Map of saxony
This is a little map of the region SACHSEN (in english it is called Saxony!)
The capital of this region is Dresden. You can find it in southeast of Germany. Next to Saxony are the neighbourstates Poland and Czech Republic. The name of the river is ELBE. The river is very beautiful and you can go by very old paddle-steamers (from the years around 1875) and there is a long beautiful way for bicycling and skating until the border of Czech Republic.
Tal der Ahnungslosen
The German Democratic Republic or GDR (a.k.a. East Germany) existed for nearly forty-one years, from October 7, 1949 to October 3, 1990.
During this time, Dresden and vicinity had the dubious honor of being known in the rest of the GDR as the Tal der Ahnungslosen or "Valley of the Clueless." This was because they were so far away from West Germany and from West Berlin that they could not receive western television stations.
People from other parts of the GDR claimed that for this reason the people of Dresden had an uncritical attitude towards the actions of the East German regime.
I don't know it this is really true (the ones I knew seemed perfectly normal). Have there been studies done on this point? Perhaps some German VT-members might have information about this.
Update: Many thanks to VT-member german_eagle (Ingo), who lives in Dresden, for a very thoughtful and informative e-mail on this topic. He says it was true that West German television could not be seen in the Dresden area except under unusual weather conditions. But it was not true that the people in Dresden were uncritical of the GDR-regime. On the contrary, peaceful protests began there as early as February 1982.
He points out that there has long been a rivalry between Berlin (Prussia) and Dresden (Sachsen) going back as far as the 18th century, so people in Dresden have always been suspicious of anything coming from Berlin. Also Dresden has a strong and self-confident educated bourgeoisie which was always critical of the GDR government and never forgave them for building a "new" socialist city instead of rebuilding the beautiful old city of Dresden which was destroyed during the war.
Radebeul - Karl-May Museum
Radebeul is a part of dresden. In further years it was a own small town. It´s directly on the river "Elbe". You can make a trip by bicycle or by inlineskates on the Elbe from Dresden to Radebeul. Another possibilty is to take the streetcar Nr. 4 from Dresden or you will find it near the Lutherkirche (church) in the Meissner Strasse.
Here you can find the Karl - May Museum. Karl May (1848 - 1912 ) was a great german author who wrote a lot of stories about the indians in North America in 19 th century. I loved to read his stories about winnetou than I was a child. So you can see a lot about the history of the indians in this museum in "Villa Shatterhand" and "Villa Bärenfett".
Dresden Unity Night
"Dresden Unity Night" is only one time every year. It?s mostly in october. There you can go in a lot?s of locations like bars with music, discos. You have to pay one time for all locations and get a ribbon on your hand and so you can go in all these locations in the Altstadt of Dresden. they are close by the Altmarkt.
And the highlight of this night is the big firework on the Altmarkt! It? s beautiful!!
On that way we have often fireworks on the weekends on the elb. disco look but have a warm jacket if you wanna move the locations. It´s cold in october in germany.
Don't go on warm days
On our last morning we went to have breakfast in a restaurant called Alte Apotheke, as they open at 7 am and we had already packed and were ready to go home.A buffet breakfast is laid out on the counter, for 4,99 Euro set price, including one hot drink and as much juice as you like. Bread rolls, boiled eggs, jam, honey, Nutella, ham and cheese and some cereal. I thought I had taken joghurt with my cereal, but found out it was custard. Well, cereal with custard was not too bad either.
A nice selection, but I didn't like the fact that there was nothing to keep the food chilled, no fridge, nor even some ice cubes. Also the plates were not as clean as I would have liked them to be. Milk, cheese, ham etc should be kept chilled to avoid food poisoning. So , despite the good selection and the cheap price, I wouldn't go there again.