Christmas all over the world – today: Egypt

We have asked some researchers to tell us what Christmas means to them and how they celebrate it at home. This is one answer from Mohammed, which goes along with two recipes – thank you, that sound very yummy! “Lights in the old town; a couple of mulled wine or “Kinderpunsch” glasses while watching puppet theatre, merry-go-round, and the painted wooden fairytale castle; Dresdener Stollen with tea, then passing by the new market to enjoy the medieval atmosphere; and attending the Semper Opera House performance of Engelbert Humperdinck’s fairy tale play “Hansel and Gretel” by the famous Brothers Grimm. This is the Christmas charming atmosphere […]


We checked some free-time activities of Dresden for you to present some ideas on how to spend the time between the years.   Ice-Skating You can go Ice skating in Dresden’s Ice stadium Energieverbund Arena. There you can also rent ice skates for €4. Admission: €3,50 ( students: €2,50)Opening hours: click here for the next days ; How to get there: Energieverbund Arena, Magdeburger Str. 10, 01167 Dresden, TRAM 6,11 ‘Kongresszentrum’ stop. Find more information here (available only in German): If you want a more romantic experience go and explore the inner square of the Hotel Taschenbergpalais. It […]

Advent Calendar 2015
Click for surprise!

Today it has finally started: the TU Dresden Welcome Center Calendar 2015! Our student intern Ella was doing quite a lot of research in November to fill all Calendar Days with information about Christmas traditions, songs, stories, recipes and so on. Nowadays, the Advent season has changed into a time of pleasant anticipation, including such treats as chocolate-filled Advent calendars. In Germany those Advent calendars are very popular, filled with chocolate or even small surprises. Our special Advent calendars has 24 little doors for you to open – starting 1 December you open one per day by clicking the number. Don’t […]

Christmas in Germany – Christmas with Germans

‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la la. As you can see: The TU Dresden Welcome Center team is really excited for the advent season and all the upcoming Christmas festivities! We love the decoration outside – and inside – and can’t wait for cozy afternoons, eating the traditional Dresden Christstollen or home-baked biscuits. As always, we want you to have as much fun as we do! For that, we organize the Christmas event that somehow became a tradition of the TU Dresden Welcome Center: Families from all over Dresden invite you to […]

Invitation for 6 December: TUD Welcome Center Christmas Celebration at Thalia Cinema

Do you fancy yummy food and a good movie? Then come to the Thalia cinema on 6 December! We will organize Stollen, cake and cookies, but feel free to bring some finger food from your home country to share with the others. The bar will be open, and be sure about that: they have great coffee! Kids are welcome too, so grab your sweets and sweethearts and come to our cozy Christmas party at Thalia cinema. After all the sugar we will watch the famous winter movie “Tři oříšky pro Popelku” (in English: Three Nuts for Cinderella), which is a […]

It´s not just about cookies! – TU Dresden Welcome Center Christmas Celebration

On Saturday, 29 November we had a very early Christmas celebration – not all too early though, as the world-famous Dresden Striezelmarkt (one of many Christmas markets in town) had already opened its gates last Thursday and tons of decorations and lights have been popping up on trees and houses over the past few days all around. We had invited international researchers to celebrate the start of this traditional and important season in Germany together on the first Advent weekend and join in some typical pre-Christmas activities. While some internationals baked cookies, others made traditional Advent wreaths for decoration or […]

Dresden host families invite YOU for a pre-Christmas activity!

Dear Internationals, We are happy to offer you another very special Christmas event. You have the chance to spend an afternoon in a German family and get involved in typical pre-Christmas activities like enjoying traditional Christmas Stollen and mulled wine, singing Christmas songs, decorating the tree or baking biscuits. The invitations take place between 13 and 28 December Parents take notice: There are German families who like to spend some time with your whole family! The only thing you have to do is to write a very short text explaining who you are, what you do in Dresden and why […]

Tips for the upcoming week
(28 November – 4 December 2014)

  Friday and Saturday, 28 – 29 November: HELLERAU Bandstand – An insight into the Dresden music landscape This is the second year the Dresdner bands’ summit takes place at the beautiful festival hall in Hellerau. Be it uncompromising Jazz Rock by “The Shouting Men”, the Black Sabbath and David Bowie-influenced “Jim Zitrone Band” or Indietronic by “Trains on Fire”, we’re sure you’ll have at least one new favorite band after this weekend. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: around 13 €, combined ticket for both days: around 17€; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus […]

Invitation to an “Early Bird” Christmas Celebration and to our own “cinema for one day”

Join us for a special early Christmas Celebration Saturday, 29 November 2014 Some of us can’t wait for Christmas Eve, but we shouldn´t forget the cosy pre-Christmas time: Having some “Glühwein” with friends after strolling around the Dresden Christmas markets, trying the typical sweet tibits the bakeries offer during Christmas time and counting down the days with coffee and cake each Sunday of advent while lighting a new candle. But the most important thing is to celebrate Christmas with the people you like. Therefore the Welcome Center would love to invite you to our Christmas Celebration on Saturday, November 29. […]