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Dresden's Flohmarkt: Not your father's Oldsmobile (Flea Market)
Certainly the Baroque buildings of Dresden’s Altstadt district are must-sees, as is funky Neustadt area, but don’t shortchange yourself by missing out on some low-key local favorites. Case in point is the Dresden Flohmarkt (Flea Market) held every Saturday from early spring until late autumn on the über-green banks of the Elba under the classical stone Albertbrücke (Albert's Bridge). Erase the seedy image in your mind of flea markets in the U.S. Dresden’s long love affair with arts and culture ensures exotic finds and perhaps even valuable tidbits from the past, all beautifully nestled against a charming river backdrop. So head to the Flohmarkt and find real treasures like classical jewelry, delicate teaspoons, small crystal glasses, and even an occasional piece of Meissen porcelain. Old pocket knives are plentiful, as are a wide array of original pre-war metal toys (some still in original boxes). The list is too long to cover here, but you get the idea. Getting there is easy. From Bahnhof Neustadt (Neustadt train station), take the number 6 tram in the direction of Niedersedlitz, three stops to Rosa-Luxemburg-Pl. Exit the tram and walk across the Elbe River over Albertbrücke. When crossing, take a look to your right to admire the beautiful classical skyline of the Altstadt district and its Frauen Kirche in the distance. There is no admission charge. Snacks and drinks are extremely affordable as well. For a map:
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