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How to Spend 2 Days in Dresden

How to Spend 2 Days in Dresden

Grand architecture, cultural landmarks, and a reconstructed Old Town all draw travelers to the vibrant German city of Dresden. If you have two days in this eastern German metropolis, you can join a local guide for a customized tour, visit a museum showcasing vintage cars, and learn about how the city rebuilt after World War II. Here are our tips for how to spend 48 hours in Dresden. 

Day 1: Explore the Old Town

**Morning:**Get your bearings in Dresden with an introductory tour. Go for a ride on the double-decker hop-on hop-off bus to move quickly and see top landmarks such as Zwinger Palace, or join a walking tour of the compact Old Town and learn how it was reconstructed after terrible bombings in World War II. 

**Afternoon:**This afternoon, climb behind the wheel of a classic East German car and cruise between city landmarks while hearing stories about local history from your guide. Alternatively, let someone else do the driving on a city tour in a private vehicle with hotel pickup and drop-off.

**Night:**Get to know Dresden by night on an after-dark tour. Accompany a night watchman on his evening rounds in the Old Town as he regales you with ghost stories and local history. For added convenience, choose a tour that also includes a traditional dinner and the chance to taste a variety of German beers. 

Day 2: Contemporary Dresden

**Morning:**Get up early to explore the happening Outer New Town (Äussere Neustadt) district, where you can see the city’s creative side during a street-art tour. Go off the beaten path with a local guide, and learn about the contemporary art scene. Alternatively, visit the Panometer Dresden to see giant-scale panoramic paintings that re-create Dresden at different points throughout history. 

**Afternoon:**Spend this afternoon delving deeper into a personal interest. See an architectural landmark with a ticket to the Dresden Opera (Dresdner Semperoper), or learn about vintage cars and historic locomotives at the Dresden Transport Museum (Verkehrsmuseum Dresden). Travelers who are visiting during the holiday season may want to check out seasonal options, such as a guided tour of the city’s Christmas markets. 

**Night:**Spend your last evening on a customized private tour, following an itinerary based on your individual interests. With your local guide leading the way, you can get off the beaten path, perhaps exploring the city’s best restaurants and bars. 

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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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Dresden City Tour with Hotel pick up and Drop off

Dresden City Tour with Hotel pick up and Drop off

Explore Dresden without the stress of planning on a half-day tour with convenient round-trip transport from the doorstep of your accommodation. In addition to navigating, your guide provides little-known facts and stories about the city’s top landmarks, including Zwinger Palace, the Semper Opera House, and the Church of Our Lady. The half-day itinerary leaves you with plenty of time in the day to relax or explore at your own pace.
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  • 4 hours
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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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  • 2 to 3 hours
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