So a day prior we booked tickets to Dresden -this is a capital of German state -Saxony.We took a 3 hour bus ride from Berlin and reached Dresden. Over there we took a day pass and went to Saxon Switzerland National Park - here you get to visit Bastei bridge, hike stunning trails and climb gorgeous rock formations. After the hike we came back to Dresden and explored the beautiful city. We even got to see the different shades of sky which left us mesmerised. We did not want to leave Dresden but had a bus ride back to Berlin.
All buses drop you off at the Dresden hauptbahnhof (main station). A short tram ride took us to the old town center.
Dresden was once called the “Florence on the Elbe” being one of Europe’s architectural and artistic highlights. However, much of it was bombed during WWII and much of the city was not much more than a rubble heap. On February 13, 1945, 800 British aircraft showered the city with 2,600 tons of bombs. The Americans followed the next morning with 300 Flying Fortress bombers. It is estimated that 25,000 people were killed, while 13 square miles of the historic city center were destroyed. With temperatures rising to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, the burning city was visible to pilots from 100 miles away. Dresden was a central hub for the Nazi’s and the city remained loyal to them, hence its destruction. Being Saturday evening, there was not much open other than restaurants and bars, but it was lovely seeing the city at this time of day. The streets were crowded with tourists and residents strolling and chatting in various languages. What struck us the most was that it was COLD. We both had liners under our coats, but we could have used gloves and scarves too. The outdoor restaurants all had their heatalators on to keep the hungry crowds warm enough to sit through a meal.