D is for Dresden

I found a couple of OK images that I had taken on a visit to Dresden in the early ’90s, wish I had more, but in the days of film I was more sparing…but nonetheless, I am rather surprised that I didn’t take more. I must check through my slides, and see what else I have to scan in…..

This was taken outside the Zwinger, before it was all cleaned up:

This one was taken inside the Semper Opera house, wonderful marble columns:



  1. Somewhere I have actually been, when it was still in the DDR. We went on a trip to the Zwinger on a hot sunny day. Local people still talked about the bombing there during WW2. Our elderly guide remembered it as a schoolgirl, and told us about the unbelievable heat caused by the fire storm.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Sue

      So you must have seen the stump of the ruined Frauenkirche, Pete

      • It was around 1980. Much of the city had been rebuilt in a bland style that reminded me of Harlow, or Milton Keynes. As few of the old buildings had been restored back then, we saw pretty much everything on a guided tour of the city. My first wife had the camera in those days, so she still has the photos, unfortunately.

      • Sue

        Well, in the early ’90s the city was all communist bland, and it seemed to be very little different until 2000, or so

      • Communist bland is a good description, Sue. That didn’t apply to some other places I visited in the DDR though, like Leipzig.

      • Sue

        Leipzig is a place I really should see….

  2. I thought it was looking rather pleasant, until I saw the comments, Sue? 🙂 🙂

    • Sue

      Dresden is a wonderful city…I last visited in 2001, I think…the Zwinger now looks lovely, the Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault) has to be seen for the treasures within, and a stroll along the banks of the river Elbe is lovely.

  3. I am impressed with high quality of colour of your slides. You must have used a very good scanner, Sue.

  4. Actually the “marble” columns in the Semper Oper (one of the few building renovated to its previous state pre-unification/fall of the iron wall) were not marble at all, according to our friends in Leipzig. Despite receiving a grant for like-for-like renovation, the GDR chose to do things on the cheap.

  5. The quality of the pictures is great, Sue. I’ve never been, so thanks for giving me a glimpse. I love those marble columns.

  6. Great pics, reminds me of why we need to return. We only had a day in Dresden a couple of years ago and it wasn’t nearly enough.

  7. We are relocating here in June for work. Super excited! Thanks for sharing your photos and experiences.

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