A stroll along Dresden's 'Balcony of Europe'
Introduction: Start at Schloss Platz
Welcome to Dresden! I am Seema your guide. I have lived and worked in Dresden since 2010 and am passionate about my adopted home.
Thank you for joining me on a stroll along Brühl’s Terrace, the Balcony of Europe.
You should be standing on the Castle Square or Schloss Platz under the statue of Friedrich August the 3rd who sits contemplatively upon his throne in front of what used to be the Parliament building of Saxony and is now a court house.
Before we get going, we'll be spending a few minutes here while I tell you a little bit about him. You are welcome to sit down at or near the statue while I do so.
Friedrich August the 3rd, was the first King of Saxony. He was a member of the house of Wettin that ruled Saxony for a total of 829 years. This makes them one of the longest ruling dynasties in Europe. But they had to wait a long time to become kings. In fact, by the time Friedrich August became King they already had been ruling for almost 700 years!
If Friedrich August were to point with his left hand, he would be bringing your attention to a long, yellow coloured wall with a mural of horse riders, it is called the Fürstenzug or Procession of Princes. Made up of 24 thousand individually painted tiles, it shows the Wettin family proudly marching through eight centuries of power.
Look over at that mural. It is called the Fürstenzug or Procession of Princes. It shows the Wettin family proudly marching through eight centuries of power.
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So, let's begin!
Turn away from Friedrich August towards the river and the Augustus Bridge.
See the wide flight of stairs to the right of the bridge? This leads up to Brühl’s Terrace. These are the stairs we will take.
As you walk towards the stairs, glance to the right.
Can you see an elevator between the stairs and the building you're near? This is just in case you wish to use that later to reach the top of the balcony. But for the moment please proceed to the bottom of the stairway and stop.
Do not climb the steps yet.