Sunday Morning

Dresden, Germany

Necee Regis for The Boston Globe


There’s something calming and lyrical about boarding a historic paddle steamer in Dresden for a cruise along the Elbe River. While many tourists flock to Sunday services in the restored Frauenkirche, the Baroque church bombed into ruins in 1945, you can steam away from the city and the crowds and enjoy a slice of pastoral life. Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt operates nine boats, built between 1879 and 1929, which cruise past vineyards, towering castles, and small towns in the Elbe Valley. Ships depart from the dock on Terrassenufer, a road along the river adjacent to the historic city center. Trips last from 90 minutes to all day. Basic city tour tickets: Adults $16, ages 6-14 $11.50. 011-49-351-866-090,