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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!

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.


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!

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.
Logo from http://www.dresden.de/dmg/en/02/highlights_2013.php

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.

Music at the Heart of Europe: Welcome to the Dresden Music Festival

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Dresden-bruhlsche-terrasse-abend-klein-hp in 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!
Claudia Innerhofer

The New Market Square is growing – Opening of the residential block VIII

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

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During all our walking tours through the Old Town we inform our guests about the reconstruction of the houses on the New Market Square. It is the area which has changed the most during the last years and reflects nowadays Dresden’s former charm.

The square and the surrounding area were a busy area with numerous civil and nobility houses until 1945. But it had been an open space after the bombing and the destruction of these houses. However, since the reopening of the Church of Our Lady, the reconstruction of the New Market Square has started too.

The latest residential block (no. VIII) opened in April covers an area of 5,700m² and is situated between the Schlossstrasse and the Johanneum.

Most of the houses have historical façades, some houses were even reconstructed according to the historical plans. E.g. Schlossstrasse (Castle street) no. 34 which is also one the most striking houses in that block. It has a larger-than-life statue of Daniel Pöppelmann, court architect of Augustus the Strong, who inhabited this house once. The cellar vaults inside date back to the 15th c. and were incorporated in the reconstruction and function now as the wellness area of the recently opened Swissotel with 235 rooms and suites.

Parallel to the Schlossstrasse runs the Schlösserstrasse (‘Tax collector’s lane’). Most of the houses there accommodate shops but also an apartment hotel and a luxury residence with 19 owner-occupied flats.

And finally we suggest a stroll through the Kanzleigässchen (‘Small office alley’) as you can see Dresden’s most famous dancer Gret Palucca on the façade there. If you should not see her at first sight, we show you that special wall decoration during our walks starting daily at 11AM.
Anke Winkler