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

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

BusyM

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was my favorite city on this Germany tour. Wish I had more time to take it all in, but the few hours there was sufficient. The American-born guide was very well versed in the history of Berlin and Dresden and I appreciated her knowledge and passion. She was also very friendly, unlike the local guides there. This was an amazing experience! Thank you Orit!!!

Sanjay C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great option for a day drip to Dresden from Berlin. Had enough time to know the city with the guide, learn the history and then spend additional time by yourself going around.

SUBBARAYAN K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We went in a very comfortable coach to Dresden. Dresden is amazingly a beautiful city with lots of history. It is worth a visit. Our guide was from Los Angeles so she was able to communicate with us perfectly.

William L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The tour guide was very good. Excellent tour if you only have one day in Dresden.

Alexander S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Outstanding day trip, well worth time and cost!

amiel s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We had a wonderful trip to Dresden .Oren the guide was excellent.We went with the guide on a walking tour and after that we had three hours on our own.We recommend this tour very much.

Selvi K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Dresden itself was amazing. The guide complemented the tour of this city. A must see! Viator did well in this tour.

brianandrewosborne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing!

Ken J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

A visit which was great value, cheaper than going by train from Berlin. A superb city which has been renovated to a remarkable standard. The guide was most informative and helpful.

Angela D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I highly recommend the day trip to Dresden!! Such a beautiful, romantic, historic city. Our guild Amit was so nice and full of information about the Berlin and Dresden!!
Thank you!!

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