Gorbitz is the most beautiful district of Dresden because…
Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. At first glance, Gorbitz may not be in the same league as the baroque Old Town or the picturesque Weisser Hirsch district. But Dresden-Gorbitz is a peaceful and affordable place to live with plenty of greenery. There are various aspects that appeal to me. For example, the fact that half of the streets are named after plants. Ebereschenstrasse has rowan trees on either side, Forsythienstrasse is lined with yellow forsythia, and you can even pick cherries when they are in season on Kirschenstrasse.
How would you explain Gorbitz to a stranger?
Between 1981 and 1990, apartment blocks for 40,000 people were mass-constructed on a conveniently situated hillside using prefabricated components. Before that, the land had been meadows and fields. The new development was a popular residential area until the demise of the GDR. If you got hold of one of these apartments, you considered yourself lucky. Most of the apartments have now been modernised. It’s an affordable area with beautiful footpaths, parks and everything you need on a day-to-day basis: supermarkets, doctors, refurbished children’s facilities, schools, sports facilities, playgrounds and good transport links. By the way, there is a 30kph speed limit on all the streets. Now that’s really something!