19 June 2016

Dawdling in Dresden: The Old Town

Dresden's Old Town is compact. Most of the sights of the city are within walking distance from one another. The palaces, the churches, the villas, they are all within the small Old Town that was painstakingly reconstructed, for many years after the Second World War.

See, Dresden is one of the cities that have been severely destroyed during WWII. Carpet bombs pretty much flattened the city, and so the entire Old Town that people see nowadays is pretty much a reconstruction. Heck, even the Frauenkirche is brand new.

The photos above show you the Frauenkirche, or the Church of Our Lady. It is massive, and very much imposing, if you look at it from the outside. But I have to say that I wasn't impressed when I entered. It was too bland, too sterile, perhaps because the outside made me expect something more Baroque and lavish, but the inside was very spartan, I should say.

The photos I have above on the other hand show you snapshots of the Old Town. Yes, I am not showing photos of the Zwinger or the Residenzschloss, as they have their own posts which will come up later. For now, I'd like to show you the other buildings, which make up the Old Town. Some of these are government buildings, some are restaurants and shopping areas, and others are just buildings that are brand new, but are made to look old, to emulate the original feel of the Old Town of Dresden.


  1. Still looks so quiet for a European city centre! I'm surprised.

    1. Unknown,

      Perhaps it's also because it's not high season yet. That said, Dresden is also not a major city in the tourist trail in Germany. Most people go to Berlin or Munich instead, and move on.