Thursday, October 29, 2009

Journey to Dresden-Germany

I was all excited for my trip to Germany, the area I’m going is Dresden. Although Dresden is not so well known among most of us, but cannot deny that the buildings have beautiful architectures...
Yes, after 12hrs of flight with 3 transits, it was kinda tiring for such a long journey. Then, there we go to the hotel, which is called Quality Plaza Hotel. The facilities were not so complete. To my surprise, it doesn’t have the kettle unit for our usage. Even we asked for it, we were told to upgrade the room.
Some photo shoots of my hotel room.

Anyway, here’s some intro of the history about Dresden [1].It’s the capital of the German federal state of Saxony (Freistaat Sachsen). Located on the Elbe River, it is an industrial, governmental, and cultural center, known worldwide for the Bruehl's Terrace and its historic landmarks in the Old Town (Altstadt). Dresden became a city in 1206 and recently celebrated its 800th birthday in 2006.
The historical center of Dresden was 75% destroyed in a terrible bombing on February 13 and 14, 1945 by allied forces. The date is deeply marked in the history of the city and is still remembered each year in processions and ceremonies. The destruction of the priceless art treasures that made the city world famous was and is felt as a wound to the soul of the people. More than 30,000 people died in the bombing.The ruin of the now rebuilt Frauenkirche acted as a call for peace among the different nations of the world.
The historical center is nowadays largely restored to its former glory, however some parts are still under reconstruction.
Before then,we survey those places of interest in Dresden. And there we go, it’s easy to go around Dresden. There is a combined system of tram (called Stra├čenbahn), bus and even train, but no subway. It works very well and connects all points of interest, but can be a little busy at peak times. Most lines even run at night time, of course with less capacity at night. This allows you to go out to most places or restaurants without the necessity to use a car. For us, we took a Day Ticket.We can also get a ticket limited to an hour and some others, but Day Tickets are good if you are traveling around and not sure where you will be going and what you will be doing.It’s Euro1.80 per trip.
As with most places in Germany, the public transit operates on the honor system: you are assumed to have a ticket, and there are a few inspectors out spot checking. The exception is on the buses after 8 PM, when the drivers are required to see all tickets. If the inspector found we did not pay for the ticket during spot check, the fine of Euro60 will be charged.
Dresden is a very beautiful, lightspirited city, especially in summer, when you can appreciate the serene setting of the historic center. Although Dresden is larger than Munich when measured by area, the historic center is quite compact and walkable.

Here we go, we went to the Frauenkirche-Church of the Lady. The reconstruction of its exterior was completed in 2004, its interior in 2005 and after 13 years of rebuilding, the church was reconsecrated on 30 October 2005 with festive services lasting through the Protestant observance of Reformation Day on 31 October.
The reconstruction of the Frauenkirche is an impressive symbol of international reconciliation after World War II. The consecration attracted attention throughout the world.More than 2 million people have already visited the Frauenkirche.

The bronze statue of reformer and theologian Martin Luther, which survived the bombings, has been restored and stands in front of the church. It is the work of sculptor Adolf von Donndorf from 1885. And this Church of the Lady was actually built as a Lutheran (Protestant) parish church or city church, even though Saxony's Prince-elector, Frederick August I, was Catholic.
The Frauenkirche is a symbol of conciliation, largely with donations from German and international foundations. The Neumarkt quarter around the church is also to regain its status as the historical heart of the city.

Some photos of the surroundings around Church of the Lady.