Johannstadt is the most beautiful district of Dresden because…
…there is an exciting mix of bomb sites and new development, of Plattenbau (prefabricated high-rise blocks) and public parks. This part of the city was badly damaged in the air raid of February 1945. It was subsequently redeveloped, with many green areas, wide streets and grandiose GDR architecture. I myself moved into a Plattenbau apartment over 30 years ago and am very comfortable there. I have a view of the TV tower, of the Saxon Switzerland mountains and of the tower on top of the town hall in the city centre. Everything is within easy reach: it’s only a few minutes’ walk to the Old Town, to the Grosser Garten or across the Waldschlösschen bridge to the Dresdner Heide.
How would you explain Johannstadt to a stranger?
At first glance, Johannstadt seems bleak and anonymous – especially in contrast to the large detached residences in the neighbouring districts of Striesen and Blasewitz. But if you look more closely, you become aware of the beautifully landscaped parks and the well-kept barbecue areas between the apartment blocks where the residents socialise in the summer months. In our garden, a neighbour tends a potato patch and the children play next to it. We also have several local beekeepers who will take you on a tour of some of the out-of-the-way places.