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The signature landmark of Dresden is the Frauenkirche, the Church of Our Lady. It is one of the most talked about German buildings in the recent past.
In World War II, air-raids wiped out Dresden, destroying many historic buildings and churches. Among them was the Frauenkirche, which collapsed into a 42 feet high pile of rubble; the ruins were left untouched for 40 years, a reminder of the destructive powers of war.
... which is now a museum complex. You can walk through the courtyard here to see cool fountains and gardens. We finished near the Church of our Lady which was completely destroyed at the end of WWII. The bits that remained have been left in place and new church rebuilt next to it.
We had a late lunch in the Old Town before heading back to our accomodation. It was 38 degrees that day! The river in Dresden is so low at the moment that only one of the paddle steamers ...
Dresden was on our way to Prague so we thought we would look at the old city, and the church they had to rebuild after the serious bombing during the war. We had a walk around, saw some great historic buildings and had a beer. It was a lovely city but me and Roy were both hot now, so we pushed on to Prague to find a hotel.
We thought about camping but wanted easy down time.
Also climbed a few steps in the church to have a look at the old city from above!!!
Joined the cycle brigade one day and rode to a village 26km away down the river Elbe. Nice ride although it was a bit hot (the weather has improved and its now 30+ degrees). The town – Meissen – is known for its famous porcelain. And its cathedral and castle!!! Quite a medieval town with cobbled streets. You can do ...
... heart of August the Strong, too. The only aspect of the church building that was reconstructed from the ruins of World War II, was the organ backdrop, which contained a restored Sibermann organ that had 3,000 pipes, in which we heard a beautiful Bach organ concerto playing during the noon hour. There were 78 figurines on the exterior of the Church, which had been created by Lorenzo Mattielli.
After the stop, we were back on the road to Prague.