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Holidays &Visits Group 2013
May 1st to 7th     DRESDEN
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Dresden © DMG/Exß
6 nights Half Board at the Koenigstein Hotel.  

On May Day 2013 a group of 30 members flew to Prague where a coach was waiting to take us over the mountains to Germany.
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Our hotel in a wide pedestrianised shopping area of Dresden caused problems for the coach driver who,in endeavouring to find the entrance,drove into an underground car park and then across the tram tracks!!

DresdenDodging numerous bicycles we walked to the older part of Dresden,the 800 year old capital of Saxony,with its wealth of museums,churches and palaces.We particularly admired the mural made of 25000 Meissen porcelain tiles portraying the Saxon rulers on horseback.                              Church of Our Lady - DresenProbably the most famous building in Dresden is the Frauenkirche,a Baroque church,completely destroyed in the air raids in 1945 and beautifully restored 60 years later.
Public transport was excellent and cheap in comparison with the UK.

MeissenWe went by train to visit Meissen for a tour of the porcelain factory which makes exquisite and expensive items for export.Meissen is a medieval city with narrow cobbled streets and a long climb to the fairytale-looking Albrechtsburg palace and Gothic cathedral.Fortunately we found a lift to carry us down.
A Trip on the ElbeMusic and bicycles were everywhere on Sunday as Dresden hosted a jazz and Dixieland festival.We went by tram and then walked across the Blue Wonder Bridge over the River Elbe to the funicular railway.At the top station a Dixieland band was playing so we enjoyed the sunshine and the views of Dresden to the
Another piece of Cake......and a Beer of course!sound of "Alexander's Ragtime Band,"Minnie the Moocher","Lady Be Good"etc.

Of course we couldn't leave without another slice of wonderful German cake.