Dresden is just over the border into Germany. We liked the city last time we were there so decided to make it a stopping point as we wind our way back to Frankfurt to fly out. It is such a beautiful city to explore.
It was decimated during WWII so the last few decades there have been people from all over the world giving money to help restore the beauty of the past. One of those places is the iconic Frauenkirche. It sits on a square surrounded by shops and apartments. We were able to get an apartment that overlooked the square and provided a spectacular view of the Church. It was fun to arrive in the middle of a city celebration for families. We could hear the singing from our windows and cheer on the youth symphony. It was amazing to go down and pretend that we are part of the local crowd. Today it is a symbol of many faiths and people coming together to rebuild in unity and love.
|The view from our apartment at the Frauenkirche|
|You can see where they rebuilt after the war|
|The large city family celebration in the square|
|Inside the Frauenkirche|
We went on a self-guided walking tour of the city that included the walk along the river and an upscale grocery store (with a cashier that sounded and had the same temperament as Oaken from the movie FROZEN). As we came out of the store we saw there was a small set of plaques on the ground. I stopped to read them. They marked the place where a Jewish family had once lived and where they died. The entire family were murdered in concentration camps. So solemn and somber.
|Entrance to Zwinger|
|Zwinger at night|
|The Roman Catholic Cathedral attached to the palace|
|The history if Kings and Rulers in this area of Germany|
|Overlooking the river from the city wall|
|Zwinger clock and bells|
|The Opera and theater|
|Lucky Dragon's photo skills again|
As we walked around I decided I must look really look like a German local because I had four different people come up and ask me for directions in fluent rapid German. When I would respond in English that I did not understand them they all had a look of utter shock! haha
It is truly wonderful to see the way they are rebuilding the past glory of the city after so much devastation. seeing the work still happening is a stark reminder that the war was not so long ago.