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How to Spend 3 Days in Dresden

How to Spend 3 Days in Dresden

Music fans, history buffs, and shoppers seeking Germany’s famous Christmas markets are all drawn to the city of Dresden. With three days, not only you can learn about World War II history, drive a classic East German car, and take a walking tour focused on street art, but you’ll also have time to take a day trip into the Czech Republic. Here are a few ways to spend your three days in Dresden.  

Day 1: Explore the Old Town

To get your bearings in Dresden, begin your trip with a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour and check off popular landmarks such as Zwinger Palace, or take a walking tour of the Old Town to learn about the city’s history, including its post–World War II reconstruction. Cold War history buffs might consider touring the city behind the wheel of a classic East German Trabi, with a guide along for commentary, while travelers looking to maximize time can opt for a private tour customized to their schedule and interests. Seasonal tours are also available, such as Christmas Market tours during the holiday season. 

Day 2: Dresden Today

Discover the contemporary culture of Dresden with a day focused on the arts. When you join a guide for a stroll through the trendy Outer New Town (Äussere Neustadt) district that focuses on street art, you’ll get off the beaten path and see colorful murals and tags created by street artists. Afterward, visit one of the city’s top cultural attractions during a tour of the Dresden Opera (Dresdner Semperoper), then see large-scale artistic re-creations of the city at different points in history at Panometer Dresden. Alternatively, see vintage trains, planes, and automobiles at the family-friendly Dresden Transport Museum (Verkehrsmuseum Dresden). To top off the evening, experience Dresden’s spooky side with an Old Town walk led by a costumed guide telling ghost stories. 

Day 3: Beyond Dresden

Spend your third day exploring beyond the city on a day trip. Take a private transfer from Dresden to the Czech capital, and spend the day independently exploring Prague’s Old Town, covering such highlights as Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge (Karlův Most), along with anything else that interests you. Alternatively, adventurous travelers may want to plan a day in the great outdoors. Go hiking in Saxon Switzerland National Park (Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz) and see medieval castle ruins and panoramic views of the Elbe River canyon, then cross the border into the Czech section of the park. Hotel pickup and round-trip transportation from Dresden are included for tours into the countryside. 

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Dresden Walking Tour of the Historic Old Town with English Speaking Guide

Dresden Walking Tour of the Historic Old Town with English Speaking Guide

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Discover the marvellous monuments and architectural wonders of Dresden on a guided walking tour. Learn how the jewel of baroque Germany was painstakingly reconstructed after WWII as you follow your guide around the elegant plazas and grand boulevards. Keep your camera to hand as you pass the striking Zwinger Palace and Theater Square; take a peek inside the Church of Our Lady; and admire the dramatic Procession of Princes mural.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Best of Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip from Dresden - Hiking Tour

Best of Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip from Dresden - Hiking Tour

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Leave the rush of Dresden behind and experience the beauty of the Central European landscape. Spend a day in Saxon Switzerland National Park, which is popular with both locals and international climbers. This small-group tour picks you up at your accommodation and gets you to the park early to avoid crowds. All your needs are met—comfortable travel, navigation on your hike, authentic Czech/German food and drink, even your ride back to your hotel.
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  • 9 hours
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Dresden Private Christmas Market Tour from Prague

Dresden Private Christmas Market Tour from Prague

Enjoy a day at Dresden's traditional German Christmas market on this private tour from Prague. With private round-trip transportation, there's no need to rent a car, and you can sip as much German mulled wine as you like while you explore the market. Your guide will lead a walking tour of the city that hits all the highlights, then you can explore the Dresden Striezelmarkt to pick up souvenirs and holiday gifts.
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  • 8 hours
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Dresden Private Walking Tour

Dresden Private Walking Tour

Explore Dresden with ease and efficiency on a short walking tour to the city’s highlights, including the Lutheran Church of Our Lady, Dresden Castle, and Zwinger Palace. In addition to navigating, your guide offers little-known facts and an inside perspective on Dresden’s rich history. A range of morning and afternoon departure times are offered to fit your schedule.
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Big Sightseeing Tour in Dresden

Big Sightseeing Tour in Dresden

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Our sightseeing tours with the Red Double Deckers are entertaining, as well as informative.  Enjoy the view from the „top floor“ an see the historical centre. The roundtrip takes you through quarters with splendid art nouveau architecture and to the impressive residental area of eastern Dresden. Exprience „Blaues Wunder“ the well known bridge of Dresden, and lean back while driving through the picturesque  meadows of river Elbe with its castles. The tout continues along „Pfunds Molkerei“ (Pfund´s diary) and into the baroque part of Dresden-Neustadt.  Out tours are fully escorted and narrated in german by our live speaking Dresden tour guides. Take a ride with the Red Double Deckers and let Dresden surprise you. Tour is only available in german language!
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Panometer Dresden Entrance Ticket

Panometer Dresden Entrance Ticket

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The Panometer Dresden is one of Dresden’s most unique museums, displaying a gigantic panoramic painting of the Baroque city by acclaimed artist Yadegar Asisi. This admission ticket offers flexible entrance, so you can visit at a time that suits you and spend as long as you like admiring the exhibitions.
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Street Art Tour Dresden Neustadt

Street Art Tour Dresden Neustadt

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Learn about Dresden’s street art scene on this Street Art Tour in Äußere Neustadt district. You won’t have to worry about navigating, as you’ll have a guide to take you around. The tour will take you to a wide selection of murals, stencils, tags, and unique street art that you wouldn’t find without a guide. Your experience will be enriched with guide insights on the specific techniques used too. An informative, fun and colorful tour.
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Private Transfer from Dresden to Prague

Private Transfer from Dresden to Prague

Enjoy a comfortable ride from Dresden to Prague with this private transfer service. While you leave the navigating to a professional driver, relax on the 2-hour journey in a private Mercedes vehicle. When booking, select the appropriate vehicle option for your group size, including an option for a Mercedes S class.
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