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Dresden: Elbe River Cruise to Pillnitz Castle

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Cruise along the Elbe River, admire Dresden's magnificent skyline and spot iconic castles and the grand Pillnitz Palace.


  • Glide along the serene Elbe River on a round-trip cruise from Dresden to Pillnitz, enjoying the historical skyline and lush riverbanks.

  • Revel in the convenience of round-trip tickets, transfers to/from the pier, onboard amenities, and insightful audio commentary in English and German.

  • Witness the grandeur of Albrechtsberg, Eckberg, and Lingner castles, the villa quarter Loschwitz, and the famous Blue Wonder Bridge.

  • Enjoy a 20-minute stopover at the 18th-century Pillnitz Palace, the former summer residence of the Saxon royal court, brimming with history and Baroque charm.

  • Fun fact: Pillnitz Castle isn't just a castle—it's also where you'll find the world's oldest Camellia tree, planted in 1801 and towering over 9 meters tall today!


  • Round-trip cruise from Dresden to Pillnitz & direct return

  • Audio commentary in German & English

  • Transfers to/from pier


  • Food & drinks

  • Entry to castles

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.


3 reviews
Larissa Caroline Nikolaus



Jun, 2024

The staff on board were super nice, the surroundings were just beautiful, the only thing we had to criticize was that the volume of the tour description could have been a little louder, as we could only understand half of it. And the announcements of stops were a little too loud and echoed through the ship
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Alexander Karl-Heinz Grosch



Jun, 2024

The staff on board were very friendly and the view was just great
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Sandy Schettler-Kopf



Jun, 2024

Cruising through time, a journey on the Elbe River

Begin your journey at the Terrassenufer in Dresden, where you board a comfortable cruise ship ready to guide you through the city's rich history. The transfer to and from the pier is taken care of, adding convenience to your journey. As you sail along the picturesque Elbe River, admire the stunning views of Dresden's historic skyline and lush riverbanks. Witness the iconic 3 Elbe castles, Albrechtsberg, Eckberg, and Lingner, standing proudly along the river. Your audio commentary in both English and German brings to life the tales that these landmarks hold. Pass under the famous Elbe bridges, including the architectural marvel, Blue Wonder Bridge. Your ship then drops anchor at the magnificent 18th-century Pillnitz Palace, giving you a chance to gaze at its majestic architecture for about 20 minutes before heading back.

What’s allowed

  • You can bring your dog, but you need to keep an eye on them and keep them on a leash.

What’s not allowed

  • Smoking onboard is prohibited.


  • The experience is wheelchair accessible.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please arrive at the boarding point 15 mins before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the boarding point.

Boarding point

  • Board your cruise at Servicestation Terrassenufer - Sächsische Dampfschifffahrt.

  • Address: Augustusbrücke, Terrassenufer, 01067 Dresden, Germany.

  • Landmark: Located on the banks of the Elbe between the Augustus Bridge and the Carola Bridge. The service station with a large display board is located at Pier #2.

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