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

Dresden Day Trip from Berlin

Absorb the wealth of culture and elegant architecture found in Dresden, longstanding hub of German arts, during this 10-hour day trip from Berlin. Begin with a guided tour of the city center on foot, learning about its history as you explore the Zwinger palace, Semperoper (Semper Opera) and Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady). Then spend the afternoon independently, wandering through the city’s lush parks, baroque architecture or lovely riverbanks along the Elbe, offering skyline views. This Berlin to Dresden visit also includes transport by air-conditioned coach.

Highlights

  • 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

Get a taste for the city of Dresden, a historic German center of culture during the 19th and early 20th century, on this 10-hour day trip from Berlin. It’s a great opportunity to get a taste for historic Germany as you admire the incredible architectural gems and scenic parks of this elegant town.

Start your day in the morning by meeting your guide at Berlin’s Zoologischer Garten underground or S-Bahn station, continuing by comfortable minivan on the 2-hour drive south to Dresden. This architectural gem of a city, often referred to as the “Jewel Box” because of its wealth of rococo and baroque buildings, offers a range of beautiful sights to explore.

Follow your guide on a walking tour of Dresden’s center, learning about its history between 1806 and 1918, when it served as a key hub of culture for the reigning Saxon Kings. You’ll hear stories about the calamitous events of World War II, including the notorious 1945 bombing which leveled Dresden’s city center. Following a period of reconstruction and the reunification of Germany in 1990, Dresden once again returned to a position of prominence in German cultural life, today boasting more than 50 art galleries, 40 museums and 30 theaters. This includes the “Green Vault,” a unique museum boasting a collection of former royal treasure. 

Head next to the Semperoper, a neo-renaissance opera house where iconic German composer Richard Wagner premiered several of his works. Adjacent to the opera house is the Zwinger, a baroque palace that once hosted celebrations for the royal family. Today, the building is home to a wealth of paintings and porcelain, including Raphael’s Sistine Madonna. Also nearby is the recently reconstructed Frauenkirche, a structure that was ruined in 1945 and served as a war memorial for the East German GDR government until it was rebuilt in 2005.

Around noon you’ll be given free time to wander the city independently. For a true local experience, enjoy lunch at a kneipen (pub) along the Weisse Gasse, the pedestrian street that cuts through Dresden’s Old Town. Feel free to then check out any of the sights from your walking tour in more detail, wander down to the Elbe River to stroll the banks, relax in one of Dresden’s beautiful parks or down an icy-cold beer at the Biergarten (beer garden) with a view of the Dresden skyline.

Customer Reviews

Christine C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had a terrific day trip to Dresden and our guide certainly knew her stuff. The walking tour around Dresden was very informative and we learnt lots that we never knew before. I have to admit I had never heard of Viator before this trip and was a bit dubious as to whether they were going to be any good but the reviews from fellow travellers made me book, and we certainly were not disappointed. Thank you.

Ana-Maria S Romania

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

I liked how they organised things.We were quite many so they arranged two buses. I liked the guide Nadaf, he was very informative and funny. On the way he told us about Berlin, places we passed through and Dresden, combining history, geography and economy, so we could have a pretty good picture. We started in Dresden with a well paced walk, he took us through the old town, and then we had time on our own, which I spent visiting the Palace.

Allan E

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.

Sheila S

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.

Airin C

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.

Dale R

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.

Eleanor S

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

Stephanie D

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.

mtoger

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Tour was very interesting and very professional person did it.

karajohan

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.

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