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Berlin to Dresden

By Pat Bellieni , 18 November 2016

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Berlin , Dresden

The London Heathrow Club Lounge with Bmi is a great start to any break - spacious, with comfortable sofas and excellent work stations; a wonderful distraction from the otherwise ugly Terminal 1 experience.

Berlin has so much to see, (especially the museums) that I would recommend a minimum 3 nights there.  The city is also quite spread out so using the U-bahn or S-bahn is the best way to get around, as well as being very reasonably priced.

Hotel Adlon has the best location, right by the Brandenburg Gate on the East German side, and if staying there I would recommend the deluxe rooms as they are in the main building.

My favourite hotel is the Brandenburger Hof. Just  5 mins by taxi to the Museum Island  in the east (8.5 Euros fare), it is situated in a quiet residential side street in the west of the city. It is very close to a main shopping boulevard called the Kurfürstendamm (or Ku‘damm) which is home to the famous department store Ka De We, with its tempting 6th floor food hall. The hotel is very elegant, with an a la carte breakfast that warrants a couple of hours before starting the day (the best breakfast I’ve ever experienced).

Berlin’s HBF main station is an amazing modern glass structure on 4 floors with shopping and many restaurants. If travelling 1st class you also get access to the 1st class lounge with complimentary drinks. From here, we travelled to Dresden which is approx. 2 hrs by direct train.

Extensive renovation has turned Dresden into a fascinating, safe and beautiful destination for opera fans and lovers of the Baroque. It is easy to walk around and I was amazed at how some of the buildings we see today had only recently been resurrected from their ruined state.

I would suggest no less than a 2 night stay, then you can visit central Dresden, with its churches and museums (the Frauenkirche and Green Vaults are unmissable), and also take a trip by paddle steamer along the River Elbe to see the surrounding countryside, with its pretty castles and impressive villas. Why not stop off for lunch at one of the many riverside restaurants, all serving local food, or take a ride up the cable car to the panoramic cafe - restaurant Louisenhof, to enjoy tea and cakes?

I would definitely return to both cities; winter would be lovely to see the Christmas Markets.

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