Guided Tours

Guided tours through the Festspielhaus Hellerau

Hellerau is home to the first German garden city which, together with the Festspielhaus and the Deutsche Werkstätten, forms a unique triad of works, life and art. The Festspielhaus was built in 1911 according to a design by the architect Heinrich Tessenow. With its clarity and functional structure, the building became a directional building for modernism and was a visionary counter throw to the traditional theatre buildings.

Today, HELLERAU – European Centre of the Arts continues the heyday of the building from 1911 to 1914. The interdisciplinary co-production and guest performance house offers around 350 events each year in the genres of dance, music, theatre, performance, media art and visual arts.


Every Friday 12:30 h, no previous registration required
Duration: approx. 1 h 
Price: € 6/4
Language: German

For tours that fall on holidays, registration is requested at least three days in advance. Due to rehearsal and production schedules, there may be restrictions on access to the rooms.

Registrations for holidays and general inquiries:
T +49 351 264 62 46 or +49 351 880 2007

20.04.24, 30.06.24, 22.09.24, 14 h
In the footsteps of Tessenow in the garden city of Hellerau
The young Tessenow, himself a temporary resident of the garden city, was a co-designer of the Gesamtkunstwerk Hellerau. On the tour through the garden city, discover the range of his work from traditional small houses to the Festspielhaus, which set the tone for modernism.

26.05.24, 17.08.24, 06.10.24, 14 h
The garden city of Hellerau: a life-reforming project between utopia and contradiction
The Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, cooperative small house building, private country house building, artists’ colony and the Festspielhaus, an icon of modernism – all this can be found in the garden city of Hellerau. For a short time, this was the center of the European Rhythmic movement and representatives of the avant-garde came to visit the life-reforming project on the green hill of modernism. Join us as we explore a history characterized by utopia and contradiction.

Cost: 19 € per person 14 € reduced for students
The price includes the guided tour through the Garden City and the Festspielhaus. 

Duration: ca. 2 h
Language: German

We kindly ask you to register at least 4 days before the tour with a phone number at:

Minimum number of participants: 10 people

Based on the social reform ideas at the beginning of the 20th century, living and working, education and culture were to be harmoniously combined in the first German garden city. A great idea. A social synthesis of the arts. Living and working in harmony.

What is left of it over 100 years later? Where does the myth live on? In the stories of the residents? In their way of life? In the architecture, the urban space? And what does good living mean to us today? What about our work-life balance? Rhythmic balance? Balancing on the edge? Or free falling at every step?

Guided by a voice, the audience – equipped with mp3 players and headphones – explores the winding paths and architectural testimonies of the neighborhood. In search of their own BALANCE, participants encounter the individual stories of residents, talking garden fences, and beat-setting sounds of the neighborhood.

All information at a glance

Duration: approx. 1 h 30 min
Output mp3 player: Visitor Center HELLERAU in the side building West (Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 56, 01109 Dresden).
Opening hours: Mon – Sat/holidays 11:00 h – 18:00 h, Sun (01.05. – 31.10.) 13:00 h – 18:00 h
Latest starting time: 2 hours before closing of the Visitor Center

Starting point: at the main entrance of the Festspielhaus
Costs: 6/4 euros, plus 20 euros deposit for mp3 players in cash
Route information: approx. 3 km, moderate walking pace

The audio walk is not barrier-free.

For “emergencies” regarding route guidance, the visitor center can be reached at 0351 264 62 46.

Additional guided tours of the Festspielhaus and Gartenstadt Hellerau are available for groups by appointment. Guided tours are offered in English upon request.

Guided tour of the Festspielhaus 

Guided tours for groups of 15 or more can be arranged on separate dates. The guided tour is offered in German and English.
Duration: approx. 1 hour
6/4 € per person or minimum price 80 € per group 

Please understand that due to rehearsal and production processes there may be restrictions on access to the rooms.

The duration of the tour is approximately one hour. We ask that you arrive on time so that payment in advance allows the tour to begin on time. In case of delays, we ask you to inform us promptly (at the latest at the time of the scheduled start). Please understand that the duration of the tour will be shortened by the delay.

Guided tour through Gartenstadt Hellerau

We are happy to offer guided tours of Gartenstadt Hellerau on request for groups of 10 or more people.
Duration: approx. 1 1/2 – 2 hrs.
15/10 € per person or minimum price 150 € per group, weekend surcharge 20 €, English surcharge 25 €.

In order to guarantee a high quality of our guided tours, we divide the group if the number of participants exceeds 20 persons.
Surcharge for additional guide 80 €

For a request, we prefer a written booking by e-mail, indicating the intended number of people, your contact details and phone number.

Cancellation is free of charge until 3 days before the date of the event, after that half of the agreed amount is due. If the tour is cancelled on the day of the event, the full price must be paid.

Registrations and inquiries: 
T +49 351 264 62 46 or +49 351 880 2007