Postcards from Germany - UPCES Day-trip to Dresden

On Friday, December 2nd, UPCES students headed to Dresden Germany for a day of sightseeing, market-going, and general exploring. Dresden is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. The city has a long history as the royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendor.


The city was completely destroyed by Allied aerial bombing towards the end of World War II. Since the German reunification in 1990, Dresden has reemerged as a cultural, educational, political and economic center of Germany. Today the city has regained its former splendor, and walking through its streets and markets feels much like it would have 100 years ago.

The highlight of our visit was certainly the many holiday markets that fill Dresden's city center every December. The largest market, known as the Altmarkt, offered plenty of handmade goods, delicious treats, and festive decorations. However, a much more interesting market was tucked just behind the famous Dresden Porcelain Wall. This market, known as "Medieval Square," transported visitors back to the Middle Ages, with stands (or rather "tents") made of raw-hide, archery shooting, live animals, a flute band, and much more.

All the UPCES pictures from the day-trip to Dresden have been published on the UPCES Facebook Page. Take a look here!