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  The paddle wheel steamer Pirna on the Elbe.
by Kakapo2

Dresden prides itself of having the world’s oldest and biggest fleet of paddle wheel steamers. They have nine such historic ships, 80 to 130 years old.

They travel through Dresden’s Elbe Valley which has UNESCO World Heritage status, and get into Saxon Switzerland (Sächsische Schweiz) and to the border of the Czech Republic. Also 90 min city tours, so called Bridge Tours (Brückentour), are on offer.

The steamers travel between Seußlitz in the north-west to the border town Schmilka in the south-east, and pass at Meißen (wonderful town of the royal porcelain manufactory), Dresden, Schloss Pillnitz, Pirna and Bad Schandau.

The stop in Dresden is called Terrassenufer. That is just at Brühlsche Terrasse, below the castle, between Augustusbrücke (Theaterplatz) and Carolabrücke.

To give you an idea about the price of a trip (as Oct. 2008):

Dresden – Meißen costs 11.40 Euro single/16.80 return
Dresden – Schloss Pillnitz 9.60/14.80
Dresden – Bad Schandau 20.50/20.50 (yes, not more)

If you plan to cruise quite a bit and use land transportation as well you should think about purchasing a so-called Kombiticket for 27 Euro (children 16.50/family 43.00). Those tickets can only be purchased at the shipping company’s counter.

They also offer themed cruises at special rates.

On the VVO website you can also find trips on passenger ships that cruise along the vineyards etc.

Type: Ship/Boat

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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