After an early morning flight to Berlin our group were met by our local tour guide and transferred by minibus to Dresden. Before reaching our hotel we stopped off at one of the Christmas Markets in Dresden to sample some whisky flavoured Stollen and Glüwein from the Mühlenbäckerei bakery.
We stayed at the Maritim Hotel Dresden near the old town, the rooms are tastefully decorated and my room offered a wonderful view across the river to the New Town, facilities also include a wellness area with swimming pool. The Maritim breakfasts are amazing as there is so much to choose from catering for all tastes.
Dresden is a Baroque city with lots of history and sights such as the Royal Palace and the Semperoper, and also has 12 Christmas Markets dotted around the city selling everything from food to handmade gifts.
We took the comfortable ICE train from Dresden to Leipzig which takes around 1 hour.
On arrival in Leipzig we took a walking tour around the city to see some of the sights, including the St Thomas Church home of the world famous St Thomas Boys Choir. After visiting some of the typical festive Christmas Markets we spent a well earned rest at the Mendelssohn Haus where we experienced a private chamber music concert which was very relaxing.
As this was a flying visit I would like to go back and spend longer in each city, both are lovely and have their own individual character although both are steeped in history and offer great food, walks, sights and hospitality to anyone who chooses to visit.