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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

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.
Claudia

NEW! NEW! NEW! NEW! NEW! NEW!

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

As of now you can purchase or book tickets for the daily walking tour online on our website.
Without any additional fees.
Just follow the link underneath the tour description.

Monday, June 9th, 2014

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Current exhibitions at the City’s History Museum

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Landhaus-anke-kopie in 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.

Anke Winkler

Christmas markets in Dresden and the Stollen Parade

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Stollenfest2012-2 in 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.

Winkler

Wagner Year 2013

Friday, November 9th, 2012


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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.
AW
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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

Many roads are leading to Rome but also to DresdenWalks

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

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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.