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  • Location:Berlin, Germany
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Dresden Day Trip from Berlin

Explore the city of Dresden, one of the cultural centers of Germany, on a day trip from Berlin. Take a guided walking tour of Dresden and hear interesting stories about the city’s vibrant history from your expert guide. Discover the city’s main sights, including the Semperoper (Semper Opera), the Zwinger and the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady). After the guided portion of your tour, the afternoon is yours to explore Dresden at your leisure. Stroll through the baroque city, explore the many green parks, or relax by the riverbanks of the Elbe, overlooking the skyline of Dresden.


  • 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

Dresden Day Trip from Berlin

Dresden Day Trip from Berlin

After meeting your guide in central Berlin, sit back and relax aboard an air-conditioned coach during your 2-hour journey to Dresden. When you arrive in Dresden, also known as the 'Jewel Box' because of its rococo and baroque city center, your guide will show you the city on a walking tour.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This is a long day trip, but well worth the effort, as Dresden is a most interesting and beautiful city. Our guide, Alex, was entertaining and informative, kept us awake on the outward trip and let us sleep on the return journey. The tour of Dresden was extensive and included many highlights that we had wanted to see, but also provided sufficient free time for shopping, cake discoveries etc.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I already submitted a lengthy review on the day after I took the tour. The tour was very informative and enjoyable and very well organised and definitely to be highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fabulous !! our guide Alex was amazing !!! very informative and i learned a lot during the trip from Berlin to Dresden. Dresden itself is gorgeous and i would come back.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This is one highlight of our trip. Dresden is a lovely city with so much history behind it. Our guide Alex made it more interesting with her extensive and informative commentary. She was a tireless tourguide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent, bright, knowledgeable tour leader. Much to see and learn, with architecture and history to fill one's heart and mind. Tour leader was a perfect hostess and human being

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was very well-managed and our guide was knowledgeable about Dresden history and German history, in general. The coach ride to and from the city was comfortable and plenty of time was given to explore the city on your own.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Tour was very interesting and very professional person did it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

If you take this our and you are lucky enough to have Alex as your guide you are in for a wonderful day. Alex is a female, by the way.. As we left the City of Berlin bound for Dresden she filled us in on early and contemporary history related to the area. The drive to Dresden went by in a flash. Alex escorted the tour through the City Center - again with detailed commentary about the buildings and that families that contributed to the rich history of Dresden. We had some free time with lunch on our own. We went to the market square for a quick sausage lunch and then enjoyed dessert at the bakery made famous by the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel. There are two restored churches in the City Center: a Protestant Church and a Catholic Church. Don't miss the Protestant Church - it is really unique inside and very beautiful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

An exceptionally well organised and run tour with a stunning city to visit and enjoy

We loved this tour

Highly recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour. We only had the opportunity for a one day tour of Dresden and this met our expectations. The guide was particularly excellent. I would recommend this tour to others.

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