Dresden audio tour: A stroll along Dresden's 'Balcony of Europe'

A stroll along Dresden's 'Balcony of Europe'

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

The cobbled streets and historical charm of Dresden attract busloads of visitors but only a few of them find its hidden ”balcony”. This stretch along the River Elbe is in the city centre, but has stately architecture and sweeping views over the magnificent Elbe Valley with its vineyards. Property here was once so coveted that for a long time only a select few could even set foot upon the Balcony of Europe.

Today, you only need to know it’s there, and I produced this tour to make sure you don’t end up like so many other visitors, standing at the bottom of the stairs that lead up to Brühl's Terrace, wondering what to make of the sculptures there.

On this walk you'll learn the answers to these questions:

• How did this come to be called The Balcony of Europe?
• Can there be someone richer than a king?
• What’s the name of Dresden's most famous cake?
• What’s the significance of a bench made out of white plastic?
• Is there a link between Dresden's and Hansel and Gretel?
• What is Saxony's White Gold

You can take a break along the way for a beer or ice cream on the terrace overlooking the river – or you could sit down by the river, away from the crowds. After the tour, you could visit the Albertinum Museum or sample some local cake. (After all, you’ll know what it is by then!)

Tour Producer


Seema Prakash

Dresden bewitched me ten years ago and I found myself casually wishing I could live here... just for a little while, a long holiday maybe. Little did I know that the wish would come true and ten years on I am still here. We have adopted each other, Dresden and I, and have come to know our stories and secrets. These are the ones I share in my guided walks, and their number keeps growing as I learn more about my city.
I studied psychology and am now a tour guide, translator, avid reader and listener. Come along now...there is so much I have to show you!

Major Landmarks

  • Castle Square

  • The Royal Cathedral

  • The Balcony of Europe

  • the Art Academy

  • the Albertinum

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins at Schloss Platz (Castle Square) at the statue of King Friedrich August . Schloss Platz can be reached from the tram stops at Altmarkt (Old Market Square) or Postplatz, both well connected with the tram lines 1, 2, 4, 11 and 12. From there just find your way to the Royal Cathedral which opens on Schloss Platz, it is a walk of approx. 3-4 minutes.

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Places to stop along the way

The Festung Expereince, The Albertinum

Best time of day

Any time of the day is ok. However just before sunset gives you the opportunity to walk onto the bridge and look back at the lights of the city that go on after dark. Listen to the tour to find out which of the two bridges has a better view.


The area is very safe


Great compact tour of the riverside Dresden! Very informative and fun!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 2 months ago

Excellent, informative tour. Thank you very much!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 3 months ago
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A stroll along Dresden's 'Balcony of Europe'