Travelled : 113 kilometres from Cottbus, Brandenburg (State) to Dresden, Saxony
Visited : Dresden, Elbe River Cruise €35 double, Residenzschloss and Grunes Gewolbe Museums €42 double,
Stayed : Wohnmobilestellplatz Am Bluherpark for 2 nights, €17 including electricity, other services extra. (Less than a kilometre to the altstradt). N51.04401 E13.74356
As I mentioned previously our Belgium neighbours highly recommended Dresden. Having done Hamburg and Berlin in quick succession we intended giving the big cities a miss for a week or so. But on their recommendation we head south again. The first hour is driving the 169. A German version of a B road. We pass through several small villages and by-pass a few others, the 100 kph limit makes for a more relaxing drive. There are passing lanes here and there and we scoot passed the odd truck, before turning onto the autobahn for the last 20 minutes.
Coming into Dresden, the city does not appear too promising until we approach the River Elbe. It’s a panorama of lovely old buildings, green copper roofs adored with gold statues and crosses. Suddenly we are enthused, especially to find our chosen stellplatz is very close to the city centre and has plenty of shade. The weather continues to be hot and humid as it has been for a week or so now.
We spend the late afternoon cycling. Riding over the bridge to the Neustadt on the north side of the Elbe. The Lonely Planet provides a map with a recommended path to view some interesting public art. It’s obviously the bohemian quarter, but mostly we just see lots of graffiti. The food and drink is a lot cheaper however and we get a great Asian takeaway for €10 and the leftovers with do for lunch tomorrow.