Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dresden at night

Dresden Altstadt area is a very scenic even at night, here are some pictures i took during a walk around Dresden:

Altstadt from across the Elbe, centered on the Frauenkirche:
Centered on the Residence schloss and the Hof kirche to the right:
Another one of our favorite beer gardens located just across the Augustus Bridge, Augustus Garten am Narrenhausl:
Hof kirche from the Ausgustus bridge:
Brule terrace:
Residence schloss:
A clock spire of the Residence schloss:
Wall of princes:

The Frauenkirche:
Frauenkirche market area:
Fireworks from Brules terrace, we see a lot of fireworks from this terrace as they are a very frequent event and i have to say a lot better then in the US, lots of Simultaneous fireworks and ground works:
The Kulturpalast:

Dresden - Frauenkirche platz

The Frauenkirche square:
Another view of the platz:
Right off the platz is the "small and fine" lunch truck:

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dresden - visit to Schillerplatz

Schillerplatz is located near the Blue Wonder (the big blue bridge over the Elbe on the east side of Dresden) and is the place where we would go a lot for food and groceries when we first arrived in Dresden (we lived in the temporary housing in the Max Planck which is near here). So although we don't get over to that side of town very often when we do get nostalgic of our first days in Dresden. Noah took the next two pictures:
Enjoying a great lunch at the Schillerplatz Beer Garden, the Blue wonder can be seen on the left and the Schwebebahn track on the right (this is where we are heading):
Loschwitz area (just across the Blue Wonder):
Statue on the entrance building to the Schwebebahn (Monorail), these guys aren't doing a very good job of holding up the building:
The Schwebebahn opened in 1901 and was not damaged during WWII. The total travel distance up the hill is about 274 meters and the rise about 84 meters. The two "cars" move in opposite directions and in the photo below it's coming down to pick us up:
Noah all excited for the ride, Melissa thinking of Micro Tubules:
TV tower as seen from the platform at the top of the Schwebebahn:
Birdseye view, you can see the Blue Wonder over the Elbe and the track of the Schwebebahn:
View out the window on the way down:
Taken from on the Blue Wonder toward the Dresden Castles, notice the water level is very high:
Just across the Blue Wonder on the bank of the Elbe is the great bakery where we had a Coffee and desert break:

Dresden - outdoor concert/parade

On great thing about where we live is that there are always special events going on like this Russian Orchestra outdoor concert event.
Great music for all:

Or this parade for all the restaurants in near the Frauenkirche, these are all workers:
Ein Prost:
Australian restaurant:

Dresden - trip to the clock tower in the Residence Schloss

On the way to the tower we pass by the wall of princes, this is a popular spot for the artists/actors to strut their stuff. Here is the very faithful "August the Weak", we see him year round and he is one of our favorites:

Put an coin in his cup and you can see August the weak in action:

(if click this link if you cannot see the video above:

Inside the Residence Schloss's covered courtyard:

Noah in the doorway to the spire leading up to the clock tower, it is actually a little tough to find the way up to the tower, we found it by accident the first time:

View out a window in the Spire:

View of the statues on the Hofkirche 3/4 of the way up:
View from the top, Frauenkirche on the right:

Birdseye view of the Zwinger:

Semper Oper:

Hofkirche and the Elbe:

Dresden - buildings/statues near the Rathaus

Some pictures around Dresden in May:

Clock tower at the Rathaus near Post Platz with red chestnut trees in bloom

Dresden's "Rubble" lady (Trümmerfrau) statue: a monument to the women who helped dig out Dresden after WWW II:
Statue near altmarket:

Church of the Holy Cross (Kreutzkirche):

Over a doorway on the Rathaus, lots of flowing liquids:
Other statues in front of the Rathaus:
More in front of the Rathaus, actually there are 2 of these in front of the Rathaus:
Stallhof courtyard where jousting and other "courtly tournaments" took place, part of the Residence Schloss:
Noah looking for a jousting partner:
Augusta the strong, this is the wall of the Transportation Museum (Verkehrsmuseum), this wall just finished being refurbished in May:

Old German Statue right near the Frauenkirche:
This statue looks like a mirror image of the statue in this link showing some of the fallout from the horrific Dresden Firebombing (i actually thought it was the same statue but don't think so, unless the image is backwards in the old photo):,_Dresden,_Tote_nach_Bombenangriff.jpg

The Frauenkirche: