Dresden is a beautiful city (another one) and we have had a wonderful day. As you may know a lot of Dresden was destroyed at the end of WW2 and has been rebuilt to look as it was, and some of it is still a work in progress. It did start with a very early wake up call at 6.30 (an hour and a half earlier than expected) but that was ok as once we had breakfast we took ourselves off exploring in the cool and quiet. We did a walking tour of the old (rebuilt) city and finished up at the Green Vault at Dresden Castle. I think it is just as well we weren't allowed to take photos there as there was so many amazing and beautiful treasures. Alan and I stayed on and found we could climb 222 stairs in the Castle tower for very nice views over the city.
|George's Gate, Dresden Palace (great acoustics for buskers)|
|Cathedral of the Holy Trinity|
The "Procession of Princes" was originally painted by Wilhelm Walther, but as the artwork quickly faded, it was transferred to about 24,000 Meissen porcelain tiles, which fortunately survived the bombing, with only 200 needing to be replaced.
|Frauenkirche, with statue of Martin Luther|
|Tower we climbed in main courtyard of Dresden Palace. The building in the centre which is still to be restored.|
|Excavation showing old cellars|
|River Elbe from Tower|