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 250 events each year in the genres of dance, music, theatre, performance, media art and visual arts.


Every Friday 12:30 pm

Duration: approx. 1 hour Festspielhaus Price: € 6/4

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

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

In the context of the special exhibition “Heinrich Tessenow. Architecture and Furniture” 27.11.2022 – 29.05.2023 in the Dresden City Museum.

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 arc of his work on traditional small house construction to the Festival House, which became trend-setting for the modern age. 


Fri 20.01.23; 17.02.23; 17.03.23 – 1:00 p.m. each (in German).

Fri 21.04.23 – 13:00 (in German and English parallel)

Sat 03.12.22; 07.01.23; 04.02.23; 04.03.23; 01.04.23 – each 13:30 (in German language)

Sat 06.05.23 – 13:30 (in English language)

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: 19 € per person 21 € in English language 

14 € reduced for students 16 € in English language 

Only cash payment possible on site.

The price includes the guided tour through the Garden City and the Festspielhaus and free admission to the exhibition in the City Museum upon presentation of the participation receipt. 

We kindly ask you to register at least 4 days before the dates at

Minimum number of participants: 10 persons

Separate dates for groups are also available on request. 

Group surcharge 25 € for English language. 

Tessenow action

With your admission ticket from the Stadtmuseum you will receive a reduced ticket for an event at HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts. This offer is only valid for events in the period of the exhibition “Heinrich Tessenow. Architecture and Furniture” (27.11.2022 – 29.05.2023). Special events and events of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company are excluded. 

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 

In addition, we offer interactive guided tours for children, which bring the history of the house closer to the little visitors inside with the help of handicraft times, films and much more. In a playful way, knowledge on the themes of theatre, architecture, art history and history is actively conveyed.

Duration: approx. 1 hour.

Registrations and questions for guided tours for children:
Christopher Utpadel 
T +49 351 264 62 37