Insprired by my own travel experiences
My name is Dirk. I am from Leipzig, Germany, and am the founder of Free Walking Tour Dresden – Walk like a local! As my passion now lies in introducing my city to travelers, it may seem hard to believe that I was not always in love with my home country.
Growing up in Saxony, I never really appreciated my town and moved first from Leipzig to Dresden and eventually to London where I lived for some years. In 2016, I returned to Leipzig and started working in a hostel where I rediscovered my city and also got a sense of what travelers coming to Leipzig value the most on their visits. In addition, no free walking tour existed in Leipzig at the time. As I knew free tours very well from my own travel experiences, I decided to create a tour for Leipzig that should reflect what I considered does matter most to the people coming here.
Through studying the city, I also rediscovered my own love to Leipzig and started to see the city with new eyes and from a whole range of different perspectives. I discovered new aspects such as street art, the wealth of new places to eat and drink and the beautiful nature in and around the city. With this new inspiration, I set out to create a memorable experience for visitors that provides true value for the traveler.
Following the success of our tours in Leipzig and the amazing team I was doing the tours with, I decided to start offering tours in Dresden as well in 2021.
My guide team comes from different backgrounds reaching from history to writing. We work closely together and support each other with our unique skills. What unites us is our desire to create exceptional experiences to travelers visiting Dresden.