. The rest of the city is uninteresting with lots of new shopping centres and some very bad architecture. A disappointment was that although we bought a guide book to guide us through the city nothing was identified as to what it was , not even in german so it was a lot of guessing and asking around. The river Elbe runs through the city and we planned a river cruise by paddle steamer but it started to rain rather heavy so gave it a big miss. Sheltered in a cafe instead and had a cup of coffee and a piece of applestrudel and cream. Well I had the cream and Rick decided to stay healthy and just eat the cake. Had to walk the calories off so walked around a bit more.
Rick and I find that this part of Germany looks very depressing , a lot of evidence of neglect during the cold war, but these parts are even worse and gives you almost a insight as to what it was like during this time. Gosh there is still so much work to be done here, even more than around Berlin.
Once again we used public transport to get around without getting lost. Bus,Train and Tram this time. The trams are great for hop on hop off stops and get you there in no time at all. We bought a day ticket for 11 euros for the 2 of us and that gave us transport for the whole day by any mode. Not too bad a deal.
Tomorrow we will visit Meissen, an old town in a wine growing area. Still wet and cool this evening but keep our fingers crossed for tomorrow. Bought ourselves an umbrella each because it is almost a must in Europe. Bet it won't bloody rain anymore now.
Once Dresden was known in Europe as the Florence of the Elbe owing to the efforts of Italian artists,musicians, actors and master craftsmen. They bestowed countless masterpieces upon the city and gathered in the court of Augustus the Strong. In death however Dresden became even more famous as the city was incinerated during the WW2 with much of their historic buildings dating back to the 18th century bombed and burned.More than 35000 people died during this time. The rebuilding of the city began under the communist regime in the 1950's and accelerated after the reunification.Most of these landmarks have been rebuilt using old stone that remained and new materials so they still look like very old buildings. They were able to do this by using computer images of the structure of each landmark.They call this area the Altstadt and is all that remains of the former city. Once you get to the Altstadt it is a treat to walk through as around every corner you find more and more of these buildings