Fountains make a great atmosphere; they're fantastic places to meet and relax. Some of my favourites in Dresden:
- Nymphenbad Fountains (Zwinger)
- Neptun Fountain (Marcolini Palace Friedrichstadt)
- Tempietto (Albertplatz)
- Dolphin Fountain (Brühl's Terrace)
- Cholera Fountain (beside Taschenberg Palace)
- Peace Fountain (Neumarkt)
- Queckbrunnen (in front of Stadthaus, Theaterstrasse)
- Mosaic Fountain (Grosser Garten)
- Gänsediebbrunnen (Goose Thieve Fountain, between Town Hall and Kreuzkirche)
Magnificent fountains are also to find in the gardens of Pillnitz, Großsedlitz and the Grosser Garten. Have a look at the beautiful fountains at the Hauptstrasse Boulevard in the Neustadt and the two fountains in the middle of Albertplatz circus.
The Grosser Garten Area
Within about 10 minutes of the Old Town centre are a number of wide open spaces where you can even persuade yourself that you are in the country. The first of these is Bluher Park, north of the Haubtbahnhof and home to the quaintly named German Hygiene Museum. Before this museum, at the edge of the park is another large market, one that I would have liked to hop out and explore. Turning south you pass the Dresden Football Club stadium and a little further on is the 'see-through' Volkswagen Plant. This building is completely transparent and every stage of the work can be inspected without ever going inside. Tours of the plant are available as well though.
By now you've arrived in Dresden's biggest park, the Grosser Garten and it's hard not to draw comparisons with the Tier Garten in Berlin. Not in direct terms of area or scale but in the sense of this enormous green space inhabiting a city. There are many places of interest to visit here, like the Dresden Zoo but for me it was just a slow drive through and a running commentary.
After the Grosser Garten we carried on to Blasewitz and Loscwitz , described in the tips above, and eventually returned to town via the Kathe- Kollwitz-Ufer. Though only a guided coach tour this really broadened out my impressions of Dresden and it was great to see some of what lay outside the historic centre.
International Dixieland Festival Dresden
The International Dixieland Festival Dresden is oldest old-time jazz festival of Europe and has been an annual highlight since 1971. This traditional Jazz festival offers a wide rage of Jazz music. It takes place on different location and offers more then just jazz. When the sun is high up a great programm for kids is offered and when the night begins adults can swing their hips.
There are so many wonderful choices on the menu it is really hard to decided but I went with the lamb. They do have english menus which is always a bonus.
It was a Sunday night and they had a belly dancer. You can also get a hooka here if you are so inclined. Downstairs you can sit traditional style with cushions on the Fußboden. Hummus with a ground lamb in the center and some olive oil. YUM.
Stadtjubiläum 2006!!! Come for the Jubilee 2006!
The really big upcoming event will happen in 2006, the city of Dresden will be 800 years old! Of course, special celebrations will be going on all year , visit this site to learn about the jubilee that will take place Celebrate the Jubilee!! on the site you call learn the history of the city, and see the month by month calendar that tells will what special will be going on. I would say for the biggest events, book hotels and travel in enough time to make sure you have what you need to visit.
But what Special activity this month of December 2004? Christmas markets!!
All around Germany, christmas markets are set up where you can have glühwein with friends, some eats, buy gifts, enjoy the brisk winter air with wonderful music and singing all over. They are my favorite things, and Dresden has the oldest one in the country, which was first started in 1434, Striezelmarkt. Last year I remember the huge Nutcracker figures around all the borders, the weather was nice, no snow then but nicely cold and clear.