Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Right near the Max Planck on the Elbe, Schloss Albrechtsberg:
Snow covered vineyards, don't know what this means for next years wine harvest (Schloss Lingner):
More of the Striezelmarkt with a fresh blanket of snow:
A stand in the market selling traditional German crafts:
From the Striezelmarkt you can see the Residence Schloss:
If you do end up making it, let me know what you think.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
I just love this picture of a Christmas tree and the Brandenburg Gate. The Brandenburg gate, which was built as a sign of piece buy Frederick Willian II of Prussia in 1788, is one of Europe's most famous landmarks.
The Reichstag with no people out front.
Usually it has a lot of people on the yard and the stairways however due to the terrorist threats it was blocked off. We were really disappointed as we were going to tour it and walk up the dome, we scheduled it first stop of our day to make sure. Dang it was closed, we have been to Berlin like 6+ times and i have yet to make it to the top
:-( Soviet War Memorial (tiergarten), built by the Soviet's after WWII to commemorate it's 80,000 soldiers who died during the Battle of Berlin in April and May of 1945 (the battle in which Berlin and Germany was liberated from the Nazi's) :
David and Noah in front of the Brandenburg Gate:
We also visited the DDR Museum, which is a great hands on exhibition of all things DDR. We all just loved it. Here is Noah test driving a Tribi, which is the iconic car of the DDR:
Saving a table while i get some brats:
The normal sized ones are tree decorations made of prunes, and they can be eaten
after Christmas. Pflaumentoffel means plum devil; (also called Feuerrüpel or
Fiery Santa), although they are not meant to be devils or Santas, but chimney
sweeps, all dressed in black (the prunes)
with a top hat and a brush. Until
the 20th century, Pflaumentoffel were sold at the Striezelmarkt on trays carried
by children trying to earn some Christmas money. In 1910, however, sale by
children was banned at the Striezelmarkt.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Christmastime is a great time to visit Germany and Dresden is no exception. Dresden has about 7 different Christmas markets including the Striezelmarkt which dates back to 1434.
The Frauenkirche during some flurries: