„Fischbrötchen“, hiking and the seaside!

Saturday, the 29 April, it was finally time for our big excursion to the seaside. Because of the long way we had to meet early. Really early. The bus was supposed to leave at 5.30 a.m. but it was 6 until everybody was ready to take off. It was taking only ten minutes until nearly everybody was asleep, some of us didn’t sleep at all in the night before. At around 12 noon we arrived at our youth hostel. It was beautifully situated right next to the beach so everybody was joking about going for a swim. But first of […]

Tips for the upcoming week
13 April – 19 April 2017

  Thursday, 13 April: Opening Gala (orchestra and ballet) More than 100 artists are coming for a special Gala. The program includes many different music styles from the various repertoire of the Opera: from the grand master of the golden and silver era of the Operetta in Vienna, Berlin and Budapest to the musical classics of London and New York.  The direction of Christian Garbosnik will entertain you with delightful melodies and the ballets will enchant you. With the participation of Axel Köhler and Jannik Harniet you are invited to celebrate this festival of music. Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: tickets […]

Tips for the upcoming week
6 April – 12 April

Thursday, 6 April: Find Your Pension (information event) As internationally mobile researchers you might have already wondered on what will happen when you retire and what pension benefits you can expect. Or you want to know what the differences between the statutory (DRV) and supplementary (VBL) pension scheme are. We have invited experts from both organizations who will explain how to claim your pension on retirement and if you’re entitled to collect it when leaving the country. Beginning:  4 p.m.; End at roughly 7 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: IFW lecture hall, Helmholtzstraße 20, 01069 Dresden; Tram 3 […]

Tips for the upcoming week
23 – 29 March 2017

Thursday, 23 March: Easter in Dresden (Exhibition for the whole family) The Messe Dresden invites you to immerge yourself in the Easter atmosphere from 23 to 26 March 2017! A rich variety of topics from gardening and  craftsmanship to  family activities and leisure time and – for sure- a spring market with around 350 exhibitors will make you experience a real spring atmosphere, no matter how the weather outside looks like. At the same time you can enjoy the „International Orchids World” – one of the most famous orchids exhibition in Europe. Opening Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Admission: […]

Tips for the upcoming week
16 – 22 March 2017

Thursday, 16 March: Chapter 5 Dresden – Ostpol bar (music concert and bar) This is one of a kind bar at the Neustadt quarter. A DDR styled ambience full of mystery and charm. In addition, this Thursday the ‘Chapter 5’ band will be the main attraction. The promise is of a night of Indie pop American acoustic folk and vintage music. The band is composed by three young students from the German city of Würzburg, which are excited to show their talent and amuse your night. Certainly a good entertainment option for this Thursday night out. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission […]

Learn how to swim before summer
TUD Welcome Center offers Swimming Course in English

As we already announced in our last newsletter, we were approached by some of you asking if we could arrange swimming lessons. And here they are. Due to the limited time slots in Dresden indoor swimming pools, this course can only happen in the beginning of March, so this is a once–in-a-year opportunity for you! The course will be open for both gender and is designed for non-swimmers and by professional and experienced trainers, who usually work with internationals. The lessons will start in the early morning at 6 a.m. due to the limited spots and to ensure that you […]


Thursday, 5 January: Blue Note Open Mic Night (Jazz Impro) Every first Thursday of the month great musicians play great songs, accompanied by a great entertainer as moderator. For singers, friends of good music and people who just like to celebrate. And if you want to be on stage yourself, check the website and maybe next month people will cheer you up! Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Blue Note Dresden, Görlitzer Straße 2b, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop. More information: http://www.jazzdepartment.com/bands/s/sing-sing-sing   Friday, 6 January: Love & Friendship (movie) Jane Austen’s books are always […]

The not so obvious German expression „Zwischen den Jahren“

 It is a common expression to be used at this time of the year. The current year has mainly passed by, your plans starts to fall into the calendar of the year to come, but we are not that far yet – a sign that you are trapped in between years, or as the Germans say ‘zwischen den Jahren’ (‘between the years’). Today the expression is mainly used to define this time of year between Christmas and New Years’ Eve, as some companies do not work, or work less and employees usually get some days off. However, history do has […]

Tips for the upcoming week 8 – 14 December 2016

A winter’s tale – enjoy! (Video by C. Reichert) Thursday, 8 December: Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company (Modern Dance) Interested in a show sure to dazzle and impress? Look no further than the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company’s three part show at the Hellerau European Center for the Arts. Combining old and new productions, choreographer Jacopo Godani not only choreographically, but also musically, dares a new approach. Difficult and strenuous, but also beautiful, this choreography reflects the core values ​​of the company: physical intensity – full action and accuracy, as well as mathematical precision. Beginning: 8:00 p.m.; Admission: €21; How to get […]


Our trip to Thuringia started very early and unfortunately it was also pretty cold, but luckily for us the bus quickly arrived and we were able to warm ourselves up inside. While driving we admired the beautiful landscape full of hoarfrost glittering in the sun. As we arrived in Rudolstadt, a small city in Thuringia, we enjoyed a unique view about the city only disturbed by some strange rock music. It was from a big run that took place in the city as we would find out later. For us it was time to discover the impressive baroque rooms inside […]