EuroVelo 7 - Germany, Belgern to Dresden 97 km
Today's post highlight is the beautiful main square in Dresden
It's a perfect day for cycling, no wind and the temperature is just right. It's going to be a bit long but we'll mostly cycle on flat terrain alongside the left bank of the Elbe River. Ready to discover more of EuroVelo 7 with me? Let's go!
Day 5 - 97 km
Artificial lake resulted from gravel exploitation
Biggest poplars I've seen so far
Kayaking on Elbe can also be a good idea
Town of Meissen
Ice cream break in Meissen
Vineyards of the Elbe Valley in Saxony, one of the northernmost wine regions in Europe
Good looking modern bridge over Elbe river
186 years old windmill transformed in a coffee shop and beer garden
Smart solution for trees roots to avoid cracks and bumps in the pavement
City of Dresden
Dresden is the capital of the German state of Saxony. It has a population of more than 500000 habitants being 10th largest city in Germany. Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendor, and was once by personal union the family seat of Polish monarchs. The city was known as the Jewel Box, because of its baroque and rococo city centre. The controversial American and British bombing of Dresden in World War II towards the end of the war killed approximately 25,000 people, many of whom were civilians, and destroyed the entire city centre. After the war restoration work has helped to reconstruct parts of the historic inner city, including the Katholische Hofkirche, the Zwinger and the famous Semper Opera.
The city is also one of the most visited in Germany with 4.3 million overnight stays per year. (from Wikipedia)
Streets of Dresden
I arrived around 19:30 in Dresden just in time to enjoy the beautiful Frauenkirche in the sunset light. I was tired but feeling so rewarded watching this magnificent piece of baroque architecture for the first time. With only one hour left of daylight I decided to just wander the streets of the old town area. I soon discovered couple of other architectural beauties like the Opera House and the Zwinger Museum complex.
Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche)
Built in the 18th century, the church was destroyed during World War II. The remaining ruins were left for 50 years as a war memorial, before being rebuilt between 1994 and 2005.
Opera House (Semper Opera)
Entrance to Zwinger complex
That’s it for today hope you discovered interesting new places in this post with me, until next time, keep on travelling!
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