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“Digging Dresden”?! If you are in for exploring a new city with a jolly happy English girl (“BackPackerBecki“) as well as a cool Canadian lady, Leigh McAdams who “HikeBikeTravels”, talking Saxon German, English as well as Canadian, then you may well mix everything up a little. Like, for example, the story of our darling city guide Christoph Münch about “Saxon Wine”, becoming something like “Sex’n’Wine” in American English. Yes! “You have told us a lot about wine tonight,” Christoph laughs quoting his last American tour group to Dresden. “So what about … ?” 😀
Christoph, however, is all cool about it and prefers to laugh a lot – just as much as we do representing “the new species of happy, ‘tweeting’ travel bloggers” that have come to town. Three days in a row, we are in for a visit of the city at the Elbe river, a city that draws us in immediately owing to its eventful history, its warm-hearted people as well as its pretty and rather picturesque scenery. After only three hours, I hear myself talking: “I want to come back already. I know that I will be coming back one day!”
“Planning your stay, I looked upon your blogs to find a common theme running through all of them. That is when I realised that you all love biking, and have even tried E-Bikes before. And Dresden just lends itself to a beautiful cycling tour across its old town and the Elbe river!”
True that, dear Christoph. I simply love bike tours, especially for exploring large cities such as Buenos Aires, Lima or Paris. You get the feeling that you already know a good deal more about size and characteristics of a city by actually cycling across it. In the case of Dresden, this includes a magnificent trail right by the Elbe river, a trail that due to its wine terraced-hills does remind me a lot of my own beautiful home zone, the World Heritage Cultural Landscape Krems an der Donau. Gorgeous! Go check this out.
Now here is the thing, dear readers. As travellers, we do tend to get around a lot. We hear much, we see much, we like to make up our own minds about people and places. But to witness a performance of the famous musical piece by Bach, the “Johannespassion” on Good Friday in the equally famous Church of our Lady in Dresden? Amazing. Absolutely amazing! And Christoph, “our” Christoph as we have taken to calling him, he was there too, singing in the choir! Besides his passion for Dresden tourism & marketing, he actually turned out to be a really good singer. I can only recommend taking chances and go the extra mile while travelling: It is so refreshing, and eye-opening, to see and experience things you have never heard of or experienced before. Even, or especially, when you don’t know what to expect.
Art & culture can come in many different ways, after all. One of the must-do experiences Dresden offers in that sense is visiting the Neustadt district featuring lots of different street art graffiti, cool atmosphere and the famous “Kunsthof” art residence buildings. The latter ones do remind me a lot of the “Hackesche Höfe” in Berlin as well as the famous Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Among others, he designed the “Hundertwasser-Haus” residential building areas in Vienna: Colourful, different, and simply worth seeing. This is exactly what applies equally to the “Kunsthofpassage” art residence in Dresden. Only three stops away from the city centre on either tram line number 3 or 7, it is absolutely worth coming out here. Being the creative traveller I am and having a great sense for colour & artwork, I do feel very much at home out here.
The entire district around the “Kunsthofpassage” has inspired us in a photographic way. We pretty much felt like real artists when we roamed the streets, celebrated the moody springtime sun and wished for more of its light to make our photos shine. We let ourselves be carried, enjoy a late-time brunch at “Day & Night” Café, discuss all matters life with new friends, go back to roaming the streets, take a polaroid shot at a local photo booth, … All of this is Dresden & Becki & Leigh & Elena. I recommend you to come back with your friends and family, too. This city just has a lot to offer for everyone.
The Hoch family, according to our second charming city guide Albrecht Hoch, has proven its worth as “Germany’s Next Topmodel” even back in the days. We are marvelling at a piece of art outside Dresden’s famous Renaissance palace, staring at a figure in the middle. “My great-great-great-great-great-grandfather!” (Even Albrecht might have forgotten about the actual times of “great”-ness there were, but proud he is to this day!). Naturally charming and a great storyteller at that, Albrecht leads us from the main square and the Church of our Lady to the Luther memorial across the Renaissance palast all the way to Dresden’s famous Semperoper opera building. Thanks to showing us lots of historic photographs and documents, we step right back in time with him – until we realise that one of the photos even shows young Albrecht himself (“just after the Wall came down, in 1990”)! And so, all of sudden, we are reminded that it “all happened not so long ago, lest we forget”.
Correspondingly, #Germany25Reunified is one of Germany’s Social Media buzz-words, the country celebrating 25 years of being reunited in 2014. “My father got to take one of the last photographs of the actual Church of our Lady during the Second World War”, Albrecht tells us, moved by the memory. “Two hours after he took this photo”, he says pointing to a blurry image that nevertheless revealed the silhouette of a church tower, “two hours and the church simply disappeard. That was a serious blow to my father’s world view at the time, that such an iconic sight as the Church of our Lady should simply have disappeared, gone and been destroyed forever.” Nevertheless, Dresden’s famous Church of our Lady got rebuilt and was finally revealed again in 2005 according to original plans. This trend is apparent in many other historic buildings of the inner city of Dresden, which after the war have been rebuilt in historic fashion but with brand-new technology inside, such as proper heating, air conditioning and insulation. Personally, I think this is a great achievement. Like combining the best things of two worlds.
Disclaimer: We have been invited by the city of Dresden on this visit. All opinions are my own.