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New Year’s greeting

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Neujahr2015 in The new year is a good time to look back on achievements and to say thank you.

Dresden Walks can look back on a successful 2014 full of all kinds of walking tours. This is not only thanks to you – our guests, but also the tireless, always striving to the highest standards DresdenWalks guides.

Rain or shine, whether 1 guest or 30, everyone should get the experience of a personal, friendly and professional service during a city tour. And that we have achieved this, we can see in the many positive reactions of the guests. Hence we got the excellence status from tripadvisor and many new partners who trust our quality.

Of course we will not relent in our efforts in 2015. We look forward to many new, exciting and helpfully critical experiences with you. Continue to choose DresdenWalks for a city tour in Dresden.

We wish all the best, love and memorable moments for the new year. Good luck, health and happiness to you and your family during the next 365 days.

Your DresdenWalks Team

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

Fantastic porcelain worlds in the Dresden Zwinger Palace

Thursday, November 20th, 2014


A new exhibition at the porcelain collection in the Zwinger Palace presents fantastic worlds, which the painter Adam Friedrich von Löwenfinck conjured on 18th century European porcelain. Löwenfinck until now was only known to insiders.
He completed his training at the Meissen Porcelain Manufacture. After nearly 10 years he fled in 1736 in order to work without the hard daily pressure of the manufacture. For further seven manufactories his work is proven throughout his short but adventurous life .
His Meissen style influenced his later work , especially the chinoiserie. He also developed numerous own creations , such as Still Life with Flowers. He was one of the most original and versatile porcelain painters.
The exhibition brings together pieces from the Dresden porcelain collection and international public and private collections.
Duration: October 1, 2014 to February 22, 2015


Sarrasani ” PUR ” – The new dinner show in the Trocadero Sarrasani Dinner variety theatre on Wiener Platz square

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Magic, mystique and artistry, gourmet meals and white tigers, the new dinner show of Sarrasani Trocadero offers it all from November 20, 2014 to February 8, 2015.

Also this year magician Andre Sarrasani remains true to his hometown of Dresden. Over 300,000 people attended over the past ten years the Sarrasani dinner shows, which are a delight during the advent season and are therefore already become a Dresden institution.

All the regular visitors, who saw the show every year at the Strasburger Platz Square, must now get used to a new location this current season, because the Trocadero dinner Variétheater moved to Wiener Platz Square next to the main train station.

The highlight of this season are three white tiger cubs belonging to Sarrasani family since recently. André Sarrasani and fine international artists and performers take the audience into the exciting world of circus’ and variety shows. Between the individual performances, guests can enjoy a four-course gourmet menu created by celebrity chef Mirko Reeh.

For families and brunch enthusiasts, also takes place on 1st and 2nd Day of Christmas a morning brunch with a unique show and buffet. Tickets are available on:

Sarrasani-Sales Office on Wiener Platz Square,
Hotline (0700) 727 727 264 (0,14 Euro/Min.)


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

Celebrating vine harvest in the Elbe valley in and around Dresden

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

 in It has become colder, the sun is loosing power in these weeks. Autumn is coming. It’s the time when grape harvest starts. Vine growing has first time been mentioned in the Upper Elbe valley around 1400 and up to now white and red vine is cultivated in and around Dresden. In Dresden about 35 ha are covered by grapes. They lend Dresden special charm. There is even a state owned vineyard in Radebeul, the Western neighbour city of Dresden, the palace Schloss Wackerbarth estate.

In the last week of August the first vineyards began to harvest. The first vine is the so called Federweißer (in German consisting of two words: Feather and white) it’s also known as new vine. This is a ‘wine'(must) made of white or red grapes which just started to ferment. As it is not filtered it looks milky and it tastes a bit like sparkling vine.

Several vineyards invite to vine festivals on September weekends. There you can taste the vine and celebrate with the locals.

The vine festival in Radebeul is perhaps the biggest and most traditional in the region – it lasts from Friday, 26, to Sunday, 28 September.
Throughout autumn vineyards invite into their small vine shops and taprooms.
Here you can read more about vine festivals and different vineyards of the region www.weinbauverband-sachsen.de/veranstaltungen

Very exciting: Canaletto- Dresden City Festival 15th to 17th August 2014

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

This year Dresden City Festival presents itself in a very romantic style with the new name „Canaletto“.
Enjoy the mix of music, shows, concerts, theater and art design and the culinary cuisine during the festival.

Before doing that, you better get to know the romantic side of the “city of festivals” during a guided walking tour with DresdenWalks. Meanwhile you will get an overview of the city and the different attractions of the festival.
Our guided walking tours start daily at 12:00 at the green board to the right of the large staircase at „Brühlsche Terrasse“ at Schlossplatz Square.

Movie Nights at the River Elbe in 2014

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The movie nights at the River Elbe are probably the most beautiful open-air cinema and concert festival in Europe.

From June 26th – August 31st 2014 the area on the banks of the Elbe provides, in the middle of the city and in front of the world famous skyline of Dresden’s Old Town, about 3,300 seats for visitors of film events. Of these, 400 are covered in the upper restaurant area, the so-called film garden.

The largest open-air cinema festival in Germany already takes place since 1991 and attracted in recent years up to 150,000 viewers per year.

At concerts up to 12,000 fans can enjoy here their stars.

And of course, during the World Cup for every Game of the German national team there is a “public viewing”.

Drop-in customers are welcome. And so you do not need to purchase tickets well in advance, except for concerts.


City Museum: Special Exhibition about the conductor Ernst von Schuch

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Schuch-Anke in Ernst von Schuch, an Austria conductor, born in the mid of the 19th, was appointed at the Dresden court theatre (today’s Semper Opera House) at the age of 26. He worked and lived here until his death in 1914 which means it is the 100th anniversary this year.

A good reason to honour him with a special exhibition. Schuch mainly became famous in Germany with the premieres of Richard Strauss’ operas as ‘The knight of the Rose’ in 1911. Besides that, the Semper Opera House has focused this season on Richard Strauss (see article from May) and shows an exhibition in the foyers of that well known composer. Apart from interesting information and photos, people can also see in a showcase the original court uniform of Ernst von Schuch.

The exhibition is open until the end of September from Tuesday to Sunday. See also: www.stadtmuseum-dresden.de/sonderausstellung-aktuell

Anke Winkler

Elbhang/Elbe Slope Festival

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

 in If you should spend the last weekend in June in Dresden we can highly recommend the Elbhang Festival, one of the biggest district festivals here in the city and famous for music and culture.

More than 180 events (e.g. concerts, theatre plays) are offered on 15 stages between the Blue Wonder Bridge and Pillnitz in the southeast of Dresden.

The illuminated open air theatre and the annual parade are some of the highlights.

Day tickets cost between 12 and 19 EUR.

For further information please click on www.elbhangfest.de.

Anke Winkler