Saturday, April 20, 2013

Hello From Dresden, Germany

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My husband and I had never been to Dresden, Germany, so after Prague, we decided to spend a day exploring the city.
Dresden is the capital of Saxony.  Its inner city was pretty much destroyed by the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Force towards the end of World War II and many of the historic buildings lay in ruins.
After the war, it became an industrial center for the German Democratic Republic (the old East Germany.)  Many of the historic buildings were renovated or rebuilt, but more were razed by the Soviet and East German authorities.
After Germany's re-unification, a massive urban-renewal effort was launched and is still underway.  The center of Dresden is being totally rebuilt according to the old plans.  The façades of the houses are meticulously renovated to reflect the original details.
And here and there, one can still find traces of its communist past.


Dresden after the bombing in 1945
photo credit: Richard Peter



4 comments:

Gaby said...

I love your photos!!
Germany is woth a visit. enjoy!

Katia said...

Thanks, Gaby.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clarification. Most people think the USA bombed Dresden. Also, if you look near the train station there is still mangled debris. weg der roten fahne means "The way of the Red flag". Propagandist mural depicting the eventual Soviet rule.

Katia, where did you fly in and out of? Berlin? You seem to be making a circle in your travels. Dresden is on the train route from Prague to Berlin, but you seem to be driving. Same route.
So, hurry up, we wanna see Berlin, now. :)

Katia said...

We flew into Düsseldorf, drove to Soest, then Prague and Dresden. In Berlin now. Will post tomorrow.