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    Royal city feeling

    by Raimix Written Dec 30, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Saxon territory was quite powerful and modern in the period of baroque, baroque influences came from Italy and was visible in most of life aspects – not only in new people fashion, but also in architecture. So, Dresden, as capital of Saxon State, was quite rich and stood as example for other towns or countries.

    Walking the streets it is possible to feel that place was (is) powerful, rich, and sometimes too full with detailed architecture.

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    Balthaser Permoser's Sculptures at the Zwinger

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Mar 17, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Of all the Baroque splendour at the Zwinger, nothing delighted me more than the statuary. Every surface that could possibly be decorated was filled with wild flights of sculptural fancy. Walking along the top of the complex, there were countlessl terraces filled with nymphs, satyrs, and allegorical figures. The ones I liked best were not the dramatic, tortured looking creatures crawling up the sides of the pillars or those representing mythical or heroic values. What I loved were the rows of plump, endearing child-like figures with softly curling hair and sturdy thighs. My alltime favourite is the main photo that goes with this tip. These two, have the most eloquent backs and the sense of companionship and complicity their leaning into each other suggests, is absolute mastery of the medium

    All of these are the work of Balthaser Permoser whose work is also featured in the Hofkirche and many other locations in Dresden.

    Sheer perfection in stone
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    Homo sovieticus

    by Raimix Written Dec 30, 2012

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    Favorite thing: I was hosted by local CS member in Dresden for 1 night, the first day we had a nice walk from newer suburb to old town. I was amazed to see the same type of Soviet houses, as I usually see in Vilnius. Anyway, these in Dresden were already modernized, painted in not so boring colors.

    Historical facts tell that Dresden and East Germany was a part of DDR, a satellite state of Soviet Union. As Dresden was quite damaged in Second World War, some „beautiful“ Soviet style architecture was risen here.

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    Natural light

    by richiecdisc Updated Nov 27, 2006

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    Fondest memory: Natural light is an amazing thing. The hues it produces as it hits surfaces in its path can be stunning. Trying to capture this is one of the most rewarding and frustrating endeavors of any aspiring photographer. Knowledge of the setting sun’s location in relation to whatever object you covet is paramount as is the time of just the perfect point when a mad red glow ensues. These things seem all important to the unencumbered but with such entanglements that form the fabric of life one does lose some autonomy.

    Dresden is one of the most photogenic of German cities. Its somber Gothic grayness exudes a sadness that is at once beautiful and tragic. I am lucky in that I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the captivating city due directly to my choice of a life partner who happens to be from a nearby village. I have seen many incredible sunsets on its formidable array of gracious buildings. One building I’ve not had the chance to properly capture is the Frauenkirche. As with most of Dresden, this magnificent church was destroyed in WWII. Unlike the rest of its neighboring marvels, it was left as rubble as a monument to man’s atrocities towards one another. This position changed over time and it has been under painstaking restoration since I first visited the city some years ago. So, as would be expected, I as well as my wife eagerly looked forward to our first glimpse of the stunning piece or architecture that had been recently completed in our absence while living in the US.

    As would have it, this event coincided with our getting married yet again for the sake of Doreen's family on her home soil. This brought together not only family but also some of our closest friends from VT. We hadn’t had much time in Dresden since our first return in two years as spending time with family was tantamount as well as the planning necessary to get the wedding off as scheduled. (continued below in Fondest Memory)

    The Frauenkirche splendid even before sunset
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    Stadtfest / Party of the City Dresden

    by Antji Updated Sep 26, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Every year Dresden has its Stadtfest (or Party of the City) in end of august.
    There are so much events in the Altstadt of Dresden - music, fireworks, bands, lots of stands of eating and drinking...and so much people.
    In 2006 Dresden will celebrate its 800 year Party.
    I can recommend everybody to come to this big Party!

    Stadtfest 2004

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    Monument to Caspar David Friedrich

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Mar 17, 2008

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    Favorite thing: This rather odd looking monument is at the far end of the Bruhl Terrace, on the grassy sloped gardens overlooking The Elbe. The joys of wandering are many and coming across something likes this makes you feel like punching the air with excitement. Well, if you're a fan of Caspar David Friedrich, it will certainly have this affect. CDF ( 1774- 1840) is one of my favourite painters and from studying his work, I'd gleaned some impressions of the Dresden area and particularly the River Elbe. His painting of his wife Caroline, in 'Woman at the Window' shows her peering out of the window in his studio, at the bustle of masts on the river below. Twilight and dusk were favourite times of day for him to capture and now here I was in the waning light of a Dresden winter afternoon, coming across this monument to him. I could have gone to the OLd Master's Gallery to look at his paintings but walking round his Dresden, the heart of the Romantic movement in Germany, was somehow much more rewarding.

    The monument is a little bit puzzling and the only conclusion I could come to was that it was an easel and a chair. This conclusion was fairly close as it represents the painter's studio.

    Chair and easel representing CDF's studio
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    Top Viewing Points

    by german_eagle Written Jul 11, 2003

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    Favorite thing: For panoramic views of the city visit the following places, pray for good weather (read clear air) and watch out:

    - the Town Hall's tower
    - Hausmann Tower (Royal Palace)
    - tower of Dreikönigskirche
    - tower of Kreuzkirche
    - Fichteturm tower
    - Waldschlösschen plateau
    - Restaurant Luisenhof (Weisser Hirsch, funicular)
    - Oberloschwitz (suspension railway top station)
    - Yenidze rooftop (beer garden)
    - garden of Japanese Palace (Canaletto view)

    A short comment on Fichteturm: it is located on a hill, in a small garden in the southern suburb Coschütz. It offers quite an unusual view, because it is the only viewing point in the South. Open on Sat/Sun 11-14 h

    View from Hausmann Tower

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    Risen from ashes

    by Raimix Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    Favorite thing: As Dresden was one of towns, who got big amount of USA - Great Britain's bombs in Second World War, nowadays it is raised as phoenix. Place was highly damaged, as it happened with such cities as Berlin or Warsaw. Restorations started already in times of former country of DDR.

    Nowadays everything or almost everything is rebuilt in former glory. It is as always strange to walk and to know that most sights are like new, but rebuilt on old basis.

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    Top museums/galleries

    by german_eagle Updated Mar 10, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Here is a list of the most popular museums and galleries - in no particular order:

    - Picture Gallery "Old Masters"
    - New Green Vault
    - Historic Green Vault
    - Porcelain collection
    - Albertinum with Picture Gallery "New Masters" and Sculptures Collection
    - Armoury/Turkish chamber
    - Hygiene Museum
    - Military History Museum
    - City Museum with dependancies
    - Transportation museum

    My personal favourites - those at the top of the list aside - include some of the smaller museums, such as the summer house of composer Carl Maria von Weber (pic 5), the Kügelgen house and the book museum of the State Library. See my Off the beaten path tips and Schloss Pillnitz page also.

    Picture Gallery Old Masters, Sistine Madonna New Green Vault, the Moor with the Emerald Plate Porcelain collection, figurines Picture Gallery New Masters Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Museum
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    Top Gardens/Parks

    by german_eagle Updated Mar 10, 2012

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    Favorite thing: For recreation after some exhausting sightseeing, a short break between two sights or even as a sight itself - here is a list of the most beautiful gardens/parks in Dresden:

    - garden of Pillnitz Palace
    - Großer Garten
    - Bürgerwiese and Blüherpark
    - Riverside promenades (right bank from Rosengarten to garden of Japanese Palais)
    - garden on Brühl's Terrace
    - Park at the Zwinger
    - gardens of the Castles by the Elbe river (Albrechtsberg - Eckberg)
    - Wachwitzer Höhenpark (Rhododendron garden)
    - Waldpark Blasewitz
    - Fichte-Park in Dresden-Plauen
    - Alaunplatz
    - Volkspark Striesen
    - Beutlerpark

    Pillnitz Palace garden Gro��er Garten B��rgerwiese garden of Hotel Westin Bellevue Rosengarten (rosarium)

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    The Neue Synagogue

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Mar 17, 2008

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    Favorite thing: My trip to Dresden was a side-trip from Berlin and in Berlin also I had photographed and visited a 'Neue Synagogue' the day before. I was incredibly moved by both but this one in Dresden could not possibly be more different from its Byzantine looking counterpart in Berlin. Though much in the history of both buildings was similar, the Dresden building is a total departure in terms of architecture and form.

    The earlier synagogue built by Gottfried Semper had been burned to the ground on November 9-10, 1938, the dreaded Kristallnacht, when all over Germany buildings belonging to the Jewish people were destroyed. 63 years later, on November 9th, 2001 , this new synagogue was dedicated, close to the site of the original. Just across the street from the Bruhl Gardens and all the stately Baroque buildings in the area, this stands head and shoulders above its surroundings, by virtue of its simplicity and purity of form. It's a cubic structure with no windows, based on the Israelite temples of prayer. It's an amazing building that is completely inscrutable when you stand in front of it. Well, to the side of it because the entrance is firmly locked. Next door is a community centre built in similar style and together they present a blank facade to the passerby. This of course makes a greater statment than any decorative feature could possibly do and you walk away with the memory of past events weighing heavily on your mind.

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    Winter Sunset in Dresden

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Mar 17, 2008

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    Favorite thing: As I mentioned in the tip above, Dresden was at the heart of the Romantic movement in Germany at the end of the 18th century. Painters, poets, composers, philosophers and intellectuals of all sorts flocked here and the city was a hotbed of artistic activity. So what does all this have to do with the title of this tip - Winter sunset in Dresden? The connection is maybe tenuous but this city had been growing and growing upon me all day long and by the time late afternoon and sunset arrived I had fallen completely in love with it. Walking back from the Neustadt I lingered for a long time on Augustusbrucke, admiring the river views and the dramatic swathes of yellow and black piling above the spires and towers of the Old Town. I appreciate that to many people Dresden is a city overrun with tourists but if you just cross a bridge and get away from the crowds it's easy to feel the attraction that Dresden had for all those poets and painters. Standing on that bridge I had a moment of complete happines.Such moments are what travel is all about to me but they don't happen often enough.

    Thank you Dresden !

    Sunset over Dresden
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    Top Modern (contemporary) Architecture

    by german_eagle Written Jul 12, 2003

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    Favorite thing: You folks know that every time has its own style of architecture. Since Dresden's city centre was destroyed in WWII you might expect a lot of modern architecture, but surprisingly (or not) there are only a few examples of outstanding new buildings to find in the city. Here are some of them:

    - Synagogue
    - New Landtag (house of parliament)
    - St. Benno school
    - Ufa cinema (both the old "round" bulding and the "crystal palace")
    - World Trade Centre
    - Volkswagen transparent manufacture
    - art'otel
    - TV tower (closed for reconstruction)

    Synagogue
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    Altstadt and the older Neustadt

    by Kakapo2 Written Aug 28, 2008

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    Favorite thing: If you have a look over the city from one of the towers you can see the division of Altstadt and Neustadt very well. The river Elbe divides the city into the historic Altstadt and the even more historic Neustadt – where, for this reason, you can also many restored old buildings.

    Neustadt had the name Altendresden in the Middle Age. After the city had burnt down in 1685 it was rebuilt as a then modern and meticulously planned Baroque city, and named a new city – Neustadt.

    The Altstadt lies on the left riverbank, on the wide side of a riverbend. For centuries is was protected by mighty battlements. The centre of it all was Saxony’s resident castle.

    Until today the splendidly restored buildings of the Renaissance, Baroque and 19th century dominate this part of the city, which is the main hub of tourism. They have done a great job in recreating this spectacular ensemble of magnificent buildings which have been destroyed by English bombs on 13 and 14 February 1945.

    Outstanding cultural places are located on this side of the Elbe, as are Saxony’s Parliament and the town’s administation centre.

    The main shopping areas are Altmarkt (Old Market) and Prager Straße. (But I can assure you, I found very nice clothes in Neustadt as well… ;-) The shopping streets (Albertplatz, Königstraße) are attracting more and more people, and there are lots and lots of great pubs, cafés and restaurants. It attracts artists and Bohemians and is a hub of cultural activity.

    Altmarkt/Seestra��e in the Altstadt of the city.
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    a look I could not deny her

    by richiecdisc Updated Jan 27, 2008

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    Fondest memory: Many people probably wonder how I can spend every Christmas away from my family and of course there are things I miss about being home for the holidays especially the Christmas Eve feast common among Italian Americans. But ultimately, I love my time in Germany and as time goes on it becomes increasingly obvious that my family has expanded beyond the confines of the United States. Of course, the toughest thing is giving up travel exploration time for family constraints. Even while “home” for the holidays in Saxony, there is so much to see but I realize also that my wife has many people to see too. So, we’ve now sorted out ways to get both in even if it means separating at times even if for a few hours. On our most recent trip whenever we went into the town proper I went on a solo photo shoot while Doreen spent time with her sister or Mom. I missed having her with me but I also enjoyed the freedom to go where I wanted. The funniest thing perhaps was when we looked at the photos we invariably found shots that she would have taken if she had been with me. It seems I subconsciously thought with her eyes even when on my own. Oh, and if I had any doubts about going to Saxony for the holidays, I think they were put to rest on our first day at the Christmas market. I watched my wife looking at things at the market and she was like a kid in candy store. I knew well that it was a look I could not deny her. She was happy and that made me happy too.

    a shot D would normally take D at the candy...I mean Christmas market
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