Photos of the Week – Dresden

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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!

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!

If I hadn’t been a little cold, I would have joined her!

Frauenkirsche

Frauenkirsche built in 1726

A building detail on platz

A building detail on Neumarkt Platz

The King's Stables

Langer gang built in 1586 on one side of the King’s Stables

Frieze on the schloss

Frieze depicting the Procession of the Dukes – 202 metres long (1906) – made of 24,000 Meissen porcelain mosaic tiles

The Cathedral or DOM

The Cathedral or DOM with the Schloss (castle) on the left

Entrance to the Schloss which now houses 4 museums

Entrance to the Schloss which now houses 4 museums

inside the schloss with its glass roof

Inside the schloss with its Renaissance gallery and glass roof

Lunchtime menu in the form of a gazette. The Germans next to us gave us some

Lunchtime menu in the form of a gazette.

Dancing in the street!

Dancing in the street!

Bubble blowers in between showers of rain

Bubble blowers in between showers of rain

Imbiss ((snack bar)

Imbiss ((snack bar) in an ancient red 3-wheel truck

Zwinger, a German Baroque palace also containing several museums

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

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

 

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13 Responses to Photos of the Week – Dresden

  1. Lady Godiva needs her horse!

    A beautiful city.

  2. Helen says:

    A surprising compilation of the city of Dresden. Amazing architecture [ rebuilt?] and ‘blow me down’ fancy stumbling on ‘Ayers Rock’!

  3. Lorri says:

    I was just there in May. Interestingly, my guide book refers to the “Parade of Princes” what you call the “Procession of Nobles.” Funny, eh?

    We hopped on a tram for a short distance only to be in the midst of a hail storm when we got off with no where to go. We were in the “New Town” and got totally drenched in a matter of moments, with no umbrella and no real place to get out of the rain and hail except for under a tree. Not exactly a good plan with thunder and lightning! 🙂

    We did meet a lovely young man (1/2 French, 1/2 British) that was working in the TI in the train station. He saw us on a tram later in the day and showed us around the New Town. Delightful.

    You can friend me on FB and see my Dresden photos. No dressing down in mine though. LOL

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      I translated directly from French, I’m afraid: Procession des Nobles!

      What an experience with the hail. I’ll friend you on FB. Hope I found the right person.

  4. Susan Walter says:

    Looks like the holiday is livening up!

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  7. Andrea says:

    I was lucky to have great weather on both my trips to Dresden which I think makes all the difference. If you don’t mind me sharing, here’s some sunnier pics of the city. http://www.rearviewmirror.tv/dresden-the-most-beautiful-city-in-germany/

  8. It’s so frustrating when you visit somewhere in flat dull light (cue nearly all our time in Iceland!) but even in the rain it’s easy to see that Dresden is an amazing place. It’s on my wish list for sure, and even more having seen some of the wackier sides of it…tahnks for sharing these fun photos.

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