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Petrikirche, Taufkirche, Eisleben, Saxony-Anhalt, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, fotoeins.com

Tracing Luther’s steps in 16 German cities (Reformation 500)

FEATURED: “Luther war hier. // Luther was here.” Eisleben, Germany (HL, 27 Oct 2016).

In pre-teen years, I attended a Catholic elementary school by weekday, and a missions-oriented Protestant church by weekend. I already had multiple questions running around my pre-scientist brain, like electrons appearing and dissipating in a fuzzy halo. When various disparate elements began to settle with few satisfying answers, I left behind the churches and their respective religions. But one thing that’s remained is my love of history. History has never been boring, because I carry the past (as offspring of immigrants), and I’m determined to bring history’s lessons into the present.

Even in youth, I had to ask: why was one set of churches called “Protestant”? What was under protest? How did one man help spark a movement that would help merge and create a version of a language that continues today, that would bring accessible means to literacy for the public, and that would begin to change rule by religion to rule by law?

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Dresden Semperoper: outside by day, inside at night

When I lived in Germany, I remembered the ads for Radeberger Pilsner, and I wondered about some of the venues shown. I realized the buildings were in the famous city of Dresden on the Elbe river in southeast Germany, and the city of Radeberg was only 15 kilometres from Dresden. Images of the Dresden’s landmarks have been an important part of Radeberger brewery’s advertising campaign to show the beer’s exceptional quality and to associate that very same quality by (physical) proximity with the symbolism of Dresden’s historic landmarks.

Dresdner Wahrzeichen | Dresden Landmark

As one of the city’s most well-known landmarks, the Semperoper (Semper Opera House) appears in countless images representing Dresden. The Semperoper is the showpiece structure at Theaterplatz (Theater Square) looking over the river Elbe in the city’s Altstadt (Old Town). The first version of the building opened in 1841 with the design provided by Gottfried Semper. After destruction by fire in 1869, the second version of the building, also to Semper’s design, was completed in 1878. Only the Semperoper’s outer facade remained in 1945 during the final stages of the Second World War. Built once again to Semper’s original designs, the third and present version of the Semperoper opened to great acclaim on 13 February 1985. The interiors were reconstructed according to original plans and designs, whereas stage machinery and technical and engineering requirements are all updated to the best standards in audio quality.

With the leading title “Sächsische Staatstheater-Staatsoper und Staatsschauspiel Dresden”, the opera house is home to the Saxon State Opera, the Saxon State Theatre, the Semperoper Ballet, and one of the world’s oldest orchestras, the Staatskapelle Dresden, founded by Prince Elector Moritz von Sachsen in 1548.

The Semper Oper is a natural part of any walking tour of Dresden, as Theaterplatz is minutes from the Zwinger, Residenzschloss, and the Frauenkirche. I’m awed by the night tour, a chance to see up close the building’s Baroque style exterior and the classic ornate interior. Everybody speaks in calm hushed voices, the unspoken agreement to be mindful and respectful of this venue. Despite the presence of other people in other tour groups, it feels like I have the Opera House to myself at 11pm.


Semper Oper, Theaterplatz, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Classic shot of the front by day

Semper Oper, Theaterplatz, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Classic shot of the front at night; also featured on the “night watch”

Semper Oper, Theaterplatz, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Ceiling mural

Semper Oper, Theaterplatz, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Some columns real marble (cool to touch); some faux-marble plaster (warm to touch). Full replacements were too expensive for the GDR/DDR at the time

Semper Oper, Theaterplatz, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

S. Kurpiers, one of the stage managers and our guide for the evening

Semper Oper, Theaterplatz, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Main stage & orchestra, from central box section in the 1st balcony (Loge, 1. Rang). Clock at top-centre reads “XI 5”, or 1105pm

Semper Oper, Theaterplatz, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

“Box” seats normally reserved for representatives and guests of the German federal state of Saxony

Semper Oper, Theaterplatz, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Separate guided tour to our left; there are 4 balconies

Semper Oper, Theaterplatz, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Another tour to the right

Semper Oper, Theaterplatz, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Looking up; lip of the 2nd balcony appears at top

Semper Oper, Theaterplatz, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Massive central chandelier light-fixture overhead; clock reads “XI 20” (1120pm)


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Thanks to Semperoper for opening their facility to the public at night, and thanks to S. Kurpiers who kindly guided our tour of the venue. Thanks also to Germany Tourism, Saxony Tourism, and Dresden Tourism for their support and hospitality. I made all of the photos above on 22 April 2015 with the Canon EOS6D. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7sx.

The following is an advertisement for Radeberger brewery. The advert for their Pilsener ends with an image of Dresden’s Semper Oper at night and the slogan “schon immer besonders” (always special).

Dresdner Weihnachtsmärkte – Dresden’s Christmas Markets

You’re visiting Dresden, either on a day-trip from Berlin or Leipzig, or you’re staying in Dresden for a couple of nights. By day, you’ll see, for example, the Semper Oper and the Zwinger, and you’ll walk through the Neustadt. At night after dinner, you might catch the golden glow cast by lights on the architecture.

But by late-November in the Saxon state capital city, you will likely encounter at least one of the following Christmas markets in the city:


A: Augustusmarkt, am Neustädter Markt (New Town Market Square)

Augustusmarkt, Christmas market, Neustaedter Markt, Neustadt, Dresden, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, myRTW, fotoeins.co

Augustusmarkt, am Neustädter Markt (HL)

Augustusmarkt, Christmas market, Neustaedter Markt, Neustadt, Dresden, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Smoked salmon specialty, representing Finland’s Kainuu region (HL)

F: Frauenkirche, in der Münzgasse (Market on Münzgasse)

N: Neumarkt (Advent market at New Market Square)

R: Residenzschloss, Mittelalter Weihnacht im Stallhof (medieval Christmas)

Mittelalter-Weihnacht im Stallhof, Weihnachtsmarkt, medieval Christmas, Residenzschloss, Dresden, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, myRTW, fotoeins.com

S: Striezelmarkt, am Altmarkt (Old Market Square)

Striezelmarkt, Christmas market, photo by Sylvio Dittrich, for Tourismus Marketing Gesellschaft Sachsen

Striezelmarkt, photo by S. Dittrich for Tourismus Marketing Gesellschaft Sachsen (Source: DZT/GNTB)


Public transport to the Christmas markets

To reach the Augustusmarkt, take tram 4, 8, or 9 to stop “Neustädter Markt”. For the other markets, take tram 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, or 12 to stop “Pirnaischer Platz”; alternatively, go to stop “Altmarkt” with tram 1, 2, or 4. Check routes and maps at DVB, Dresden’s transport authority.

No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions Disclosure: No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions. I have not received any compensation for writing this content and I have no material connection to the city of Dresden. Except for the photo of the Striezelmarkt, I made the other photos above on 21 December 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7rH.
Kunsthandwerker Passagen, Dresdner Neustadt, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Morning inside, the Dresdner Neustadt

I’m out and about, at 8 on a Wednesday morning in late-April.

In the midst of the (in)action.
A creaky door opens and closes.
Clanging sounds of pots and pans.
From around the corner, a dog barks.
A word from a woman to her young daughter, on their way to school.
A delivery van slowly makes its way down the narrow cobbled-stone streets.

And a morning passes, in the middle of Neustadt in the German city of Dresden.

Neustadt, Dresden, Germany, fotoeins.com

Neustadt, Dresden, Germany, fotoeins.com

cmp.ly customI made this photo above on 22 April 2015 with the Canon 6D and the EF 24-105 L IS zoom-lens. I’m grateful to Germany Tourism and Dresden Marketing for supporting activities in the area. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6Qc.

The night watch in Dresden

After identifying a number of places to view Prague at night, Dresden is equally worthy to photograph after sundown. With its nickname “Florence on the Elbe” (Elbflorenz, Florenz an der Elbe) leading the way, I highlight these four places to photograph the city at night.

  1. Brühlsche Terrasse, or Brühl’s Terrace, known also as “The Balcony of Europe”
  2. Frauenkirche, at Neumarkt
  3. Semper Oper, at Theaterplatz
  4. North bank of the Elbe river, near Königsufer

All four locations are central, (mostly) within Dresden’s Altstadt, and accessible on foot, although you can also easily take the public transport (tram) to one of the following stops: Pirnaischer Platz, Altmarkt, Postplatz, Theaterplatz, or Neustädter Markt.


1.   Brühlsche Terrasse

Bruehlsche Terrasse, Bruehl's Terrace, Balcony of Europe, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

West view, from Brühlsche Terrasse (Brühl’s Terrace)

2.   Frauenkirche

Frauenkirche, Neumarkt, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Frauenkirche with Martin Luther memorial, Neumarkt

3.   Semper Oper

Semper Oper, Theaterplatz, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Semper Oper from Theaterplatz; see also “Semper Oper: outside by day, inside at night”

4.   Elbufer

Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

View of the Altstadt, from the north bank of the Elbe river

All four locations are identified in the map below. With the EuroCity (EC) train running every two hours in daytime, Dresden can be reached non-stop from Berlin in about 2 hours 20 minutes and from Prague in about 2 hours 15 minutes. Click on the arrow-window icon at the upper-left corner of the map below for the legend.

I made the photos above on 21 December 2012 and 22 April 2015. Thanks to Germany Tourism, Saxony Tourism, and Dresden Marketing for their support and hospitality. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-72c.

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