Hilton Dresden Hotel
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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.
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.
... bombing so is largely as it was built in the early 1700's. (except for a few modern buildings). The “old town” though looks the oldest even though it was rebuilt as they have resurrected/restored the buildings like they were before they were destroyed. Lots of Baroque buildings.
Did the “free” walking tour – just the old city - and got orientated. The city central area of both the old town and the ...
... was super, really modern, clean, quiet and nearly empty. Result. Waiting to get off the train, an old man started chatting to me. He had been the other side of the Czech Republic collecting honey from his bees. He had 24 jars of the stuff, alas, none for Beaver. He started telling of his life under communism he had learnt English at school but they weren't permitted to speak it, instead they had to speak only Czech or Russian. He said that he was sad that the changes in ...
... Of the buildings that did survive, there is the lovely old Kreuzkirche. We opted to climb the steps of the 54 metre tower here rather than take the elevator to the top of the newly built Frauenkirche. Full 360 degree views of the city from the top, where we took some time to reflect on what the city must have looked like after it was almost flattened to the ground in 1945.
The oldest part of town is the Bruhlsche Terrasse, or Balcony of Europe, a 500 metre stretch of ...