KT’s Adventures in Europe: Dresden, Germany (Part 4)
Toward the end of my trip to Europe, the plan was to stay the last remaining days in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. In my next post I’ll show you the sights and flavors of Prague, a must visit city, but first I want to show my day trip to Dresden, Germany, which is a 2 hour car ride away from Prague (and only 2 hours away from Berlin).
Fun facts about Dresden, Germany:
The coffee filter was created in Dresden in 1908 by Amalie Melitta Bentz.
Toothpaste was also invented here.
Dresden has the largest porcelain tile artworks in the world.
It’s the third largest city in Eastern Germany.
During WWII “it was almost completely destroyed by massive bombing raids that took place on the night of February 13–14, 1945, by an Anglo-American force. The raids obliterated much of Dresden and killed thousands of civilians; various postwar estimates placed the death toll between 35,000 and 135,000 people, but in the early 21st century an official German commission concluded that up to 25,000 had perished. The city continued to be bombarded in raids lasting until April 17, 1945.”
Dresden was rebuilt after WWII, but the architecture and buildings look much older than that. It’s also a very cosmopolitan city with a big bus transportation hub, and they even have their own mall. Also one interesting thing regarding the toilets/bathrooms/WCs is that in order to use them, you have to pay in order to do so in public places, like at the mall (not in restaurants). So when in Germany, make sure you have change on you. It’s usually under one euro to use the facilities.
The big attraction in Dresden is the Zwinger Palace that contains a art galleries, museums, and is a perfect example of Baroque architecture. Renaissance works by Raphael, Giorgione, Titian and paintings by Dutch masters Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer are housed at the Old Masters Picture Gallery. The Old Masters Picture Gallery is another must visit place because of all the beautiful art from the 16th-18th century. Many paintings are religious, as well as many portraits. One of my all time favorite painting is here, which was a treat for the eyes (I stood in front of this painting for almost 30 minutes because I was in awe of it).
This is Sleeping Venus, one of Tizan’s most popular works of art. Sleeping Venus is in my top 10 list of favorite painting masterpieces. I was close enough to touch the painting. As silly as it may sound, tears came to my eye seeing this masterpiece that I had studied while in college. Amazing.
In Dresden’s main square, the monument sculpture was just erected in February. This monument is to honor the destruction of Aleppo, Syria. The “recreates one of the most surreal images to have emerged from the Syrian civil war: three buses propped up vertically in an Aleppo street to build a barricade against sniper fire. Devised by Syrian-German artist Manaf Halbouni, 32, the sculpture has been installed in front of the famous Frauenkirche church just a week before the 72nd anniversary of the start of the 1945 Allied air raids, which unleashed a firestorm on the city, killing approximately 25,000 people, most of them civilians.”
Scenes from a bridge:
Coming up next, and the final post on my European adventure is the sights of Prague, the city of lock of love, John Lennon (The Beatles) worship, cobblestones, majestic castles, and the most beautiful clock in the world….