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1813 was a significant year in the history of Saxony and Dresden.
On one hand Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig on May 22nd. The famous German composer had spent his childhood in Dresden and later started his musical career here.
Furthermore, the Battle of Dresden took place on August 26-27 under the leadership of Napoleon.
Both events celebrate their 200th anniversary in 2013. Reason enough for the City’s History Museum to offer visitors two special exhibitions on those themes in the coming weeks.
‘Lost victory’ is the presentation about the Battle of Dresden and the life and suffering of the city’s population during the siege in 1813. Various paintings or Napoleon’s original riding saddle with boots are exhibited from June to October.
Learn more about Richard Wagner and his work and life here in Dresden in the exhibition ‘Myth and History’ which still lasts until August. We highly recommend this exhibition in combination with our special walking tour about Wagner this year.
Further information on: http://www.dresdenwalks.com/rundgaenge/richard-wagner-stadtrundgang.
If you like Christmas you should visit Dresden! There are more than seven Christmas markets in the city center at the moment whether on the New Market Square, on the Prager Strasse or in the New Town but the most famous one is Germany’s oldest Christmas Market – the Striezelmarkt on the Old Market Square.
The annual highlight for tourists and the inhabitants is the Stollen parade during the Advent season which is a tribute to Dresden’s most famous Christmas cake. The world’s biggest Stollen is drawn on a carriage through the old town up to the Striezelmarkt where it is cut into slices with the help of a huge Stollen knife and then sold for charity.
This year’s Stollen was made by about 50 local bakeries, it had a weight of nearly 3 tones, a length of 3.5m and contained 170 million raisins and 460kg butter!
Find out more about the history of the Stollen during our Christmas walking tours which are offered daily at 11 AM until 24th December. It is worth joining as we have a little surprise for each guest at the end of the tour.
The 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner will be one of the highlights in 2013 in Dresden.
Born in Leipzig in 1813, Wagner had already spent some years of his childhood here before he returned from Paris to get employed as the new director at Sempers first royal theatre house.
It was finally here in Dresden where he started his successful career as a composer amongst other things with the premiere of his operas ‘Rienzi’, ‘Tannhäuser’ and ‘The Flying Dutchman’.
Not only the Semper Opera House will focus this season’s program on Wagner operas, also DresdenWalks offers a special guided tour. So join us for a walking tour to find out more about Wagner’s life and work in Dresden!
Coming soon: Click on ‘Walking Tours’ in the headline of this homepage to find more information.
Logo from http://www.dresden.de/dmg/en/02/highlights_2013.php
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
There are different possibilities to get to know about DresdenWalks. Either you have a look on our website, you go to the Dresden Dresden Tourist Information, in the hotel you stay or just by passing by our green sign on the Schlossplatz/ Castle Square.
But our tours can also be booked now on the web page of different travel websites. You pay the same price as on the spot. People can give a feedback after the walking tour which is very helpful not only for us but also for upcoming guests. The first reviews can be found for our German tours on www.rent-a-guide.net.
We had already started last year offering combo tours which are a combination of the walking tour and a boat tour on the Elbe river. As this had been successful we also offer this combo this year. No matter where you want to go, whether to Meissen, Pillnitz or the Saxon Switzerland, you get a discount for booking both. This combo is only available on the spot at our sign.
And – all cruises have English comments now.
Dresden Walks is also presented on facebook (see www.facebook.com/dresdenwalks) and we are happy about the growing number of guests and fans we have.
We are looking forward guiding more and more tourists from Germany and abroad through the Old Town of Dresden.
The 2012 Dresden Music Festival presents during the next weeks a multifaceted Festival with the special focus to the European Triangel between Prague, Vienna and Budapest. From May 15th to June 3th several concerts with bohemian, hungarian and austrian but international composer and interpreter will take place at the Festival.
The gala concert by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano and the soloist`s Jan Vogler and Ray Chen will give the festive start on 15th may. Afterwards the festival offers several extraordinary concerts and interprets like Symphonic Concert by Mozart of the Vienna Philarmonic conducted by Daniel Barenboim on 16th may at the Semperopera, „Sounds of the Danube“: virtuoso Folk Music from Hungary in cooperation with Schloss Wackerbarth on 20th may, the recital of the tenor Ian Bostridge and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment with music by Johann Sebastian Bach at the Frauenkirche on 24th may. The final concert will feature the Filarmonica della scala from Mailand conducted by Daniel Harding with Symphonic Concerts by Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Strauß, Antonin Dvorak at the Kreuzkirche on 3th june.
Get to know more about the musical tradition in Dresden Join our walking tour, which starts daily at 11 a.m. at our green signboard at the Schlossplatz-square. Welcome to the Dresden Music Festival!
… 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.
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.