Dresden Old Town

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Basic Information
Short Description
A tour of the main sights of Dresden, giving an overview of the history, culture and daily life of the city
Total time
2 h 15 minutes
English, German (check the booking calendar for availability)
Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities
Meeting point
Martin Luther Statue at the Neumarkt (next to Frauenkirche) - look for the guide with the yellow umbrellaGo to map
Ending point
Near the Dresden Zwinger
Additional info
♿️Suitable for people with reduced mobility.

Dresden, beautifully set at the river Elbe, is one of Germany’s most wonderful cities, with the famous porcelain-like, baroque architecture dominating its silhouette. Fittingly, the capital of Saxony hides a grandiose history of princes and kings, but also its fair share of tragedies.

Elbe is often described as the line dividing the Germanic and Slavic civilizations of old – we would argue and claim that it actually connects them, and you can feel that in Dresden. The city was once a small Slavic settlement and so its name sounds very familiar to anyone speaking Czech, Slovak, Polish or Sorbian. A small village turned into a city built around a castle in the 13th century and grew into one of the most important trading centers of the region at the end of the Middle Ages. One of the sources of its prosperity was silver and lead mined in the nearby Rudavy mountains. It was also then, at the end of the 15th century, when Dresden was elevated to become the seat of the Holy Roman Empire’s prince-electors. But it wasn’t until the early 1700s, when it really started to shine. It was then when the Saxon princes of the Wettin dynasty were elected Kings of Poland and Grand Dukes of Lithuania and Dresden gained its almost imperial grandeur. Zwinger Palace, Frauenkirche and the redesigned Dresden Castle are only a few pearls among dozens of baroque structures adorning the panorama.

Yet, it was not to last forever. The events of the 20th century, Nazi domination and subsequent World War 2 left the city famously bombed to the point beyond recognition. However, unlike many of its Western German counterparts, the city centre of Dresden was painstakingly restored using old techniques and design elements and now, together with Warsaw, its stands as the most impressive example of historical reconstructions in Europe. So much so that while walking along its cobbled streets, you might not even notice that it’s all… new.

On our tour, we will present you with the history of the city and its current lively face. We will be sure to make you understand how the Germanic organization merged with Slavic hopeless romanticism to form one of a kind Central European fusion.

On this tour, you will see:

  • Neumarkt & Frauenkurche with the staue of Martin Luter

  • Fürstenzug – the gallery of the prince-electors of Saxony

  • Dresden Castle

  • Altmarkt – Kreuzkirche – palace of culture

  • Brühlsche Terrasse

  • Hofkirche

  • Semperoper

  • Zwinger Palace near the Elbe bridge

Today, Dresden is a leading tourism and educational hub and attracts visitors from Germany and abroad. A short ride from Prague and Berlin helps to plan it as a short weekend trip, but it can also be a base to discover the beauty of Saxony with the nearby Bautzen, the centre of the Sorbian culture or Meisen, famous for its medieval old town and porcelain.

Meeting Point
Martin Luther Statue at the Neumarkt (next to Frauenkirche) - look for the guide with the yellow umbrella

Booking is obligatory. Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 7 people on them. If you travel in a party of 8 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.

Depth of history revealed

3 days ago

Nicoli was an excellent guide for our first day in Dresden. He gave us a nice history lesson on the city. Thank you for a great your.


An interesting tour in dresden

3 days ago

Thank you for a pleasent tour,informative and interesting. a nice walk in an interesting city

Tomer bonnie

An excellent informative walk.

4 days ago

I would highly recommend this tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and answered any questions with competence showing a thorough knowledge of the city.

Gill Gibson

Great tour! Awesome tour guide!

1 week ago

Our tour guide was very passionate and informative about Dresden! Well worth it! It did not disappoint! It is the most beautiful European cities that I have seen!


Great tour in Dresden, very good guide

1 week ago

Great tour, very good guude with a lot of knowledge of history and present of the city of Dresden


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