Dresden was once one of Europe’s great cultural capitals. One thousand fire bombs devasted the city on 13th February 1945 killing 40,000 people and leaving 900,000 homeless. Many of the main monuments have been rebuilt but not the historical houses that give a city its character. It was overcast when we arrived and rained most of the afternoon which made the city somewhat mournful. However, there seemed to be lot of things going on whenever the rain stopped. For an idea of what the city is like in the sun, I recommend Andrea’s photos on Rearview Mirror.
This was practically the first thing we saw in Dresden – dressing down on a Sunday morning!
If I hadn’t been a little cold, I would have joined her!
Frauenkirsche built in 1726
A building detail on Neumarkt Platz
Langer gang built in 1586 on one side of the King’s Stables
Frieze depicting the Procession of the Dukes – 202 metres long (1906) – made of 24,000 Meissen porcelain mosaic tiles
The Cathedral or DOM with the Schloss (castle) on the left
Entrance to the Schloss which now houses 4 museums
Inside the schloss with its Renaissance gallery and glass roof
Lunchtime menu in the form of a gazette.
Dancing in the street!
Bubble blowers in between showers of rain
Imbiss ((snack bar) in an ancient red 3-wheel truck
The German Rococo style Zwinger palace, inaugurated in 1719, also contains several museums
An unlikely restaurant in the middle of Dresden where we ended up having an excellent evening meal – it was a nice change for the mostly stodgy Saxon food