Although I was born and raised in the United States, I still feel very German. Both of my maternal Grandparents immigrated from Germany and raised me with their traditions, culture, and language. Despite my closeness with their home country, I had only visited once in my life and while I desired to return, the opportunity never presented itself. Thus, when I received an invitation from AirBerlin to experience Germany with them — on my Grandmother’s 80th Birthday no less — I could not have been more excited!
The trip began with an unforgettable flight via AirBerlin’s brand-new business class from New York City to Berlin. It was without a doubt the most luxurious plane ride I have ever taken. It is very rare that I am sad when a plane lands, but this time was definitely an exception. From the airport, I quickly departed for the train station for my two-hour ride to Dresden, the city my trip would officially begin in.
My grandmother warned me that I would fall in love with Dresden and she was right, as I was swept off my feet in seconds! In order to become familiarized with the city, AirBerlin provided me and the rest of the group with a guided tour through Dresden’s centuries old cobblestone streets. Unfortunately, we were a week too early to see the Christmas Markets open, however it was impossible to not get caught up in the infectious spirit of the holiday season that was already all around us. The Dresden Christmas Markets happen to be the oldest in all of Germany, dating back to the 15th Century.
During World War II, Dresden suffered major destruction to its magnificent buildings. Even though it has since been rebuilt, it is still possible to this day to see the damaging effects of this hideous part of our history. Nonetheless, when traveling in Dresden be prepared to be in absolute awe of its human-made beauty.
Dinner was held at the unforgettable Pulverturm restaurant courtesy of Dresden Marketing. If you should find yourself in Dresden, this place cannot be missed. While the Saxonian food is superb, what really sets it apart from the rest is its ambiance. Housed in the original walls of the “Pulverturm,” which was once one of the most important buildings in all of Saxony, dining in this restaurant is truly like taking a step back in time.
Could you think of a better way to end your first night in Germany than with a slice of delicious apfelkuchen?