Cruising along the Havel and then the Elbe Rivers, we came to Magdeburg.
We explored the Cathedral, the oldest Gothic church in Germany:
and I was fascinated by the Hundertwasser Citadel:
Designed by the Austrian artist/architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a building for commercial and residential use, and known also as the Green Citadel, it was built in 2004/05. The quirky architecture surprises from every angle, and includes courtyards, shops, and 55 apartments. Hundertwasser believed in the existence of a close relationship between architectural design and the wellbeing of those living within a building. Concepts include 'tree obligation' and 'window rights' - there are even trees growing out of windows, and wildflower meadows on the roofs and slopes.
We found a model of the entire Citadel in a coffee shop. It covers about one city block:
Back on board...
and on to Lutherstadt Wittenberg:
Wittenberg University was made famous by its teachers, religious reformers Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon.
The Reformation started here on October 31, 1517, when Luther reputedly nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the wooden doors of the Castle Church:
We explored the preserved University and home of Luther and his wife Catherine..
who apparently are still walking around the city...
His personal hymn book
The lectern of the University..
The City Square...
And there was Luther on the river bank as we sailed on to Dresden...
Dresden, it is well-known, suffered much destruction of its Royal Palace and historic buildings during the last few months of World War II.
After German reunification, reconstruction began on the palace,the beautiful Frauenkirche, the Opera House, and the city centre..
including this fantastic mosaic mural of the Kings of Saxony
and its beautiful interior..
The Semper Opera House, originally opened in 1841, razed to the ground in 1945, and opened again after reconstruction in 1985.
The dazzling interior, where we enjoyed The Marriage of Figaro
and so to bed....