Germany Journals

Destinations Worth Visiting in the East of Germany

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A travel journal to Germany by MALUSE

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Dresden

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If you‘ve visited Görlitz and Bautzen in the East of Saxony and then go to Dresden by car, you should use the old Via Regia (now Bundesstrasse), it‘s preferable to the motorway, because you can see more of the landscape and pass small towns and villages which are also worth looking at (for example Bischofswerda, a nice marketplace!) and because you should enter Dresden via the Bautzener Strasse. Why that? The reason is No. 79 on the right side of the street which houses ‘Pfunds Molkerei’ the most beautiful dairy shop of the world! It is indeed, you don’t have to look anywhere else, it can’t be surpassed. It was founded in 1880 and has been in use ever since. The floor, the ceiling, the wa...Read More

Dresden, Green Vault

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The Green Vault is a must-see for any visitor to Dresden, the capital of Saxony in the east of Germany. It’s Europe’s most sumptuous treasure chamber, if you haven’t heard of it yet, this may be due to the fact that it was hidden behind the Iron Curtain for decades. Before I’m going to take you with me on a tour, I have to tell you three things:1) There isn’t *one* Green Vault, there are *two*.2) Neither is green3) Nor a vault in the sense of an underground chamber.Puzzled? Be patient, everything will become clear eventually.The Green Vault is situated in the Schloss (Royal Palace), one of the Baroque buildings on the left bank of the river Elbe which a...Read More

Meissen (Dresden China)

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Porcelain from Meissen, in the English speaking world known as Dresden China, is also called ‘the White Gold’. What is so special about it? There are manufactories of fine porcelain in other countries as well, but it was in Meissen that the white, hard porcelain was discovered for Europe. The Chinese have produced porcelain since the 13th century - hence porcelain and China have become synonyms - but the Europeans didn’t know the secret up to the beginning of the 18th century. And then they discovered it only by chance.The alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger was imprisoned by the Prussian King Frederick the Great in 1700 and ordered to make gold. He could escape to Saxony only to be seized...Read More

Little Pheasant Castle, Moritzburg

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Moritzburg is a small town of around 3000 inhabitants near Dresden, the capital of the land Saxony in the East of Germany. It’s famous for its late Baroque/Rococo castle surrounded by so-called sky lakes, i.e., lakes mainly filled by rain water. Near the castle are a small palace park in the formal French style and an informal palace forest.Another castle is situated about 1 km away from the main castle, in 1769 the architect Johann Daniel Schade got the assignment to build a summer residence. Its German name is Fasanenschlösschen, literally Little Pheasant Castle. It is indeed little, the basis is a square of only 13,4 x 13,4 m, each side has five bay windows. But it’s well visible stan...Read More

Bautzen

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BAUTZEN BORNBautzen is a small town of some 40.000 inhabitants in the south east of Germany near the borders to the Czech Republic and Poland. It‘s located on a plateau of the River Spree (which then flows on to Berlin), 50 km east of Dresden and 50 km west of Görlitz, the easternmost German town. It’s easy to reach by train or Autobahn. It’s the centre of Oberlausitz (Upper Lusatia), a hilly region good for hiking tours, and the lowlands in the north. A Bautzen can also be found in the sky, Asteroid 11580 is named in honour of the town.Thanks to its geographical position at the ’fringe’ of the country and the political situation until 1989 (when the GDR = German D...Read More

Görlitz

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Let’s begin our journey in the easternmost German restaurant of the easternmost German town Görlitz. The restaurant is built into a former watermill in the river Neisse, which is now the border between Germany and Poland. Before the Second World War the town stretched across the river, now the eastern part is the Polish town Zgorzelec. We could walk there across the bridge, we could also hop over to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, only about 1½ hours away by car, but no, not now, you can come back for that another time. Görlitz is one of the most beautiful German towns, there are Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Deco buildings. During the war only few bombs hit the centre, s...Read More

Isle of Rügen

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Rügen (round lips as if you want to say ‘u’, but say ‘e’ instead) is Germany’s largest island (51 km long, 42.8 km wide), situated in the Baltic Sea, it’s part of the land Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, one of the five lands of the former GDR (German Democratic Republic).It’s advisable to drive there by car so that you can get around, you drive from Hamburg to the east via the towns of Rostock and Stralsund to the dam connecting the island to the mainland.The first road sign welcome you to the island of sunshine, the second asks you to switch your lights on. You’ll soon understand the reason for this seeming contradiction: 85% of the roads are avenues with old and high trees on e...Read More

Erfurt

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Today I want to take you with me to Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia in the east of Germany. I got off the train at Erfurt on my way to East Saxony, put my baggage into a locker and spent three hours in the city.On the square in front of the station the tourist sees the first attraction, a bratwurst stall. I’ve learnt that not all of you know what a bratwurst is (the Americans do thanks to the many German immigrants), so here is the explanation: a bratwurst is a long, thin, spicy grilled sausage, the Thuringian variety is known throughout Germany and I can tell you from my meat-eating days that it is indeed yummy. I asked in the station where the tourist information office was ...Read More