The Palais Summer has started again. It is a cultural festival taking place in the park of Japanisches Palais in Dresden from August 1st to August 25th. The focus of this festival is on art connected to the awarding of the Canaletto award. But even if you say “I’ve visited the old masters gallery the whole day long – I cannot take anymore art” you don’t need to worry. It’s not like that. There are some paintings of local artists exhibited somewhere at the side of the garden. What is much more interesting is the programme that is going on during these days. There are piano nights, audio drama nights, you can take part in some yoga courses (at various times during the day), watch movies or join some painting performances such as nude painting in the park – where else can you get this if not in Dresden?!
And what is best: all these events are for free! You can even get blankets or deck chairs there, in case it gets cold at night.
So why not spend a day or two in Dresden and visit the Palais Summer?!
On their website you can get more information and also find the whole programme: http://www.palaissommer.de
Shut down your laptop, turn off your cell phone and go meet some real people! There are fellow travelers all around! All Lollis Homestay guests and visitors are most welcome (the more the merrier!) to our weekly events in the hostel:
Monday @ 7:30 pm
free dinner with our Czech cook Zeli
Tuesday @ 8:00 pm
In front of the hostel. We have the hot grill, you bring the steak or sausage or zucchini filled with feta cheese (if you are a vegetarian). Get your stuff at the Netto supermarket nearby or buy it from us.
Wednesday @ 8:00 pm
Learn German in one hour with our American – free
Need a little help negotiating through all that German Bratwurst? Are the Germans putting you down because you keep saying “Hello” instead of “Hallo”? Well, come and learn the German Basics from a real American who’s suffered the slings and arrows of Dresdeners so you don’t have to. In one hour, she’ll teach you how to get along with those gruff Germans in their own language. You’ll learn how to meet and greet and order everything from ice cream to Schweinshaxe. Only the important stuff. Germans are welcome too.
Thursday @ 7:30 pm
free dinner with our Indian cook Pranav
Thursday @ 9:00 pm
The Dresden Neustadt NightWalk with Danilo – 5 € per person
A guided tour by night through our trendy neighbourhood, the “Neustadt. It’s packed with more than 130 different bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants. Pub crawl with ambition: You’ll get historic information about the district, including the changes after the unification, the origins of the largest street festival in Germany, and much more. You’ll also get to know some bar and pub legends and hear about famous visitors. The tour includes 3 free welcome drinks in different locations and takes about 2 hours.
Times may change, so please always check the blackboard at the reception. Occasionally, we also have special events which we of course invite you to join. But again, check the blackboard for these.
2010 will be a great year for Dresden again, especially for all aficionados of museums:
March 6th (probably):
Opening of the Turkish Chamber: The Royal Palace is restaurated and offers again after 60 years the Turkish Chamber. You can expect to see over 600 oriental exhibits on about 750m². “The main attractions will be the sumptuous Ottoman state tents and the extensive range of parade tack displayed on life-sized Arab stallions carved especially for the exhibition. In conjunction with chain mail, helmets, flags, weapons and robes, these textile treasures depict the fascination of the Saxon electors with Ottoman art and culture. Dresden’s collection of Ottoman and Oriental-style art is one of the biggest in Germany. Its largest piece alone – a 20-metre-long, eight-metre-wide and six-metre-high Ottoman state tent with magnificent appliqués in silk and gold leather – was extensively restored at a cost of over €3.6 million.” (www.skd-dresden.de)
Reopening of the Albertinums: Since the big flood in 2002 the museum was closed and parts of the exhibition were displayed in other museums. The restauration and construction of the new foyer are supposed to finish now and therewith all the fantastic modern and contemporary master pieces of art from the 19th century to today will be hosted again in the Albertinum on the Brühlsche Terrasse.
End of 2010:
Opening of Historical Military Museum of the German Armed Forces
There is a small and cute zoo in the neustadt quarter named Panama. You can visit it for free on the Seifhennersdorfer Str. 2, you reach it over the Görlitzerstrasse.
Moreover there is a christmas party for the animals going on from 10am to 12am on the 24th of December 2008. Bring some food for the cats, horses, sheep, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs or chickens. A nice fireplace and some cookies are waiting for you after the feeding.
general opening times:
- Mo – Sa von 8am bis 7pm
- Su feeding time (8am – 11am and 4:30pm – 6pm)
Dieses Wochenende im Industriegelände findet die Burning Bizzare Convention statt. Insbesondere für Liebhaber von Feuershows, Akrobatik und Jonglage ein absolutes Muss. Mehr Infos hier.