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    Market Hall: Shop With the Locals

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Mar 17, 2008

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    Interior of the Markt Halle
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    This is a large indoor Market Hall, very traditional and obviously very popular with the people of Dresden. There are several levels and coming in on the ground floor you can go up or down. The upper floors are built in gallery style forming balconies, so that at all times you can look down on the activities below. The hall was beautifully decorated for Christmas and even had a little mini ferris wheel for small children. I came across this market by accident when I was wandering round the Neustadt and was really glad . It was so different from the souvenir-filled shops in the city centre and an absolute pleasure to browse through and people watch.

    What to buy: The Markt Halle provided everything you could possibly need and was a little like a department store laid out in market form. Upstairs had a large clothes shop, some light furnishings plus lots and lots of displays of crafts and decorative items. Downstairs was mostly food - very artisitically displayed -with more gift and toy stalls. There were stalls selling more mundane, everyday necessities of life but because it was in the run up to Christmas, gift items were taking centre stage. If you didn't have luggage restrictions you could buy some beautiful wood and glass items here.

    What to pay: Things were extremely reasonably priced in the Markt Halle because it obvoiously caters for local people and not for tourists.

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    Fun at shopping in ALTMARKTGALERIE

    by Antji Written Jul 4, 2004

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    Altmarkgalerie is a big new Shoppingcenter in the centre of dresden. It was bulid last year and has a modern architectural style. Here you can find a lot of shops or something to eat and drink.

    What to buy: everything

    What to pay: normal prices

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    Christmas Market: Christmas Market

    by richiecdisc Updated Jan 26, 2008

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    Dresden's Christmas market is less touristy than many. Of course, there is much of the junk you find in such markets but you'll also find nice crafts from the area. In fact the Saxony is noted for its wooden figurines that are used throughout Germany at Christmas.

    What to buy: Along with the food treats and glühwein (hot spiced wine), local crafts are the thing to buy when at the markets. Favorites include pyramids and rauchermen. The latter are small figures that "smoke" when an incense is lit inside them. Christmas stars are beautiful and easy to transport. D was happy to bring one home to the states! :)

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    Various / newsagents / stalls: The History...

    by sourbugger Updated Jan 27, 2006

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    Dresden in 1945

    The grim history of Dresden during the second world war is still a painful memory on both sides. The bombardment by the RAF is considered to be a war crime by many, the fireball may have killed up to 130,000 people in one night.

    It was thus equilvalent to the dropping of a Nuclear bomb.

    Whatever the rights and wrongs of that particular raid, the destruction of the once beautiful city is vividly recalled in before-and-after collections of postcards sold in many place around the city.

    I use a pack to help schoolchildren consider the morality of war.

    It is also perhaps useful to think about these words of Winston Churchill, who in the final analysis was responsible for the operation to obliterate the city :

    It is odious to us
    that governments should seek to maintain their rule
    otherwise than by free unfettered elections
    by the mass of the people.

    Governments derive their just powers
    from the consent of the governed,
    says the Constitution of the United States.

    This must not evaporate in swindles and lies propped up by servitude and murder.

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    Loschwitzer Kunststube: The most beautiful woodcraft

    by christine.j Updated Nov 6, 2008

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    Walking up from the river we passed this small shop and decided to have short look inside. It became a very long look. This small store has so many beautiful things, I could have spent all my money there.
    Apart from postcards and some very tasty souvenirs of Dresden, this shop specializes in the traditional wood carvings. From tiny penguins to a wonderful,huge Christmas pyramid - we saw wood craft in all shapes and sizes. You won't find mass production items there, so don't expect very low prices. I bought one of the penguins for about 10 Euro, a penguin father with a penguin baby, really beautifully carved.

    What to pay: From about 2 Euro for the smallest items to several hundred Euro for the large Christmas pyramids.

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    Popcorn: Second Hand Records

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jul 2, 2010

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    Popcorn Records - Dresden - Intgerior
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    Popcorn is the leading shop in Dresden for second hand vinyl and CD's.

    There is a vast collection with 3 bins of US collector items and a great collection of German 45 RPM records.

    Business hours:
    Mo-Fr: 1PM - 8PM
    Sa: 1PM - 4PM

    What to buy: Records.

    What to pay: Average prices.

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    Dropout Records: More second hand records

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jul 2, 2010

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    Dropout Records - Dresden - Interior
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    Dropout Records specialises in Reggae, Dancehall, Dub, Ska, Soul, Funk, House, D&B, Techno, Electro, Goa-Psy-Trance, Latin, Punk, HC, Metall, Trash, Surf and Rock/Pop.

    The entrance is through the adjacent DESIRE smoke shop.

    Don't be scared from the alternative locals or the Hells Angels that walk around. They all are the friendliest people I ever met.

    What to buy: Records

    What to pay: You might find some cheap records in between.

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    Dresdner Christstollen

    by german_eagle Updated May 9, 2013

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    If you're planning to buy *the* local specialty at Christmas time in Dresden, the "Dresdner Christstollen", which is basically a fruitcake in the shape of a large bread, topped with powdered sugar, then there are two places I recommend: One is the hut of the bakers' guild in the northeastern corner (near tram stop) at the Striezelmarkt (Christmas market at Altmarkt square), where they show you how it is made - this is the absolutely best Christstollen ever made. Reason is that they make the dough by hand, then bake it in an old-fashioned cast-iron baking oven right next to the hut (pics 3, 4). Downside is that they sell only slices, not whole 1- or 2-kg Christstollen.

    The other option is Bakery Hennig (pics 1, 2). It is a family-run bakery with long tradition, located in a residential area about 15 minutes by public transportation from the old town. Address and website see below - you can order online. They bake other yummy cakes and stuff, too, so I prefer to go there and not order online :-)

    What to pay: A 2-kg Christstollen is about 18 Euro at Hennig's (2012). Two thick slices of Christstollen from the Guild's hut at the Striezelmarkt were 3 Euro in 2012.

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    Bakery Gehre: Bakery goodies

    by german_eagle Written Apr 26, 2013

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    Baumkuchen and cookies
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    This bakery is located in Dresden-Nickern, a cute old village in the south of the city. They have some of the best cookies and cakes, bread and rolls in the city. Although it is a bit of a trip by bus (or tram/bus) from the city centre to the bakery, it is well worth the time. Everything is nicely wrapped or boxed if you wish.

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5 am - 6 pm, Sat 5 am - 11 am.

    What to buy: Cookies in several variations: Butter "Spritzgebäck" with or without chocolate cover (very delicate), Mürbchen (mellow, but with more sugar).

    Baumkuchen (!) - it is a cylindrical cake built up of horizontal layers - with a subtle taste of jam, but not overly sweet. I recommend the version with chocolate cover.

    What to pay: Baumkuchen: 100 g cost 1.67 Euro, so a typical one as I bought it was 4.84 Euro.

    Cookies: 200 g between 2.28 and 2.44 Euro

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    Heinz Wurst: Original bratwurst !!!!!

    by mauro_pd Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A small stand in the crowded Altmarkt selling bratwurst only !!!! Best in class, believe me !!!
    During xmas market they feed you immediately, rest of the year they deliver the meat you can cook at home.
    Cjeck the site for more info (ohhhh God, a butcher with a website :-))))

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    ALTMARKT GALERIE: OVER 200 SHOPS

    by balhannah Updated Nov 27, 2013

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    Altmarkt Galerie
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    I must say that I was quite surprised to find this lovely old building was now filled with shops of every description. The Altmarkt Galerie is a protected historic monument, and the second-largest shopping mall in urban Dresden. I liked the arches and also the Planter pots which were full of flowering Tulips, a nice way of brightening up the grey cobblestoned pavement.

    If you wan't to go shopping, I think this is a good place to come! Shops of every description are located in the centre. I only looked around the ground floor, that was enough for me!
    There is an entrance from Postplatz Square which is handy for people using public transport and a parking station for people coming by car.

    The shopping centre is open from 9.30 - 9pm Closed Sundays.

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    Fleamarket trophies

    by Madschick Written Nov 8, 2003

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    Fleamarket trophies

    As I mentioned in the intro, I was lucky to visit Dresden in time for the Elbwiesen fleamarket. We did find some wonderful kitchen utensils that we had not seen in other fleamarkets further west....

    What to pay: We had expected prices to be quite a bit lower (as the cost of living in the eastern part of Germany would have let us thinks so), but we were quite surprised at the rather high level of prices....

    Still we got some great bargains!

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    Altmarkt Galerie: Dresden's best known shopping mall

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jul 5, 2010

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    Altmarkt Galerie - Dresden

    The Altmarkt Galerie is a big classic shopping mall with over 100 shops.

    Shop locations

    Business hours: M0 - Sa: 9.30AM - 9PM

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    Markthalle: Over 100 years

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jul 5, 2010

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    Markthalle - Dresden

    The Dresden Markthalle offer a mix of restaurants/bar and shops. In 2000 this great mall reopened after a big reconstruction of the building dating from 1899.

    Business hours:
    Mo-Fr: 8AM - 8PM
    Sa: 8AM - 6PM

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    Its Just A Marketplace: Some of Anything You Might Want

    by grishaV1 Written Jan 25, 2004

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    Its what we call a flea market in the US, where you can find all kinds of things from antiques to childrens toys, clothes, CDs, books, glassware, and even get some hot food to eat from one of the booths.

    What to buy: Buy whatever you want but remember if you dont have a car nearby and you get something heavy like this huge warddrobe my friend wanted to buy you have to figure out how to get it back to where you live. Such stuff dont fit very well on the tram either :-)

    What to pay: Well dont pay more than you have to for anything, check it over carefully to see if its worth to pay what they ask. Dont be afraid to barter or bargain whatever its called, go for a lower price if you can.

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