Mercure Dresden Elbpromenade
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We travelled to Dresden for an overnight stop, as a small break within our six night stay in Prague. Dresden is a two hour train journey from Prague, though with decidedly untypical inefficiency, our Deutsche Bahn train was late, again. We arrived in Dresden in the middle of the afternoon, then found our way by tram to our apartment for the night, near the Old Town.
The apartment was easily one of the best places we have stayed in all of our ...
... is somewhat surprising, considering the hammering it received during WWII - particularly on Kristallnacht.
The city is a mix of very modern development and new shopping malls and shops along with the 15th And 16th century historic buildings and cobblestone streets.
We continued to check out the town until 7:30 when our bodies ran out of fuel. Before heading to bed, we shared a bottle of Reisling in the room and toasted the city if Dresden.
... 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 ...
... our age here have grown up with a completely different set of social and political values to the generations directly before them and this is most obviously reflected in how younger generations can speak English where a majority of their elders cannot--Lisa's grandmother is fluent in Russian. The tension between "old" and "new" is felt in the atmosphere of the cities design where amidst the powerful and historically rich baroque buildings, the Zwinger ...
... of the city in a "socialist modern" style, partly for economic reasons, but also to break away from the city's past as the royal capital of Saxony and a stronghold of the German bourgeoisie. However, some of the bombed-out ruins of churches, royal buildings and palaces, such as the Gothic Sophienkirche, the Alberttheater and the Wackerbarth-Palais were razed by the Soviet and East German authorities in the 1950s and 1960s instead of being repaired.