Tour code: 5560DRESDEN
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 coach bus 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

S C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic tour and great knowledge from Alex on the way to Dresden and while walking round.
Was also really good to wander round the city on your own to look at some of the sights in more detail or enjoy the local cuisine.

Well worth doing, if you want to experience more of Germany

Adi G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

great experience worth the 2 and half hour drive !

James C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour, great memories, tour guide Shlomit is awesome, the way she narrated history was like watching movie, thumbs up and highly recommended.

Miriam L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was fantastic. Our guide, Asaf, was full of interesting information so I learned a lot. Dresden is very beautiful. I really enjoyed having a guide at the beginning and then have a lot of free time to explore by myself.
I highly recommend this tour.

barry c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Well organised, very informative and great guides.

Pamela J USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour guide. Be aware that in one afternoon you can only get an overview of the historical city center and maybe see one museum. There is a lot to see there.

Aleksandra L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great trip. Alex was an amazing guide. Dresden is a beuatiful city, definitely worth to see!

Jacqueline G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

While is was a long day, it was worth it. Our guide, Alex, provided a great detailed description of the history of Dresden on the trip down and we had a great walking tour when we arrived. We were given plenty of free time to walk the city ourselves and visit the museums/galleries. A definite for those interested in seeing amazing architecture and knowing more about WWII history.

ROB USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour, our guide was wonderful! Beautiful place to see..

s.norman789

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We booked this trip before we travelled to Berlin as to be honest, I didn't really think it's a place we would necessarily choose to go to for a city break, so thought a day trip was ideal.
Our Aussie guide Alex was brilliant and very knowledgeable, especially as she majored in history, so was able to give us loads of information with great relish, that we might never have found out! Even though the tour was over 10 hours long, Alex made the day very enjoyable and we had great fun. She took us to the most important places and explained about the devastation during WWII together the rebuilding of the city. Even though so much was destroyed the city still has a magical charm about it and the surrounding countryside is lovely, so maybe a longer trip could be incorporated next time. We had a few hours to ourselves to explore the city, which was really nice to do and to browse in the porcelain shops, which were fabulous.
We had an amazing day and would highly recommend it. It's most definitely well worth taking this tour and hopefully you'll get Alex as your guide.

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