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An August 2004 trip to Dresden by marif

The view from Augustusbrucke Photo, Dresden, Germany More Photos
Quote: Nowhere have I seen such an impressive concentration of fine buildings and music festivals as in Dresden's Altstadt, the city's throbbing pulse. To get a vague orientation of the beauty that awaits you, walk over Augustusbrucke from where a conglomeration of unique architectural treasures are visible dominating Dresden's skyline.

A gem of architecture, art and music

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The view from Augustusbrucke Photo, Dresden, Germany
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1. Enjoy the summer atmosphere on Schlossplatz. Dominated by the Royal Palace and the Catholic Cathedral, this is the place to be if you want to savor the atmosphere set up by street musicians, who never fail to do their best to attract the flowing crowds. Climb the steps to the Bruhlsche Terrasse, a lovely panoramic promenade that takes on an air of liveliness and festivity in summer. 2. Attend for a night of classical music at the Semper Opera House on Theaterplatz. This gives you the double opportunity to enjoy top opera music and the glorious imposing interior of Dresden's Opera House. If you can't be here, join the tourist groups who attend for lighter music at the open-air theatre ins...Read More

Ibis Dresden Koenigstein

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Hotel

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The south end of Pragerstrasse is taken over by numerous business outlets and restaurants and there are no attractions in terms of art galleries, museums or architectural beauties. But anybody who arrives in Dresden at the main train station must necessarily pass through here to reach the Old Town where most sights are concentrated. As you exit from the station, you can't miss the huge Hotel Mercure on your left. A few steps further north, the corner building with the big glass display windows is Dresden's Tourist Office. Visible from here, on the other side of the square-like area are three identical high-rise hotels big enough to accommodate the population of a medium-sized village. Const...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

Ibis Dresden Koenigstein
PRAGER STRASSE 9
Dresden, Germany 1069
49-49-4856442

Ristorante Il Violino

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Restaurant

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Anybody who visits Dresden for a couple of days will definitely go around the Altmarkt Galerie, a huge three-story shopping arcade which houses numerous boutiques, souvenir shops, food stores, take-aways, restaurants and pubs. Concealed behind the arched walkway along the west side of the Altmarkt, the Altmarkt Galerie is a surprisingly modern and elegant shopping complex where you can easily spend a whole day looking into shops and enjoying the party-like atmosphere brought about by the streaming masses of tourists. The main entrance on Webergasse, Altmarkt side leads to a beautiful courtyard that directs visitors towards the escalators. Once on the top floor, a short walk northwards bring...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2004

Ristorante Il Violino
Altmarkt Galerie, Webergasse 1
Dresden, Germany
(351) 484-2450

Balducci's Gastrofonie & Cafe Prag.

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Restaurant | "Balducci's Gastrofonie & Cafe Prag."

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Restaurants with the best street atmosphere in Dresden are definitely found along the tiny streets northwest of Frauenkirche. Packed with restaurants, pubs and the huge classic building of the Hilton Hotel, this area besieged by crowds of tourists looking for favorable open-air tables is a frequent venue for musicians and street performers who add to the lively atmosphere. Neither as crowded or bustling as here, nor as vivid or exciting, the area under the arched passageway west of the Altmarkt is nonetheless an ideal place to dine while enjoying a street atmosphere characterized by a flowing stream of tourists. Balducci's Gastrofonie, conveniently located along the widest section of this w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2004

Balducci's Gastrofonie & Cafe Prag.
Am Altmarkt 16-17
Dresden, Germany
(351) 495-1179

The frieze on Augustusstrasse Photo, Dresden, Germany
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Closer to Prague than to Berlin both with regards to distance and to splendour, Dresden is a glorious city that still retains a good number of outstanding Baroque buildings concentrated within a small space bordered from the north by the rounded bend of the River Elbe and from the south by busy Wilsdrufferstrasse. Almost all the things visitors see are post-war reconstructions or restorations since much of Dresden was brought to ruins or heavily damaged in 1945 when World War II was almost over. Unfortunately, these great reconstructed masterpieces of architecture though less than 60 years old have suffered degeneration from pollution caused by East Germany's heavy industries. In spite of t...Read More

Dresden sings and makes music

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Thje Semper Opera House Photo, Dresden, Germany
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Dresden's popular love for music and the city's musical traditions are evident everywhere. To some extent, even without attending a formal concert, you can still appreciate the characteristic atmosphere of Dresden's musical scene. A short stroll around Schlossplatz or Theaterplatz on a calm summer evening will definitely give you the opportunity to meet clusters of street musicians doing their best to attract the attention of passing crowds. These may include student violinists from Dresden's Music College, jazz performers from the Neue Tonne Jazz Club or even mouth organists who have in some way or another excelled in their field of music. At the foot of the steps which lead up to the Bruhlsche Te...Read More
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There's no better way to discover the beauty of the Saxon landscape along the embankments of the river Elbe than to take a day tour on a vintage paddle steamer, either eastwards towards the unique rocky landscape of Saxon Switzerland or westwards towards the wine-growing district of Meissen and Diesbar-Seusslitz. Dresden's pier on the south embankment of the Elbe beneath the famous Bruhlsche Terasse is the right place where delightful trips begin. The paddle steamer fleet comprises 8 century-old wheel steamboats that were so beautifully and faithfully restored as to provide a major attraction even when moored to the pier between Dresden's two central bridges. Powered by original steam engin...Read More

Dresden's Neustadt-a shopping paradise

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Dresden's most beautiful attractions, churches and museums are concentrated south of the Elbe between Wilsdrufferstrasse and Terrassenufer. Known as the Altstadt, it is considered to be the city's pulsating historic heart and is obviously a must for visitors. However, those who want to get acquainted with all the facets of Dresden's cosmopolitan gem must necessarily discover Neustadt, definitely the city's thriving commercial area and shopping destination. There's actually nothing new in Dresden's Neustadt but contrary to the Altstadt, it represents everything that is young, modern, fashionable and enthusiastic. Neustadt's atmospheric streets and the buildings within them have just been ren...Read More