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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

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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

mascotusa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

highly recommend this trip, absolutely great guide and comfortable coach with adequate time to visit palace and collection of treasures. great value for the oney

KAREN E N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

An excellent tour with Alex as our guide. The bus was comfortable, the guide very knowledgeable and we had time on our own to look around and go back to some attractions. A long day out but worth the day.

Doron M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

ZenyG United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I truly enjoyed this Dresden day trip learning the history and culture of this amazing city. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the city and very informative. We had plenty of time to tour and learn the area and was given ample time to have lunch and walk around on our own before heading back to Berlin. I booked my hotel close to the meeting point which is right next to the train and bus station. I highly recommend this tour!

Dina R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The trip was fantastic - really interesting and lead by lovely people. We had Lior as our guide, and he was very knowledgeable and friendly, and even recommended loads of other things for my friend and I to do at the end of the trip. 100% recommend!!

C K s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Oren is a wonderful guide. Bus is clean and comfortable. Tour gives you basics of Dresden. It and #39;s not tiring and great variety of food to eat, at nice restaurants like Emila or Edilweiss. We sat on the Church and heard a live choir. Have an ice cream and e marvel at rebuil town after war.

Richard R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour provides a nice overview of Dresden. It is a perfect day trip. Keren our guide was knowledgeable and super nice. The tour left me wanting to return again to Dresden on my own and stay awhile.

Nestor R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a great day trip. The guide takes you through the city and points our 4 highlights before giving you time for lunch and shopping on your own. Dresden is easy to get around on foot. The ride is 2.5 hours each way. We felt like it was a great value compared to going on your own by train.

Sandy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had Alix as our guide to Dresden, and she was terrific - if I give her 6 stars, I would - she was very knowledgeable, personable - we had horrible weather, but she really made the best of it. She was wonderful and, of course, Dresden was beautiful and fascinating!

Italjo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We were with Alex guide.
She know his history about Berlin to Dresden very well.
We appreciated the journey.

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