Written by: Anita Lišková & Todd Shaw
Photo by: allphoto images
The capital of Saxony is world famous for its art treasures, theatrical productions and Baroque buildings. Though still undergoing post-war reconstruction, Dresden is well on its way to regaining its status as one of the most architecturally impressive cities in Germany.
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Favorite hotel: Hotel am Terrassenufer, Terrassenufer 12, tel.: +49 351 440 9500
Favorite restaurant: Fischhaus Alberthafen, Magdeburger Str. 58, tel.: +49 351 498 2110
Favorite attraction: “Blaues Wunder”, a 19th-century bridge across the Elbe river.
Best-kept secret: Yenidze, Weisseritzstr. 3, tel.: + 49 351 486 5300
Former cigarette factory built in an Oriental style, it reminds one of a mosque. Today it houses offices, restaurants, and a theater.
Advice: Don’t miss the Dresden countryside, for instance, the Saxon Switzerland.
representative, Dresden Chamber of Commerce and Industry Favorite hotel: Schloss Eckberg Hotel und Restaurantbetrieb, Bautzer str. 134, tel.: +49 351 80 99-0
Favorite restaurant: Barococo, Altmarkt 10, tel.: +49 351 862 3040
Favorite night club: Katy’s Garage, Alaunstr. 48
Favorite attraction: Region Terrassenufer
Best-kept secret: Romantic old streets between Konigstrasse and Hauptstrasse
Favorite shop: Altmarkt-Galerie Dresden, Webergasse 1, tel.: +49 351 48 204-0
Advice: It is worth it to combine the trip to Dresden with a boat trip. A beautiful route is towards Meissen, with vineyards on both banks.
director, Czech center, DresdenFavorite hotels: Schloss Eckberg, Bautznerstr. 134, tel.: +49 351 80990
Taschenberg Palais, Taschenberg 3, tel.: + 49 351 49120 – in the higher price category.
Favorite restaurant: “Wenzel” – Prager Bierstuben, Königstr. 1, tel.: +49 351 804 2010
Favorite night club: Motown Club, St. Petersburger Str. 9, tel.: +49 351 487 4150
Favorite attraction: Picture gallery Zwinger, Semperbau am Zwinger, tel.: +49 351491 4622,
Best-kept secret: Don’t give up because of the first impression. There are many construction sites and the city may seem much too calm. But there is something to discover!
Favorite shop: Pfund’s Molkerei, Bautzner Str. 79, tel.: +49 351 808 0822
According to the Guinness book of records, “the prettiest dairy in the world.”
Advice: Don’t miss any tourist attractions near Dresden, such as Morizburg castle, or Pilnitz castle with its camellias in blossom.
Where on the web?
For further information, we suggest the following websites dedicated to Dresden:
www.dresden.de/ – the official city homepage, in English and German.
www.lodging-germany.com/info/Dresden/practical.htm – good starting off point, as it serves as a portal link.
www.voyagenow.com/hotels_germany/dresden.html – mainly a search engine for hotel rates in the city
avel.guian.co.uk/readeroffers/europe/page/0,12302,842689,00.html – pre-packaged itineraries available on this site.
www.go-dresden.de/aboutdd2.htm – good overall information site, with essential facts, history, etc.
· As an important industry center of eastern Germany, Dresden had to live with the economic collapse of the Soviet Union and the other export markets in eastern Europe. A completely new law and currency system was introduced in the wake of Communism’s downfall, and much new infrastructure had to be built with help from western Germany.
· Today, Dresden boasts the ideal combination of economy, research, and science. More than 30 institutes, as well as many academies and colleges, are a visible sign of the city’s innovative potential. With such prestigious research centers, the city has become a world leader in many industries of the future, such as microelectronics, silicon technology, electronics, and and biotechnology.
· Dresden offers a whole host of conference venues, such as the Kulturpalast, the Albrechtsberg castle and the casemates, which form part of Dresden’s fortifications underneath the Brühl Terrace. The Dresden trade fair centre has an ultramodern multipurpose hall and the auditorium at Dresden Technical University can accommodate 1,000 people. There is also the Dresden International Congress Center, which will be opened this summer, just a stone’s throw away from the historical heart of the city.
· Working hours are generally 0800-1700. Punctuality for both business and social events is extremely important. Germans are impressed with efficiency and strong business sense, and this is displayed in firm handshakes, a formal use of business cards and an appreciation of straight talking. Business contacts must be addressed by their surname and by the formal “Sie” for “you”. Titles should be used wherever applicable. Both men and women are expected to wear suits – men should also wear a tie.
· Business socializing mainly takes place over lunches, especially on Friday, as many offices close at around 13:00. After-work drinks are a more casual affair between colleagues and seldom involve clients.