Neustadt, Dresden

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    Hauptstrasse and Albert Platz

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Mar 18, 2008

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    I wasn't quite sure what to expect in the Neustadt when I set off on my little voyage of exploration. I had finally escaped the constraints of the group and just wanted to get across a bridge and see what was on the other side. The bridge I chose, happened to be the Augustbrucke and as I've repeated over and over on this page, it gves the best views of the river and the city and is altogether the kind of bridge you end up spending alot of time on, rather than just crossing.

    At the other side lay the Haupstrasse with the Golden statue of Augustus the Strong rearing up proudly against the sky. From there on, it was one massive Christmas Market which distracted me for quite some time. Eventually I got off the pedestrianised centre and found the street itself to be an intriguing mass of contradictions. On one side were square blocks of 60's looking concrete and glass, then further up, perfectly preserved Baroque townhouses. It was then I realised that the New Town is actually 300 years old and that it has some of the only Baroque buildings to escape the bombing of 1945.

    Carrying on up the street I detoured into Ritter Strasse and sneaked some quick shopping time in the Markt Halle, then finally emerged at the busy hub of Albert Platz. Here there were two stunning fountains and lots of intriguing streets leading off in all directions.

    At this point I backtracked into Konigstrasse, not realising that I was missing out on the largest preserved Victorian neighbourhod in Europe. So if you find yourself in the Neustadt, carry on from Albert Platz, turn into Alaunstrasse and enjoy the art passages of the most Bohemian quarter of Dresden.

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    Hauptstrasse - The Main Promenade

    by nicolaitan Written Jan 12, 2008

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    This wide pedestrianized street runs from the Augustus Bridge to Albertplatz and is the main shopping street of the New City. It offers some older buildings but many are GDR era prefab cement rectangles. Stores and restaurants line the street. Of interest is Venezia immediately adjacent the Golden Reiter and said to offer the best ice cream in Dresden (also see restaurant tip on AMThor). The shopping here is less upscale than Konigstrasse but twe were most attracted by the tree-lined corridors and the absence of hordes of tourists. The central walkway is lined with benches - very popular- separated from the walkways fronting the stores by wide columns of grass and flowers. A walk here was a walk in Germany.

    Towering over the Hauptstrasse and New City and clearly visible from the Altstadt is the tall black steeple of the Epiphany Church (Dreikonigkirche). It was built on the site of several earlier churches in 1732-9 to plans by the ever-present Bahr and Poppelman. The iconic steeple, also Baroque in style, was added about 100 years later. It was heavily damaged but reconstructed after WWII and served as the government offices in the period following the end of the GDR. Today it predominantly offers non-sectarian lectures, seminars, exhibits, and concerts and, not unlike the Frauenkirche, welcomes all faiths.

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    Konigstrasse

    by nicolaitan Written Jan 12, 2008

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    Described as Dresden's most elegant street, Konigstrasse runs from the Japanese Palace to the central Alberplatz. The street is said to best represent the appearance of upscale Dresden in prewar years. It was designed in 1731 by Poppelman and is lined by impressive Baroque townhouses, all of similar color and design, fronted by rows of linden trees. The area was not as heavily damaged as much of Dresden during the war but fell into disrepair under the GDR. Beginning in the 1990's, the buildings and street were repaired and today house elegant boutiques with designer clothing and interior decor, art galleries, as well as several upscale restaurants with a few luxury hotels in the area as well. This is also the preferred address for professional firms like architects, lawyers, etc. Many of these stores and restaurants are in passageways and courtyards leading off the main street with its uniform facades and are well worth looking into.

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    The Goldener Reiter

    by nicolaitan Updated Jan 15, 2008

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    Across the unadorned August Bridge over the Elbe lies the Neustadt or New City, a totally different Dresden from the tourist-overrun Old City. At the foot of the bridge stands the golden equestrian statue of August the Strong (Elector Friedrich August I of Saxony and King August II of Poland), facing directly towards Poland, and with both of the horse's front legs elevated commemorating his death in battle in Poland (1733). Note the Roman-style garb.
    The statue was commissioned by his son, Friedrich August II.
    The design was by court sculptor Jean Joseph Vinanche and molded by a blacksmith Louis Wiederman in 1733 layering heated copper over an iron frame, then covered in gold plate. It was too heavy to be placed on the bridge so a base was made in 1735 and the statue unveiled one year later. It has been refurbished over the years. In 1944 it was dismantled and hidden in a cave escaping war damage and replaced in 1956 for the 75th anniversary of the founding of Wettin Dresden.

    August is a legendary character. As a politician, he left a great deal to be desired. His incursion into Polish history led to wars and emnities which lasted for decades. He has no statues in Lithuania, where he was constantly meddling. His personal life is far more interesting - alleged to have fathered 356 little Augusts, he was uncommonly strong and apparently broke horseshoes and metal goblets in his bare hands. More importantly, he and his son were great supporters of the arts and responsible for the great buildings of Dresden and much of the famous artwork within. He was crazed for porcelain and his mania led to the first European commercial production of porcelain art. His is the most famous statue of Dresden.

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    Japanese Palace

    by nicolaitan Written Jan 12, 2008

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    Originally a Dutch embassy, the Japanese palace was bought by August the Strong for one of the venues at the marriage of the Crown Prince. He later had the building reconstructed as a museum for his porcelain collection - until a few years earlier all imported from the east. Under plans by the ubiquitous Matthew Poppelman, the bulding was reconstructed in Baroque style with Chinese touches such as the curved roof line and the figures on the gable above the door ( images 2,3). Reconstruction took over 30 years and ethnic and archeologic museums were opened here. Today these museums are again closed and their contents removed from Dresden and the building is of interest only for its exterior as one walks down Grosse Meissner St. to the fountain and Konigstrasse.

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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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    Inner Neustadt (Baroque quarter)

    by german_eagle Updated Dec 25, 2010

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    On the right bank of the Elbe river, confined by the train station Neustadt, Albertplatz and Glacisstraße, is the Baroque district located called "Inner Neustadt". This area gives you an idea of the beauty of Dresden before the bombardement in 1945.

    Many Baroque townhouses and a few palaces are preserved and were beautifully restored. Stroll along the narrow cobbled streets (Rähnitzgasse!) or walk along the boulevards (Königstrasse, Hauptstrasse). Don't miss the passages and gardens between Hauptstraße and Königsstraße. Enjoy a lunch, coffee or do some shopping. Don't forget to see the Museum on the Romantic era (Kügelgenhaus - Hauptstrasse). Or see a performance at the Societaetstheater (the oldest theatre building in Dresden, 1740). And don't miss the Dreikönigskirche (church of the Three Holy Kings).

    The area is also pretty good for shopping away from the usual big chains. Artisans, craftsmen, tailors, jewellers have small shops here, mostly selling fancier stuff. You also find a number of galleries and antique shops.

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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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    Golden Horseman

    by german_eagle Updated Oct 23, 2004

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    The Golden Horseman

    The statue (called the "Golden Horseman") of Augustus the Strong, Elector Duke of Saxony and King of Poland, dominates the square between Augustus bridge and Hauptstrasse.

    It was made by J. J. Vinache 1732 - 34 and shows Augustus as a Caesar.

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    Kunsthandwerkerpassagen

    by Kathrin_E Updated Oct 15, 2008

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    The doorways of three restored baroque houses in Hauptstraße open to the so-called Kunsthandwerkerpassagen, Artisans' Passages. The passages and little courtyards contain small arts and crafts shops and galleries. Even if you have no intention to go shopping, these cute shops deserve a look, like the one in the photo that sells china and old-style linen.

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    Golden Rider

    by Kathrin_E Updated Oct 10, 2008

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    The Golden Rider

    August the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, planned the Neustadt on the right Elbe bank as his new residential town. The new quarter was built on a regular, geometric ground plan. In the central axis of Augustusbrücke and Hauptstraße a gilded statue of August on horseback was erected in 1736 - usually known as Goldener Reiter, the Golden Rider.

    Photography hint: The gleaming gold is hard to catch in bright sunlight due to reflections. You'll get the best results when the sky is slightly overcast.

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    Dreikönigskirche

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 15, 2008

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    The baroque Dreikönigskirche (Church of the three Magi) in Hauptstraße was planned by Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann and George Bähr - the architects of Zwinger and Frauenkirche - and erected in 1732-1739. It substituted the older parish church of the Inner Neustadt, which had been located in Neustädter Markt. The neobaroque steeple was added in the 1850s.

    The church was heavily damaged by World War II bombings in 1945. Its outward appearance was restored till 1990. The interior was divided, the back half serves as church, the front half was turned into a parish centre and offices of the church administration. As Haus der Kirche (House of the Church) it is used for meetings, conferences, concerts and exhibitions.

    The damaged altar has not been reconstructed, it stays just like after the bombing. The remaining fragment tells its story of war and destruction.

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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!

    OPEN
    10 - 6PM CLOSED MONDAYS

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

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    Kunsthof Passage

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jul 2, 2010

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    In 1997 some Neustadt buildings that were on the list of local monuments had to be restored. The buildings themselves were easy to reconstruct, but to redo the courtyards was another thing.

    Five courtyards were being transformed by local artists into the courtyards of Mythology, Light, Metamorpheses, Elements and Animals.

    In the Passage are 15 shops and workshops, a restaurant and a bar.

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