Destination Germany 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall: Dresden
The Church of Our Lady in Dresden is one of the defining symbols of German reunification. The church was reduced to rubble during the Second World War and it took until after the fall of the Berlin Wall for reconstruction work to begin. Of course, that’s not all Dresden has to offer. @jamesrelfdyer went in search of more historic buildings in the fabulous old town. But if you want a break from all the sightseeing, then the surrounding region is great for getting out into nature or visiting castles and palaces. Read on for more inspiration.
CHURCH OF OUR LADY.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, work began on rebuilding the beating heart of Dresden – the Church of Our Lady. The dramatic contrast of light and dark stone derives from the use of original stones salvaged from the old church. Completed in 2005, the rebuilding work was funded not only by local charities and associations but also donations from all over the world.
DRESDEN OLD TOWN.
Along the river Elbe are a host of other magnificent buildings that were completely destroyed during the war but have since been rebuilt – true labours of love! But Dresden’s old town is about more than just art and architecture. It’s also a great place to shop or to hunker down at a cosy café.
BASTEI BRIDGE.Feel like getting out of the city? Then you just have to visit the Bastei Bridge! You can combine your trip with a little (or a long) walk in the stunning Saxon Switzerland region. As you can see here, the rock formations are quite simply breathtaking.
MORITZBURG PALACE.Moritzburg Palace also merits a day out. The beautiful palace park leads you to an island in the middle of a lake, where you can explore the palace under your own steam or as part of a tour.
For the perfect picture to share with your friends, look no further than the Göhren Viaduct. This wonderful old railway bridge can be found in one of the most scenic parts of Saxony.
What else does Germany have in store 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall? Find more inspiration here.