Sunday, May 20, 2012

Back to Dresden, Germany

Back in November I went to Dresden, Germany, with Claudia and Norbert.  I said that I wanted to visit it again but when it was warmer.  Well, yesterday was my second visit.

Miran's cousin is visiting from Canada for three months so they came up from Murska Sobota on Friday night.  To tell the truth, I wasn't really that jazzed about this day trip.  The early morning train from Brno to Dresden takes just over five hours to get there.  Plus another five hours home.  That's ten hours on a train, to walk around the city for five or six hours.  That's just a long day.  Fortunately, the weather was good so it made the trip, more or less, worth it.

I saw pretty much everything that I saw the last time I was here.  But again, the weather was better this time so it was easier to just walk around.  Of course no visit to Dresden is complete without seeing the Frauenkirche.

On the outer wall of the castle's stables courtyard is the Fürstenzug - the Procession of Princes.  Originally it was painted from 1871 to 1876, it celebrated the 800th anniversary of Saxony's ruling family.  However, from 1904 to 1907 it was replaced with ~23,000 Meissen porcelain tiles so that it would be weather proof.  It has a length of 102 meters (335 feet) which makes it the world's largest porcelain artwork.

Zwinger is a Baroque complex of gardens and galleries which were built between 1710 - 1732.  Originally, it was built to be the forecourt of a castle.  Today, it is a great place to wander around.  It is also home to several museums.


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