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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.

Now it`s Christmas Time in Dresden:

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Dresdenwalks-weihnachtlicher-stadtrundgang-klein in Like every year in Advent, numerous Christmas Markets invite the inhabitants of Dresden and their guests to a stroll through the wonderful decorated town. The world famous „Striezelmarkt“, one of the oldest and most traditional Christmas Markets in Germany, as well as the romantic Christmas Market at the church of Our Lady and the Market in the former Royal Stable open its doors now. On the other site of the river the “Augustusmarkt” with a little international flair enchants in the baroque quarter in the New Town of Dresden.
DresdenWalks offers special walking tours during the Advent time.
Our guides will show you the beautiful decorated Old Town including all the important sights of Dresden combined with interesting information about the regional Christmas traditions.
A little surprise awaits each participating guest at the end of the walking tour!
The walking tours takes place daily at noon (12:00) from 30th November to 24th December beside our green board at Schlossplatz square.
Please possibly register in advance for your walk on a December week-end!
Claudia

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

Happy New Year!

Monday, January 7th, 2013


We wish all our guests, readers and friends a happy and peaceful new year!

The year 2012 was a big success for Dresden Walks with more than 2,400 guests which is again a new record for us! And we hope 2013 will be as good or even a better year.

Anyway, there are enough reasons to come to Dresden in the next months. As you may have read in our news (Nov 2012), we celebrate the Richard Wagner year and not only the Semper Opera House will focus on the famous composer also DresdenWalks offers a special guided tour.

The Music Festival and the Dixieland Festival are some highlights in spring while the Dresden city festival and the Elbhangfest are worth a visit during the summer.

Moreover, there are also two new museum openings soon. The Armory Collection will open the first part of its new collection in the Royal Palace in February while the Mathematics-Physical Museum will be reopened in the Zwinger a few weeks later.

You will find all news and events of course on our homepage or on facebook.

Besides, we offer our daily walking tours as usually at 11 AM, starting on the Schlossplatz Square and we would be pleased to welcome you!

Your DresdenWalks team!

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

Dresden: Winter-Lights in the Christmas-City

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

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It’s Christmas time in Dresden: Numerous Christmas markets invite not only the Dresdeners but also the city’s guests during the pre-Christmas season of Advent to stroll in the Saxon capital.
And so the famous “Striezelmarkt”, one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany, as well as the popular and charming 19th century Christmas market at the Church of Our Lady, and the medieval Christmas market in the former Royal Stables open its doors.

If you want to get into the mood for the Christmas season, Dresden Walks offers its guests a very special walking tour of the city. During our Advent tour of the historic old town you will find next to the famous Dresden sights a wealth of information and interesting facts from the Saxon Christmas tradition. A little surprise awaits each guest at the end of the walking tour.

Immerse yourself with us into the romantic world of Dresden Christmas.

–> The Walking Tour takes place daily at 11 a.m. from 1st December to 24th December at our green board at Schlossplatz square.

DresdenWalks wishes you a Merry Christmas!
CI

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