Dresden, Germany #1 6-13

July 4, 2013

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Getting an early start from Rosberg, we headed slightly out of our way to the 18th century Saxon capital of Dresden, famous throughout Europe as “The Florence of the North”. Our primary goal was to visit The Volkswagen Transparent Factory (Die Gläserne Manufaktur) where they make Volkswagen’s luxury sedan, the Phaeton. The factory’s walls are made almost completely of glass. For more details see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muyGGyZrW08

The Volkswagen Transparent Factory is quite impressive, although it’s not really a factory. It’s more of a high-tech assembly plant. All components of the Phaeton come from other cities and countries. The company is quite proud of the Phaeton, but if we were going to spend $80,000 to $120,000 on a luxury car, I don’t think we’d want it to just have a Volkswagen logo on the grill. Most of them go to China.

The Volkswagen Transparent Factory is quite impressive but it’s not really a factory.

The Volkswagen Transparent Factory is quite impressive but it’s not really a factory.

Bertrand, the bear from the Espar factory, got to tour The Volkswagen Transparent Factory.

Bertrand, the bear from the Espar factory, got to tour The Volkswagen Transparent Factory.

As it turns out there was much more to see in this historic city, still in the process of rebuilding WW II damage and re-uniting with the West….. and the recent flood waters.

The Palace in the Grossen Garten was slowly being restored to its original condition when Augustus the Strong reigned.

The Palace in the Grosser Garten is slowly being restored to its original condition when Augustus the Strong reigned.

Many of the old buildings showed the stern character during the reigns of Augustus the Strong and Augustus III, (1694-1763).

Many of the old buildings showed the stern character during the reigns of Augustus the Strong and Augustus III, (1694-1763).

We are almost traveling now. Time for a break!

We are almost traveling now. Time for a break!

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