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So last week, I wrote about the best of Eastern Europe!
You responded to it quite well.
Unlike this post!
Writing about Romania is beginning to bore me!
However, the great thing about owning your own website, is that you can write whatever you want.
So I will!
As you know, I have a new job.
I’m the Referent Interne Trainings or the Internal Training Manager at a lovely company called H&D International Group – H&D ITAS Infrastructure Services GmbH.
I’m responsible for:
And it’s in Dresden!
But I live in Berlin!
As you know, I’m a corporate person combining the world of style and travel, with business ventures.
And that has never changed.
Germany is one of the largest countries in Europe with excellent infrastructure in public transport, so I’ve been doing a lot of corporate travel from Berlin and throughout East Germany.
As a result, international travel has been a little erratic and this blog has been a bit of a mess.
I’ve been living in hotels for the past 6 weeks, and the wi-fi has been absolutely horrendous.
And coupled with early morning commuting at 03.15 in the morning in some places, let’s just say that Uber has been a godsend!
However, things have settled down, and I’m now on track.
So let’s get started.
Dresden is the capital city of Saxony, otherwise known as the Free State of Saxony!
It’s situated in a valley on the River Elbe, and is the second-largest city in Saxony, as the largest city in the region happens to be Leipzig!
Dresden is in Germany, but is just 30 minutes from the border of the Czech Republic!
Dresden has a long rich history as the capital and royal residence of the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendor.
It even had a connection to the monarchy in Poland!
Dresden was once known as the Jewel Box of Germany, because of it’s Old Town city centre which is crammed with baroque and rococo architecture.
Sadly, when the international community think of Dresden, they make no mention of German splendour and historical treasures, but rather the horror of the Second World War!
War is a terrible thing, and Dresden paid the price.
Towards the end of World War II, Dresden was pretty much flattened and destroyed, and became unrecognisable.
After the war, restoration work helped to reconstruct parts of the historic inner city, including the Dresden Cathedral, the Zwinger Museum Complex and the very famous Semper Oper.
After the re-unification of German, Dresden once again concentrated on the beauty of it’s history with impressive buildings such as the 1,000 year old Frauenkirche, otherwise known as the Church of Our Lady! The church was destroyed during WWII and the ruins were left as they were, as a war memorial, for over 50 years!
Thankfully, a new church was re-constructed using the charred stones from the previous one, as a distinct reminder of what happened. In fact, in the mid-90’s, I too left a donation for the church to be re-built!
Outside of the Old Town, Dresden has a trendy New Town – Neustadt – a nearby Saxon Switzerland National Park, the Ore Mountains which borders both Germany and the Czech Republic, the Moritzburg Castle, impressive countryside around the Elbe Valley, etc.
Waterside City with the River Elbe running right through it.
Before I actually went for my job interview, I hadn’t visited Dresden in more than twenty (20) years!
Like Hamburg, I had of course, breezed through on my way to Prague, but I hadn’t stopped there for a very long time.
So once the job was in the bag, we decided to book a family weekend, and visit Dresden through the eyes of a tourist!
Back to Dresden.
A beautiful city. A Baroque Old Town. A garden suburb. A cultural metropolis, etc. These descriptions are just some of the names that Dresden has acquired over time.
But one thing remains constant – Dresden is truly one of Germany’s most beautiful cities!
So what to do if you’re a tourist?
This is what we did. Are you ready?
We spent our first evening drinking and eating both Saxon and Bavarian fare at the very-German-looking-everyone’s-in-traditional-German-costume Augustiner restaurant!
It’s really nice, but very, very popular so either go really early, quite late, or reserve a seat!
Before it got burnt to the ground!
We not only admired the building itself, but we even booked a guided tour, so that we could learn more about it’s magnificent architecture and richly decorated rooms. We paid €25.00 for a Family Ticket.
I really could go on, and on.
Of course, nowhere is perfect, and one shouldn’t forget that as beautiful as Dresden is, it’s still in East Germany.
Unfortunately, East Germany has a history of xenophobia.
Dresden was always seen as an East German State that didn’t.
Until it did.
Sadly, since Germany opened it’s arms to refugees. (Oh, and just so you know. #RefugeesAreWelcome), there has been an alarming rise in right-wing populist activity spurned on by the right-wing party – Alternative for Germany – AfD.
As tourists, you’re all perfectly safe, and as an expat local who lives in the “right area” – read wealthy, gentrified,or bohemian parts of town, I’m alright too. But still.
As I told you last week, The British Berliner, aims to give you a clear description of the places that I travel to, and my thoughts.
So don’t be scared.
Nowhere is perfect.
Except for Berlin obviously!
But really, Dresden was a pleasant surprise.
And the food was fantastic.
More about that next week!
Here’s where we stayed:
We stayed at a lovely apartment called Stirl Apartments.
It cost just €85.00 per night. Not including the Tourism Tax of €1.30 per person. Per night!
We had actually planned to stay at the Old Town itself, but I forgot that I had pre-booked Stirl Apartment as a last cheaper resort, just in case we couldn’t get the Aparthotel Am Schloss, a mere five (5) minutes from the Frauenkirche!
Even though the Aparthotel Am Schloss, was far more expensive, I would have preferred it, for the mere fact that it was exactly where we wanted to be.
In the Old Town!
I’ll be writing a more comprehensive guide on Dresden very soon!
This article is not sponsored, and all opinions, and the Dresden beer that I drank, are my very own!
Next week, more on Dresden!
And in a few weeks, I’ll be revealing my next summer trip!
That’s it for now.
See you next week!
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Lovely hearing about Dresden! I haven’t done a tour of Germany which is a shame as it’s just across the border. Of course, that will change soon! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much Caroline!
Dresden is certainly a place that you should visit. And yep! I so understand why you haven’t done a tour of Germany yet ‘cos as travel bloggers, we’re all so busy visiting places afar, that it’s easy to forget countries that are just next-door! 😀
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We did a day trip to Dresden from Prague and it was quite a surprise. We absolutely loved the city and it was a perfect respite from Prague that l didn’t love :-). Thanks for sharing the beauty. It is definitely worthy.
Thanks so much KemKem!
Dresden is rather lovely! In fact, the Cold War / Iron Curtain aside, some of East Germany is quite beautiful. Dresden, Brandenburg, Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, etc.
I don’t think of my beloved Berlin as beautiful, but some parts like Gendarmenmarkt (the old French Quarter), Prenzlauerberg (my own bohemian historical suburb), Charlottenburg (Berlin of the Golden Twenties), it’s certainly charming! 😀
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