Germany’s Dresden and Leipzig

Germany’s Dresden and Leipzig


-Hi. I’m Rick Steves, back with more
of the best of Europe. This time, we’re in Saxony — the great cities
of Dresden and Leipzig. It’s eastern Germany, and you’re in for some
monumental travel experiences. Thanks for joining us. ♪♪ Saxony is a proud region
of Germany with a long and rich history. Its two leading cities
are Leipzig and Dresden. Each had a tough
20th century history, and today they’re coming back
with a special vibrancy. In this episode, we’ll visit
two great German cities bombed and then rebuilt
after World War II. After visiting a beloved church
that rose from those 1945 ashes, we’ll go further back in time and brush up
on some Saxon history with its royal palaces and their porcelain, jewels,
and armor. We’ll ponder
a massive war memorial from the time of Napoleon. Then, after peeking into
a secret police headquarters, we’ll recall how people power
brought down communism -Chanting at the top of their
voices, “We are the people.” -…and see how people today
are enjoying their freedom. After World War II, Germany was divided
by the Iron Curtain into the free West
and communist East. With the fall of communism
in 1989, Germany was reunited. In the historic region
of Saxony, we tour Dresden and Leipzig. We start in Dresden with fanciful
Baroque architecture and some of the best
museum-going in all of Germany. It’s a city that mixes
a dynamic history with a delightful-to-stroll
cityscape. At the peak of its power
in the 18th century, this wealthy capital of Saxony ruled much of eastern Germany from the banks
of the Elbe River. Saxony’s greatest ruler
was Augustus the Strong. To embellish his capital, he imported artists
from all over Europe, especially from Italy. Dresden’s grand architecture
and dedication to the arts earned it the nickname
“Florence on the Elbe.” In spite of its resurgence, Dresden is still known for
its destruction in World War II. American and British planes
firebombed the city on the night
of February 13, 1945. The bombing was so fierce it created its own climate —
a “fire storm.” More than 25,000 people were
killed in just one night, and 75% of the historic center
was destroyed. Memorials, while understated,
remember the horror of war. This simple inscription recalls
that after the air raids, “the bodies of 6,865 people
killed in the bombing were burnt on this spot.” For 40 years,
through the Cold War, Dresden was part
of communist East Germany. It was in what was called
“the Valley of the Clueless” — one of the only places
in East Germany that didn’t get
Western television. Under the Communists, Dresden restored
some of its damaged buildings, left others in ruins, and replaced many with modern,
utilitarian sprawl. Prager Street, a bombed-out ruins
until the 1960s, was rebuilt as a showcase
for Communist ideals. Its vast,
uniform apartment blocks goose-step up the boulevard
to this day. The design is typical
of Soviet-Bloc architecture — from Moscow to Bucharest. Today, after a thorough update, they’ve become
desirable places to live. After German reunification, the rebuilding of Dresden
accelerated. The transformation
has been impressive, and the city’s
once devastated historic center has been reconstructed. The Frauenkirche,
or Church of Our Lady, is the symbol and soul
of the city. When completed in 1743, this was Germany’s
tallest Protestant church. Then, in February of 1945,
after the city was bombed, in the last months of the war,
the Frauenkirche collapsed. For a generation, it lay there,
a pile of rubble. Then, Dresdeners
decided to rebuild it completely and painstakingly. With the help
of international donations, Dresden’s most beloved church
was rebuilt and finally reopened
to the public in 2005. Stepping inside,
you’re struck by the shape — not so wide but very tall. The color scheme is pastel, to emphasize the joy of faith and enhance
the uplifting atmosphere of the services held here. The curves help create
a feeling of community. A Lutheran church, but built at the peak
of the Baroque period, it seems the artistic style
of the age trumped the Lutheran taste
for simplicity. The church’s twisted old cross, which fell 300 feet
from the tip of the dome and burned in the rubble, caps an inspirational story. Climbing to the top of the
beautifully reconstructed dome, you’re rewarded with a commanding view
over Dresden and its river. The rebirth of the city
is evident everywhere. This central square was once ringed by the homes
of rich merchants. It’s once again
the heart of the city, alive with people and cafés. Dresden’s delightful terrace was originally
a defensive rampart. Today, it’s a welcoming
promenade overlooking the Elbe. Its nickname —
“The Balcony of Europe.” And a fleet
of 19th-century paddleboats tempts visitors
for a lazy river cruise. Getting around the city
by tram is easy, and a quick ride over the river takes us into a lively district called Neustadt,
or the “New Town.” Its inviting
and tree-lined main drag, Hauptstrasse, opened in 1979. It was a showpiece
of communist urban design — a landscaped,
utopian workers’ district filled with affordable
apartments and the best shops. Because World War II bombs
missed most of this district, the New Town has a retro charm. This well-worn area has emerged as the city’s
trendy people zone. Passages between apartment flats are enlivened by art galleries,
cozy pubs, and crazy decorations. While the New Town
boasts no great sights, it’s fun to explore,
especially after dark. The Parade of Nobles is a mural painted on 24,000 tiles
of local porcelain. It was built
to soothe the pride of Saxony after it was incorporated into the newly formed country
of Germany in the 1870s. It celebrates
Dresden’s Saxon heritage and its Wettin family dynasty. The artist carefully studied
armor and clothing, accurately tracing the evolution
of weaponry and fashions through the centuries. Way up at the very front
of the parade, an announcer with a band
and 12th-century cheerleaders excitedly heralds the arrival
of this wondrous procession. There are commoners — from miners and farmers
to carpenters and students. And ahead of them, the royals, with 35 names and dates marking 700 years
of Wettin family rule. At the year 1694
stands Augustus the Strong, the most important
of the Saxon kings. The Saxon ruler was one of the most powerful
people in Germany. He was one of a
handful of nobles who elected
the Holy Roman Emperor. In the 18th century, the larger-than-life
Augustus the Strong kicked off Saxony’s Golden Age. His royal festival complex,
called the Zwinger, is an example
of how the king’s extravagance made Dresden
a European capital of culture. Here at the Nymphs’ Bath, aristocrats relaxed with royals
among cascading waterfalls. Today, the Zwinger
is filled with fine museums. The Mathematics
and Physics Salon features scientific gadgets
from the 16th to 19th century. Finely crafted and incorporating
new discoveries with exuberance, the instruments are displayed
like dazzling works of art. Imagine whipping out your
pocket sundial in the year 1700, or a new-fangled pocket watch
in 1760 — with a risqué painting. This calculator from 1650, claiming to be the oldest
surviving mechanical calculator, could carry the tens. European royal families aspired to have
their own porcelain works. And the Wettin family
had one of the best at nearby Meissen. In those days, a king portrayed
in porcelain was a happy king. Augustus the Strong
was obsessed with the stuff. He liked to say
he had “porcelain sickness.” Here you can enjoy
some of his symptoms under chandeliers
in elegant galleries. You’ll see fine table settings. He had a veritable porcelain zoo of exotic animals
and beautiful birds. According to legend,
for 151 of these Chinese vases, Augustus traded 600 soldiers,
complete with horses, to Prussia. And here at the Zwinger, it just makes sense
that the glockenspiel comes with 40 bells
made of Meissen porcelain. The delightful chimes are far
sweeter than your typical bell. [ Chimes playing ] In the nearby Royal Palace, the official residence
of Saxon rulers since 1485, is Dresden’s
historic Green Vault. This glittering
Baroque treasure collection is the sightseeing highlight
of the city. The collection was begun
by Augustus the Strong — featured here surrounded
by ancient Roman emperors on the base of an obelisk. It grew into the royal family’s
exquisite trove of ivory, silver,
and gold treasures, displayed in rooms as opulent
as the collection itself. Its purpose?
A synthesis of the arts as an expression of wealth
and absolute power. The Amber Cabinet
shows off what you can do with fossilized tree sap — for example,
this exquisite bowl from 1659. The Ivory Room does the same
for elephant tusks, with some
strikingly delicate carving. In this amazing ivory frigate, tiny sailors climb
the gold wire rigging, all supported
by Neptune and his horses. In the aptly named
Hall of Precious Objects, amid mother-of-pearl, ostrich-egg,
and snail-shell goblets, is the ultimate coffee service. This “golden coffee service”
from 1700 is pure gold iced with enamel, crusted with thousands
of precious stones, and crowned by a coffee pot
filled with symbolism. Coffee was exotic
and trendy back then, and this extravagant
centerpiece, while never actually used
to serve coffee, certainly made an impression. This captivating ensemble depicts a Grand Mogul
on his birthday. He ruled India
when Augustus ruled Saxony. And among earth’s rulers, he was the embodiment
of absolute power and endless wealth. Like royal Legos
on a silver stage, the figures, made of gold
and glazed with enamel, were movable
for the king’s pleasure. And the finale,
in a place all its own, is this dazzling green diamond, one of the largest
ever discovered. The adjacent Royal Armory fills a long room
with centuries-old armor. The biggest space in the palace, this room was the scene
of medieval war games. Today, its exhibits
of jousting models recall those breathtaking
pageants of the 16th century. Back then, jousting was
something rich guys did when there was no war to fight. The collection
offers an unusual chance to see armor
not standing at attention but displayed in action. This ensemble — designed for formal parades,
not actual battle — is considered
the prize of the collection. And the little princes
needed their armor, as well. Connecting German towns
is easy these days on the country’s
fine train system. And after a relaxing hour or two
on the train, we arrive in Leipzig. Leipzig once had
the cobblestoned charm of many other German cities. But long a leading trade center,
in the late 19th century, city leaders
decided to modernize. They replaced
the quaint medieval townscape with a grid of grand
and efficient buildings dedicated to trade and commerce. World War II bombs
destroyed much of Leipzig, and the Communists followed that
with four decades of neglect. That left the town center
a dreary urban wasteland. But in the generation
since 1989, the people of Leipzig have
dramatically remade their city. Augustusplatz
is a busy people zone and a hub for the city’s trams. Overlooking that
is the university center, rebuilt in a playful
and modern echo of the pre-war buildings
that once stood here. Towering high above
is a skyscraper, built in the 1970s. An erection like this was
a big deal in communist times. Locals and tourists alike
gather on its rooftop terrace to enjoy a drink
and the best view in town. As they rebuilt the city center,
one feature that survived was the tradition
of inviting shopping galleries that burrow
through office blocks. Some of the galleries
retain an Old World elegance with venerable shops
and restaurants. Others are playfully decorated
by contemporary local artists. Leipzig’s
Renaissance-style Town Hall, with its fine arcade,
overlooks the Market Square. Tonight the fruit
and vegetable merchants have made way
for a big open-air concert with music… ♪♪ -♪ You can leave your hat on ♪ -…and lots of sausages,
kraut, and beer. As a traveler, don’t be shy. Share a table
and strike up a conversation. An event like this is
a perfect chance to meet locals. [ Cheers and applause ] [ Organ playing
classical music ] Leipzig is famous
for its music heritage. It was the hometown of the great composer
Johann Sebastian Bach, shown here with his favorite
instrument, the pipe organ. In the early 1700s, Bach was the organist
and choirmaster right here at St. Thomas Church. Inside, the clean,
stripped-down interior reflects
the Protestant aesthetic of an uncluttered church. Stained glass celebrates
how in 1539, Martin Luther came here to perform Leipzig’s
first Protestant service and how, for nearly 30 years,
Bach directed the boys’ choir. Bach’s tomb,
adorned with flowers, is like a pilgrimage [site]
for music lovers. Leipzig remembers
its tough 20th century with a little whimsy. This statue represents
how East Germany endured two harsh dictatorships
in succession — the flat-palmed “Sieg Heil!”
of the Nazis and the proletariat’s raised
fist from the communist era. This poor fellow, repressed by both regimes
with his head scrunched down, seems to represent
individuality under siege. Somehow,
he’ll get through it all. To learn more, step into Leipzig’s
Contemporary History Forum, which tells the 44-year story
of communism in East Germany. After the devastation
of World War II, the line between
East and West was drawn, and Leipzig ended up
in Stalin’s camp. In those
desperate post-war years, the stability and security provided by East Germany’s
Communist government was appreciated. Out of the squalor
came a forced uniformity, and, if you played by the rules,
life was not miserable. Housing was a major priority, as so many were homeless
after the war. Locals recall
how there wasn’t a lot, but people had what they needed. Generally what they had
was what their neighbors had. Children all had
the same blocks, books, and cuddly stuffed pets. Western pop music, while reined in and certainly
controlled, was allowed, from the Beatles to Jethro Tull. But of course, people
eventually insist on freedom. To learn more, I’m joined by Leipzig tour guide
Gisa Schoenfeld. The hated secret police force
in communist East Germany was the Stasi. Its old headquarters
now houses a museum dedicated to telling
the Stasi’s dirty deeds. It offers a fascinating look at what it took
to control the people. -This is the symbol for the Ministry
for State Security, “Staatssicherheit — Stasi.” -“Stasi” — state security. Modeled after the Soviet Union’s
secret police, the notorious KGB, the Stasi recruited
over half a million informants from every walk of life. It collected mountains of data
on its citizens. The former offices
contain tools of the trade — a small camera that could be
concealed in a briefcase; easy-to-hide microphones, including one hidden
in a button; disguises, and forged documents. -The Stasi officers sat people
on chairs with a piece of cloth, and the piece of cloth
would absorb the smell when the suspects sweated
during the interrogation. And then they placed the cloth
into these jars, preserving the smell. And whenever something
suspicious turned up — for example, a leaflet — they brought in the dogs. The dogs smelled the item,
then smelled the jars. -So the dogs
would match the smell? And that would be enough
to send somebody to jail? -That would be enough. -All mail and packages coming into the country
were searched. These machines enabled agents
to steam letters open, read them, then reseal them. The Stasi stole millions
in West German hard currency, sent to struggling East Germans
by West German relatives. And they confiscated
piles of cassette tapes which contained forbidden
Western pop music. These cassettes
which were then reused to record
interrogation sessions. After freedom, people were free
to look at their personal files? -Yes, but it was was
an agonizing decision to make. The Stasi had hundreds
and thousands of informants, so there were colleagues,
friends, family members spying on people, and then it was
very difficult to choose: Do I want to know what information
the Stasi kept on me, but I would also find out
who spied on me. -So you could look at your file, but you might find your uncle
was informing on you, and maybe you just
better not go there. -Exactly. -Leipzig’s beloved
St. Nicholas Church played a pivotal role in the people’s successful fight
for freedom. In the 1980s,
this venerable church hosted weekly prayer meetings
for peace. These turned political, making St. Nicholas
a staging ground for the Peaceful Revolution that would ultimately topple
the Communist regime. A column in the church square celebrates the church’s
contribution to German freedom. So eventually these Monday
prayer services for peace spilled out of the church
and into the city at large? -Yes, they got bigger and bigger
every week. The largest demonstration
here in Leipzig was 450,000 protesters. But they all remained peaceful, and that’s
the biggest accomplishment. That’s why there was
no reason to shoot them. -So, what eventually happened? -Eventually,
the wall came down in Berlin, and the borders were opened, and the people had gained
their freedom. -The Peaceful Revolution. -Very much so. [ Tram bell dings ] -Just outside of Leipzig is a gigantic monument
to an earlier struggle. It commemorates
a pivotal battle in 1813 that involved forces
from all over Europe. Called the
“Battle of the Nations,” it pitted France’s army
under Napoleon against a coalition of Prussian, Austrian, Russian,
and Swedish fighters. With half a million soldiers
and 100,000 casualties, it was the largest battle
in European history until World War I. The Battle of the Nations
marked a turning point in the fight against Napoleon. He was routed here
and forced to retreat to France. Basically, it was Germans who
turned back the French invaders. And exactly a century later,
in 1913, during a surge of nationalism following the unification
of Germany, Leipzig inaugurated
this towering memorial on the site
of this bloody battle. The archangel Michael
straddles the main door with the same message that accompanies
most military monuments — “God is on our side.” Entering the monument, you stand under
a towering atrium. It’s ringed by more soldiers,
in front of giant death masks, heads respectfully bowed to honor the sacrifice
of those lost in battle. Above them,
four enormous statues represent the virtues of the
German people during wartime. And high above, in the dome, hundreds of life-sized soldiers
on horses return from battle. It feels religious,
but it’s strikingly secular — a powerful monument
to more than a battle, to the power of nationalism and to the fact that
war leaves even the winners saddled with grief. Traveling through Saxony
with its rich heritage, exquisite culture,
and hard lessons, it’s an inspiration
to see the accomplishments of the people
of Dresden and Leipzig. Thanks for traveling with us.
I’m Rick Steves. Until next time,
keep on travelin’. “Auf Wiedersehen.” -In the 18th century, the larger-than-life
Augustus the Strong kicked off Saxony’s golden age. Yeah! [ Laughs ] It’s a city
that mixes a dynamic history with a delightful-to-stroll
cityscape -[ Laughs ] Get that thing away from me!

100 comments on “Germany’s Dresden and Leipzig

  1. The unfortunate truth of this part of Germany is that is a hotbed of NAZIS and shocking racism. As beautiful as it is, it is often on the precipice of riots. There is no denying that if you live or have travelled there. Spend a few minutes searching on Youtube. I have personally, as a tourist in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, wandered smack dab into several fascist vs antifa street wars in the past couple of years. The Antifas were bussed in from the Western States. If you are a person of colour (meaning non-european heritage) I suggest you do NOT visit. At the very LEAST, you will be stared at in the most intense way. The unfortunate truth of this part of Germany is history. The population was not properly "de-nazified" and anyone over the age of 40 was educated in the DDR, brought up to see themselves as VICTIMS of fascism not the perpetrator. Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt seems to be jammed with unrepentant 2nd and 3rd generation descendants of full on Nazis. To deny this is futile. Poland and the Czech republic are more welcoming to the world in general for the MOMENT. I fear for central Europe.

  2. Great overview of Leipzig, but Rick or the show did omit an important detail about the Volkerschlachtdenkmal , it wasnt just Landmark to remember the fallen Prussian soldiers who fought against napoleon it was also a landmark to remember the many Germans in the state of Saxony who fought for Napoleon and against other German states like Prussia and Austria.

  3. Replicas are not that interesting , if the allies bombed Rome to the ground would you want see a coliseum built in 2005  or the real one built in 80 AD ?

  4. The Dresden part was not filmed in 2017; I was there in June & there's far more diversity there than this film shows. Almost on the Czech border, Dresden is safe. Much larger Leipzig is more cosmopolitan.

  5. How did they restore those beautiful murals depicting the leaders in music, art and kings of Saxony. Really amazing, and so grateful that it got done for future generations

  6. The collapsed church is far more moving and poetic. Fulling demonstrating how religion, culture, and arts could not stop humans from destroying themselves. Fitting to the great German philosophies of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. Isn't it ironic, don't you think? A little too ironic? Yeah, I really do think. It's like naaaaaapalm on your wedding day.

  7. The Green Vault (Das Grüne Gewölbe) of Dresden is to die for. The exquisite beauty of the objects on display is greatly enhanced by the music playing on the background. Kudos, Rick!

  8. I went there when i was 21, with my erasmus mates. A so charming place that hope to visit soon again.
    Diese Stadt ist in meinem Herz gebliben.

  9. 'Free west Germany and communist east germany'……that's a bit naive way to put it. West Germany wan't totally free either.

  10. I really don't appreciate your inaccurate depiction of how the wall came down. "Prayer services" did not bring the wall down. Ronald Reagan did. And it amazes me that you failed to even mention his name or bring anybody on with the truth. You just lied to about 200,000+ viewers on history.

  11. This channel is widely underrated. It's amazing how Rick tells the history and gives the feeling of the place and its details. THANK YOU! new fan 🙂

  12. Nice to see how the rebuilding has progressed since the end of WW2. There won't be much money for this sort of thing in the future now that Merkel has opened the borders of Germany to the third world. Germany is toast!

  13. I spent four wonderful days in the culturally beautiful city of Leipzig in 2013. Thank you, Rick, for bringing back some wonderful memories.

  14. Modern Germany is kind of like East Germany, only the modern Stasi (under different names) care about different issues.

  15. Hi Rick, We are planning to visit Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam in the last week of November for 9 days. We would be traveling from India to Frankfurt on November 29th. We have 3 nights to spend in Germany before we move to Belgium. Suggestions for cities to visit in Germany Please.

  16. We need to correct the myth that Dresden was not a legitimate war target. It was.
    Dresden factories turned out a massive amount of war supplies including machine guns, bomb sights, Buzz-bomb and V-2 components, torpedo's, ammunition etc etc.

    The Wehrmacht's armaments office maintained a directory of businesses and factories doing war work, each identified by a unique code. The directory listed 127 separate businesses or manufacturers in Dresden working for the Wehrmacht. There were probably many more in Dresden since the directory did not include many component and part manufacturers.

    The British 8th Air Force was actually targeting the large railroad system there and marshalling yards.
    War is messy and insane and illogical in my opinion demonic. Perhaps the bankers, politicians and Generals should be locked up together to fight and leave the rest of us out of it.
    Peace

  17. Loved Saxony on our visit couple years ago. Dresden is amazing. I always think Churchill got away easy with war crimes for what he did.

  18. Once again, Rick, thanks to an accurate historical presentation. I visited Dresden in 2008 and fell in love with the city. I will not judge those who ordered its destruction during the war but neither can I justify it. I can only enjoy the fact that the city was rebuilt to its former glory.

  19. The "neglect" of the communist regime actually preserved many buildings. Today Leipzig got the highest number of historical buildings of all major cities in Germany. A lot of activity in a city full of war ruines often meant the destruction of much of the architectural heritage in other cities.

  20. Rick Steves videos are nice and an eye opener to a lot of people,I have only one problem with him, his pronunciation of German words is probably the worst I have ever heard.IfI didn’t know what he was referring too,I would have been totally lost .Send him back to school to teach him basic German !

  21. 01:40 Germany wasn't just split up into two parts in 1945. The Eastern territories (Silesia, Eastern Brandenburg, Pomerania, Eastern Prussia) have been taken away from Germany and were given to Poland and to the USSR. Millions of Germans were expelled and many died miserably

  22. I love Dresden especially because I was born in the former East-Germany and escaped with my family to West-Germany.

  23. A lot more people were killed in Dresden during the WW2 than you English and Americans will agree to. We Germans know that at least 300,000 people were killed during your English and American bombings. How dare you two countries try to minimize the destruction especially of the people of Dresden. Both the English and Americans try to tell the story of that the only bombed military targets in Dresden but we Germans know better because you bombed the city in order to kill more people in Dresden than the Germans bombed London who killed 12,000 people. But in the end you British and Americans bombed Dresden civilians – in a firestorm – and killed approximately up to 300,000 people. So, you British and Americans better explain yourselves because you are liars.

  24. I'm interested in Bavaria region and also the town/city of Baden Baden if you can send links, etc. TY.🇩🇪

  25. I will be in Berlin, and Leipzig. Durring the first week of September. I wanted to know is it worth visiting the Stasi Museams in each city, the DDR Museam, and the N'Ostalgie-Museum? Or would it best slim down my itinerary?

  26. I think it's PBS or one of those learning shows I always used to watch your show on (Travel Channel?) anyways I have had a new surge in Architect especially anything older than 100 years when everything was original.. even if they copied designs in those days nothing was mass stamped out like the track homes that are stapled together these days.

  27. In Germany we usually make fun out of Saxony, but I never knew that Saxony had so much culture. I have probably judged them too harsh.

  28. Thanks for this beautiful video, but excuse me … Dresden, Leipzig, etc. are not East Germany. But it is the East of the Federal Republic. Both terms must be distinguished. The real territory of Germany (in international law), as it was released by the Allies in 1990, is something else. Two states were dissolved and none of the old governments was allowed to decide on a new state. And no one explained to the German People that they had to do it themselves with their inherited territorial rights and the real State of Germany is still awaiting its founding. The Federal Republic continues to administer under United Nations license and everyone believes that it is the real Germany. Worse, many Germans do not know about it or even believe that they are still occupied. What a sad condition …

  29. glad we don't have the secret communist police here in the usa, which is the beacon of freedom. the nsa, you say? what is that??

  30. The planners of the bombings of both places were WAR CRIMINALS . By the way Steave man made CLIMATE CHANGE is a massive HOAX. .

  31. If your last name is Steve, you should have 's and not s'. S' is for words that end in s. Just thought you might want to change the name of your channel or is it too late. I do enjoy your videos.

  32. Ich verstehe kein Deutsch, aber ich liebe Deutschland. Ich bin verrückt nach diesem Volk und ich liebe es mit grenzenloser Liebe. Wenn ich das alte Deutschland und seine Schönheit und die Luft des barbarischen Bombardements, des russischen, französischen und amerikanischen Hasses beobachte, geraten Sie in einen wahnsinnigen Anfall. Sie sind ein gutes, kreatives und starkes Volk. wenn ich sagte, dass es wieder alte Gebäude werden, wie sie sind .. ich verstehe vollkommen, dass Deutschland hat sich seit 1989 begann wieder, als die Russen zurückgeblieben Wilden kam aus Ost-Deutschland .., dass Deutschland wie Fantasy-Geschichten in Antiquitäten Gebäude war, habe ich nicht die Kreativität auf diese Weise sehen .. wenn ich die Geschichte gelesen Die Deutschen stellten fest, dass sie alles erfunden hatten und ausgenutzt wurden Nach dem Krieg in allen Ländern .. Wiederaufbau und Beseitigung von Minen und so weiter .. Auch die Deutschen sind die Erfinder der Kernspaltung .. Ich hoffe, dass Deutschland stark ist und ich glaube, dass sie zurückkehren werden. Intelligente Menschen werden die Verbrechen der Vergangenheit und Demütigung für 60 Jahre nicht zum Schweigen bringen. Meine Grüße aus Libyen. Alle Libyer lieben Deutschland und schätzen es. Die unglaubliche Propaganda von Hollywoodfilmen und russischen Filmen, in denen die Deutschen als hartherzige Herzen dargestellt werden, ist nicht wahr. Wir glauben das nicht. Ich weiß, dass Deutschland derzeit keinen Nazifilm produzieren kann. Aber alles in seiner Zeit ist wunderschön, wie man sagt. Grüße. Es tut mir leid für die Verspätung. Ich werde die Links, die ich in Ihrem Kommentar beigefügt habe, eingeben. Vielen Dank, ich liebe dich. (Google Übersetzer )

  33. Vielen Dank für dieses wundervolle Video, das ich sehr genossen habe und über Dresden und Sachsen Bescheid wusste. Die Quelle von Deutschlands kreativem, starkem, rebellischem und mutigem. Grüße aus Libyen. Ich liebe dich, die Menschen in Deutschland. Küsse

  34. Thank you very much for this wonderful videotape I enjoyed and knew a lot about Dresden and Saxony .. The source of Germany 's creative, strong, rebellious and courageous .. Greetings from Libya .. I love you, the people of Germany .. Kisses

  35. When you come to visit Dresden don’t miss the Saxonian swizz, elbsandsteingebirge, a really beautiful landscape. You May reach it easily by train within less than an hour or by boot. Use a small one it’s more romantic.

  36. Germans turned back the French invaders?! Are you talking about the War of the Sixth Coalition? As I understand, yes.
    The War of the Sixth Coalition a coalition of Austria, Prussia, Russia, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and a number of German States defeated France and drove Napoleon into exile on Elba. After the disastrous French invasion of Russia of 1812, the continental powers joined Russia, the United Kingdom, Portugal and the rebels in Spain who were already at war with France.

  37. Beautiful, l went to Schwartzwald the wk boy oh boy the beauty of the forest and their chocolate cake.I have decide Germany my destination. It's beautiful, clean air and tasty water.

  38. I'm born in Dresden I still know the Frauenkirche as a ruin.. it's also the reason for my huge interested in history and architecture and everything that comes with it. I love this city so, so much!

  39. Very interesting, especially the part on the East German secret police, or, Stasi. American Democrat party members and so called "progressive" liberals ought to learn from what socialism and communism does to a free society!

  40. "War leaves even the winners saddled with grief" is a perceptive and well-phrased lesson on the effects of war on individuals and peoples.

  41. This is interesting, I'd love to visit Dresden.. My only concern is, are people from the UK welcome over there or are we hated because of the firebombing?

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