On the Elbe River, Dresden is a surprising mix of modernity and Baroque architecture. It is an very nice destination for a weekend.
On one side of the Elbe is ‘Altstadt’ with all the old monuments. On the other side of the river, it is ‘Neustadt’, a modern and alternative district which reminds Berlin or Hamburg. Everything is very dense and you can easily visit both neighborhoods in one day.
ALTSTADT – DRESDE
The old town is actually not so old. It was razed during the Second World War and then rebuilt identically, impressive! Everything is very concentrated around the Frauenkirche. The huge porcelain fresco a few blocks from the Frauenkirche is kind of a symbol of the city and worth to be seen.
Even knowing that everything has been rebuilt, the old town center remains very beautiful and rich.
The sunset over the old town and its steeples from Carola Brücke is my best memory of Dresden.
Totally different atmosphere in the other side of the Elbe. The frescoes of this neighborhood are the tags and there is much less tourists. It’s much younger and trendy.
In this new part of the city, there is a lot of passage; courtyard and small shops that make you want to stop at every corner.
In one of the passages, the Kunsthopassage (the most tourist probably), there are super original and colorful houses.
I loved the atmosphere of this city, it’s a perfect getaway for a cool weekend. In addition to that, the Saxon Switzerland National Park (in germany, not in switzerland!) with an unusual nature is only 50 min from Dresden.
ELBE VALLEY AND BASTEI BRIDGE
After visiting Dresden, we go for the Saxon Switzerland National Park where there are surprising rock formations!
We arrive at the village of Kurort Rathen from which we can take a cable boat (€ 1.80 return) to cross the river and access the village center and hike to the famous Bastei bridge.
Aucune difficulté pour trouver le chemin, il suffit de suivre tous les touristes, ce qui enlève d’ailleurs un peu de charme à la balade et aux points de vue. La balade « classique » mène au pont et dure 40 min pour monter.
Malgré tout, les paysages sont magnifiques et on apprécie la nature qui nous entoure.