All aboard – next stop Dresden- From Berlin to Dresden 2hours.
Dresden two hours south of Berlin.
Christmas at the Dresden HBF_ the main train station.
Germany really know how to celebrate Christmas.
Dresden was full of people, over the weekend
The birth place of the Christmas market. 542 seasons ago.
The annual Christmas market at Striezmarkt
The selection of food on offer, yes it was that cold- the food hot!
542 Christmas years ago in a town far far away- my second removed great great grand father was baking with his fellow chefs – throughout the year he has collected some fruit and with a rather warm summer all the fruit had dried fruit ready for the Stollen Fest!
All the bakers heard about this new bake and they all celebrated and lead parade into the centre of town This was the birth of Stollenfest- the annual festival of Stollen- in the town of Dresden!
Back in 1329 the first Stollen was baked utilising only the finest sugar, butter, raisins and the other fine dried up fruit.
Today to celebrate Christmas each year at this time the festival Dresden Stollen Festival .
The Festival is about to kick off at The Procession of the Princess.The parade
Consists of several different historical aspects of the history of the bread making!
Two vital aspects of any good festival is a big knife and a big bread!
Not just any knife the ceremonial knife used to cut the annual Stolen!
Then the most important part the arrival of the Stollen!
1.73 meters long!
here comes the bakers!
The parade makes it way around the centre of town and heads towards the first Christmas Market- Striezel Market.
This market dates back form 1434 – not long at all!
With the arrival of the Dresden Stollenfest 23
There is a hush around the square as the ceremony begins.
“This year’s crowds are bigger than previous, we have been baking all week”
The crowd goes wild and marches forward each very keen to purchase the first slices of the specially made bread.
The crowds gather around
We got our slice the audience waiting in anticipation – rush forward!
“We have enough for everyone!”
MMM looks good!
we have our slice!
One of the interesting things from this year’s festival was that there seemed to be not many English speakers- in fact apart form strange Lost London Australians and a few from the far East, there seem to be a lack of representatives from the land of Brexit Breakfast and Trunpville- which meant during the entire time in Dresden we didn’t hear much English spoken- majority was local either internal German tourists or other European groups.
We decided to go back to Medieval times- with a quick visit to the Stallhof to the traditional Medieval Market-
where all the stalls in traditional dress
The entire area decked out in olde world times
Outside the markets around the town itself is some rather impressive Baroque Masterpiece buildings dating back form the 1700s- The Zwinger buildings.
Before heading up to great heights after crossing the Elbe river at the Blaues Wuder aka the blue suspension bridge.
Opened back in 1901 it was one of the first suspension railways in the world and with such great views down towards the Elbe River and the view at the top of the station
back closer to river level at dusk
After a short train journey we were back in Berlin- in the middle of tourist land-
Did any one say it was time for a sweet tasty roll?
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!