Day Trippin' In Dresden
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The next morning we headed back over to the train station to catch our train headed for Dresden, Germany. Dresden has an extensive and interesting history. In 1945, when WWII was coming to an end, Dresden was almost completely destroyed by the Allied Forces. Though, some of the buildings were leveled and lost to Dresden, many of the structures were built back to replicate what was lost. After hearing about the history and seeing the photos online, I was sold.
Again, it was another early morning for us, but the train ride is over 2 hours and we wanted a full day to take in the sites of Dresden. Both of us were physically tired from the constant running around during our trip, but the train was on time and things appeared to be running smoothly.
The train ride to Dresden wasn’t too exciting. Though, we did end up in a cart this time rather than the side seats which were nice as the carts were more comfortable. The views were okay, but nothing to write home about, so Noah and I had a discussion in Spanish about how our cart mate looked exactly like Dominic Monaghan when he got up to use the restroom. I was pretty convinced that it was him, but Noah didn’t think he would be taking public transportation, especially this specific train with his money. I felt it was the perfect opportunity to blend in with everybody else for a while.
After exiting the train, we needed to get some Euros from the ATM and then a map. The historic area is about 10 minutes away from the train station, but it was about 75 degrees and beautiful so we didn’t mind the walk.
After walking across a large concrete courtyard, we came upon the structure Frauenkirche and all I have to say is, wow! Frauenkirche was completely destroyed during WWII and finally rebuilt sometime in the 1990’s. One of the original walls can still be seen in the structure. Frauenkirche serves as a Lutheran Church which is accessible to the public, but pictures are not allowed to be taken.
It didn’t take long to hit the main tourist area which consisted of a lot of booths with a lot of people selling various goods and different types of food. It also didn’t take long to find most of the tourists. I guess I was a little naïve in that I didn’t think there wouldn’t be that many people interested in Dresden, especially with Prague so close during the Easter Season. It wasn’t a big hindrance, it was just crowded. So we did what any good tourist would do, we grabbed a hulking ice cream cone and moved down a side street cut off from traffic to see the sites.
After passing The Fürstenzug, we came upon the Sashen Palace and Katholische Hofkirche. Zwinger Palace which use to be part of a Fortress is also close by and a must if in Dresden. Zwinger Palace is a very popular place for tourists and locals alike and really is amazing. When you walk into its main garden, you almost feel as if you are walking into a small city. The gardens are well groomed and gorgeous, but make sure to take the stairs up to the walkways above to get a great aerial view of them.
After Zwinger, we decided to cross the Elbe River and catch the views from the opposite banks. They definitely did not disappoint. The area on the other side of the river is less touristy and reminded me a lot of Central Park with people chilling with friends and playing various sports. Though I have to say, the view is a hell of a lot better than Central Park’s.
For the rest of the day we walked the streets way from the craziness until dinnertime rolled around.
Again, I had a problem with dinner as the food is similar to the Czech Republic; meat and more meat.
The other difference is that beer is cheap and huge! Noah ordered on the conservative side and still, the beer was almost as big as his freaking head! In most cases, beer is cheaper than buying fruit juice or water.
The trip to Dresden had been a success and one I would like to make again in the future. It really is worth visiting as the architecture is pretty spectacular and the history amazing. Both of us were a little disappointed that we didn’t spend a night in Dresden as seeing the sunset on the city has to be quite a sight.