15 June 2016

Dawdling in Dresden

My recent previous trips were all to foreign countries and cities, so for Easter weekend this year, we decided that we would do something different, and travel locally. After all, there are also interesting places to visit in Germany, and it would be a pity if we just fly to other places without discovering the offerings of our current home. So, for this year's Easter Weekend, we opted to go to Dresden.

I remember last year, we were in Paris during Easter Weekend, and I had food poisoning there. I am glad to report that the food poisoning incident was not repeated this time around. We had good food, and it didn't ruin my stomach at all.

On Friday March 25, we woke up really early in order to take a bus from Berlin to Dresden. This was the first time we were using long-distance buses. I definitely recommend it, as it is quite cheap, cheaper than the train, and of a comparable duration. There are plenty of bus companies offering the route, so there's enough competition to keep the price down. By 11:00, we were already there, and we already were on our way to our hotel. We stayed in a hotel that is not in the center, which is a sort of a hidden treasure: the hotel was great, in a quiet neighborhood, and even though you need some time to get to it using the tram, it is all worth it.

That afternoon, we visited the Zwinger Collection, and admired porcelain objects, as well as scientific and mathematical apparatuses that the royalty collected. Dresden has plenty of glorious museums, so people looking for European aristocratic splendor would have a good time here.

The next day, March 26, we opted to do a day trip to Bastei, which is within Saxon Switzerland National Park, easily reachable by train from Dresden. We did some hiking trails to see rock formations. There are plenty of things to do here, and I was inspired to create further itineraries exploring the German-Czech border, but that is probably for the next time. For that day, we were content to climb up multiple viewpoints to see the Elbe, and to see interesting rock pinnacles spiking up from nowhere.

March 27 found us back in Dresden, exploring the Residenzschloss and the Semperoper. We saw more examples of royal opulence. At this point, somehow I realized how there are correlations with the type of travelers one sees in various destinations. There were plenty of Japanese tourists, while I didn't bump into Israelis, unlike in Berlin. It seems that different travelers just have different preferences on what they see.

Monday, March 28 was our last day. We checked out of the hotel, and stored our luggage in the train station, before heading out to the big park. We walked around this day, and pretty much just spent the time outdoors. There were other royal museums to see, but we thought we saw enough, and so we opted to just enjoy being outdoors. And around 16:00, we headed back to the train station, where the buses depart as well, to catch our bus heading back to Berlin.

It was a short trip, which is good for a weekend, and overall we had fun. I'll be posting pictures in the next posts, so stay tuned.


  1. Ah, I always miss this ability to travel easily just for a WE!

    1. Zhu,

      I know what you mean. Cities in North America aren't only way farther apart than in Europe, but they also don't have the glamour that would attract a weekend trip. I am guessing you don't hear people from Canadian big cities like Toronto or Ottawa saying "Let's go to Sault Ste. Marie this weekend!"