This post will cover some of the best free walking tours in Dresden, including pay-what-you-wish services and self-guided options.
Most tours are available in English, but some are only offered in German.
Overview + Schedule
There are a lot of things to see and do in Dresden, so it shouldn't come as too big of a surprise that there are at least a few free walking tours to enjoy in this historic city.
These services are pay-what-you-want, which means that you get to decide how much the tour was worth at the end.
Most people tip their tour guides around €5-€10. There are also some self-guided tours of this neighborhood.
Most Dresden tours focus on the Old Town area, as this is one of the most historic locations in the city.
That said, there are also tours covering subjects such as the haunted history of Dresden and some of the more modern street art you'll find in certain neighborhoods.
If you're getting hungry, there are also food tours that cover some of the best dishes you can find in Dresden.
Old Town Dresden Tours
This section provides details about the best Old Town Dresden tours available, including both pay-what-you-wish and self-guided walking tours.
You may also want to consider a double-decker bus tour, as it covers most of the notable stops in this part of the city.
Here are a few of the sites you can expect to see on the tours listed below:
- Theaterplatz Square
- Semperoper Opera House
- Cathedral of the Blessed Trinity
- Church of Our Lady
- Zwinger Palace
- And more!
If you want to see and learn more about locations like these, consider booking one of the services listed in this section.
This company offers one of the most regular pay-what-you-wish walking tours in Dresden, and it covers both the important landmarks of Dresden and the history of the city.
You can take this 2-hour and 15-minute tour in English on Saturdays at 10:30 am and Sundays at 14:00 (2 pm).
It's also available in German on certain days. Check the schedule for more details.
This Free Tour of the Historic Center of Dresden offers tourists a unique peek into the rich history of this European gem.
Led by an experienced tour operator, you'll explore the historic center of Dresden, often referred to as the "Florence of the Elbe River".
Discover architectural treasures like the Frauenkirche, Fürstenzug, and Hofkirche. Don't miss out on this fun way to experience Saxony's capital city.
There aren't a lot of self-guided tours of Dresden, but this one offers a pretty interesting look at the city with stops at locations that even the major companies don't visit.
In addition to sites such as Semperoper and Theaterplatz, you'll also see locations such as Brühl’s Terrace, Albertinum, Sekundogenitur, Cafe Schinkelwache, and many other notable attractions.
Use this self-guided tour of Dresden from The Creative Adventurer to learn about a variety of notable and historic sites.
Haunted Tours of Dresden
The following section will cover some of the best and most affordable ghost tours of Dresden, including at least one pay-what-you-wish option.
You can expect to see the following attractions on a Dresden ghost tour:
- Brühl’s Terrace
- Golden Reiter
- And more!
If you're interested in learning the disturbing and spooky history of these locations, consider one of the following haunted tours of Dresden.
Unlike other options on our list, this tour is actually offered by an independent tour guide.
He's very well-rated, and his outing includes a lot of interesting information about some of the more notorious legends and secrets in Dresden.
This tour is available most weeks from Wednesday - Sunday at 6:30 pm and it runs for approximately 2 hours.
At the moment, this outing is only offered in German.
Dresden Night Watchman Tours
This is actually one of the more popular types of haunted tour in Dresden.
Your tour guide, a Night Watchman, will lead you around the city by lamplight and reveal the spooky secrets of the city.
While this is an excellent option, it is worth noting that these tours are not free. That said, they are only €12.75 per person.
Tours are offered at 21:00 (9 pm) from Monday - Saturday, and they run for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Street Art Tours in Dresden
There aren't as many tours covering this side of the city, and if you're interested in this subject, chances are you'll have to set aside some money for the outing.
While on a Dresden street art walking tour, you can expect to see a lot of beautiful graffiti and other modern types of artwork.
You'll also discover a variety of notable bars, pubs, and other nightlife locations.
This company offers a tour covering the street art of the Neustadt District in Dresden.
In addition to providing details about the graffiti artwork in this neighborhood, this tour also includes information about the history of this area.
While this is a paid tour, the service only costs €15 per person.
You can take this tour Tuesday - Saturday at 12 pm and 15:00 (3 pm), and the outing lasts for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Food Tours of Dresden
If you're in the mood to try some of the best dishes in Dresden, a food tour should help you find some of the best things to eat throughout the entire city.
Most food tours will include tastings at around 5-6 different locations, giving you a broad idea of the different types of meals you can typically enjoy in Dresden.
Since you'll be sampling multiple foods, we recommend arriving hungry!
Taste of Dresden
This company offers one of the best rated food tours in Dresden, and it's extremely affordable at a cost of just €15 per person.
Along the way, you'll enjoy 6 different foods and drinks around the Old Town neighborhood.
You can enjoy this outing every Saturday at 16:30 (4:30 pm) and it's approximately 2 hours in length.
Dresden - World War II
This tour takes guests on a journey back to the Second World War (WWII) period.
Understand Germany's history during this tumultuous time, with a particular focus on Dresden's experience.
This tour requires a reservation and the password will be sent to your inbox.
This tour offers a free cancellation policy for flexibility.