The Saxon Carnival

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Shrovetide in protestant Saxony? Saxony as the cradle of Protestantism is not really ideal for the so calles 5th season – Carnival. The name Carnival derives from Latin, meaning “without meat”, an indication that it is the time before the Great Lent, which can...

The Moravian Star from Herrnhut

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One of the most familiar signs of Christmas is the illuminated Moravian Star that lights up many a front porches around the world. When I first arrived in Dresden I loved seeing them everywhere, transforming the city into a fairyland during and after Advent. The star is an...

Dresden in Hollywood – Again!

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Recently, just a few days ago, the Hollywood movie “Grand Budapest Hotel“ won 4 Oscars. It was shot in a town east of Dresden called Görlitz and some part of it was also set in the famous Dresden Zwinger. Dresdeners may find themselves rubbing their eyes in disbelief if and...