I’ve been getting the travel bug a lot lately, probably because it’s been a while since I have had the chance to travel. Although, I’m happy to say that I am in the process of planning my next adventure! I haven’t pinned down where I will be going but, knowing me, there will be a lot of spontaneity involved.
While daydreaming about future travels, I started reminiscing about the past ones. Dresden which is one of my favorite places in Germany keeps fighting its way to the surface of every flashback so I took this as a sign and decided to write about it today.
Dresden’s history is something that really draws me to this city. Pre-war, Dresden was the city of the King’s of Saxony who prided themselves on building the city to be an artistic capitol. As you can see from the images below, they obviously succeeded. The city was called the “Jewel Box” of Germany for its unique and beautiful architecture. However, in World War II, the city was destroyed. Before the bombing, Dresden was home to over 600,000 refugees and though the city had a military base, this base was not targeted in the bombing. The city was attacked three times over the period of February 13-15, 1945 and only it’s center (the haven of the refugees) and its artistic core were destroyed while the industrial and military sectors were left unscathed. The attacks by the RAF and the USAAF suggested the means to flatten the core of the city and destroy its rich history in an effort to prove a point to the German’s, but this remains a controversial subject among historians.
After the war, the city became an industrial center once again and was slowly rebuilt back to its original beauty with the use of new and charred stone from the bombing. All images with charred black architecture are examples of this.
The pictures actually do not do this place justice. I recommend seeing it for yourself. You will really understand when you are there.