Children watching the comings and goings on the apron from the airport bus on a guided tour
Exciting guided tours of the airport are the hot tip for your school, family, office or club excursion. Our tour guides take you behind the scenes, tell you about the history and future of Dresden Airport and explain how all the various services operating on the apron work together.
All tours must be booked by telephone. Photographs and videos may be taken for private use. Dresden International Airport announces its special events (holiday tours, children's festivals with guided tours) in its publications and press releases.
We can provide catering on guided tours if required. The Conference Centre rooms are an ideal venue for this.
Conferences and celebrations at the airport [PDF file, 2.8 MB, German only]
More about the conference rooms
Airport tours - Experience the fascination of flying from right up close [PDF file, 3 MB, German only]
Factsheet: Airport tours - prices [PDF file; 0.4 MB; German only]
Publications and press releases
Advice and reservations
+49 (0)351 881-3300,
881-3360 at weekends
Meeting point for tour participants: airport information desk
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On the Mini Tour (60 minutes) you'll find out everything there is to know about the terminal. After passing through a security check, you will take a ride in a modern apron bus during which you will find out all there is to know about the history and future of the airport. From the bus you can take pictures and videos of aircraft being handled.
On the Maxi Tour (90 minutes) you'll also call in at our fire station with its state-of-the-art firefighting technology. You'll find Panthers lying in wait there and waiting to be stroked. As an alternative to the fire station, we also offer fixed-price Maxi Tours that include a trip to the weather station (max. 15 persons).
The Maxi Tour for individuals is always on the last Sunday in the month at 16:30.
The highlight of the Maxitour is a visit to the fire station.
In two exciting hours you’ll get an in-depth picture of what goes on behind the scenes at Dresden International Airport. After a security check, you’ll find out all there is to know about our airport - past and present. You’ll get right up close to the aircraft in an apron bus and you’ll see our impressive aircraft technology fleet at first hand. Then you’ll spend some time at our modern fire station where a fire-fighter will demonstrate one of our unique fire-fighting vehicles. And why not round off your Experience Tour in style with a delicious meal in the terminal?
This tour can also be booked as a Night-Owl Tour.
Get a close-up view of the aircraft on an exciting guided tour.
The Follow-Me Tour for up to 4 people is our top-of-the-range tour - and makes a fantastic present.
After a guided tour of the terminal and a champagne reception in the best room in the Conference Centre with its panoramic view of the apron, you’ll go on a unique journey of discovery in a Follow-Me vehicle.
You’ll get to see aircraft being handled close hand and you’ll find out everything that’s worth knowing about aviation. Join a Follow-Me driver at work over three exciting hours.
The illuminated runway
Fuselage Tour: The Dresden-built 152, Germany’s first ever passenger jet airliner, took off on its maiden flight in 1958. The development of the legendary jet aircraft at the Dresdner Flugzeugwerke laid the foundation stone for Dresden’s successful modern-day aviation industry. The last preserved fuselage of a 152 is housed in the west wing of the terminal. Guided tours (90 minutes, with a tour of the apron).
Weather Station Tour: The German Meteorological Service (DWD) weather station is situated right alongside the runway. On a tour of the weather station and its garden, you’ll find out lots of fascinating facts about what the DWD does, the measuring equipment it uses and the weather data it collects (90 minutes, with a tour of the apron).
Fuselage of the legendary 152
Up to two people at a time get the chance to experience aircraft being handled from an exceptionally close perspective. They will get a first-hand impression of the work of the aircraft handling company PortGround GmbH, ride in ground handling vehicles (pushback, de-icer, passengers stairs and towbar tractor) and operate selected appliances themselves.
Probably the only one of its kind anywhere in Germany, this three-hour tour is intended for anyone interested in technology and all aviation fans. It also makes an excellent special birthday or Christmas present.
‘Technik hautnah’ tour – a ride in a PortGround GmbH pushback vehicle
This 90-minute guided tour based around the school physics curriculum is aimed mainly at 12-13 year olds (German year 7). Expert guides bring the curriculum to life with diagrams and experiments with particular emphasis on mass, weight and gravity and the history of aviation. Students are taken out onto the apron in an airport bus to learn about the finer points of aircraft handling, take-off and landing. To test what they have learned they are given questionnaires to complete which are rated at the end.
The science tour is available on request. The maximum group size is 30. We recommend starting at 09:00 in the morning because traffic on the apron is particularly busy at this time of day.
The science tour focuses on the physical processes of flying
|Tour||Approx. length in hours||Price per child/student||Price per adult||Groups: minimum price per child/student||Groups: minimum price per adult|
|Weather Station Tour||1.5||€5.50||€8.50||€95||€125|
|Experience and Nightseeing Tours||2||€10||€15||€130||€205|
|Follow-Me Tour||3||€160 (incl. 1 non-alcoholic beverage per person)||€160 (incl. 1 glass of sparkling wine or non-alcoholic beverage per person)|
|‘Technik hautnah’ tour - Technology at close quarters||3||€270|
|Physics takes off - the science tour||1.5||€8||up to 2 accompanying adults free of charge||€150|
Version: March 2018