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Dresden off the beaten path

Berlin has been hailed as the “nonconformist capital of Europe” and, at the same time, is considered to be over. In that rush to find the best option, Dresden has tentatively been the answer.

Home to the charming Frauenkirche and the elegant Zwinger and the oldest Christmas market in Germany, this eastern city is gaining a reputation as the ‘new Berlin’. Because in the midst of all the splendor there is a helpless city; A destroyed and reborn place with a youth and vigor difficult to match. While other eastern destinations stormy hold the coolest city crown on several occasions (Prague, Budapest) Dresden could be the real winner.

Dresden is cheap, full of students and (dare you say it) great. Here are six of the best Off The Beaten Path spots in Dresden.

Stroll through some artistic passages

Hidden behind a nondescript exterior, visitors venturing into the courtyard complex behind Görlitzer Straße 25 will find a surprising mix of works of art. The Kunsthofpassage consists of five interlocking courtyards, or Hofs , each with its own unique and bizarre decor. Stroll the aisles to find little shops and cafes, but don’t forget to look up.

Courtyard of Mythical Creatures ( Hof der Fabelwesen )

Artist Viola Schöpe created this 900 m² wall of imaginary creatures and cosmic elements. The tiles come from Italy and Meissen with the fantastic ornaments that came from Portugal.

Courtyard of the Elements ( Hof der Elemente ) The
artists Annette Paul, Christoph Rossner and André Temple’s piece come into action every hour and a half. This is one of the most popular patios as the elements come together (rain pipes as the water element; yellow facade and aluminum foil as the light element) to create a cacophony of music and lighting as the water currents meet. They move around the side of the building. .

Patio de Metamorfosis ( Courtyard of the Metamorphoses )

Two 15-meter-high pillars cut across this building with curved surfaces illuminated by fiberglass bundles. Through corrosion and light, the Hof is constantly changing.

Courtyard of Light ( Hof des Lichts )

Winner of a 1998 competition, this design makes use of web platforms and screens for a multimedia experience. Look for metal mirrors that use sunlight to produce colorful reflections.

Patio de los animales ( courtyard of the animals )

The facade in the “courtyard of the animals” is green decorated with reliefs of animals in color. The farm is home to giraffes, monkeys and cranes. Over the entire wall of the house, the herd of monkeys leaping on the head of a giant giraffe from window to window. The balconies are made of wicker. At the fountain, some small animals have hidden.

Drink in a beer garden

In summer, old and new meet in the sprawling biergartens of the city. As well as spectacular views, this is a truly authentic German atmosphere.

For example, Augustusgarten’s slogan of ” Dresdens schönster biergarten ” (“The most beautiful biergarten in Dresden”) may, in any case, be an understatement. Located across the river from the Altstadt , there are abundant wooden benches, each with a beautiful view of the riverside.

Or head to the Neustadt to mingle with the young and hip at Katy’s Garage. This popular bar has an intimate beer garden that stays open until 10:00 pm, just in time for its nightclub to open. In winter, check out their funky Christmas market.

Enter literature

Fans of the book Slaughterhouse-Five by author Kurt Vonnegut might wonder where the infamous Schlachthof Fünf really is located in Dresden. Not popular with local residents, it took a while for the site of this prisoner of war camp to be recognized as a literary hot spot. But surprisingly, the place where Kurt Vonnegut was imprisoned and survived the Dresden firebomb still exists.

The building has been converted into a convention and events center. Outside is a simple blue sign marking its existence with a small tin medallion that says “ORT 63” embedded in the sidewalk out front. Inside the basement (available only on a private tour) there is an installation dedicated to the novel. Added in 2015 by Ruairi O’Brien, it features hand-painted, screen-printed wood paneling with scenes and quotes from the novel.

Dine in an old cigarette factory.

Once a cigarette factory in the early 1900s, Yenidze is an impressive mosque-like structure that is now a humble office building. It is still a sight to behold with an 18 meter glass dome and minaret chimneys.

A short distance from the city center, on the east side of Dresden’s Friedrichstadt district, visitors can experience the interior at the Kuppel restaurant in the dome.

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Marvel at the blue wonder

Along the Elbe river there are bike paths that lead to the bridge called Blue Wonder. This engineering marvel was built in 1893 and received its prestigious name for its innovative design that stretches along the river without supporting piers. It is one of the few things in Dresden to survive WWII.

It is also close to the Dresden funicular and the world’s oldest suspended railway, the Schwebebahn. See if you can see Fernsehturm Dresden-Wachwitz (Dresden television tower).

Study about hygiene

Don’t let the German name saying it the way you like it put you off, the Deutsches Hygiene Museum (DHMD) examines the history and importance of self-care in a truly fascinating way. Everything from antique grooming tools to ophthalmic equipment is on display.

This unusual museum even has its own strange history. It was appropriated by the Nazis to promote their extreme racial ideology and that story is explored here as well.

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