Dresden vs Leipzig

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    Jan 21, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    Feel like visiting East Germany in September.

    Wish city would you prefer ? Dresden or Leipzig ?

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    Jan 21, 2011 4:24 PM GMT
    If you can fit both in, visit both. If not, I think Dresden is the better choice.
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    Jan 21, 2011 4:37 PM GMT
    Not directly pertaining to your question, but I assume you will be including Berlin. I'm wondering if there is anything preserved in museums that gives a feeling of what the city was like before the wall came down. I have been on both sides of the wall and got to know people who grew up in E. Germany, including a few who successfully escaped to W. Berlin, and one who tried via Hungary but did not succeed. He was lucky to be only imprisoned and not killed. The experience both in being there and knowing the people gave me a perspective on things that impact my viewpoints today.
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    Jan 21, 2011 6:05 PM GMT
    dekstier saidFeel like visiting East Germany in September.

    Wish city would you prefer ? Dresden or Leipzig ?

    Hope to get some tips. icon_razz.gif


    I've never been to either city, however if memory serves, Dresden used to contain some of the most beautiful German architecture...though much of it was apparently destroyed during WWII. Dresden used to be a UNESCO World Heritage site...so it must still contain a fair amount of beautiful sites.

    Leipzig, by contrast, was never known for having the most beautiful architecture...but if memory serves, it built up considerably after WWII. I wonder how much of the blandness of the old East German days still remains: functional over fashionable. Nonetheless, on wikipedia, the photos of Leipzig look beautiful.

    I'd probably prefer Dresden over Leipzig...but I think visiting either city could be really cool!
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    Jan 22, 2011 2:19 PM GMT
    Try to visit both, if you can! They are but a short DB train ride away from one another. The mix of gorgeous pre-WWII architecture and functional East German architecture is very cool. It's also still a bit strange to visit cities once located in East Germany.
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    Jan 22, 2011 2:31 PM GMT
    I think it's eastern Germany now.

    Dresden was quite devastated by floods a few years back, but I hear it is all repaired now. Of realize the whole city was destroyed in the war, so anything you see is recreated. Leipzig is just a city to me. If it werent for Bach and its historical association with the beginning of the end of the East Germany, I am not blown away by the place.

    If you have time to get off the rat-race tourist frenzy, the little city of Zwickau in Saxony is wonderful for peace and quiet. Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Naumstadt are nice slow paced places to visit. English-speakers are few in these places. I liked that. Had to speak German.
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    Jan 22, 2011 2:38 PM GMT
    If I had to choose, I'd choose Dresden. In the past ten years they have done (and are still doing) a huge amount of reconstruction. They rebuilt the huge baroque Frauenkirche in the middle of town and are working on the surrounding neighborhood now. So far, they've done several streets worth of very accurate 18th century buildings, with a few modern ones thrown in too. Dresden has some great museums as well, so I think it's well worth the trip.
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    Jan 22, 2011 2:49 PM GMT
    If possible visit both, Dresden would be my first, most interesting/the aura yet Leipzig has it's intrigue also. Enjoy. Share your journey, it will be a traveler's treasure.
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    Jan 22, 2011 3:01 PM GMT
    Agree with everyone else, do both if you can, if not Dresden is more interesting (or at least it was for me).
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 22, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
    I have ben told that Dresden is a very beautiful and historic city full of beautiful, old architecture. I have seen a couple historic photos of Dresden after the second world war with all the horrendous wartime destruction and devastation. It is quite a miracle that this city survived and was rebuilt and restored to its original glory.
  • CDNinOZ

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    Jan 22, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
    I was in Leipzig for a conference last year. It has a nice 'old' city centre with lots of restaurants etc... and a few good museums and galleries...

    I would do both cities they're only about an hour apart by train, so easy to do.