Steamboats along the Elbe river

Dresden's famous White Fleet

While it is absolutely practical and uncomplicated to take the car or train to Dresden and beyond, we would like to suggest another, possibly the most laid-back way of exploring the Elbe valley in the summer months: Why not travel leisurely by steamboat along the river? The world’s oldest and biggest paddle steamer fleet connects Meissen via Dresden to Saxon Switzerland and passes some remarkable castles, vineyards and beautiful landscapes. Dresden, Pillnitz and other destinations along the Elbe river can be reached this way. Ask your friendly receptionists at Hotel Ross for assistance in booking a boat trip.

Boats depart from the quai below the castle hill, just a few minutes' walk on the other side of the Elbe river from Hotel Ross.

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MEISSEN® porcelain

Discover the famous MEISSEN® porcelain manufactory with its unique craftsmanship and the crossed blue swords - in Meissen since 1710.

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Meissen old town

This town is over 1000 years old and invites you to time travel through its crooked alleys and up the steep ascents to the castle hill.

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Albrechtsburg castle

Visit Germany’s oldest palace and admire the breathtaking architecture at the transition from the late middle ages into renaissance.

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wine country Saxony

Wine lovers will feel right at home around Meissen - Germany’s second smallest wine growing region extends up and down the Elbe river.

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The capital of Saxony is bustling with art, culture, architecture and nightlife - discover Dresden!

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Moritzburg hunting lodge

The baroque castle is surrounded by an extensive woodland reserve complete with animals - a favorite destination for families.

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Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Called Saxon Switzerland for good reason, the breathtakingly bizarre rock formations in this special part of the Elbe valley are a delight for hikers and climbers.

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Pillnitz palace & park

Best known for its spectacular gardens and water displays, as well as a huge Camellia tree - over 250 years old!

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Elbe bike path

If you are travelling by bike, Meissen is a stop you cannot miss. Sections M and N meet here and run through town along either side of the river.

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If you are looking for romantic and traditional, come to Saxony in December.