Shore leave

Plan your shore leave in Dresden and explore the fascinating excursion destinations that the city and its surroundings have to offer.

Immerse yourself in art, culture and history and be enchanted by the breathtaking nature of Saxon Switzerland. You can also enjoy the variety of culinary highlights that Dresden has to offer.

Popular Excursion destinations

Whether you are a regular visitor or are gathering your first impressions and memories of this diverse city and the surrounding area – Dresden keeps all doors open to you with its excursion destinations. Art, culture, history, sport, relaxation – even after many days of visiting, there is still something to discover that will make your heart beat faster.

Discover Dresden

The beautiful state capital of Saxony, nestled in the Florence on the Elbe, scores with its contrasting flair and countless sights. The city is a worthwhile destination at any time of year and will undoubtedly entice visitors to return. Dresden has a distinctive art and cultural scene that impressively shapes the cityscape every day of the week. As a renowned university location, it offers young life at the cutting edge as well as a history that stretches back to the early Middle Ages. You can also take a deep breath and let your gaze wander, because with 62% green and wooded areas, Dresden is one of the greenest cities in Europe.

Discover the Saxon Switzerland

Saxon Switzerland is the perfect place for extensive activities and relaxation in nature. The region offers a unique rocky landscape with high cliffs, deep valleys and picturesque paths. Climbers also get their money’s worth, as the region offers a variety of routes with different levels of difficulty.
In addition to outdoor activities, Saxon Switzerland also offers a rich history and culture. There are numerous castles and palaces to visit – evidence of this region’s eventful past. Towns such as Pirna, Wehlen and Königstein also have a lot to offer and should definitely be visited on your trip.

Discover the porcelain and wine town Meissen

Meissen offers you a combination of history, wine and culture that will inspire you. As one of the smallest wine-growing regions in Germany, it produces first-class wines every year that are among the best in the world thanks to its geographical location and outstanding winemaking skills.
As the center of European porcelain, the city is home to the Meissen Porcelain Museum, where you can admire a unique collection of porcelain from all eras. The city is still an important production site today. In addition to wine and porcelain, Meissen also boasts historic buildings such as St. Afra Cathedral, Albrechtsburg Castle and St. Afra Church.

Discover Bad Schandau

Bad Schandau, a spa town in Saxon Switzerland, offers you a unique combination of wellness, nature and activity. Relax in the many thermal baths and saunas or let yourself be pampered with a soothing massage. The breathtaking landscape of Saxon Switzerland offers many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing or cycling. Visit the historic old town and discover the many cultural sights. Bad Schandau is the perfect place to refresh body and soul and recharge your batteries.

Discover Moritzburg

Moritzburg, a small town near Dresden, offers you a unique combination of nature and culture. The baroque castle complex is an absolute highlight and invites you to immerse yourself in a bygone era. The idyllic landscape around Moritzburg is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Visit the city’s many museums and galleries and discover Saxony’s art and culture. Enjoy a piece of Saxony and experience the beauty of Moritzburg!

Our Restaurant - Recommendations

Dresden is not only known for its historic buildings and cultural sights, but also for its culinary offerings. The city offers a variety of restaurants, cafés and bars for every taste and budget. Our ship’s hostel is in the fortunate position of being surrounded by many good restaurants that are recommended by our crew as personal favorites. In this section you can find out which restaurants you should not miss in Dresden.

NR13 - Enjoyment at the harbor

Experience a culinary highlight in Dresden directly at the harbor. In the restaurant “nr13 – Genuss am Hafen” you can enjoy regional and seasonal dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy your meal with a breathtaking view of the Elbe and let yourself be pampered by our friendly service. An unforgettable evening awaits you at “nr13 – Genuss am Hafen”.

City Beach Dresden

Experience the feeling of being on vacation in the middle of Dresden! The City Beach Dresden is a unique place to enjoy a drink in a relaxed atmosphere, taste delicious snacks and leave everyday life behind. Surrounded by sand and palm trees, you can relax on one of the many sun loungers or play beach volleyball. City Beach Dresden is the perfect place to have a good time with friends or to relax after a long day at work. Come along and experience City Beach Dresden for yourself!

Watzke Ballhaus Dresden

The Watzke Ballhaus Dresden is a historic restaurant in the heart of Dresden. Here you can experience the tradition of Saxon cuisine, which has been cultivated for more than 100 years. Enjoy the dishes in a stylish ambience and let yourself be pampered by our friendly service. The beer garden is a highlight in summer and offers a cozy atmosphere under old chestnut trees. Come and experience Saxon hospitality at the Watzke Ballhaus Dresden!

Insider tip: Lila Soße Dresden

Lila Soße Dresden is a cosy restaurant that specializes in vegan and vegetarian dishes. Here you will find a large selection of creative and healthy dishes that are freshly prepared. Our purple sauce is a homemade specialty and gives our dishes a unique touch. We attach great importance to sustainability and only use seasonal ingredients from the region. Visit us and be inspired by our tasty and healthy dishes!