Surprise Flight to Dresden, Part II: Exploring The City

After a full day of hiking outside of Dresden, Annie and I were thrilled to reach our hostel. Walking down the long avenue towards our accommodation we passed small independent theaters, vegan restaurants, sisha lounges and all sorts of vintage shops. The overall feel of our neighborhood in Dresden was very “cappuccino, candlelight and Kerouac” if a metaphorical alliteration description will do!

During WWII Allied Forces bombed and destroyed Dresden on the night of February 13-14, 1945. Before WWII, Dresden was known as the “the Florence on the Elbe” due to its fantastic monuments, palaces and art. The bombing destroyed the town and killed between  35,000 – 100,000 civilians.  Civilians.

While in Dresden I bought and read the novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut – the story takes place in Dresden. Travel tip: when traveling in certain destinations, try and pair your reading material with something relevant to that location.

Our two days in Dresden can be defined by good eating and thoughtful conversations. Considering the student budget we usually remain inside, Annie and I splurged on dinner and enjoyed over 3 hours of good food and even better conversation:

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Annie is dating another Maastricht student from East Germany. History is young. He was born before the Berlin Wall came down. Small things stand as reminders that the WWII we learn about in school isn’t so long ago.

I found the crosswalk symbols in Dresden adorable:

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When the light turns green, the figures would light up in a walking movement. After snapping this photo I learned the crosswalk symbols are different in East Germany and West Germany. Another small reminder of a time not long ago.

From space, the divide between East and West German is apparent due to the use of different light bulbs. (Potential unnecessary disclaimer, but I did not take this photo)

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The Military History Museum of the Bundeswehr is worth a visit in Dresden. Annie and I did the audio tour and we agree that the audio component did not add much value to the exhibits. The museum is large and took us 3 hours to get through because we knew we had a full day ahead. Ideally 4 hours for this museum!

Here’s some more photos of Dresden!

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Sehr gut Dresden!

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