Dresden - A walk in the Old Town

Trip Start Aug 24, 2011
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Trip End Sep 01, 2011


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Monday, August 29, 2011


DRESDEN

Dresden was not included in our trip and it came as a nice surprise for everyone. What an excellent idea to visit this new destination where I had never been before! Besides, we are so close to the city that it would have been pity not to visit. The cost was something like 50 euro and everyone wanted to join. I am not a buyer myself when I am out traveling as most of you know, but on this destination we had the chance to buy things which cost nearly half the price in Greece.

Never had I expected such beauty in this city, and to be honest when we visited Berlin two years back I was very disappointed. Dresden is like an 'open museum' so interesting that I wished we could spend at least a couple of days here. Of course I can always return and visit again. We have the chance to walk a lot and have plenty of time to enjoy this wonderful day here.  I truly want to return one day!

Located in a valley on the river Elbe, close to the Chech border, it is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. Dresden was not only the capital but also the royal residence for the Kings of Saxony and the Electors. In the year 1945 the historical centre was bombed to a large extend but it has now been restored. The color of some buildings is still black due to the burning of the bombing but they are so beautiful and interesting as if speaking the history of this city.

Our first stop was the Zwinger Palace, -an 18th century building which houses several museums. We passed right under the Semper Opera House,-a building that exemplifies neo-renaissance architecture. The building we see today is an exact replica of the former which was destroyed not only in the year 1869 but also in 1945. Frauenkirche is another attraction which cannot be missed. We walked through the old city and we were given much free time not only for shopping and lunch, but for a late afternoon coffee as well.

I am not writing in detail what we have seen, as I believe the photos I have taken speak for themselves. It was indeed an amazing day!
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