4 Beautiful Sites to Visit Near Dresden, Germany
This post was updated February 15th, 2020.
Dresden lies within the state of Saxony and is the capital city with a population just above half a million. While the city itself offers a charming visit, no trip to Dresden can be considered complete without taking advantage of some of the best days trips outside the city. Easily accessible by train, there’s plenty to see from luxury watch museums to castles to national parks. There’s as much to do and see outside of Dresden as there is to do in it.
Dresden Gay Pride: What You Might Not Know
We recently had the opportunity to check out the Saxony region of Germany for the first time during CSD Dresden, or Christopher Street Day. This was our first 2014 gay pride event where we got to continue promoting the #mygaypride campaign during our summer of pride and we had a great time doing it!
So, how does Dresden Pride measure up?
Wuppertal: Where an Elephant Rode the Monorail (Unsuccessfully)
Back sometime in 2011, Auston and I were still living and working in Chicago while planning and saving for our round the world trip. The details of this one year journey had not been worked out yet and we savored every possible destination. We really felt like we could go anywhere and see anything. It’s a liberating feeling to say the least. The odd side to this is the inexplicably random inspirations you can get to visit peculiar cities. I had just a random inspiration for Wuppertal, Germany.
A Look into the Art Scene of Düsseldorf
Though we visited Düsseldorf at the end of February/beginning of March, our time in the city was not entirely consumed by the Carnival celebration as we took a peak into the cultural and artistic offerings as well – also checking out human-size spiderwebs suspended from the ceiling and rooms upon rooms of opera costumes. We met our tour guide, Caroline from RhineBuzz, in the lobby of our hotel where we exchanged pleasantries and then were off to explore. During this 2-3 hour ‘We Love Art’ tour, I would experience a surprising fondness for the makings of an opera followed quickly by a most terrifying, life-threatening moment brought on by… art. Yes, art.
Düsseldorf’s Carnival: Drag Queens, Costumes, and Parades!
When I think Germany, I rarely think Düsseldorf. But when I do think of Düsseldorf, I giggle. Because Düsseldorf sounds funny, like it should be the name of a Wizard from Harry Potter. Ok, I admit it. When I hear Düsseldorf I think of Dumbledore. Well, at least I used to. Now when I hear its name, I think of drag queens lip-syncing for their lives, enthusiastic and elaborate parade floats, costumes ranging from basic to over-the-top, and the all exhilaration that is the celebration of Carnival. (The name Düsseldorf, by the way, means village at Düssel which refers to the river.)
Famous Cities in Germany Worth Exploring
We spent two weeks traveling in Germany last summer and loved every minute. The highlights were spending gay pride in Munich and visiting David’s family in Ludwigsburg. Even with two weeks touring the country, I feel like we only scratched the surface. Of course, no visit to Germany is complete without visiting some of its most famous cities. Read on and discover more from this post that was recently shared with us.
If you’re travelling to Germany this year for a holiday – firstly, great choice. Not only is it one of the most popular destinations in Europe, but because there’s so much to see and do, you’re constantly kept entertained! No matter what city you visit in Germany, there’s always a vibrant bar, beautiful building or famous monument just around the corner, and the wealth of museums the country is home to is just fantastic. There are cities for families, cities for lovers, and cities for the individual just looking to get away from it all. No matter what German city you end up in this summer, there’s no doubt that you’ll have an amazing time. Let’s take a look at some of the most famous cities in Germany worth exploring.
Feeling Extra German Now
My grandma (aka: Nana Banana) on my dad’s side is originally from Germany but was whisked away to the U.S. by my grandpa (aka: Papa, no associated fruit to the name) back in the days of yore. So I’m obviously part German and have always proudly stated so. But that never really meant anything more to me other than the fact that Nana and my dad could speak German and make excellent schnitzel and spaetzle.
However, now I’m feeling a little extra German these days as I was lucky enough to meet and stay with Nana’s brother, Guenter, in Ludwigsberg while traveling through Germany. I like to refer to him as my grandpa once removed. Auston keeps insisting that there’s no such thing and that he’s my great-uncle. I, however, disagree. I know a grandpa once removed when I see one.
We stayed with him and his wife for two nights and couldn’t have felt more at home. They felt like family right from the start even though we’d never met. He showed us around the city and took us to meet the rest of the family where I confirmed for myself that I definitely do not speak German. Luckily their English was great.
Thanks Nana for helping us get in touch with Guenter!
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Quick Visit to Heidelberg Germany
As we continued our journey from Rome on the way to Nancy, we stopped in Heidelberg, Germany for a night. Its a very cute small city with great restaurants and shops. One of the first things we did was stopped for dinner to have some authentic German schnitzel. I can honestly say it was almost as amazing as the way my nana makes it. Almost.
Then the next thing you must do when in Heidelberg is see the Heidelberg Castle of course! We had a great tour and it certainly met our castle expectations for the first one we saw in Europe. I’m sure we’ll come across many more.