The German Trilogy. Hamburg, Venice of the North

Leaving behind a tumultuous past marked by destruction and periods of glory, Hamburg rose from the dust of war wealthier and stronger than before

Being in Lubeck for a few days already, as much as I loved that city I was starting to get bored. So, it seemed a good idea that since Hamburg was only 70 km away, I should take the train and pay it a visit. Definitely, it was not in my plans and being a big city was not on my “must see“ list. I still prefer smaller picturesque towns.

What convinced me though,  was that fact that since I wrote a paper on propaganda in Germany during WWII when I finished university, maybe it should be a good idea to know better the Germany of today while looking at it through the mirror of the past.

Although is not my kind of city, it managed to impress me.

The German Trilogy. Hamburg, Venice of the North

Dresden, a Glamorous City Risen From the Ashes of War

Heavily destroyed by the WWII bombardments, Dresden is restoring its former glory little by little

It was a turn of destiny that on our way to Berlin we decided to stop for a while in Dresden. Actually trying to avoid a stau( traffic jam) on the highway we took another road which changed our route completely. so willy-nilly we had to pass through Dresden.

Getting closer to it, I remembered that it was almost completely destroyed during WWII. In 1945 massive bombing raids in which incendiary bombs were used, transformed the city into a pile of rubble. Up to 25000 people lost their lives. The fires and the high temperatures that reached 1000 degrees transformed Dresden in a real pit of hell. Dresden, a Glamorous City Risen From the Ashes of War