Neustadt, Dresden

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    MONUMENTS NEAR WESTIN BELLEVUE HOTEL

    by balhannah Written Dec 7, 2013

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    This is Hotel overlooks the parkland and the Elbe River.
    Located in-front of the Hotel, is a lovely fountain know as "The Three Graces," who were known in Greek & Roman mythology as goddesses of charm, beauty, and creativity.

    Another very large monument was for Artist "Emma Sophie Körner," born in 1788 in Dresden. She was the daughter of Christian Gottfried Körner, a Judge of the Court of Appeals and supporter of poet Friedrich Schiller, who even lived for some time with the family.

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    THE JÅGERHOF

    by balhannah Written Dec 5, 2013

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    The Jägerhof Museum displays Saxon Folk Art and has a Puppet Museum located in the Renaissance building built between 1568 to 1613.
    Inside is one of the world's largest puppet theater collections, there is folk art and old traditions, printed and embroidered weavings, clothing, painted furniture, pottery and a collection of historic toys.

    The upper floor houses the Puppet Museum, one of the largest and most important collections in the world. Some of the Puppets are 200 years old!

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    10 - 6PM CLOSED MONDAYS

    ADMISSION.
    Adults 3 euros
    Reduced 2 euros
    Children and adolescents under 17 years: free

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    SAXON MINISTERY OF FINANCE

    by balhannah Written Dec 5, 2013

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    This was another massive building I came across as I followed the river-side path in Neustadt. The neo-baroque building was built in 1890-1896 and is the Ministry of Finance building. The building was impressive, then I noticed the mural done by Anton Dietrich in 1896. The gable painting shows Saxonia surrounded by the arts allegorically represented as well as the revenues of the state. During the bombing of Dresden in WWII, the building was destroyed. From the 1950s up until 1994, reconstruction was taking place.

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    THE GOLDEN RIDER

    by balhannah Written Dec 5, 2013

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    What an eye-catching statue this is! Being gold, there is no way you could walk past!

    The Golden Rider is a gilded equestrian statue of Augustus the Strong, dressed as a Roman Emperor and sitting astride his rearing horse. The statue was designed by the French court sculptor Jean Joseph Vinanche and cast in 1734, although it wasn't until the following year, the gilded statue was unveiled at Neustadt, near the Augustusbridge. The large pedestal was completed much later, in 1884.

    Luckily, the statue was dismantled during the war years and stored in an underground cave in Pillnitz. After the war finished, it was brought out of hiding, restored and erected again at Neustadt just in time for the 750th anniversary of Dresden in 1956.

    The Golden Rider is not only a valuable statue, but probably the most well known one in Dresden.

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    THE BLOCK HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Dec 5, 2013

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    I came across this building as I was about to head across the Augustusbrücke bridge.
    I admit, I have never heard of a Block House before, so I wondered what the story was!

    It refers to "both the cubic structural shape and the purpose of the building as guard house"
    Now I understand why its at at the end of the Augustusbrücke bridge in Neustadt!
    The original plan of a pyramid-shaped building with the equestrian statue of August the Strong on top of it was rejected, the mind boggles with that idea! Instead of that the control and customs station moved in there in 1755 and today, it's the place of events of the state government of Saxony.

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    JAPANESE PALACE

    by balhannah Updated Dec 5, 2013

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    The Japanese Palace with its Japanese curved roof, is another building in Neustadt with plenty of history attached. I rather like the historic buildings on this side of the Elbe, as instead of being crammed in and surrounded by cobblestoned pavement, they are surrounded by gardens and lawn

    This impressive building was built in 1715, during the Baroque period by a Count Flemming. The Palace was originally named "Dutch Palace," after its first occupant, Dutch envoy Van Craneberg.

    August the Strong purchased the Japanese Palace in 1717, for he wanted a imposing building with plenty of room to entertain the many guests attending the wedding celebrations for his son. After these festivities further work was carried out. August had come up with the idea of creating a ‘porcelain palace’. He commissioned leading Dresden architects Pöppelmann, de Bodt, Longuelune and Knöffel, to have nearly everything made with porcelain. It didn't quite come to fruition!

    From 1721 onwards, the Dresden State Art Collections, later the Porcelain museum and from 1785 classical sculptures, the coin collection and the electoral library have all called it home at some stage. From 1834 onwards, the ground floor was decorated with Pompeian mural paintings designed by Gottfried Semper.

    Now days, the building houses three Museums - State Museum of Prehistory, the Ethnological Museum and the Senckenberg Natural History Collections.

    The Dresden Damascus Room and Textile Furnishings from the Middle East are a permanent display in the Ethnological Museum. It's a chance to see what traditional homes in the Middle East are like, how they use multifunctional rooms, in which decorative architecture and textiles predominate.
    The Damascus Room is a reception room from a luxurious home in Damascus used for welcoming guests. Turkish Rococo was used to decorate wall and ceiling panels.
    With three Museums in one, you need plenty of spare time.

    State Museum of Prehistory
    OPEN Tue - Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    ADMISSION Adults 3 euro

    Dresden Ethnological Museum
    OPEN.. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Mon closed
    ADMISSIOIN Adults 4 euro Reduced 2euros

    Senckenberg Natural History Collections Dresden
    OPEN..10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Mon closed
    ADMISSION Adults 3 euros Reduced 1.5 euros

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    THE HAUPTSTRASSE

    by balhannah Written Dec 5, 2013

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    It was 1685 when a huge fire destroyed nearly everything in what is now known as the Neustadt area. August the Strong decided a "New King City" would be constructed, so between 1687-1732 this very popular pedestrian street was created. Then, in WWII, most of the historic buildings were destroyed and have since been rebuilt in modern style.

    After passing by the statue of the "Golden Rider," I had a look at the reliefs on the lamp poles, a real work of art and I imagine quite old. Located either side of the Hauptstrasse were shady Plane trees and gardens bed, so nice! If I had walked all the way, I could have shopped until I dropped, gone to the art and crafts mall, visited Epiphany Church and finished my walk at Albert Square.
    There are plenty of shops to choose from whether you want food to eat or to buy new clothes.

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    STAUDENGARTEN

    by balhannah Updated Dec 4, 2013

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    The Staudengarten runs alongside the River Elbe on the Neustadt side of the River, between the Albert and Carola Bridges. I really enjoyed walking this garden even though there weren't any flowers out, there was a nice pond and views. For me, this area expelled that feeling of peacefulness, a feeling of wanting to sit here on one of the many park benches and dream my life away! The area is enclosed with a hedge, which wasn't in leaf, so I could still see the River, but when in leaf you wouldn't be able to.
    The lawn was green, some shrubs were flowering and I found some beaut sculptures. My favorites were Archer and the not so old Sundial from 1940. The sundial indicates the geographical measurement point of Dresden. Another one I wasn't that keen on was the "Stationery Boy" from 1984.

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    PATHWAY ALONGSIDE THE RIVER ELBE

    by balhannah Written Dec 4, 2013

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    I really loved the Neustadt side of Dresden beside the River Elbe. From Marien Bridge along past Albert Bridge is a wide lawned area, pathways, sculptures, monuments and some lovely gardens.
    Beside the Marien Bridge is the Palace garden, then further on is the Staudengarten and last of all the Rose garden. It is easy walking along a gravel pathway and the views over to the old town are wonderful. There are plenty of benches to take a rest.

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    THE ARCHER @ ALBERT BRIDGE

    by balhannah Updated Dec 4, 2013

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    As I was walking along the Neustadt side of the River Elbe I came across a lovely bronze sculpture of an Archer made by Ernst Moritz Geyger in 1902. He stands near the Albert Bridge and makes for a good photo shoot if the sun is in the right direction!

    At the foot of the bridge on the banks of the Elbe, are two sandstone reliefs from 1936/1937 depicting river life. One is about a ferryman with his boat and the other is of men who work the ships .

    Construction of the King Albert Bridge began in 1874 with it being inaugurated as King Albert Bridge in 1877. It is in some disrepair, evidently it will be fixed soon. [2013]

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    SAXON STATE CHAMBERS

    by balhannah Written Dec 4, 2013

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    Located on the banks of the River Elbe opposite the Old Town, is a massive building that is the Saxon State Chambers, the office of the Minister-President of Saxony.
    The building was built in the style of Neo-Baroque and has some Art Nouveau, it dates to 1904. On its roof is the Royal Saxon crown.

    This impressive building looks over gardens and the River Elbe - What a beautiful position for another historic building in Dresden.

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    THE CIRCUS FOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Written Dec 3, 2013

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    I must admit I was not only surprised, but delighted to see this Fountain of Elephants. I think it is the first fountain I have seen with Elephants involved!

    Well, this fountain is known as "the circus fountain" and has been put here in rememberance of the Sarrasani Circus that was a permanent fixture here from 1912 - 1945. During a show in 1945, bombs landed on the circus destroying it.
    Now, in its place is this beautiful fountain with mother Elephant in the lead, and three baby Elephants following and one is sitting with a circus ball. The mother Elephants spurts water from her trunk and into an upside down umbrella, under which the circus clown is sitting on a ball.
    A really different, fun fountain!

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    Martin Luther church

    by german_eagle Updated Jun 19, 2013

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    This church is located right in the so called nightlife district "Äußere Neustadt" which is also a popular residential area, in particular among young families and students. The congregation is very active, lots of events there.

    The church was built 1883-87 in Neo-Romanesque style with Gothic details. It is quite an impressive structure, totally dominating the beautiful square where it is situated right in the middle. The spire is 81 m tall, a landmark of the district. The interior is mostly originally preserved, a very nice ensemble of altar, pulpit, font all made of sandstone. The statues depicting the Evangelists are of limestone. Worth a look are the beautiful stained-glass windows, high quality works.

    Quite interesting is that kestrels are nesting high up on the spire since the 1990s. There is a telescope near the bushes in front of the main portal which helps to see the nest/the kestrels.

    Best chances to find the door to the church open is Tue - Fri in the afternoons and Sat before noon. Otherwise ask at the neighbouring parish. The tower can be climbed from June to August always on Fridays from 9 pm to midnight - coffee and cake available in the room almost on top, the views over the city are spectacular.

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    Outer Neustadt (foundertime quarter)

    by german_eagle Updated Dec 26, 2010

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    The Outer Neustadt district is located on the right bank of the Elbe river, roughly north and east of Albertplatz square. You'll find a lot of streets with houses built in the 19th/early 20th century. This area was not much destroyed in the bombardement in WWII, so you will see plenty of original houses.

    This district is very lively. Many students and young families live here. You'll be surprised by the number of funny shops, international/ethnic restaurants, 'off' mainstream theatres, art galleries, artisan's workshops etc. There are also some good hostels in the Neustadt which makes it a popular spot among budget travellers. At night it becomes yetl more lively: it is *THE* nightlife area of Dresden.

    Most tourists concentrate on a few popular places like:
    - Pfund's Molkerei, a dairy shop with very beautiful interior (tiles by Villeroy & Boch),
    - Lutherplatz square, an intimate square with Martin-Luther church in the centre, surrounded by houses with beautiful facades from the turn of the century,
    - Kunsthandwerkerhof, a flight of yards where craftsmen/artisans work and sell their products, wine shop, cafes and restaurants.

    But that's definitely not all that's to the Neustadt. I plan to build some tips on Off the beaten path places in this area, so check these out, too.

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    Dreikönigskirche (Church of the three holy kings)

    by german_eagle Updated Dec 26, 2010

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    This church was built by famous architect Pöppelmann (Zwinger) in Baroque style 1732-39. The interior was redone according to plans of George Bähr (Frauenkirche) In Feb 1945 it burnt out completely and was restored in 1994. It has been home for the first Saxon Parliament for a couple of years after the wall came down.

    A must see is the "Dresdner Totentanz" (death dance), an embossment made by Christoph Walter I. 1534-35. Have a look at the Baroque altar (1738) as well. Finally you should go up on the tower to enjoy the panoramic views of the city. A word of advice: For best pictures of the old town's shilhouette - right in the south - go up early or late, or in June when the sun is high above horizon at noon.

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