Dresden: How Many Nights?

Nov 12th, 2016, 04:39 AM
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Thanks (again) for the additional recs. I am looking into Leipzig now as well.

Since we have been to Berlin several times in the past and if the opera situation there doesn't pan out, we may spend two additional nights in Leipzig or somewhere nearby as opposed to returning to Berlin. That said, there is still plenty we could do there besides "nights at the opera" as it were.

We have to be back in Berlin on the morning of the 14th for the flight to Copenhagen which leaves Tegel around 1 PM. Train connections are easy and I am remaining aware of that particular necessity as I plan this.
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Nov 12th, 2016, 07:02 AM
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Instead of Leipzig, think about Erfurt. It has a beautiful Old Town and a most peculiar inhabitated bridge across the river. Direct train connection from Dresden, less than 2 hours, and also direct train to Berlin, also less than 2 hours.
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Nov 12th, 2016, 07:03 AM
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Leipzig is an excellent idea, quite different from Dresden, but still a relatively big city (pop. ca. 550,000, like Dresden.) Another idea, if you haven't been yet, would be Görlitz, which would be completely different - small town ambience, perfectly preserved old town and also lots of 19th/20th century architecture. A must! They also have a theatre with nice productions (plays, musicals, operetta and opera, even ballet).

Oh, and there are regional trains from Görlitz to Berlin with a change in Cottbus.
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Nov 12th, 2016, 07:09 AM
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Thanks, Traveller and Ingo; will look into both
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Nov 12th, 2016, 08:43 AM
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Görlitz is a sweet little town... several movies have been filmed there: The Book Thief and a building there was the backdrop for The Grand Budapest Hotel. We stayed at Romantik Hotel Tuchmacher which was lovely.

I hope you do a trip report. I'm interested in your take on Copenhagen since we'll be there next June.
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Nov 12th, 2016, 09:29 AM
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Trophy,

I've been to Copenhagen several times over the past 10-odd years. I appreciate your interest in a trip report but quite frankly, I have only seen a few parts of Copenhagen and the upcoming trip promises that I will only see one "new" part of the city. IOW, any trip report from me probably wouldn't be very interesting reading.

I usually don't talk about "yummy foods" and I stay in what a lot of people around here have more or less said are "pretentious" hotels in which they would not feel "comfortable."

When I do shop I usually don't report what I bought.

As to Copenhagen: it reminds me of a couple of other "Baltic" cities like Stockholm and Helsinki. When the weather is fabulous it is REALLY fabulous. Things have always seemed clean somehow and the local folks certainly friendly enough.

I was not blown anywhere by the Little Mermaid and the lights in Tivoli are wonderful at night; the place is not cheap but since it is what it is, and has been in the "amusement park" business for a while, I would say people should probably visit it at least once.

I'll leave it at that but I do very much appreciate your kind comments.

Yes, I think it is a city worth visiting as is the Danish countryside.
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Nov 12th, 2016, 09:44 AM
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Thanks, Dukey.

I do always enjoy reading about your travels and while I appreciate the descriptions, I don't feel the need to always read about fancy dining experiences.

In doing a search on Copenhagen threads here I noticed that you had recommended the Marriott there, and since I was having serious doubts about the Scandic I made the change and feel much more confident; so, I do always appreciate your pretentious hotel recs! Sometimes pretentious is called for and sometimes bare bones is fine.

Back to the topic, in Leipzig check out the Steigenberger hotel.

Have a great trip!
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Nov 12th, 2016, 09:57 AM
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Re that Marriott where we have stayed at least three (why????) times:

it is a fairly easy entirely flat walk from the train station

we used the exec lounge the past time and it was good for what it was

the reviews on TA aren't so hot these days. I know because looked recently. There are other hotels closer to the train station than the Marriott.

I've stayed in the Nimb across the street which backs up to Tivoli (and gets the noise to some extent). I hear the Crown Plaza Copenhagen Towers is "too far out." The Hilton at the airport gets good reviews but it is at the airport and metro or not, it is still "at the airport."

The Borgergade I understand is new and has a supposedly great location but the rooms are described by a friend of mine as "small." (And NO, not "every room in Europe is small" unless you don't want to PAY for something bigger; trust me on that one and it INCLUDES Paris, too LOL).

Since we are only there for one night I decided to blow a wad and stay in the VERY "pretentious" D'Angleterre since my Husbear probably will never get back to the city again.

This whole "which hotel" routine really can be a PITA sometimes but we soldier on!
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Nov 12th, 2016, 10:28 AM
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Best wishes to you and your Husbear!
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Nov 12th, 2016, 12:36 PM
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Yes Meissen is neat -visit the famous ceramics factory and cathedral on the hill.

Saxon Switzerland makes a neat day by train or boat- train goes right long the steep sandstone cliffs -one of the most gorgeous river valleys in Europe.

One day was enough of Dresden itself for me.
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Nov 12th, 2016, 12:40 PM
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PalenQ - you are a nihilist.

On every thread you post, you say "it is not interesting", "one day is enough", "there is nothing else but castles" etc.

Why are you doing this?

Is it to display an aura of superiority?

Please think about the effects of your posts. You are destroying dreams. You probably feel good by doing this.
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Nov 12th, 2016, 12:50 PM
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OP said 1 day in Dresden and two elsewhere.

IMO says in my opinion - if strapped for time one day is enough for Dresden as those other two day trips are equally enjoyable.

I state my opinion and your state yours- I have no mal intentions as you so unfairly tar me with.

Gosh one can't say what they believe here without sinister allegations that I have some awful intention.

You have shown an infinity for maligning others opinions - not sure why but to set yourself up as the only way. Get off your high horse please -

Again I was responding to OP's saying he wanted just one day in Dresden and to me I found that was fine.
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Nov 12th, 2016, 01:00 PM
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Pal, once again you have mis-read what I said and it was not "1 day in Dresden and two elsewhere."

Please have your disagreements with other posters on someone else's thread.
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Nov 13th, 2016, 03:25 AM
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Leipzig is great. Dresden deserves more than a day, for sure.
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Nov 13th, 2016, 03:37 AM
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Yes, WoinParis, that is why I am planning on being in Dresden for three nights and I deeply appreciate your wholehearted support of my plan. Would you be willing to make any particular sightseeing recommendations as those would be deeply appreciated as well?
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Nov 13th, 2016, 03:51 AM
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Dukey - we had one day in Dresden and it wasn't enough. not only are there several excellent museums to visit [we particularly liked the Gemäldegalerie in the Zwinger and the Stadtsmuseum] and of course the Frauenkirche, but also the area over the other side of the river is well worth a visit [we stayed in a hotel over there so we didn't have any choice but we were glad that we did]

And if the boats are still running in October, there are very nice day and half-day trips to be enjoyed on the river. Then there is the Bastei [a famous viewpoint and rock formations in Saxon Switzerland], the Koenigstein Fortress, and several Castles/palaces to visit.
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Nov 13th, 2016, 03:58 AM
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Ann, thanks. Which hotel were you in that you liked? And BTW, fear not as Cornwall is still very much IN the cards for us (LOL)...I'm just trying to figure out the best way to work it in.
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Nov 13th, 2016, 04:57 AM
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Dukey, as recommended by Ingo, [Dresden resident and long-time fodorite] we stayed here:

http://www.hotel-martha-dresden.de

it is in the Neustadt and a gentle 10 minute walk from the river. Nice large rooms, very nice breakfast and just a pleasant place to be. No parking though but there was a public parking place nearby which was ok. I remember that there was a market going on on the main street in the Neustadt and at least one brewery where we tasted some of their wares on the way to the main part of town.

it may be somewhat under your league though!

So far as Cornwall is concerned, I'm a patient woman!
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Nov 13th, 2016, 05:09 AM
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We always stayed at the Taschenbergpalais - excellent location and a good hotel anyway.

https://www.kempinski.com/en/dresden...henbergpalais/
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Nov 13th, 2016, 06:41 AM
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I second the recommendations of both hotels.
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