Dresden: 68 Years After Firebombing

By Irina

The best views of the wonderful city of Dresden are from the Аugustus Brücke (The Augustus Bridge) where we are staying now.

The view of the Bruhl's Terrace from the Augustus Bridge. Dresden, Saxony, Germany.

The view of the Bruhl’s Terrace from the Augustus Bridge

There were several tragic pages in the long history of Dresden, but the real catastrophe took place here from February 13th to 15th, 1945. British and American bombers dropped 3,500 tons of fire- and explosive bombs on the city. Legendary Dresden remained only a memory.

I should mention that we went to Dresden only to look at the Sistine Madonna by Raphael. The Old Masters Picture Gallery in the famous Zwinger Palace is open for visiting again after many years of restoration. So, Victor’s favorite painting led us to the city which was in ruins after being bombed only 68 years ago. It is a miracle, how Dresden looks now. You see the old pictures and do not believe your eyes. I suggest a walking tour of the capital of Saxony.

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The History of One Picture: Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria.

You may have seen this photo of the Bavarian castle Neuschwanstein a million times. The view of the castle from the Marienbrücke−Queen Mary’s Bridge over an 80-meter gorge with a waterfall−is captured in thousands of photos, posters, puzzles, mugs, mouse pads, and so on.

Marienbrucke, Bavaria.

Marienbrücke, Bavaria

Sure enough, I wanted to take some original shots, to find an unusual, undiscovered angle. For this I came to Bavaria.

We always see the results of a photographer’s work, but sometimes the history behind the taking of a photo is even more interesting than the photo itself.

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Neuschwanstein Castle: Decoration for Life

When I was preparing to visit Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles in Bavaria, I found in one of the travel blogs an impression about the former as a monument to solitude. I thought, “What a nice title for a future blog post.” It is commonly known that a proper title is already half the battle. So, I only had to go to Bavaria, take some pictures of the castle, and develop this idea.

However, when I parked at parking lot number two in the village of Schwangau at the foot of the rock on which Neuschwanstein stands and left the car, I immediately realized that my own impression of the most beautiful castle in the world would be completely different.

Neuschwanstein Castle. Bavaria, Germany.

Neuschwanstein Castle. Bavaria, Germany.

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