What’s On In Dresden? (Photo: M. Hultsch)
Happy St. Martinsday!
Every year around the 11 November, mainly children with colorful lanterns wander through the streets singing Martins- and lanternsongs like “Laterne, Laterne“. But who was Saint Martin, who is remembered every year – especially in Catholic regions – with Martin’s processions and roast goose?
According to legend, Martin was a Roman soldier, who rode past a starving and freezing beggar on a cold winter’s day. He felt so sorry for the man that Martin shared his warm coat with the sword and gave the beggar a half. In the night the beggar appeared in Martin’s dream and revealed himself as Jesus Christ.
And even today – with less Christian background, but with beautiful homemade lanterns – the day is still celebrated.
Tips for the weekend
On Friday there will be a great classical concert by the Dresden Residence Orchestra in the Dresden Zwinger. Here you can buy tickets.
Enjoy the last (almost) warm days in autumn. On Saturday there is the weekly Elbflohmarkt (flea market), where you can buy lots of “Schnick-Schnack”, “Kitsch”, and just all kinds of things.
After this you should visit the Yendize! 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.
You play a music instrument? Then enjoy a “Sunday in Jam” – session! In the “Hole of Fame” you can simply go by without registering. And you will meet other semi-professional musicians there. Together you will conjure up a piece of music. You don’t have to be a professional for that!
Tips for the upcoming week
Always a good view on a sunny day: The “Brühlsche Terassen“ Bruehl’s Terrace, also called the “Balcony of Europe”, for the beautiful view over the Elbe River. Right underneath and behind mighty walls lies the Dresden Fortress. Its cannon yards and casemates dating from the 16th century are a window into Dresden’s history. The Stable Yard is one of the few testimonies to the glamorous era of the Renaissance in Dresden.
Up to 16 November the “Schwebebahn” opens again! A unique attraction Dresden’s. After 274 meters you reach the 84 meters higher viewing platform on the Loschwitzhöhe. Get over there! It’s a nice day trip.
Also a nice day trip: The Dresdner Zwinger. Lots of museums and exhibitions are housed in the building of the Zwinger and you can spend a whole day there and don’t notice how time passes. So dress warmly, because the garden of the Zwinger is also worth a view!
If you are interested in painting art and as well as in the history of the GDR, then visit the Galerie Dresden. There is an exhibition called “The End of Uniqueness”. Thematically, it’s about homeland, loss of belonging and the GDR.
Don’t forget: the Dresden Jazzdays are still going on! The Jazzdays are an international festival from 23 October till 24 November that has been acclaimed for first-class jazz in all its variety. For a whole month, you can enjoy Jazz whatever day you like!
Keep in mind that Wednesday 21 November is a public holiday in Dresden, so don’t make your way to work that day. It is the Protestant-Christian holiday of repentance and prayer.
But regardless of religion, on this day the offices and shops remain closed.
Also the Welcome Center will be closed on 21 November.
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!)