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...

Of Nutcrackers, Smoking men, Flower children and more

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If you’ve been walking through the Christmas markets in Germany, especially Saxony and Dresden, you must have noticed the stalls with a variety of traditional wooden figurines. Nutcrackers, the ‘Smoking Men’ or wooden figurines that emit incense smoke, or the...

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...
the day of Prayer and Repantance

The Day of Prayer and Repentance

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The Day of Prayer and Repentance (Buss- und Bettag) is a public holiday, in the current time celebrated just in the state of Saxony. Why so? Why just here? Days of repentance in the history were previously held on various dates. There were nearly 50 days of repentance on 24...

A new exhibition in Schloss PIllnitz

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Many visitors in Dresden manage to hear about and visit Schloss Pillnitz, a charming chinoserie style Palace set in a vast landscaped garden. Another reason to go there this summer is an exhibition named ” Imprisoned, Suffered, Celebrated” about the Saxon King...

National Exhibition in Hartenfels Castle, Torgau 15th May to 31st October 2015

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Torgau – once preferred residence of the Saxon Electors – was the political Centre of the Reformation. Just with the support of the Electors the Reformer’s teachings were able to achieve such a profound impact. Hartenfels Castle in Torgau represents an exhibition of that...

Travelling with children?

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Contrary to what people often think, children can in fact be dragged into museums and cultural venues while on holiday. You just need to work in some playtime in between to compensate. If you are spending more than just a few hours in Dresden and have a car, I may have a nice...

The Elbe River – Lifeline of Saxony

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The Elbe river is strongly associated with the Saxon identity. With a length of 1.091 kilometers it is the third longest river in Europe. It is the largest river in Saxony and for centuries the Elbe river has considerable economic importance. Only the Elbe river, from all the...

Cheers! 1.000 years of beer in Saxony

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Since Saturday, April 24, 2015 a new special exhibition has begun in the Albrechtsburg Castle in Meißen. The occasion is a chronicle of the entry Thietmar of Merseburg from the year 1015. There he tells the story of a honey beer at the Meissen castle that was not only drunk, but...

“On the King’s Stone” – New permantent exhibition at the Fortress Königstein

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“In Lapide Regis – On the King’s stone” is the name of the new large permanent exhibition at the fortress Königstein, which officially opens May 1, 2015,  its doors to all visitors. After more than 25 years of research and collection work, one can now...

Exploring Saxon Switzerland

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The official season for exploring Saxon Switzerland has been opened after Easter. This means the stairs, protective railings and bridges have all been repaired. All together there are 21 kms of stairs that allow one to climb 5000 meters. Since many of the stairs are made of wood,...
Vineyards in Radebeul

Wine Festivals in and around Dresden in September

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It has become colder, the sun is loosing power in these weeks. Autumn is coming. It’s the time when grape harvest starts. Wine growing has first time been mentioned in the Upper Elbe valley around 1400 and up to now white and red wine is cultivated in and around Dresden. In...

IBUG your life at Crime Show!

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Crime Show, sorry…Crimmitschau was the ‘City of a 100 chimmneys’ at the beginning of the 20th Century, and was one of the major textile industries centre in Saxony. As the factories were closed down in 1990, they stood, abandoned and desolate. Till this week....
Moritzburg Castle

WINTER JOY IN THE SURROUNDINGS OF DRESDEN

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Not only Dresden has to offer a lot during the winter months, but also the palaces and landscapes in its surroundings. Thus, the hunting lodge of Augustus the Strong provides besides a charming landscape, the paradise in a nutshell (little pheasant castle), a permanent exhibition...