Kühlungsborn pier © Touristik-Service Kühlungsborn GmbH, Fotografin Melanie Hunger
Wasserski Hooksiel © Wasserskilift Hooksiel, Fotografin Rita Elter
Strand Warnemünde © Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V.
Dauner Maare © Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH
Herrenhäuser Gärten © Hannover Marketing und Tourismus GmbH, Fotograf Karl Johaentges
Must Sees in Germany
More than just an alley
Kunsthofpassage is an inner court between Görlitzer Strasse and Alaunstrasse in Dresden Neustadt. At first it appears to be just an alley, but you can find several small boutiques, a coffee shop and even a restaurant at Kunsthofpassage. That's not what makes it so interesting though. Interesting is the art. Several of the houses here are painted with animals and shapes, making Kunsthofpassage, indeed, a open art gallery.
Bundeswehr Military History Museum
Plan at least half a day here!
I've visited quite a few Military Museums already, but nothing like the Military Museum in Dresden. This museum is huge and divided into themes and a chronological military history of Germany. The information on display is interesting, but especially moving. However scientifically presented, whenever stories of people slip in, the reality of past horror strikes.
I'd planned two hours in this place, but couldn't even see half of it because closing time approached. Make sure you take enough time for this museum, it's definitely worth it and a bargain at the €5 entrance fee.
Great view over the Elbe
Albrechtsberg Castle can easily be reached by taking Tram 11 from Dresden Neustadt. The castle itself can only be visited on reservation, but the park is freely accessible and great for a stroll. The highlight of the castle, however, is that it's located on higher ground by the Elbe. The river side of the park gives you a great view and seems like the perfect spot for a summer picnic.
Cobblestone streets and a castle
Meissen Altstadt is pretty small, but quirky. Walk up to Albrechtsburg Castle from where you have a nice view over the city and visit the exhibitions in the castle.
Meissen Porcelain Museum
Not at all kitsch!
The Meissen Porcelain Museum was so much more than I'd expected. It has an amazing collection of not just the typical flowery porcelain, but also very modern looking pieces and representations you wouldn't associate with porcelain. The museum also does demonstrations to show the production process from "clay" to end product. Super interesting and highly recommended!
Frauenkirche - Church of Our Lady
Worth going inside
The Frauenkirche is possibly Dresden's most famous church. It's not so big, but when you go inside you'll see it's quite special. I'd expected heavy, dark wooden ornaments and lots of gold everywhere, but in fact the inside of the church is rather "pastel-ish", even girly, with lots of pink. It's not prohibited to take photos inside or to film there, and so I didn't, but the other visitors seemed to have missed the huge sign by the door.
A shame. Not everything needs to be captured on photo.
A spectacle in itself
The Semperoper is home to the Saxon State Opera, the Saxon State Orchestra and the Semperoper Ballet. I didn't have the chance to watch a performance there, but if it's as grand on the inside as it is on the outside, I wouldn't say no to some tickets!
Nice view over the water
The Brühl's Terrace gives visitors of Altstadt Dresden a lovely view over the Elbe, but not only that. When you turn around you see art institute the Albertinum and a bit further, behind the buildings, the famous Frauenkirche. There are also some benches here which would make the Brühl's Terrace a great reading spot in summer.