Dresden, Germany: Cultural Gem in Saxony Part 2

Dresden as the capital of the Free State of Saxony, an industrial bastion of the former communist East Germany, a former kingdom of Saxony confederated with ancient German Empire as a replacement of the Holy Roman Empire has sufficient factors blending to create a cultural metropolis, a unique gem of its kind. This is the reason why Dresden has interested me as part of my short visit to the German country. In connection to this I have been to several places in the area.

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1.      Sophienstrabe

This is the street near Augustus Bridge, which separates the Theater and Dresden Roman Catholic Cathedral.

2.      Oberlandesgericht Dresden

The House of Estates is the seat of power of the Saxon Parliament, on which Dresden is the capital.It is the only building in the whole Germany on which the three branches of the government is housed.

3.      Georgenbau

This is the former residence of the Royal family who used to governed Saxony in Germany. The building was destroyed by a fire in the 17th century.

4.      Stallhof

This is part of the Royal Palace complex, which was used for large horse shows. Today, this is used for cultural events and even as a Christmas market.

5.      Fürstenzug

This is the largest porcelain artwork in the world. The mural displays exhibits the procession of the rulers of Saxony in the 18th century. It was made weatherproof by replacing some of the tiles early 19th century.

6.      Bischöfliches Sekretariat

The Office of the Bishop Secretariat is located in the area. This is where coordination of religious activities and events are made.

7.      Kupferstich Kabinett

This is where the collection of prints, drawings and photographs are found. It is considered the oldest museum of graphic arts in Germany.

8.      Residenzschloss

Dresden Castle is considered one of the oldest buildings in the Saxon capital. This has also been used as the royal residence of the dynasty that ruled the city before the rise of the Nazis.

9.      Taschenberg

This is the square outside the grand hotel in Dresden. This is a place near Zwinger and the Dresden Castle.

10.  Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden

The hotel was used as a palace of a German countess. It was destroyed during the World War 2 and was rebuilt in the 1990s. Now, this is considered a five-star hotel.

11.  Theaterplatz

This is the historic town square which was known as the Adolf Hitler Square in the era of national socialism.

12.  Semperoper Dresden

The Saxon State Opera is the home of the Semperoper ballet. This is considered as one of the most beautiful opera house in Europe with its Renaissance and Baroque styles.

13.  König Johann Denkmal

The Statue of King Johann is dedicated for the King of Saxony, who was part of the family who ruled the country in the late 18th century.

14.  Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

The Old Masters Gallery displays Italian Renaissance works, as well as Dutch and Flemish works.

15.  Zwinger

The literal translation of this place is a killing ground in front of the castle or gate. This was formerly part of the Dresden fortress, which served as orangery, exhibition gallery and festival areana.

16.  Ostra Allee

This old pathway has a historic significance. Before, the avenue was named after the Spanish communist Grimau. Today, many cultural buildings are located along the street.

17.  Staatsschauspiek Dresden Kleines Haus

The Dresden State Theatre is the origin in the Royal Court Theatre. The building follows the Neo-Baroque style.

18.  Postplatz

It is central transport hub in Dresden. It is located in the Old town, which was the site of one of the main gates of the Dresden fortifications.

19.  Altmarkt

This is the oldest square in Dresden. In 15th century, the place was expanded and the new market was created.

20.  Pfarrgasse

This is the street in front of the Cross Church, connecting Altmarkt to major highways in Dresden.

21.  Kreuzkirche Dresden

This is the main Protestant church in the city. The church was also burned completely during the World War 2. This is the reason why many of its blackened stonewalls remained.

22.  Ringstrage

This is busy street infront of the Dresden City Hall. There is a park along its side.

23.  Rathausplatz

The New Town Hall is the seat of Dresden city administration. Both old and new town hall is seen from the square adjacent to it.

24.  Staftmuseum Dresden

The city museum displays the 800-year history of Dresden. In the 18th century, the building was the seat of Saxony.

25.  Lingnerallee

This is an interesting place where recreational activities are available for the Dresden locals.

26.  Deutsches Hygiene Museum

This is the medical museum, which is the forum for science, culture and society. It is one of the most visited museums in Dresden.

27.  Lingnerplatz

Lignerplatz connects the Lingeralle to the park adjacent to it. It is a quiet place where anyone could stroll and be with someone.

28.  Blüherpark

The flower public park in Dresden was a restored park after extensive destruction of German structures during the Second World War.

29.  DDV Stadion

This is the football stadium in Dresden, which hosts also soccer games.

30.  Grober Garten

This oblong-shaped Baroque style park provides access to Dresden Zoo and Dresden Botanical Garden. This is a large park located centrally in Dresden.

31.  Hauptallee

This is the main street in Grober Garten. This is simply grandiose and enormous when viewed from the gate.

32.  Zoo Dresden

This is one of the oldest zoo in Germany and located in the Southern end of the Grober Garten. It houses more than three thousand animals, especially Asian animals.

33.  Dresdner Parkeisenbahn

This is a park railway operates along Grober Park. This is an interesting addition to the park, which provides one the opportunity to see the park in a convenient way.

34.  Automobilmanufaktur Dresden

The Transparent Factory is an automobile production plant of the German carmaker Volkswagen. Cars are literally displayed in several floors in the transparent building.

Today, Dresden is the tenth largest German metropolis. After 800 years of recorded history, the citizens of Dresden has experienced so significant changes in idealogies, religion and authorities. It has shaped the city to what it is today - a popular tourist destination and a German commercial and industrial region boosting the economy of the largest European economy, Germany.


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