What’s On In Dresden
29 November – 05 December 2019

What’s On In Dresden? (Photo: M. Hultsch)

The Christmas market season begins!
Around Christmas time, Dresden is full of fairy lights, decorations and Christmas markets.
If you walk through the city from the end of November until New Year’s Eve, Christmas markets will be waiting for you around every corner. Last week, the first markets open their doors. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to give you some hot tips for the most beautiful Christmas markets and locations.

The Medival Christmas Market in Stallhof Dresden is our first recommendation for you. The forge fires, ovens and charcoal barbecues are fired up, mead, wine and fruit juices are simmering in the taverns and all the stalls are working the way they would have done 500 years ago.

The medieval Christmas market in the Stallhof is open daily from 11 am to 10 pm. Enjoy the medieval  atmosphere with trade, handicrafts and bars!

Tips for the weekend

This weekend Cambio e.V. is holdng the fourth edition of the Political Art Days. This year‘s topic is the city as a space for living, destruction and creation at the same time. There are workshops, art, talks and political noise, concerts and performances. Super exciting input, great people, great possibilities to connect – don’t miss it!

Another hot Christmas tip is the vegan winter market in Dresden’s alternative neighborhood Hechtviertel. There are lovely stalls, a fun programme, and in the evening three great bands. And all this for free, in a wonderful atmosphere and for a good cause. On Sunday morning there will also be a brunch, so wrap up warm!

Also worth a visit, especially if you are already in the area: Why don’t you go to the BRN Museum in Neustadt after brunch?
The BRN “Bunte Republik Neustadt” (Colourful Republic of Neustadt) has an exciting history of participation, self-determination and shaping the city.

Tips for the upcoming week

If you want to fully embrace the pre-Christmas mood, you should visit the Christmas Garden. There is also an ice rink where you can test (or show off!) your ice-skating skills.

Have you visited Yendize yet? Along with Dresden’s famous monuments such as Frauenkirche, Semperoper and the Zwinger, the Yenidze belongs to Dresden’s most distinctive pieces of architecture. Built in the style of a mosque, the former cigarette factory stands out clearly from the common Baroque and renaissance architecture found in other buildings in central Dresden.

Did you hear about the robbery in the Green Vault that went through the news? Whether you did or not: have a look around!
Dating back 450 years, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden are the oldest and second largest museum collections in Germany and present world-class masterpieces, e.g. the Historical Green Vault and the New Green Vault, known as the treasures of the Wettins, and the Old Masters’ Picture Gallery with Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna”.

Do you know the Deutsche-Hygiene-Museum? This is a place where many different events and exhibitions take place. At the moment there is an exhibition about the human adventure. The exhibitions are often very interactive and vividly explained. You can also take part in a guided tour. So if it’s rainy, you can spend (a) lovely day(s) there!


Recurring Events:

Montagscafé: https://www.staatsschauspiel-dresden.de/spielplan/a-z/montagscafe/
Blue Note (regular concerts, most free, mainly jazz): https://www.jazzdepartment.com/events
Saloppe (afterwork party every Tuesday): https://www.saloppe.de/programm/
Carolaschlöschen (afterwork party every Thursday): https://www.carolaschloesschen.de/veranstaltungen/afterwork-party/

Cinemas screening films in original language with subtitles:

Kino im Kasten: https: //www.kino-im-kasten.de/programm.html
Programmkino Ost: https://programmkino-ost.de/filme/filter/ov
Thalia Theater: http://www.thalia-dresden.de/ (Look for the headline “Das Original ist besser” to be sure that it is really the original version and not only an international title!)

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