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You haven’t seen Christmas in Germany if you didn’t go to Dresden! The city has the largest number of Christmas markets in eastern Germany, a total of 11, and it is the site of the oldest still standing seasonal event in the country. In 1434 Dresden issued the first permit for a food market on Christmas Eve, marking the very beginning of the Christmas Market tradition in Germany. It is one of the most traditional, with many traditions related with the city’s local industries, like mining, woodworking and pottery. You will learn about: The fascinating history and stunning architecture of this old german city About the rise of the city into a major cultural center before it met its tragic fate during WWII The history of the Catholic Court Church History of the Striezelmarkt The connection to the Erzgebirge of a certain Christmas delicacy
The nocturnal atmosphere of a big city is a special insight into the life of the inhabitants of a city. With this guided bike tour, the traveler experiences this flair of Dresden, the tourist but also the local part. It is a special niche product with individual tips and insights at night. Simply enjoy this tour with the atmosphere between sunset and night when traffic is calmer. For photographers it is a new way of looking for motifs, for those listening it is an exhilarating experience and for optically oriented guests it is a festival of light. See the other side of Dresden through the eyes of a nocturnal being to motivate and further shape your stay in Dresden.
This walking tour through Dresden’s historic centre is informative and entertaining. During Advent, the tour includes a visit to one of Dresden’s Christmas markets. Discover the important people and places that made Dresden what it is today. Who were the rulers who put Dresden on the map hundreds of years ago? What made Augustus the Strong such a pivotal and colourful figure in Dresden's history? How did the city recover from the almost total destruction of World War II? The answers to these and many more questions will be given as we walk around the famous sites, including the Royal Palace, the Semper Opera, the Frauenkirche and the Zwinger. Dresden is also home to Germany’s oldest Christmas Market and the Stollen, a special Christmas cake with a centuries-old tradition. You will also encounter Christmas inventions from Saxony, like the Nutcracker or the Moravian Star. The tour includes a small Christmas treat.
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