Dresden is the capital of the German federal-state of Saxony. Like most cities in Europe, it’s also rich in historical background. In 1945, its historical center was 75% destroyed by Allied bombing, but now, it has completely transformed. Would you believe, some people even find Dresden nicer than Prague (check out my Travelog: Prague, Czech post)?
So, what do you think? If you ask me though, Prague is still the best. But Dresden would leave you dumbfounded that there is such place in Germany. Here are more sights around the city. My photos look like the buildings we usually see in paintings. Breathtaking…
Zwinger Palace… really love the Baroque style
Frauenkirche, Germany’s most important Protestant church
colossal mosaic on the Castle wall, called Procession of Dukes
Semper Opera House, which is the only theatre in Germany that bears the name of its architect
The Royal Palace, one of the oldest buildings in the city, was built 700 years ago and reconstructed as a museum
Before going to Berlin, our tour guide was kind enough to let us visit Potsdam even if it was not part of our itinerary. Potsdam is capital of the Brandenburg state, which is just in the metropolitan area of Berlin. A lot of tourists frequent the area since a lot of sights here were built when Potsdam became the residence of Prussian kings during the 18th and 19th century. Here, we were able to see the largest world heritage site in Germany, Sanssouci.
We then continued our trip to Berlin. We drove by Kurfürstendamm, known locally as Ku’damm, the main shopping boulevard in Berlin. Yes, we only passed by it! Why? Because it was a Sunday when we arrived Berlin! Argh! In Germany, all shops are closed on Sundays. When I say “all shops”, I mean ALL SHOPS- even huge malls and designer brands! Imagine our dismay when we knew about it! We actually told our tour guide never to create an itinerary which would bring tourists in the best shopping areas on a Sunday! Haha! I’m pretty sure you can feel my disappointment until now. LOL! But anyway, I think it was better that way to avoid more and more expenses on our end. Hehehe! 😀
Here are some of the major tourist attractions in Berlin:
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
inside Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Checkpoint Charlie (the soldier posed for my camera… haha)
the famous Berlin Wall
There are just so many must-see places in Germany! I have yet to visit Munich and Frankfurt. Being in Europe once is never enough indeed! 😀