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!
Go on a pony and carriage trip. There were loads of them about, and they’re really cute!
The most famous opera house in the region is the Semperoper. It’s also home to the Semperoper Ballet, and at one time, was the most beautiful opera house in Germany!
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.
Go on a river-cruise. We weren’t able to book any, as it was too early in the season, but they should be well and running now!
Having said that, walking on the riverside is free of charge, and quite a lovely walk!
Have more beer. In fact, make sure that you sample, Dresden’s most famous beer – the Radeberger Pilsner!
Go one better, go to the riverside, and have your Radeberger lager at one of Dresden’s oldest breweries – Radeberger Spezialausschank built in 1848!
If you see nothing else, go gape at the Fürstenzug, otherwise known as the Procession of Princes. What a wonderful piece of art! It’s a 101 metre long mural, known as the largest porcelain artwork in the world! It was originally painted between 1871 and 1876, celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Wettin Dynasty – Saxony’s ruling family at the time, and has approximately 23,000 Meissen porcelain tiles! The mural displays the ancestral portraits of the 35 margraves, electors, dukes and kings of the House of Wettin between 1127 and 1904, and it’s on the street. On a wall! You’ve probably passed it a few times and forgot where you saw it, but you can find it on the outer wall of the Stallhof or Stables Courtyard, of the Dresden Castle
Go to a riverside beer garden or Biergarten. See what I did there! And have a bratwurst and chips with a variety of sauces, while people-watching local Dresdeners playing ball, listening to music, or simply just chilling, with more local beer!
If there’s an open-air festival, join in! While we were there, Dresden hosted the FilmFest Dresden International Short Film Festival. In the Old Town. Right next to the Frauenkirche. Totally free of charge! They even supplied deckchairs to lounge on. How cool is that?
Drink some more traditional Dresden beer!
Wander around some more, and if you’re lucky, you might actually get to see some of the locals dressed in baroque attire. Mind you, as in New York and LA, they do expect a tip, if you want to take photographs!
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!
DRESDEN: THE BEAUTY OF EAST GERMANY!
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!
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