It was time to leave Berlin and venture South to Dresden. Leaving from Berlin Hauptbahnhof is a joy. It’s a pretty impressive building, spotless and I’m sure you can buy everything here as there is about five floors of shopping!
We restricted ourselves to some sushi and baked goods for brunch (that’s some combination seaweed and poppyseed cake!)
The train we took runs to Budapest. Not the prettiest of trains generally, however if you are a secret train geek – the retro, well-loved look is a bonus. The Main station in Berlin is a traveller’s heaven, escalators and lifts so no dragging your case up and down stairs. The signs are clear and the platforms spotless. We found our platform and carriage easily as the monitor screens at the platform show you where to stand for 1st and 2nd class.
(Train geek alert)
The Berlin–Dresden railway is a double track, electrified main line which was originally built and operated by the Berlin-Dresden Railway Company (Berlin-Dresdener Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft).
A smooth journey and we arrived at Dresden ready to go. The main station has been refurbished recently and is beautiful.
We were staying in the Neustadt area so used Dresden Neustadt station. It is currently undergoing refurbishment, but you can still get a sneaky look at the older parts.
Find out more about train travel in Germany here – Website: www.bahn.com/uk
Dresden boasts the “most beautiful dairy shop in the world” in Dresden – a store like a picture book, covered allover with stoneware from Villeroy & Boch, was added to The Guinness Book of Records in 1998.
Bautzener Straße 79, 01099 Dresden
Tel: +49(0)351/ 81620
The “Courtyard of Elements” in Kunsthofpassage is a series of courtyards, which is an art experiment by the occupants of the buildings on which the works are installed.
This piece was created by sculptor Annette Paul and designers Christoph Rossner and Andre Tempel, and inspired by Rube Goldberg Machine, converting the mere patter of rainfall into a spectacular orchestral symphony
Alaunstrasse 70/Görlitzer Strasse 20-5, Dresden, 01099,
Of course beer is always required and we liked the Watzke brewery restaurant in Neustadt.
More to follow soon!