Where: Dresden, Germany
When: February 2014
Hotel: Aparthotel Neumarkt
Why Dresden: John and I were trying to pick a place for one more trip before John’s month-long stay in Germany came to an end. We started making a list of places, and when John mentioned Dresden, I was definitely interested and a plan was born. Dresden is about 4.5 hours northwest of Stuttgart, right in the middle of the route between Berlin and Prague.
The Trip: Dresden’s history is arguably one of the most intriguing outside of the larger towns in Germany. Towards the end of World War II, the US and English militaries carried out a controversial bombing on the city that killed approximately 25,000 cities and destroyed the entire town center. The bombing included fire bombs which caused heavy fires throughout the town. To add to the devastation, Dresden fell into East Germany following the war and although select buildings were rebuilt to their former glory, several areas of Germany were built in “socialist” style. It wasn’t until the reunification of Germany that the remainder of Dresden was rebuilt, and the local people focused heavily on restoring Dresden exactly how it was before the war.
After spending a lot of time walking around, we took a break for dinner and just to relax in our awesome Aparthotel – which is really just an apartment for rent nightly. We had a kitchen, living room, bedroom – the place was huge, affordable and in a great area of town.
After our break, we went out for a night walk of Dresden and this was really when you saw the beauty of the town.
The next day, we decided to head to Poland instead of looking around Dresden some more, which turned out to be a great choice (more on that later), and the next day – we hit the road back to Stuttgart!
Final Impressions: I’m very happy that we went to Dresden, but I am not sure it was worth the two nights we originally dedicated to it. Dresden is absolutely worth a stop, but maybe on a trip from Berlin (1.5 hours north) to Prague (1.5 hours south). It would be a great middle ground to stretch your legs and relax a bit.