(EB Takeover Day 4) – Dresden, a city Rebuilt
The Eastern German city of Dresden is most famously known for its complete reconstruction after it was reduced to rubble by Allied bombing in WW2. Like many other German cities, it was faced with the choice of redesigning the city to suit modern times (like Frankfurt and Berlin) or to retain its architectural heritage and culture. They chose the latter, taking some 60 years to finally finish the construction.
We picked up little bits of information like this from the free walking tour in Dresden, which was extremely helpful for us to learn a great amount about the city in a short span of 2 hours! Such free walking tours are the norm in Europe, and are conducted in English in almost every city.
Of course, you are free to leave a tip of any amount for the guide at the end of the tour – the amount being what you think the tour was worth to you. After listening to some of these amazingly passionate and engaging tour guides, I now make it a point to attend the free walking tour in every city I visit!
For the nature lovers, Dresden has easily accessible treks (just 45 min from the city centre!). We took a day trip to the Saxon National Park, which is easily accessible from Dresden Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) via a train ride on the S-Bahn. From there, we hiked stage 2 of the Malerweg Trail, a 112km long trail that takes hikers through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.
The main attraction for this stage was the Bastei Bridge, a beautiful man-made bridge built into the surrounding rock formations. Though slightly crowded and touristy, it is perfect for a day trip out from Dresden!
More information on Dresden’s reconstruction:
The Malerweg Trail:
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