Painting of Carl Lohse "small town"

Top events in winter

Advertisement C hristmas and winter – it’s that time of year again, when we like to snuggle up on the sofa with a mug of hot cocoa or a glass of punch, surrounded by family and friends. But, of course, there are also plenty of good reasons to wrap up warm and venture out of the house during the months of December, January and February. Here are a few of the unmissable events coming up:

Eiswelt Dresden: A sculpture spectacular in sub-zero temperatures

The "Nutcracker" balett as ice figures

Eiswelt Dresden, one of the world’s largest covered ice and snow sculpture exhibitions, opens its doors to the public in late November. More than 1,000 square metres of floor space at the ZEITENSTRÖMUNG exhibition site have been given over to a winter wonderland in which visitors of all ages can walk among finely sculpted and beautifully illuminated art works in ice. Based on Christmas, winter and Dresden motifs, they are between two and eight metres high, and some of them can even be climbed on. 25 international artists, including world and European champions in the discipline of ice and snow carving, have transformed more than 400 tons of the frozen material into a dazzling world of wonderment. With an ambient temperature of -8°C inside, you are advised to wrap up warm.

When? Open daily 25/11/17 – 25/02/18, 10am to 6pm
Where? ZEITENSTRÖMUNG® Dresden (Hall 12), Königsbrücker Strasse 96, 01099 Dresden
Further information: www.eiswelt-dresden.de

Carl Lohse, Expressionist: Powerful visual testimonies from the post-war period

Painting of Carl Lohse "small town"

The painter Carl Lohse (1895 – 1965) was a soldier and POW in the First World War. In October 1919, he settled in Bischofswerda near Dresden, where he found financial support and an environment in which art was once again beginning to blossom. Between 1919 and 1921, he produced in quick succession a brilliant body of work that included portraits, landscapes and cityscapes. Lohse experimented with the bold use of colour and with the different styles of expressionism, cubism and futurism, all the way through to pure abstraction. The main focus of the exhibition in the Albertinum is on the pictures from the years around 1920. Also on display are works that emerged after the founding of the GDR in 1949 and which show that this independent-minded artist refused to submit to the doctrine of socialist realism.

When? Open daily 15/12/17 – 15/04/18, 10am to 6pm (except Mondays and 24/12/17); special opening hours on 01/01/18, 12 noon to 6pm
Where? Albertinum, Tzschirnerplatz 2, 01067 Dresden
Further information: albertinum.skd.museum/ausstellungen/carl-lohse-expressionist/

DRESDEN 1945: Relive history in 360 degrees

The premises of "Dresden 1945"

The panoramas of Yadegar Asisi are now famous throughout Germany. With DRESDEN 1945, the artist has recreated a particularly bleak chapter in the history of the Elbe metropolis, namely the massive air raid in the latter stage of the Second World War and its consequences. In this 360-degree panorama, imagined from the tower of the Rathaus, the city is a scene of almost complete destruction. Everywhere are mounds of debris from which columns of smoke rise. An ominous soundtrack atmospherically underscores the tragic nature of this detailed portrayal. DRESDEN 1945 was awarded the German Design Award Special in 2016. It not only recalls the bombing of the Saxon state capital but also serves to commemorate the destruction of other European cities such as Rotterdam, Coventry and Warsaw. A multimedia companion exhibition to the panorama provides a historical outline of the Second World War and the era.

When? Open daily 13/01/18 – 22/04/18, Mon-Fri, 10am to 5pm; Sat, Sun and public holidays, 10am to 6pm (last admission, one hour before closing)
Where? Asisi Panometer Dresden, Gasanstaltstrasse 8b, 01237 Dresden
Further information: www.asisi.de/en/panoramen/dresden-1945/

Dresdner Winterzauber & Dresdner Winter: Fun on ice for the whole family

Fresh pyramid Cake is made at the "Dresden Winter"

During the winter months, sporting aces and daredevil skaters can practice to their heart’s content on two temporary ice rinks. One of these will be laid out on the Altmarkt itself. Surrounded by Alpine wooden huts, Gaudi-Treff and Stiegl Alm beer marquees, Dresdner Winterzauber (Dresden Winter Magic) is a popular rendezvous for young and old alike, a place to skate or to eat and drink as others merrily glide along.

The second pop-up skating rink is at the romantic Konzertplatz Weisser Hirsch adjacent to the Dresdner Heide. 800 square metres of ice, curling alleys, fire bowls and an authentic beer garden atmosphere make the Dresdner Winter rink in the hillside district of Weisser Hirsch a popular outing for local families. The whole experience is complemented by a varied programme of events, with craft and street food markets, a puppet theatre, Sunday brunch in the winter lodge, skiing and ice skating courses and after-work sessions on the ice.

Dresdner Winterzauber (Dresden Winter Magic)
When? Open daily 19/01/18 – 04/03/18, 10am to 10pm
Where? Altmarkt, 01067 Dresden
Further information: www.dresdner-winterzauber-2018.de

Dresdner Winter
When? Open daily 17/11/17 – 25/02/18, Mon – Fri, 2pm to 9pm; Sat, Sun, public holidays, Saxony school holidays, 10am to 9pm; Christmas Eve, 10am to 4pm
Where? Konzertplatz am Weissen Hirsch, Stechgrundstrasse, 01324 Dresden
Further information: www.dresdner-winter.com

Weisse Nacht (White Night): Saxon winegrowing tradition in winter garb

snow covered paths at the Castle Wackerbarth

Saxony’s most famous prince-elector, Augustus the Strong, also appreciated the charming surroundings of his capital city, commissioning the construction of various country residences and pleasure palaces just a few kilometres from Dresden’s baroque centre. Schloss Wackerbarth in Radebeul scores double marks in the attractiveness stakes for its romantic setting among vineyards and for its own production of excellent still and sparkling wines. At the beginning of February, the public part of the estate extends an invitation to an elegant wine-tasting evening. The historic wine cellar will be the venue for growers from the region to talk about their wines and crack open bottles for sampling. Scrumptious food, an artistic programme and a DJ will ensure that this is an occasion for all the senses.

When? 03/02/18 at 8pm
Where? Schloss Wackerbarth, Wackerbarthstrasse 1, 01445 Radebeul
Further information: www.schloss-wackerbarth.de/deutsch/unsere-veranstaltungen/feste-und-hoehepunkte/weisse-nacht/