Neustadt is the most beautiful part of Dresden because …
… it is always changing. Anyone who lives here soon gets used to the fact that, as one shop or business closes down, it is replaced by some new imaginatively furnished café or pop-up store. And in between, traditional crafts are practised just as they have been for generations and just like you might find around a village square. Neighbours know each other, for example from working together on projects such as the Bunte Republik Neustadt district festival. Visitors are always amazed by the amount of street art on display here: brightly decorated houses as well as professionally executed graffiti. Here, the day starts a bit later than elsewhere – but there again, the evenings last longer.
How would you explain Neustadt to a stranger?
It is the city’s ‘alternative quarter’ – a travel guide would probably describe it as a hippy hangout. But in fact, Neustadt is a family-friendly area during the daytime: there are plenty of playgrounds where parents can either take their kids or simply turn them loose. At around 5pm, though, the atmosphere begins to change. That’s when Neustadt becomes somewhere to go on an evening out. That also goes for the locals who are generally easy to strike up a conversation with.