I would have to say that this entire trip had been planned around going to Dresden. I had gone to this city for the first time in 2002 with my family. There aren’t many American tourists that come to this city still, even after 12 years since we were last here (the majority is German) and the buildings still need to be repaired and cleaned. But there is a subtle charm to this city where you get the feeling that in its day it was a marvelous city with its churches, opera house, and Zwinger Palace. During the three days, we took a tour of the Porzellansammlung (the Dresden porcelain museum), the Green Vault, and did quite a bit of shopping since we didn’t have a lot of time to do any shopping any other place. Dresden has much more affordable prices than anywhere we had been to in Europe. One of the stores we discovered in Germany is called, Karstadt. This store has practically anything you would need from clothes and accessories, food, and home décor at amazing prices! Also, it was a great time to finally stop in my favorite stores like Zara and H&M to see what they had to offer that was maybe different from back home.
After The Hague, we traveled to Germany, where we spent a night in Hanover before travelling to Dresden. Before arriving in Dresden, we stopped in Leipzig for a couple of hours to revisit this city that we last visited 12 years ago. This delightful city is full of the old world charm with the beautiful buildings and churches. One church is also the burial place of Bach.
Since we were staying in The Hague, we took the train to Amsterdam. It only took an hour to get there and since we only had one day in the city, we had certain sites to fit in that day. We went to the Rijksmuseum, which truly is a must see! They have quite a few famous Rembrandt paintings here as well as many other fine works of art. Out of the many museums I have been to in my life, I would say this is number two, followed behind The Louvre. After the museum, we had lunch at Asian Kitchen, which had some of the most amazing food I have ever eaten. Afterward, we took a boat tour around the city, which provided a great opportunity to get lots of pictures without having to do any walking. Finally, we finished out the day with a tour of the Anne Frank House. I hope that I can return to Amsterdam one day and get to see more of this beautiful city that is one of a kind!
The second day in The Hague, we drove and visited the tulip festival, which only lasts from March to May. It truly didn’t disappoint; I have never seen so many beautiful flowers all in one place! The entire garden is very serene and picturesque that it is a place you will never want to leave!
While in The Hague, we stayed at another amazing hotel that certainly made staying outside of Amsterdam well worth it. It was the Hotel Des Indes. This elaborate hotel is truly one of a kind that makes you feel as though you are in a palace with its opulence and luxurious look.