Christmas in Germany…

It’s been about a month and a half now since I left to spend Christmas in Germany. As promised, I am finally sharing it with you! Before I even start, I have to tell you it was the most magical experience! The Christmas markets and the atmosphere exceeded my expectations beyond 1,000%! That being said, you have to add it on your bucket list – to spend a Christmas in Germany! I am pretty fortunate to have had my own personal tour guide for the 3 weeks I was there, along with being able to spend time with friends and family.

As I mentioned here, rather than spending money on material items for each other, Dominik and I like to do vacations or getaways as gifts. Our Christmas gift to each other was a little getaway to a city in Germany called Dresden. Oh. My. Gosh. I fell in love. It was so big and grand and historical. The Christmas markets were unbelievable and came straight out of a fairy-tale novel! We got to see 4 different castles, but only one we could tour since tours were closed for the winter months. I had never felt so at home though ­čśë We didn’t really get to experience the Dresden Castle but we also visited the Pillnitz Castle, Weesenstein Castle and┬á the Wartburg Castle, which is where Martin Luther┬átranslated the Bible to German.

Christmas Markets

Hamburg

Dresden

This Christmas market was directly from our view of the hotel.
This Christmas Market was “Medieval” themed and was so neat! All the workers were wearing old cloaks and the mugs resembled old clay mugs from Medieval times. I wish I would have snapped more photos! That Gl├╝hwein was too tasty though ­čśë

Castles

Pillnitz Castle

Weesenstein Castle

The Wartburg Castle

This is where Martin Luther did most of the translating of the German Bible. If I remember correctly, it took him roughly 17 years!

This was the wife’s chambers. There are over 2 million mosaic tiles making up the walls.
Original painting in Castle’s church – still used as a church today.

Other Attractions

As I mentioned above, Dresden is an old, historical city. We didn’t do any official tours or have any plans except for the castles so we just walked around and went inside buildings when we could. The buildings are so big and detailed that it’s enough to see without a tour guide. Out hotel had a direct view of┬áThe Dresden Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady), which was absolutely the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. We went inside and read all about the history and whatnot – which I highly recommend. Church service is still held in there today! It was originally built in the 1800’s but completely destroyed during WWII and has been reconstructed since. I would also recommend going into The Hofkirche (Dresden’s Catholic Cathedral) and the Opera House, Semperoper Dresden, if you get a chance! We unfortunately did not make it into the Opera House due to practices inside but I hear it is beautiful inside!

The Dresden Frauenkirche

The Hofkirche

The Opera House

 

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and get the chance to go to Dresden when you visit Germany. If you have any questions about my outfit details, check it out here!

xxoo, Rebekah

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