Happy Travel Tuesday everyone!
Two weeks ago I started discussing my time studying abroad in Germany and I thought I would do it every two or three weeks as to not bore you too much 😉 Last time was all about my first day in Berlin and today I’m skipping forward a couple of weeks to early January 2008 when our group of students headed to Dresden for a day trip!
Dresden in a nutshell
It is a city south of Berlin, in the state of Saxony and near the Czech border. It was founded over 800 years ago and has approximately half a million inhabitants. It was apparently known as the most beautiful city in Europe before it was bombarded at the end of WWII. Many historical buildings have been rebuilt in the decades following the reunification of Germany.
The story so far
One cold morning, we all met at Friedrichstrasse to take the train to Dresden. It was a pretty entertaining train ride since all the girls I was sitting with were joking around and laughing the entire journey. The really cool thing? We had bought group tickets for a slow train and so we paid about 5€ per person for the train. That’s my kind of budget!
As we arrived in Dresden, we were let loose into the city and the fun began! The city is absolutely breathtaking! I mean this is January and we are staying outside as much as possible, looking at the architecture and taking a million pictures to try and capture just a little bit of the city’s beauty!
We didn’t see so much of it because we were by foot, but we mainly walked in the Altstadt (old town) and along the Elbe River. We went into a modern art museum, but I sadly cannot remember what it was exactly (this was 6 years ago after all!). I remember it was fun, but the best part of visiting the town was definitely the outside architecture!
We passed by the impressive and iconic Frauenkirche (pictured above). You can see it from almost everywhere in the city centre (old town). It was built in the 18th century in the Baroque style, and it was destroyed during the WWII. It stayed in that state until the reunification of Germany when people decided to rebuild the beautiful monument. It’s crazy to think that it was just finished over a year before I visited!
My favourite building was most certainly the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, or Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden (pictured above and below). Could you believe the academy was also built in the 18th century? I mean, as a Canadian that always sounds crazy to me! I was completely obsessed with taking photos of it and have at least three times the amount shown here!
There is an interesting story behind this last photo – one of my favourite photos I’ve ever taken! My friends and I were coming out of a museum on the other side of town and realised our train back into Berlin was very soon and so we started running across town. We were running and yet I noticed the sky. I mean look at that sky!! I stopped and through the bars of a fence I took this photo super quickly before resuming my run! The sheer luck that the photo ended up this beautiful still amazes me! I’d love to one day make a puzzle of this photo!
We did make it to our train, if you want to know! It was late actually! And since we were switching trains somewhere along the way, it meant we arrived late at the second station and had to wait for the next train to Berlin that arrived almost two hours later! We ended up drinking beer and chilling, sitting on the floor of the tiny station. Not a bad way to finish the trip, right?
Ever visited Dresden? Ever had a glimpse of such beauty and taken the time to catch a photo?xx
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