One our last full day in Dresden, Dan and I went across the street to grab some breakfast at the quaint buffet they had set up in the small restaurant across the street. It was a sweet little place with a mixture of German and North American breakfast foods. We loaded up on a few goodies we'd not had since leaving home, and I pulled out our guidebook, trying to think up plans for the day.
When we headed out the door, we didn't have anything specific in mind; we'd gotten so much done the day before so this was a free day for us to do whatever we wanted. I had seen these boat tours on offer when we were walking around the city yesterday and thought that might be an excellent way to see the city from a different perspective as well as see a little more of the countryside outside of Dresden.
We finished up our breakfast and went online to buy a few tickets for the earliest boat cruise we could find, so not to waste any time!
The docks for all the tourists boats were located on the river, right down from Bruhl's Terrace. The bright green and blue boats were surrounded by outdoor wooden tables and green benches, with beautiful flower beds in front of them. There was even a little beer trailer where on the sunnier days, patrons could grab a beer while waiting for their boat to show up. We lined up with the rest of the senior citizens, admiring the cute old couples that were holding hands in front of us and patiently waited for the boat to arrive.
In no time at all, we were ready to board the ship. The boat itself was really cute, well maintained and pretty modern. We raced for a seat on the top deck since I get a bit seasick inside the vessel. It wasn't too chilly but being on the river, we certainly needed the coat and scarves that we brought. Within a few minutes, we were on our way, gently traveling down the River Elbe.
After we had sailed out of the city, we started getting into the countryside, almost immediately. The northern section of the Elbe river is very flat but very green! It's made up of lots of fertile marshlands, making it a great area for farming. This area of Germany is called Loschwitz and is a small town filled with elegant villas.
Onboard the boat you were able to order food and drinks, so Dan and I both grabbed a beverage to enjoy on the journey. Dan chose a German draft beer, and I decided on a crisp and refreshing cranberry soda. It was so nice to be able to grab food or beverages on the boat, actually made it that much more relaxing and enjoyable.
Loschwitz is an area made up of 10 different districts in Saxony along the slopes of the Elbe River. The village is known for their wine-growing and has been growing grapes since the 11the century. Various wealthy dignitary and authors bought up land along the Elbe in Loschwitz and built different castles on these estates. Even the Prince of Prussia once owned a castle in this area.
The Elbschloss is a group of three Palaces that are built in this area, around the bend of the view. The first and most impressive is the Albrechtsberg Palace that was built for the Prussian prince. The Palace was constructed in the neoclassical style and designed by Prussian court and manscaping architect Adolf Lohse. The reason a landscaping architect was chosen instead of simply and an architect is because the green space around the Palace was made just as important and the residence itself.
Albrechtsberg Palace or Albrechtsberg Castle is a Neoclassical stately home above the Elbe river in the Loschwitz district of Dresden. It was erected in 1854 according to plans designed by the Prussian court and landscaping architect Adolf Lohse (1807–1867) at the behest of Prince Albert, younger brother of the Prussian King Frederick William IV.
The next castle in the sequence is the-the English Tudor style, Eckberg Palace. Built in 1861 for the businesspeople Johann Souchay it is now a luxury hotel and guests can stay in the same rooms as high-class Saxon families one did hundreds of years ago.
The Lingnerschloss or Villa Stockhausen is the third and last palace in this trio. In 1906 Karl August Lingner bought the property. He had a real affinity fo unusual solutions and ideas and was the founder of the Hygiene Museum, a favourite tourist stop in Dresden. This residence is most commonly notable for its stunning vineyards, all who looked to be in full force and bright green as well paddled by.
As we approached the half point on our journey was passed by, and turn around under the Blue Wonder. The Blue Wonder, although not very blue in my opinion, is the nickname for the Loschwitz Bridge, which connects the city of Blasewitz and Loschwitz.
The bridge was built in 1983 at a cost of 2.25 million Goldmarks and was seen as a masterpiece of technology since no piers were supporting it. The reason it was once named the “blue” wonder was from the colour of the water under the bridge, but I also don’t think that named is suitable these days either.
On our way back we had a much more relaxed trip. We had already seen and studied most of the building on either side of us, and we could just lie back and enjoy the scenery and even more a minute, perhaps dose off and catch a few zzzs.
The view as you get closer to Dresden, but are still far enough away to see the city as a whole is truly stunning.
Finally, we began pulling back into the docking area nad out trip had come to an end. It was such a relaxing journey and getting to see the countryside which lay right outside the doorstep of the city was very exciting to see.