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Dresden

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  • Day36

    Dresden

    July 23, 2017 in Germany

    Had a wonderful stay in Dresden. Dresden was bombed many times by the allied forces during the war and destroyed - it burnt for 5 days. Most of the old building were destroyed or just left with part of the shell. Dresden was then part of Eastern Germany under communism. Since then amazingly Dresden has now been restored and a large percentage of the old building have now been rebuilt - as they originally were. it's quite extraordinary but amazing. Our internet is very patchy for the next week or so, so post are sporadic.Read more

  • Day47

    Dresden

    July 23, 2017 in Germany

    Dresden is a beautiful city with magnificent buildings. It is hard to believe that it has all been rebuilt after being bombed at the end of WWII.  For decades, the communist regime of East Germany refused to rebuild the most historic and well-known landmark of Dresden -- the Frauenkirche church. Its ruins remained untouched as a symbol against war and as a memorial for those who were killed. It was only after the fall of the Berlin Wall that restoration and rebuilding began.The rebuilding of the church and other sights and monuments was mainly due to the financial support coming from western German states and according to a volunteer at the church from a lot of rich people. Some buildings were constructed in a modern way, others were totally rebuilt, based on old photos and the use of original stones found in the rubble. The restoration of the city has not been completed yet. There are construction sites throughout the city. We did a great Hop on Hop off bus tour which took us over the Elbe River with great views of the Upper Elbe Valley and its trio of castles - Albrechtsberg Castle, Lingner Castle (aka Villa Stockhausen) and Eckberg Castle - located adjacent to one another. Lots of restaurants to choose from and good food. We want Al to order a pork knuckle (huge) but so far he has resisted. We head to Prague tomorrow for six days and then back to Germany so it's not too late for that pork knuckle Al 😆Read more

  • Day67

    Dresden germany

    September 1 in Germany

    Eckberg castle is where our hotel is today, toured Dresden and got a history lesson in how the American bombs turned the city to rumble that burned for 5 days and left only one bridge remaining across the river. Tonight we have dinner in the castle. So much to see in this big world we live in. Riots in Chemnitz Germany 42 miles away, over immigration, same problems we have in USA.Read more

  • Day3

    Stadterkundung Dresden

    September 14 in Germany

    Heute haben wir die Altstadt von Dresden erkundet. Im Hygienemuseum sind wir gestartet und Garten viel zu wenig Zeit für die tollen und interessanten Ausstellung. Weiter ging es über den Markt in die Frauenkirche und in die Semperoper. Den Abschluss haben wir im Zwinger gemacht. Obwohl es bereits 17.30 Uhr war, tranken wir endlich einen Kaffee und spekulierten etwas. Es gibt ja so viele interessante Menschen!! 😊Read more

  • Day4

    Dresden

    May 28 in Germany

    Dresden, capital of the eastern German state of Saxony, is distinguished by the celebrated art museums and classic architecture of its reconstructed old town. Completed in 1743 and rebuilt after WWII, the baroque church Frauenkirche is famed for its grand dome. The Versailles-inspired Zwinger palace houses museums including Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, exhibiting masterpieces of art like Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna.”

    We strolled around the city that is called the German Florence because of its general appearance. It is a magnificent city centre. Wherever you look all is beautiful! Despite the bombing of Dresden by the British and the American during World War II that destroyed over 6.5 km2 of the city centre, the Germans made a spectacular rebuilding of the area and made it a fairyland city.

    We were just in time to get into Frauenkirche. Actually, we were the last people inside.
    From the outside, it was also amazing to see the Semperoper and the Zwinger. We walked along the Procession of Princes (Fürstenzug) - the largest porcelain mural in the world, depicting a parade of Saxon princes and dukes to commemorate the 1000-year long reign of the Wettin dynasty. It is composed of 25,000 tiles from the porcelain manufacturer Meissen. The mural covers the exterior of the Royal Mews in Auguststrasse. It is a pitty that it lost its status of World Heritage by UNESCO.
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  • Day5

    Dresden by daylight...

    May 29 in Germany

    This was only the morning of the 29th because we were already leaving to Prague with a stop at the Saxonic Switzerland.
    But we still went along Brühl's Terrace (Brühlsche Terrasse) which is set between the river Elbe and the Old Town and it was amazing to feel the buzz of the city and walk again the city's streets, now with full daylight and the Chinese tourists all around... Near the Zwinger, there was the car from Back to the Future...
    After a coffee break and sending the postcards back home, it was time to say bye-bye Dresden...
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  • Day153

    Dresden, Germany

    October 6, 2017 in Germany

    I flew from the summer temperatures of Majorca to the chilly winter of Leipzig and seriously wondered why I’d left the sunshine!! The best thing was Karina and Konrad were waiting for me at the airport when I arrived and it was so nice to see familiar faces, but crazy to think how quickly time has passed since we were making plans to meet in January! They’ve been amazing hosts treating my like royalty since I arrived while showing me everywhere and everything their city has to offer. One of my favourite things about Germany is the breakfasts they have here - seriously it’s the best breakfast spread with everything you can think of and of course Karina and Konrad have done this every morning for me. From Leipzig we’ve visited Jena, Erfurt, Weimar and Dresden, meeting Konrad’s sister in law and cousin along the way. The weather hasn’t been the best with temperatures sitting at 9 degrees and on and off rain however that hasn’t stopped us and I’ve seen some wonderful towns with something different to offer in each one.Read more

  • Day33

    A story of rebuilding

    June 30, 2017 in Germany

    We only had a short time in Dresden so we decided on a walking tour. Our guide had all the info on the history going back 800 years. The key historic sites are all packed into a very small area, an area that was reduced to rubble and rebuilt, so what looks like an old building is actually a reconstructed building and you can see where old stones have been used a patchwork with the new stone. The rebuilding of this church was only completed in about 2005. It was left as rubble throughout the GDR era.
    The mural depicts all the Saxon kings (Dresden is the capital of the state of Saxony) going back 800 years, one of the longest continuous dynasties in Europe. This one is George the Strong, clearly the guides favourite. The mural is made of porcelain tiles. Most were saved during the war but you can pick out the replacements.

    There was quite a bit of rain around over the last few days, although we missed most of it the guide said the river had risen about half a metre overnight. We could see the mark on the bridge of the flood of 2002, were the river was up 9 metres.

    Trabi cars are a bit of a gimmick, the guide said they never rusted because they were made of a type of cardboard. They were made in Saxony.

    Not sure why there is a restaurant called Ayers Rock here, we didn't investigate.

    I didn't really get any good photos here, it was hard to get a good perspective.

    The washing machine was very welcome, the apartment in a great location. It makes a nice change to spread out a bit, and cook a couple of meals. The supermarket is about 100 metres away.
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  • Day32

    An apartment in Dresden

    June 29, 2017 in Germany

    We have 2 nights in Dresden so we booked an apartment. The building looks drab from the outside but the apartment is fantastic, spacious and well equipped. I'm looking forward to using the washing machine!

    Our ride today was just over 50K. A very grey day when we set out and rain was forecast.

    The character of the river has changed, no more meandering across the floodplain and the path stayed close to the river. We stopped for lunch in Meissen, in case you haven't heard of it, it's renowned for its porcelain. The town square was very quiet, tourists avoiding the threat of rain but we did see a couple of buses heading to the porcelain factory. We didn't think we could carry porcelain so we gave it a miss.

    The rain started just as we finished lunch so we road in gentle rain for about 26K.

    The local bird life is amazing, the photos aren't very good but if you look carefully you can see nests with chicks on top of the pole and the old chimney.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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