit Dresden's many parks, or enjoy a cold beer in a Biergarten (beer garden) overlooking the baroque skyline.
I truly enjoyed our guide Alex, the gal from Perth. She was knowledgeable and witty, which made the tour both informative and fun.
Superb Guide. Well planned both as regards sites of interest guided tour as well as free time for personal exploration.