Rebuilding the War Torn City

Trip Start Sep 23, 2004
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Trip End Dec 24, 2004


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Wednesday, October 6, 2004

On my fifth day of travel, I have arrive in Dresden Germany. This is a town Southeast of Berlin almost at the border of Czech Republic. The train ride was about 2 hours and very uneventful. I met this nice elder couple from Berlin who told me a bunch of thing about Berlin before and after the fall of the wall. According to them, despite the fact the wall is gone, the mental "wall" still exist between East and West Berliner.

The city of Dreden is divided into Altstadt( South ) and Neustadt ( North ) by the river Elbe. The Altstadt is where all the historical building is located. Wow, its a very impressive city, despite the war, the reconstruction has done well in the city. Its almost like a living museum. There are HUGE fancy architectures everywhere you walked to. The Best building is Zwinger where its got a nice fountain/garden in the center and it houses several museums. Another building is the Frauenkirche which is the oldest Protestant church in entire Germany. Unfortunately, this church was totally flatten during the bomb raid by the British and Americans during WWII and had to be rebuilt from the debris. I am lucky to have come this year since the entire church is almost restored and took some nice pictures.

In the afternoon I visited the Armoury museum and Science instrument museum, they were loaded with weapons and globes from 2-3 hundred years ago. Even forceps from the 1800's !!!

Some interesting things I found today is that all the water fountains in Germany are COIN-FREE unlike the US where everyone drop in their wish-coin. Also drinking is PUBLICKLY acceptable??? I saw teenagers holding beers cans drinking inside a commuter train. Very interesting.
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