see the old buildings in the...
see the old buildings in the city: Zwinger, Semper Oper, ... nice at day and amasing at night.
But if I want to meet interesting people I prefer the 'Neustadt' with its bars, pubs, restaurants I love it to walk through Dresden in a warm sommer night. A special look is when you cross the river Elbe at one of the bridges near the old buildings. Once seen this look you will never forget it!
Herrnhut Stars - A Christmas Tradition
The Herrnhut stars were invented in Herrnhut, the central settlement of the Moravian church which was founded by Count Nikolaus von Zinzendorf in the 18th century. The original stars are still hand-made in the village of Herrnhut. In Dresden on the Striezelmarkt the Herrnhuter have a stall that sells nothing but these stars.
A real Herrnhut star consists of 17 square and 8 triangular peaks. Stars in any other shapes are not authentic. The peaks are mounted with little metal fasteners. Assembling the star takes a while and is part of traditional Advent preparations. No worries, it's easy and they come with an explanation in both German and English.
The traditional colours are red, white, or yellow, and bicolor with either a red interior and white or yellow peaks, or alternating in white and red or yellow and red. They come in paper for indoors or plastic for outdoors. A little electric lightbulb hangs inside to light them, available in cheaper indoor or safe and waterproof outdoor version.
Beginning as a local tradition, these stars are now sold and mailed all over the world.
Herrnhut is situated in the Lausitz in Saxony, so in that region the stars are most popular. In Dresden, for example, they are everywhere. Imagine an uglier than ugly 14-storey concrete apartment house when at night such a star is glowing on every second balcony. Wow!
In the 'West', churches were the first to have them. There is hardly a church in Germany that does not put up a big Herrnhut star above the altar during Advent and Christmas season. After the opening of the wall when people started travelling and visiting the Christmas markets in the East, they appeared in windows all over the country. In my living room window, for example...
Mine is the smallest version, about 40 cm in diameter. The larger ones have longer and slimmer peaks. I bought it in Dresden on the Striezelmarkt in 2004. Being assembled for the fifth time now in 2008, the paper peaks are still in good shape.
Meissen - Albrechtsburg
I can recommend to make a trip to MEISSEN. Here you can visit the 'Albrechtsburg' (in the backround of the picture) or go in manufacture or museum of porcelain - the popular Meissener Porzelan I think you heard of them.
The small city Meissen is on the Elbe too. You can go by steamers or take the train (half an hour). If the weather is nice and you like cycling - you also can go by bicycle to Meissen.
The car and people ferry boat
There was only one way to the castle that I saw unless I was going to swim and that was not going to happen. :o)
October and Fall season in Dresden was beautiful to see the castle with the leaves changing colors.
A Very Cool Place to Hangout
A cool place to hang out and have a coffee or something small to eat. Usually very crowded but we were able to get a nice table upstairs in a very cozy room. Anyplace which has one of those soft divans you can lounge on is a great place in my opinion! ;-) This one does. Prices are reasonable, service is friendly and quick (amazing!), and its near popular areas and easy to find. I had a baked potato with sour cream and salat, simple and good. Some beer for my friend and a grog.