The skyline of the historic centre is dotted with turrets and domes, has baroque buildings and old street lamps and bridges over the River Elbe where historic Paddlesteamers journey to Miessen on Tour.
THE PROCESSION OF PRINCES on Augustusstraße is THE LARGEST porcelain Mural in the world at 100 meters in length and comprises 25,000 Miessen ceramic tiles. Members of the House of Wettin, rulers over Saxony from 1127 to 1918, Electors and Kings are depicted on the exterior of the Royal Mews.
PFUNDS MOLKEREI(dairy) opened in the Neustadt quarter in 1880. Like a picture book of Art Nouveau, with figures and ornaments painted on Villeroy and Boch ceramic tiles, the interior of PFUNDS Dairy Shop presents an amazing background for the extensive selection of gourmet cheese and home-made ice-cream (we shared a cheese platter).
The shop is decorated from floor to ceiling and claims to be THE MOST BEAUTIFUL milk shop in the world.
In the 11th century the first chapel was built on the site.
1726 foundation stone laid for new church
1736 the Silbermann organ played by Johann Sebastian Bach
1843Richard Wagner conducts the first performance of his biblical scene “The Feast of Pentecost”
1945 the gutted ruins of the church collapse two days after the devastating bomb attack on Dresden on 13th February – a 42 feet high pile of rubble.
1990 appeal from Dresden calls for reconstruction.
1994 Archaeological reconstruction begins.
2000 new cross presented by HRH Duke of Kent as a gift from the people of Great Britain.
2005 church is consecrated.
2012 has had 14 million visitors since it’s consecration.
Reconstruction almost completely financed by private donations from around the world.
The first Dresden STRIEZELMARKT lasted only one day. In 1434 an independent traders’ market was approved on Altmarkt Square. Initially, it was a meat market where local people came after the pre-Christmas fasting period to choose their Yuletide roast – hence Germany’s OLDEST Market.
The name STRIEZELMARKT goes back to the cake which has today achieved worldwide fame as Dresden Christollen.