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Dresden under the banner of Christmas – DresdenWalks welcomes you to tours in the blaze of Christmas lights

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

 in Even before the first Advent, Dresden is transformed into a proper Christmas landscape from the main train station in the south to the New Town on the other side of the Elbe river – and in the middle is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany, the Striezelmarkt. This year it takes place for the 580th time.
Its name derives from the pastry that is inseparably connected in Saxony to Christmas: the Christmas stollen, also called Striezel, an elongated yeast pastry. It was consumed at the end of the Middle Ages during the pre-Christmas Lent. In the spirit of renunciation the church forbade to bake the stollen with butter and milk. In response to petitions of two Saxon princes, Ernst and Albrecht from the House of Wettin, the Pope issued in 1491 the “butter letter” that allowed the Saxon bakers to use richer ingredients. The Striezel was now also introduced to the Dresden Christmas market, in 1500 it was sold there for the first time – and certainly contributed to the famous reputation of the market.

The Striezelmarkt, drawing every year up to 2.5 million visitors from around the world, still celebrates today the art of Stollen baking – with a Stollen parade and festival. Everything revolves around a giant stollen, which is baked by several Dresden bakers and driven through the city before it is sold to the visitors of the Striezelmarkt for charitable purposes.

In addition to the large Striezelmarkt with over 200 merchants and artisans, grand fir and giant pyramid – several more Christmas markets attract guests with a unique atmosphere: such as the Medieval Christmas spectacle in the Royal Stables with candlelight, the Christmas market on the Hauptstraße with international specialties, the Romantic Christmas Market Anno 1900 on the Neumarkt, the Christmas market at the Church of Our Lady. Also the Loschwitz Christmas market near the Blue Wonder Bridge is a traditional highlight of the pre-Christmas bustle.

Dresden Walks also puts you in the mood for Christmas during our daily Walking tours- with numerous entertaining information about Christmas customs and traditions in Dresden and Saxony – and a small surprise treat at the end.

Iris & Katharina

October 26 to November 8, 2014, a cultural highlight: The Jewish Music and Theatre Week Dresden

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

 in Under the slogan “Jewish. Now!” takes place the 18th Jewish Music and Theater Week in Dresden.Wide-ranging are the themed offers, and so also the variety of the venues.Theaters, cinemas and churches, the Jewish Cemetery, the Jewish Community Center as well as the Dresden Synagogue offer exhibitions, films, concerts, readings and dance performances, courses, tours, lectures and discussions.Of course, samples from the Jewish kitchen are included. There’s a coice of 30 events that are focused mainly on the future of Jewish life.

To kick off the week on October 26, Daniel Kahn and The Painted Birds present in their concert Jewish dance music.And the synagogue will be explained especially for families and children on November 2 by a guide from DresdenWalks.

The Jewish Music and Theatre Week is organized by the same-titled association, the Jewish community and Hatikva – the Education and Meeting Centre for Jewish History and Culture in Saxony.

For more information see: http://juedische-woche-dresden.de/kontakt.html

Greetings from Dresden to Dresden (Maine)

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Dd-usa-klein in Dresden-maine-klein in Dresden is a German city visited from guests from all over the world. An English-guided walking tour by Dresden Walks offers international visitors insight into the unique history and culture of the “old” city center of Dresden, the capital of Saxony.

Recently, DresdenWalks welcomed a special guest from its own town’s namesake — Dresden. This guest, Meghan, was not from the German city but from an American town in the state of Maine, likewise called Dresden. Meghan visited the city known as the Florence on the Elbe and enjoyed a guided tour with DresdenWalks.
Dresden Walks sends greetings from Dresden to Dresden!
Marianne and Claudia

Walking tour with DresdenWalks…

Friday, April 6th, 2012

120217-messedresden-223 in … after the set-up of the model train fair in February 2012 in Dresden.
Thanks to MEC Bregenz for this great picture!

PS: You can also book us on a special public walking tour in the evening for exhibitors or guests of your trade fair or convention in Dresden. Please contact us for further information.

DresdenWalks says: Happy Easter

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

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As Goethe had already said in his ‘Easter Walk’ (Faust Part I)

‘From the ice they are freed, the stream and brook,
By the Spring’s enlivening, lovely look;
The valley’s green with joys of hope;’

The time has come also in Dresden – the snow has gone, it is springtime!

And DresdenWalks starts into the new season!

Join us and stroll with our guide through the streets of the Old Town.

Just as Goethe, you will be impressed when you stand on Bruehl’s Terrace, because already he had adored the view above the Elbe valley.

Our tours start daily at 11 a.m. at the green sign on the Schlossplatz square.

Complete your stay in Dresden with a boat tour on the river. Book the combo tour with us and you get 1 EUR discount p.p. Pre-booking is recommended.

So you can enjoy for example the ‘River Sighsteeing Tour’ at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. or you decide for the ‘Palace Tour’ starting at 10.30 a.m., 2.30 and 4.30 p.m.. This tour goes further upstream to Pillnitz Palace, the former summer residence of the Wettin dynasty, where you can enjoy your private Easter walk in the park.

 Or go to see the ‘Old Masters Picture Gallery’ in the Zwinger Palace as Goethe already did and admire Raffael’s ‘Sistine Madonna’

And last but not least we wish all our guests a happy Easter!

This creative article was written by Anke.

Cultural events at the Frauenkirche/ Church Of Our Lady in 2012

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

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Music is an essential part of the church community and is also an enrichment for the Dresden people and the visitors.

World famous ensembles, orchestras and choirs are expected this year again.

Well established series of concerts which already have a tradition like ‘Spiritual music on Sundays’ (every second Sunday 3 pm), the ‘BACHcycle’ (throughout the whole year), the ‘Dresden Organ Cycle’, the ‘Night Organ Music with candlelight’ (during the advent season) are on the program again.

But the church also offers new performances like the ‘Frauenkirchenbachtage’ (2th – 7th October) and the passion series ‘Cross and Resurrection’ performed by the church choir, the chamber choir and the ensemble Frauenkirche under the direction of the choir master and organist Matthias Grünert.
Beside of that the Church of Our Lady will be again one of the venues during the Dresden Music Festival 2012 which will be even opened at the church with a gala concert by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano on 15th May. Moreover, there will be different music performances with outstanding choirs, orchestras and ensembles like the Wiener Sängerknaben, the Camerata Salzburg and the tenor Ian Bostridge.

Last but not least the Frauenkirche offers several extraordinary concerts of soloists like the musicians Alison Balsom (10th November) and Gabor Boldoczki (11th August), the mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova (9th June) and the countertenors Andreas Scholl (22th September) und Bejun Mehta (28th July).

Recommendation: Get to know more about the church itself during the DresdeWalks walking tours which are offered daily at 11 am.

8th model train fair

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

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This text is in our German Blog only.

1,000 twinkles – The Twinkle Town

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

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Christmas time is coming! Dresden is worth visiting in December as it has several Christmas markets and even a world premiere this year. We are proud to present the ‘Twinkle Town’ which is a big Christmas Town next to the Museum of Hygiene and the soccer stadium.

Five big tents are being set up at the moment in which people can enjoy a special Christmas feeling with up to sixty shows daily. Enjoy magical moments and do not miss the ice scenery, the fairy tale boat and Santa Claus of course!

The Twinkle Town is open from November 26th to December December 30th. Closing days are Mondays and December 25th.

Combine the visit to the Twinkle Town with DresdenWalks’ special Christmas walking tours starting on November 26th, daily at 11 AM. Get to know more about the Dresden Old Town and the regional Christmas traditions. Anke Winkler

6th HOPE Gala on October 29th, 2011

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The HOPE Gala will take place on October 29th in the Schauspielhaus (theatre) for the 6th time. It is a big charity event for the AIDS prevention project of ‘HOPE Cape Town’. The donations that will be raised are used to care for HIV and AIDS infected children and their families in South Africa.

An entertaining evening with musical highlights is presented by two hosts. And a prize made of Meissen Porcelain will be awarded to someone who rendered outstanding services to HOPE Cape Town.

The gala will be supported by various partners, sponsors and a tombola. Every lot wins and the benefits are handed out to the project.

DresdenWalks is lucky to be part of the charity event as we offer tickets for our Dresden walking tour for the tombola!

A. Winkler

New SuperSaver-Offer by DresdenWalks – Out and about with the oldest fleet of paddle steamers in the world

Friday, April 1st, 2011

The Saxon Steamboat Company celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2011. The fleet of the Saxon Steamboat Company has the oldest und most paddle steamers in the world. Nine historic paddle steamers between 82 and 132 years old belong to the Steamboat Company. Two large motor vessels and two small motor vessels complete the fleet. They not only cruise between Meißen and Bad Schandau but also pass through one of the most beautiful river landscapes in Europe and the Dresden Elbe valley.

From 9th April 2011 applies the summer timetable with daily tours such as starting at the Dresden Terrassenufer to the River Palaces and the “Blue Wonder” Bridge. On 1st May there is traditionally a big steamboat parade on the Elbe River.


And now you can enjoy this excellent service in combination with one of our guided walks. From 21st April 2011 DresdenWalks has a unique offer. Combine cruise and city walk and save 2 Euros. All details can be seen at: DresdenWalks Combo.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

(K. Michael)