If you’re heading in a northerly direction, then the next logical stop after Dresden is of course Berlin. It will most certainly live up to its reputation as one of the hippest cities of Europe. The perfect way to get yourself oriented there is with a guided tour with one of the best of the trade, Matti, who comes highly recommended on Tripadvisor. Matti offers as a starter a classic 3.5 hour walking tour that includes stops at important sites such as Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the Museum Island. He has also curated fascinating tours to secret corners and unusual places for guests who opt for longer private tours: like the Soviet Memorial in Treptower park because it's so mindblowingly huge or the "treehouse on the wall" in Kreuzberg (an illegally built tree house next to the former Wall).
Another popular one is the "off the beaten path" tour, which is about hidden courtyards, the old jewish neighborhood and some forgotten medieval ruins in Berlin.
Even day trips to Potsdam can be arranged!
Matti recommends the restaurant Katz Orange for something fancy, or Sophieneck for traditional German cuisine.
With Matti you’ll definitely learn things about this über-cool city that will stick with you for years, and make you want to come back again and again.
Reach him at: https://www.toursofberlin.com/
There have been days when I happen to be in Neumarkt at the same time as Karen is leading a group and I see her in action. She is all about big movements, and passionate storytelling. Her voice and her body language bring the story of the Frauenkirche to life. See her here in this picture and you will see what I mean.
"Welcomed our first guests from Myanmar today. This lovely little family were joined by an equally lovely lady from Australia. We strolled around the city learning about Dresden's history and discussing how similar our mentalities are, despite cultural differences. Another example that shows there is more that unites us than divides us :-).
Laura after her small group tour on 21st May 2023
At the end of a tour, we the guides are asked, ever so often, for tips about what, and where, to eat. Many want the comfort of familiar food and ask where the nearest food court, or Starbucks, McDonald, or the good Italian pizza is. But a handful of visitors want to try genuine German. Now the problem with ordering food in Dresden, like in any foreign country can be multifaceted. The food is unfamiliar, the menus are usually in German, the waiters in Saxony rarely speak English, and most importantly, everyone dreads ordering something that may turn out to be the opposite of what was anticipated!
My colleagues and I were spending considerable time with guests who genuinely wanted to try local cuisine, even walking with them into a restaurant, pouring over a menu together and translating everything into English. But eventually our enthusiasm would get the better of us. Try this! And this! But of course, this! No doubt we ended up confusing our guests and frustrating ourselves because the ‘best’ samples of what we were recommending were never in the same place.
The natural outcome of this is the culinary tour- Dresden on Food! After much thought (and participating in other food tours in different cities- what delicious research!), we decided that the food tour would not just be about food, but also about the historic city centre. This was keeping in mind that not everyone has the time to do two different tours. Accordingly, our tour is designed in a way that our guests see the historic city centre of Dresden, plus get to try local specialities. It’s a two-in-one winning combination! Our only concession for this tour, as opposed to a regular one, is that the history of the city is brought out, where possible, by its connection to cuisine.
We have picked samples from a wide range of traditional fare, in interesting locales that are ‘hidden’ in plain sight and link them up to Dresden’s culture and history.
With its more than 800 year history of wine making, we couldn't have ignored regional wine. The wine tasting is the sparkling culmination of the tour and the best place to relax and wind down after three hours of discovering the city.
Come taste genuine Dresden!
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Sandstone is soft and easy to work with, making it a favored building material. However these big blocks of stone are heavvvvvvvy! It took six generations and 150 years to get them up there and complete the cathedral. It survived the bombing of WW 2 and stands today as an example of pure Gothic architecture atop Meissen.
The city is gorgeous at the moment. Flowers, grass, lovers, friends playing Frisbee at the river or just getting together. Be a part of this easy laid back city. Come to Dresden!
The family gave Chris a special birthday gift - a guided walk! Happy faces after the tour followed by coffee and cake :)
New art on New Market Square
The New Market Square of Dresden has a new arrival. A giant wooden hand holding a glass ark. It symbolizes the fragility of nature and how preserving and guarding it is human hands.
I noticed it has become quite a motive for pictures, but also attracted may visitors and discussions.
The sculpture is traveling through Germany. More about it on www.glasarche-3.de