Dresden, situated along the River Elbe, has a rich history in Germany. Bombed by American and British troops during WWII this city, which lays upon the Czech border, was decimated. Since WWII and the reunification of Germany, the government has worked to rebuild the city with both historic flare and modern touches. It is easy to see why Dresden remains one the the prized cultural and political centers of Germany.
Leipzig's most recent notoriety comes from it status as the epicenter of the Cultural Revolution within the German Democratic Republic. Meeting at St. Nicholas Church, many German citizens organized themselves and coordinated efforts to fight communism.
While in Dresden...
Giving us a chance to view the city, we rode bikes along the Elbe River.
One of the more unique experiences provided by the program is a chance to visit the home German residents. Our group was split into 3 with each going to a separate location. My group was sent to a commune style home where residents work together focusing on an anti-consumerist economy.
While in Leipzig...
The Stasi Museum is located in the headquarters of the former GDR. Left fairly untouched this museum provides visitors a chance to see what the headquarters would have looked like prior to German reunification.