steamboats along the Elbe river

Dresden's famous White Fleet

While it is absolutely practical and uncomplicated to take the car or train to venture beyond Dresden, we would like to suggest another, possibly the most laid-back way of exploring the Elbe valley in the summer months: Why not travel leisurely by steamboat along the river? The world’s oldest and biggest paddle steamer fleet connects Dresden to Saxon Switzerland upstream and the wine villages beyond Meissen downstream. This cruise passes some remarkable castles, vineyards and beautiful landscapes. Meissen, Pillnitz and other destinations along the Elbe river can be reached this way. Ask your friendly receptionists at Hotel am Blauen Wunder for assistance in booking a boat trip.

Boats depart from the quai at Blaues Wunder, just a few steps away from Hotel am Blauen Wunder.

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Dresden Altstadt "old town"

The splendid residence of the Saxon electors and kings will enchant you with art, architecture, culture and night life.


Dresden Neustadt "new town"

Explore alternative culture, night life and international flair in Dresden's most colorful neighborhood.


Elbe river banks

Our local recreation area - lush nature in the middle of town!


change of perspective

Dresden's two funicular railways offer exceptional views across the Blaues Wunder and Dresden.


art & museums

Raphael’s Sistine Madonna is one of the most famous paintings on display in Dresden, and its angels are the mascots for the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen (State Art Collections). But there are countless more museums and exhibitions waiting for your visit:

  • Gemäldegalerie Alte & Neue Meister
  • Grünes Gewölbe
  • Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • Militärhistorisches Museum
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The baroque castle is surrounded by an extensive woodland reserve complete with animals - a favorite destination for families.



This town is over 1000 years old and invites you to time travel through its crooked alleys and up the steep ascents to the castle hill.


Elbe bike path

If you are travelling by bike, Dresden is a stop you cannot miss. Sections N and O meet here and run through town along either side of the river.


Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Called Saxon Switzerland for good reason, the breathtakingly bizarre rock formations in this special part of the Elbe valley are a delight for hikers and climbers.


Pillnitz palace & park

Best known for its spectacular gardens and water displays, as well as a huge Camellia tree - over 250 years old!


Christmas in Saxony

If you are looking for romantic and traditional, come to Saxony in December.