Programme ideas for your river cruise along the Elbe

The cultural offerings and landscapes along the European river courses are highly versatile and partly still unexplored, however, they are definitely worth visiting. We would like to inform you about some of the most attractive tourist attractions along the Elbe River for your cruise. You can combine e.g. city tour offerings with visits to museums, rides on narrow-gauge railways, or even with wine tastings.

Sightseeing and excursions along the Elbe River

Escape the daily routine and travel on board a cruise ship through the beautiful German landscape. Among the Southern side of the Elbe River, many cities string together with their magnificent European history, as well as their unique scenery.

The Saxon Switzerland National Park - Mountains & Fortresses

Bastei Stone Bridge in Saxon SwitzerlandToday you shall tour the National Park 'Saxon Switzerland', famed for its unique sandstone rock formations. Enjoy the magnificent panorama from the Bastei Cliffs over the deeply cut Elbe River Valley and the surrounding mountains. Visit also the largest fortress complex in Germany, which thrones over the little town of Koenigstein. It is often given the epithet 'The Impregnable', because the 750-year-old fortress has only been stormed by tourists to date. The buildings of the fortress present a variety of exhibitions, such as military history, armour, and - of course - the construction of the fortress.

Further ideas:

  • Visit to spa town Bad Schandau incl.admission to the National Park centre
  • Tram journey with “Kirnitzschtalbahn” from Bad Schandau to the waterfalls of Lichtenhain
  • Excursion to Weesenstein Castle & Baroque Gardens of Grosssedlitz
  • Excursion to Stolpen Castle, where you learn more details about the fateful lives of the Countess Cosel

The Florence on the Elbe – Dresden

Dresden, Florence on the ElbeDresden, the 800-year-old capital of Saxony, is amongst the cream of Europe’s cultural capitals. Its treasures include an abundance of architectural monuments, top-class museums and world-renowned cultural institutions. It promises those who discover them both a real treat and a wealth of surprises. A visit to Dresden offers you the chance to explore its historic centre, which features the Zwinger Palace, Theaterplatz square, Dresden Castle and, now restored to its former glory, the Church of Our Lady. Take the opportunity to enjoy an outstanding concert or boat trip with the world’s oldest fleet of paddle steamers – and you too will fall in love with the “Florence on the Elbe”.

Further ideas:

  • Guided visit to the Royal Castle incl. visit to the Coin Cabinet and Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, the New Green Vault and the Historic Green Vault, the magnificent and unique Turkish Chamber

Paddle steamer on the Elbe river

  • Guided visit to the Zwinger Palace incl. visit to the Old Masters Art Gallery, Porcelain Collection and Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon
  • Private concert at Zwinger Marble Hall
  • Evening visit to the famous Semper Opera House
  • Train journey with the traditional “Lössnitztalbahn” (narrow-gauge railway under steam) to Moritzburg Hunting Lodge followed by wine tasting at a vineyard in Radebeul
  • Excursion to the Ore Mountains incl. journey with the “Weißeritztalbahn” (narrow-gauge railway under steam) and visit to the Glashütte German Watch Museum
  • Boat trip by paddle steamer to Pillnitz Palace incl. visit to the park

The Cradle of Porcelain – Meissen

City of MeissenMeissen is an attractive medieval town on the river Elbe, approximately 30 km west of Dresden, and home of the world renowned porcelain. Our guide will take you through the narrow lanes with renaissance houses uphill to the Meissen Cathedral and the breathtaking Albrechtsburg Castle, which is considered to be the earliest example of a residential castle in Germany. Although the walk up the narrow cobblestone streets to the castle and cathedral is long and sometimes steep, the views are well worth the effort. The red-tile roofs and the stucco buildings are typical of many German cities.

Further ideas:

  • Private organ play in the Porcelain Museum
  • Admission to the cathedral and Albrechtsburg Palace
  • Wine tasting in a local restaurant
  • Excursion to Colditz Castle

Renaissance and History – Torgau

Hartenfels Castle in TorgauWelcome to the town of Renaissance and Reformation with its thousand-year-old yet vivid history. Did you know that Germany’s most prominent and still well preserved castle of early renaissance can be found in Torgau? Did you know that the first Protestant church was built here according to the ideas of Martin Luther and was personally consecrated by him? Did you know that Luther’s wife died in Torgau and was buried in the Marienkirche? Let Torgau surprise you.

Further ideas:

  • Admission and guided tour to Hartenfels Castle, the only preserved castle of German early Renaissance used to be the most modern residence castle of Saxony
  • A lecture on board of the vessel, e.g. Torgau in April 1945 - The Meeting at the Elbe

The Hometown of Reformation – Wittenberg

Luther House in Lutherstadt WittenbergExplore the historical town with a tour guide. Enjoy an inside visit of the Luther House. Visit the sites where Reformation actually took place and walk through a town where once Luther and his companions spent their time.

Further ideas:

  • Guided tour by the “Wittenberg Cho Cho Train”
  • Private guided tour to a brewery incl. beer tasting of two types of beer
  • Coffee break with local families
  • Excursion to the Woerlitz Garden Realm incl. guided walking tour through the park of Wörlitz and gondola ride
  • Excursion to Dessau incl. guided visit to the Bauhaus Building and Masters Houses

The City of Otto - Magdeburg

City of MagdeburgNowadays, the face of the city of Magdeburg is not only characterised by impressive historic medieval buildings, quaint Baroque facades and monumental districts from "Gründerzeit" period, but also by its modern architecture, for example a masterpiece by Friedensreich Hundertwasser: The Green Citadelle of Magdeburg.

Further ideas:

  • Private organ play at the Cathedral
  • City tour incl. visit to a local liqueur distillery
  • Visit to the Art Museum in the Monastery of Our Lady
  • Excursion to the Harz Mountains incl. steam train journey


AugustusTours provides all national and international guests with numerous programmes for land excursions. We arrange city tours and excursions as well as bus transfers and guided tours around many different sights of the area.

Credits:
Saxon Switzerland © AugustusTours
Dresden © DWT, Dittrich
Paddle steamer © AugustusTours
Meissen © Rolf Handke, pixelio.de
Torgau © AugustusTours
Lutherstadt Wittenberg © Stiftung Luthergedenkstätten in Sachsen-Anhalt, Photo Anne Hass
Magdeburg © AugustusTours