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'Twas some days before Christmas When we stormed German streets Taking to markets For the gifts, crafts and treats There was hype and excitement For the Streitzkmakt fair For a bucket list box Would be ticked off this year. We went many markets Drank of many Gluhweins (mulled wine) Wrapped up all warm And had jolly of times The best of the markets Medieval was themed From the stalls to the banners Even costumes it seemed There ...
Our drive day from Prague to Berlin today passed through Dresden, which is a beautiful gothic town famous for having the absolute bejesus bombed out of it by the Allies in the final months of the Second World War, and making porcelain. Over 80% of the town was destroyed during the bombings, so a lot of their very old buildings are now a patchwork of very old original and slightly newer brick as they were meticulously rebuilt in ...
That afternoon we
visited the Konigstein Fortress, this again is another wonderful feet of
engineering and a very interesting place to explore.
Our accommodation in
Dresden was at the A&O Hotel, this is a basic but excellent value hotel
that appeared to cater to all age groups regardless and was again in the city
and a very good base from which to explore the city on foot.
... to the hostel incase it got out of hand! I went back and started my advent challenge! As it's the first year I haven't had an advent calendar, I will instead aim to have a different beer each day. The beer for today was Dresdener beer! This was when I started talking to Lea, Max and Fahim who were studying in Munich. While I was getting my beer, the girl on reception starting telling me all about the student night and the best places to go ...
... we explored the Old Town, including a closer look at the Frauenkirche (cathedral), with its huge dome that was destroyed during the war by Allied bombing and only rebuilt in the early 1990's with the grants after German reunification.
After a quick look around the Old Town, we strolled over the River Elbe and into the New Town of Dresden on the north bank. The stroll along the River was great: really picturesque in the evening sun. The ...