Everywhere we went we also ran into more Christmas markets. They had them everywhere in this city. Around the Frauenkirche, in the castle...This was definitely a great time of year to visit Dresden.
The gorgeous baroque Frauenkirche (left) was almost completely destroyed in the bombing of Dresden February 13, 1945. For a long time, the pile of rubble was a memorial to the war. The reconstruction was only recently finished (2005). You can see in some of the daylight photos how they tried to re-incorporate some of the old stones, black from the firebombing.
|eating some roasted chesnuts (heiße Maronen)|
|Elisabeth on the Brühlsche Terasse, the "balcony of Europe"|
|from the Terrasse: the Residenzschloss and the Kathedrale (Hofkirche)|
|the awesome (literally) Fürstenzug|
| As the protestant Frauenkirche was being built, August III had this cathedral built to be the largest in Saxony. |
Below is the Semperoper, the opera house. This building, too, was destroyed in the war. In the original, Richard Wagner premiered Tannhäuser and other operas. The architect (Gottfried Semper)went on to become very famous (we just recently saw another building by him in Bern, Switzerland).
Below are a few pictures of the Zwinger...sorry we don't have better ones. It's this awesome complex of bulidings near the castle, very symmetrical and has nice fountains/gardens in the inner courtyard.
|inside the Zwinger|