Event report: There’s no need to be a-shame-d

Rainy weekends are perfect for a trip to the museum and our trip to the “Deutsches Hygienemuseum” (German Hygiene Muesum) fit the weather cliché perfectly. However, instead of being boring – another well-known stereotype about museums – this exhibition was interesting and a lot of fun. And it was even more fun because our guide is an old friend. Michel, who some of you might still know, was a student assistant here at the Welcome Center for many years, helping in finding flats and organizing excursions for you. And it might have been his first tour as a guide, but […]

From the lab to the opera: Suit up!

Last Saturday: Showtime! One of highest number of participants so far, 40 researchers in total, joined us to see the world-famous story of “Romeo and Juliet” in its ballet version at Semperopera in Dresden. Meeting outside in the freezing cold was indeed a challenge, even more so because most of us didn’t wear snow boots but formal attire. But after an hour we occupied our seats in the first rows and saw a really modern interpretation of the old story about love and hostility. We all appreciated the music from Sergej Prokofjew and the choreography of Stijn Celis. The experts among […]

Winter Wonderland Saxony: Our Trip with Therése

On 8 January, a group of 16 PhD researchers went to see the International Bobsleigh World Cup competition, which happened to be a fun day-trip in Altenberg. The group, accompanied by our volunteer Therése , proved neither to be afraid of the cold, nor of radical sports in the snow. One of the researchers, Sujay, kindly wrote a short commentary on the event, which we would like to share with you all: ‘The group saw the competition live and cheered when Johannes Lochner of Germany celebrated his first World Cup Victory in the four-man bobsleigh world cup. A mild snowfall […]

Food, Music and two Movies: The Christmas Party

On Sunday, 11 December, we had our Christmas party at Thalia cinema in the Neustadt. Many people came and brought snacks from all over the world. Hungarian gingerbread, filled wine leaves from Egypt, a Colombian dessert and more delicacies were spread on the bar. It was nearly impossible to try everything! But it was time to talk about different Christmas traditions and to find out how our international researchers spend their own Christmas this year. Talking and eating were of course not the only activities that we planned for our party. A quiz about Christmas in Germany was solved by […]


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 […]

Impressions of a Day Trip: Freiberg and Seiffen

Last week, a group of researchers met in the early hours of the morning for what would be a full day of tourism in Freiberg and Seiffen, two cities which are not too far from Dresden. The fun began when we met our guide and our driver who happened to be very enthusiastic people. The day was pretty cold, so much so that if hadn’t it been for our guide’s joy and radiation we all would have probably just slept throughout the whole bus trip to Freiberg. Luckily, we barely noticed the bad weather outside, as we were amused by […]

Wandering through Magic City

“You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.” – Italo Calvino Weather gets colder every day, jackets thicker. So we decided not to torture you ones more with an excursion outside in the cold and went to discover the most extraordinary exhibition in town at the moment. Magic City is an artistic place built up in the industrial area and gave us the chance to see Street Art in all its aspects. Our guide, clearly one of the more original characters living in the area “Neustadt”, […]

14 Newriders out in town now
Biking course successfully finished

  Yes, you have survived! Of course many of you need some calm Sundays to practice biking in the city, but very soon you will be riding your bike like a local :) For the first week in November we were so lucky with the weather. Actually, we thought we would be unlucky and the rain and wind will blow away our good plans. But the sun visited us each day and helped keep a good mood for many tries and failures. 14 international researchers came to that safe traffic area we were booked in, having various levels of biking […]

Why does it always rain on us?
Report on excursion to beautiful Saale & Unstrut

Our trip to the Saale-Unstrut region started with bad weather. Again. We were afraid that our big plans for hiking to castles and walking through Naumburg would be stopped by the rain once more—those of you who participated in the wine hiking and tasting in Radebeul will know what I am talking about! But worrying too early is never a good idea. So we waited for our bus, driven by Klaus, who was always there when we needed him—more on that later. The ride to Naumburg was pretty quiet because everybody tried to catch up some sleep from the relatively […]

A Tour for the Newcomers – with the Polar Express

It has become a tradition in the TUD Welcome Center that, twice a year, we welcome the newly arrived researchers with a special event: The Bus Tour – followed by our Regular’s Table where newcomers and those who have lived in Dresden for a while can meet. Last week, our latest Bus Tour took place – this time with the addition of what already felt like arctic temperatures. As we started on foot with our tour guide Günter Kieb, we slowly realized that summer is definitely over and that warmer jackets are indeed necessary. But Mr. Kieb made sure we […]