Wednesday, January 9, 2013

DRESDEN

BAKERIES, COFFEE, ICE CREAM, JUICE & TEA
Cafe Combo – 66 Louisenstrasse (Auserre Neustadt); facebook.com/CafeCombo; stylish hangout; good for quick breakfast; laid-back 1970s-retro cafe with enormous windows that fold back when hot; airport furniture and cool dudes serving party people; DJs take over after dark.



BARS & NIGHTCLUBS
Altes Wettburo – 8 Antonstrasse (Auserre Neustadt); 011-49-351-658-8983; altes-wettbuero.de; former betting parlor; dance club.
Ost-pol – 47 Konigsbrucker Strasser (Auserre Neustadt); ost-pol.de; 1968 decor; live rock music.



HOTELS 
Innside by Melia Dresden – 4 Salzgasse (Allstadt); 011-49-351-795-150; innside.com; 180 well-designed rooms and suites; wellness center; restaurant, VEN, among Dresden’s best restaurants.
Maritim Hotel Dresden – 10-12 Devrientstrasse (Waterfront); 011-49-351-2160; maritim.com; classic hotel in protected architectural monument; 328 rooms and suites; piano bar.
Rothenburger Hof – 15-17 Rothenberger Strasse (Auserre Neustadt); 011-49-351-81260; dresden-hotel.de; affordable, comfortable, family-run; 26 doubles and 13 apartments; sauna and tiled steamroom; small pool.



RESTAURANTS
Kastenmeiers – 3-5 Tzschirnerplatz; 011-49-351-4848-4801; kastenmeiers.de; elegant seafood restaurant in former Rococo palace; worth special trip, if only for aquariums.
Lesage – 1 Lennestrasse (in VW Phaeton Sedan factory); 011-49-351-420-4250; lesage.de; for brunch, especially; reservations recommended; in VW automobile factory (can also take tour, glaesernemanufaktur.de).
Lila Sosse – 70 Alaunstrasse (Aussere Neustadt); 011-49-351-803-6723; lilasosse.de; stylish, dark wood restaurant with dim lighting; German tapas; artist-decorated courtyard; in Kunsthofpassage.
Schloss Wackerbarth – 1 Wackerbarthstrasse (Radebeul); 011-49-351-89550; schloss-wackerbarth.de; open since 1727; Baroque castle and gardens, as well as vineyard; terrific Mediterranean restaurant.
Ven – 4 Salzgasse (Allstadt, at Innside by Melia Dresden); 011-49-351-795-150; innside.com; among Dresden’s best restaurants.
Watzke Ball & Brauhaus – 1 Kotzschenbroder Strasse; 011-49-351-852-920; watzke.de; 114 year-old restaurant; ballroom and brewery; on waterfront; lively beer garden outside, weather permitting.



SHOPPING
Pfunds Molkerei – 79 Bautzner Strasse (Aussere Neustadt); 011-49-351-808-080; pfunds.de; dairy shop covered in hand-painted tiles depicting angels ferrying milking tools and cows.
Spot – 29 Alaunstrasse (Aussere Neustadt); 011-49-351-312-6591; wearethespot.com; accessories and clothing by young European, especially German, designers.



SIGHTS & SITES
Albertinum – 2 Georg-Treu-Platz (Altstadt); 011-49-351-4914-2000; skd.museum/en/museums-institutions/albertinum; 125 year-old modern art museum; renovated in 2010; includes works by Caspar David Friedrch through Gerhard Richter.
Bruhlsche Terrasse – along Elbe River (on Altstadt’s northern edge); among city’s best views.
Frauenkirche – An der Frauenkirche (Altstadt); 011-49-351-6560-6100; frauenkirche-dresden.de; built in 18th Century, destroyed in WWII firebombing, reconstructed completed in 2005.
German Forces Military History Museum – 3 Olbrichtplatz; 011-49-351-823-2803; mhmbw.de; reconceived by Daniel Libeskind in 2011.
Die Gläserne Manufaktur – 1 Lennestrasse; 011-49-180-589-6268; glaesernemanufaktur.de; take tour and also have brunch at Lesage (lesage.de, reservations recommended).
Kunsthofpassage Complex – 21-25 Görlitzer Strasse (Auserre Neustadt); 011-49-351-646-5355; kunsthof-dresden.de; ingenuous turquoise building, pipes of which rigged to play “water music” after rain.
Semperoper – 2 Theaterplatz (Altstadt); 011-49-351-491-1705; semperoper.de; opera house.
Schloss Wackerbarth – 1 Wackerbarthstrasse (Radebeul); 011-49-351-89550; schloss-wackerbarth.de; open since 1727; Baroque castle and gardens, as well as vineyard with tastings.
Zwinger Palace – Sophienstrasse; 011-49-351-4914-6612; skd.museum/de; built in Rococo style; originally, Dresden Court’s exhibition gallery, festival arena, and orangery; location formerly Dresden fortress part (outer wall conserved); name derives from German word Zwinger (concentric circle’s outer ward); Zwinger not enclosed until Neoclassical building by Gottfried Semper (called Semper Gallery) built on northern side; today, museum complex that contains Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery, includes Raphael’s Sistine Madonna and Albrecht Durer’s Dresden Altar, as well as world’s largest Cranach (Older and Younger) collection), Porzellansammlung (Dresden Porcelain Collection), Rüstkammer (Armory), and Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments).

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