There is an incredible treasure of all kinds in this place. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Dresdeners don't ask you whether you like the city. They just tell you. Umberto Eco
You want to go to Dresden?
Maybe you just don't know it yet!
Dresden is a city with a lot of history. Since neither we nor most probably you are history students, we will try to explain our city’s history as briefly as possible. The following are only the most important events! If you are especially interested – which of course we would highly appreciate and support – you can refer to any standard guidebook or information website of your choice.
First mentionings of a place called „Dresdene“ date all the way back to 1206, when at the crossroads of the Elbe and an important trade route people began to settle. During the following centuries, however, due to growing trade traffic and its exceptional geographical position, its importance grew steadily and it eventually became the ruling familiy’s residence in 1485. Martin Luther’s reformatory struggle was first oppressed, then acknowledged, which probably lay the foundations for Dresden’s Protestant identity – still today, you can see Martin Luther’s statue in front of the Frauenkirche.
Renaissance and baroque
In about 1550 the city began to gain more and more cultural importance. First of all, it grew: new streets and city gates were built, the old walls had to be teared down partially. But hat was only the beginning: during August „the strong one“’s era Dresden became a cultural metropolis, when such buildings as the Zwinger, the Hof- and Frauenkirche, the castles in Moritzburg and Pillnitz and a lot more were being realized. Furthermore, the arts in general were being promoted, such as music, opera, theater, painting, craftsmenship and many more. Unfortunately, it took a couple of lost wars, time and another governor to make parts of these unique treasures accessible to public.
In 1806 Saxonia was declared kingdom, and after it lost 2/3 due to the Wiener Kongress’s treaty to Prussia, its Russian governor opened the formerly private arts collections and galleries. In 1815 Carl Gustav Carus co-founded the so-called Chirurgisch-medizinische Akademie, in 1828 the TU’s predecessing institution came into life, and along with it reforms, the constitution and a lot of modernity. Gottfried Semper became important, the Prager Straße, where you can go shopping to this day was constructed, and the first German chocolate factory (!) as well.
Thanks to the era of industrialization, Dresden grew and became a modern metropolis. The bridge „Blaues Wunder“ was consructed, as were the tram and the main train station. In 1918 the kingdom had to make space for the new „free state“ with a more left-wing government, only to be overturned by the Nazi government at the beginning of the Third Reich. Famous artists, poets and authors (e.g. Otto Dix, Viktor Klemperer, Erich Kästner) were banished. On February 13th, 1945 the city was bombed by the Allied air forces, causing up to 100 000 deaths and a completely destroyed city. Even today the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Dresden_in_World_War_II#Post-war_debate" title="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Dresden_in_World_War_II#Post-war_debate" class="external text">Bombing of Dresden</a> is much debated on.
After the war Dresden was slowly reconstructed and from 1949 to 1990 Saxonia was part of the GDR. Dresden’s inhabitants in fact were one of the first GDR citizens to rise against the regime, peacefully demonstrating and organizing protest marches and lectures. It was only after the German reunion in 1990 that the Frauenkirche was rebuilt carefully thanks to international fundraising, and completed in 2005.
By the way...
...did you know that it was here that the first overhead railway, the first steamboat and the first German locomotive were put into action?
And even more interesting: would you have guessed that the coffee filter, milk chocolate, mineral water, the tea bag and the bra were invented right here? Likewise the first audiotape, SLR camera and, as the first brand-name article, the Odol mouthwash...
(source: Baedeker 2009)
Apart from the interesting sights mentioned before, you have many places in Dresden where you can just enjoy life. The Dresdeners also love their city for being not too crowded. If you like animals there is also a zoo in the centre of the city, and Botanical Gardens. You can spend a sunny afternoon in the "Großer Garten" (great garden). There it is possible to play soccer, badminton, go inline-skating or jogging.
Relaxing is also fantastic on the banks of the river "Elbe". It is very unique - although Dresden is a big city, you can stroll next to the Elbe and there is just so much space. Numerous people sit there in the sun, do sports or barbecue – something Germans really like. So it is obligatory for you to try it – at least once!
The Dresdeners are very friendly and easy Germans. In Germany, they (along with all people from Saxony) are known for their quaint Eastern German accent. But since the reunification, also people from West Germany have moved to Dresden. Especially among university students, Dresden is very popular.
Still, you can feel the vestiges of the GDR. Perhaps you are interested in old German cars. Then the Trabi-Safari is surely the right thing for you. You can drive the ancient cars that were common in former Eastern Germany.
Besides, Dresden is a rather cheap city. Compared to other German cities, you can make ends meet with less money. Just to give you an impression of the prices here:
in the historical Altstadt: 2,80€
at the Italian café next to the Hospital: 1€
- Cinema ticket on a Thursday night
at the UFA Filmpalast cinema: 6,50€
at a small repertory cinema: 3€
- a room (20sm) in a flatshare with 2 flatmates, per month
You can do whatever you like:
- watch our American Football Team "Dresden Monarchs"
- Watch our soccer Team "Dynamo Dresden" or
- play soccer yourself (indoor and outdoor)
- go hiking and climbing in Saxony Swizerland near Dresden (30 min. with public transport)
- do indoor climbing (Boulder)
- go cycling or mountainbiking
- Jogging in a park or a the Elbe-riverside, there are many running events from April to October, too
- do orientiering
- do rowing
- play (beach-)volleyball
- play basketball (indoor and outdoor)
- go swimming (indoor and outdoor)
Especially in Winter you can:
- go ice-skating (indoor and outdoor)
- go skiing near Dresden
- do cross country skiing, there are many prepared tours around Dresden
- watch our Ice Hockey Team "Die Eislöwen"
So just ask us and we will do our best to keep you moving!
Dresden at night is a nice thing to do, too.
As it is a city of moderate size, from Monday to Wednesday, there are more "relaxing" things to do (there are still other things than clubbing and party... unfortunately!)
You can go to the nice bars of the outer Neustadt (for example the "Stilbruch").
You can hang out in one of the multiple cafés (f.ex. the "Schokibar" or the "Wohnzimmer")at the outer Neustadt, or you can go dining on a date with a nice German girl/boy at the "Weiße Gasse"which is located in the Altstadt. A cheaper version would be to eat a nice hand made icecream at the "Tiki's" Bar near the Kunsthof-Passage.
If you want to grab something to eat, check out the Döner Kebab at the Rothenburger Straße. (They even have Wholemeal Dürüms!) Generally, you can always see, if there is a nice movie (lots of times even with English subtitles!) at one of our six repertory cinemas.
Starting Thursday, most of the clubs offer a variety of locations, music styles and of course, different sorts of people:
If you like to listen to rock music, "Katy's Garage" would be mostly your choice.
Into Latin-electronic music or different types of electronic sounds mixed with rhythms of more melodic styles, the "Groove Station" offers a cheap way to dance and have fun.
Black music, House and Electro will be offered in a lot of small clubs, but if you want the more-expensive-but-all-inclusive version, check out the "Musikpark".
Punk, Hardtech, Psychedelic will be found in the "Chemiefabrik" (also called "Chemo"). They also have a fire place where you can get to know the left scene of Dresden.
Here, it is also common to have house partys, Flat partys or pot luck-style partys.
References and incoming's opinion
Ricardo (from Mexico)
Well, I had the fortune of being in Dresden in 2013. In my country, I used to be a councelor in a regional area and we use to respect the segregated roles as LORE, LORA and bla bla, but in your case in Dresden, the way u work, that u see all the incomings things all together, and also u mix the research stuff with the profesional stuff is great!!...U are so much organized on that, and also people who are in charge of it are great, always asking about how are u doing. The social program is cool, and also u are always taking care about the incomings. Well i could suggest more people to plan the social program and to hang out the incomings, and i am not talking about party, i am talking about a city tour, but anyway... Also i really liked the National Social Programm: One weekend the responsable of us got in contact with the Leipzig people who had some incomings there and we went skiiing, i sucked at it but it was so so cool. So basically i can't suggest them to change anything for being better, cause they don't need it! Hello to all from Mexico, and keep moving on!
Kelly (from Malta)
I would totally recommend an exchange in Dresden. The city is beautiful and you will never run out of things to see. The exchange committee are extremely nice and helpful. I would recommend that you have a basic grasp of German for your attachment in the hospital, as there is a slight language barrier. I will definitely visit Dresden again in the future!
Universitätsklinikum – Medizinische Fakultät
When King August promoted the institution of the "Surgical-Medical Academy" in 1815, Dresden's medical history had already been one of about 70 years of medical education. One of its earliest teachers as professor for gynecology: Carl Gustav Carus, whose profile you can still discover in the hospital's official emblem. Later, where there is now the University hospital, different hospitals were built, gradually enlarged over the years, rebuilt after World War II and finally, in 1954, reintroduced as medical school. While up until 1993 it exclusively offered clinical education, ever since, pre-med semesters have been included as well. Nowadays it regards itself as institution open to art and music by hosting several cultural events, concerts and changing exhibitions accessible by all patients, workers and visitors.
All our incomings get placed at the University Hospital of Dresden.
The University Hospital Dresden is the city’s largest hospital and the only hospital of maximal care in East Saxony. Each year, 52,000 patients receive state-of-the-art medical treatment. With 1,300 in-patient beds and 95 out-patient facilities the whole range of medical service is offered. The University Hospital is closely related to the University of Technology of Dresden. Furthermore there is a busy exchange of ideas and thoughts between partners such as the Max-Planck-Institute and the BIOTEC-BioInnovationCenter.
The hospital is situated in the Johannstadt, in the east of the old town, between the Großer Garten park and the river Elbe. The facilities of the Faculty of Medicine and other administrational institutions are right are part of the hospital campus. The Max-Planck-Institute for molecular cell biology and genetics borders at the northeast. Alongside its western borders runs Fetscherstraße.
Our local exchange group organizes SCOPE internships on many different wards (surgery, internal medicine, paediatrics, neurology, ophthalmology...).
We'll do our best to get you working in your favourite field of medicine!
- Go on a online campus tour!
- For further information on the University Hospital Dresden visit the website or have a glance into the portfolio
- Information on the centers of excellence can be found here
Department of Otorhinolaryngology
At our Department of Otorhinolaryngology, you can work on a SCORE research project. It is the only ENT project offered in Germany!
It is located at the Smell & Taste Clinic,and your tutor will be Prof. Dr. Thomas Hummel. You have to speak English. German would be good, but it is not a prerequisite.
Diagnosis of olfactory loss using electrophysiological and various psychophysical approaches
This study is designed to investigate the idea that scores from the Sniff Magnitude Test predict normal and abnormal olfactory event-related potentials. To this end, subjects with and without olfactory loss will be assessed using psychophysical and electrophysiological measures. In addition, they will receive a detailed physical examination of their nasal cavities.
Psychophysical and electrophysiological measures of olfactory function; physical examination of the nose, ears, and throat (to be specific, participants will learn how to obtain odor thresholds using various techniques, and they will learn how to apply psychophysics to suprathreshold odor stimuli; In addition, participants will receive education in human electrophysiology, including EEG recordings, recordings of event-related potentials, analysis in the frequency domain; further imaging techniques will be touched upon including functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging of the brain including the olfactory bulb; finally, participants will be training in basic medical techniques, e.g., investigation of the nasal and oral cavities using endoscopy)
If you are interested, you can find out more about this project here!
But wait! If Dresden by itself can’t convince you (which we doubt and don't hope it will happen) it only takes a quick look at the map and some interest to recognize that also around our city there are many beautiful things and places to be discovered. We’ll try to summarize each sight’s description; therefore, if you need further information, you may consult a guidebook or tourist information point.
- Dresdner Heide
If you enjoy hiking or even just going for a walk, this huge forest in the North of the city will be the perfect choice for a nice one-day trip into nature. There are trails of about 100 km in total, a climbing garden and several sports institutions – and just in case you get tired in between, several little lodges along the way will offer you their resting space and menu.
- Sächsische Schweiz
Reaching across the border into the Czech Republic, the Elbsandsteingebirge (sandstone mountain range) is an even more phenomenal sight for the nature fans among you. The national park offers forest, climbing opportunities onto bizarrely formed sandstone rocks, spectacular views onto tiny and huge canyons formed by the Elbe river, and the castle Schloss Königstein... a landscape already appreciated and immortalized by painters such as Caspar David Friedrich.
The world-famous city of Europe’s first porcelain production. Once kept secret, you can nowadays learn almost everything about Germany’s traditional handmade china by watching the craftsmen at work. But also the medieval fortress, a cathedral, the market square and the city’s position amidst vineyards make a visit more than worthwhile.
Who of you doesn’t know Karl May, the hero of any German boy because of his novels set in the Wild West? You can visit Villa Shatterhand here, his former house which has been made into a museum. Furthermore, the so-called Saxonian Nizza offers a series of beautiful houses, a museum of GDR history and it’s a center of wine production set in a beautiful landscape.
train, tram (car)
The baroque-style garden constructed in the 19th century is not only worth a visit by itself, but even more so in summer when open-air concerts are being held here. You enjoy sculptures, the view, the little château Friedrichsschlösschen or just a coffee in the Upper Gallery’s café.
This nice little town’s streets feature medieval, Renaissance and baroque elements, especially with its romantic market square in the center of town (during Advent’s season, there’s even a traditional christmas market there). The church, a castle above the city and numerous nice littletraditional houses round up the impression of a picturesque romantic peace of earth.
ship, tram (car)
At Dresden’s Southeast border you’ll find the Renaissance castle of Pillnitz with a beautiful baroque-style garden around it. Every spring the more than 200 years- old camelia fascinates tourists admiring her (supposedly) around 35000 blossoms.
If Dresden is too small for you, Berlin for sure isn’t. The German capital might be nearer than you think! Any travel company’s bus will get you there in a little over 2.5 hours. If you choose to travel by bus, make sure to get out at Berlin ZOB.
bus, train (car)
The Czech capital is easily reached by trains as well as buses departing from Dresden main station every day. It is a metropolis of seldom beauty which you shouldn’t miss seeing once you’re here.
train, bus (car)
The Frauenkirche ('Church of Our Lady') draws thousands of tourists to Dresden. After the Bombing of Dresden, the ruins of the church became the memorial against war and destruction. In 1994, an unprecedented reconstruction project began. Using the saved construction units, the Frauenkirche was rebuilt, financed by donors from all around the world. Today the Frauenkirche stands as indication of the reconciliation.
The Semperoper is the opera house named after its architect, Gottfried Semper. The mid-19th-century building has a long history of premieres, including major works by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. It is the opera house of the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden (Saxon State Opera, Dresden) and the concert hall of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Saxon State Orchestra, Dresden). Today, the Semperoper has also gained international awareness because it is the emblem of the exporting Radeberger Brewery.
The Zwinger (Der Dresdner Zwinger) is a palace built in Rococo style. It served as the orangery, exhibition gallery and festival arena of the Dresden Court. The location was formerly part of the Dresden fortress of which the outer wall is conserved. The name derives from the German word Zwinger (outer ward of a concentric castle); it was for the cannons that were placed between the outer wall and the major wall. The Zwinger was not enclosed until the Neoclassical building by Gottfried Semper called the Semper Gallery was built on its northern side.
Today, the Zwinger is a museum complex that contains the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery), the Dresden Porcelain Collection (Porzellansammlung), the Armory (Rüstkammer) and the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments).
Culture and Museums
Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault)
The Grünes Gewölbe is famous for being one of the richest treasure chambers in Europe. Since their opening in 2004 and 2008, the Neues Grünes Gewölbe and the Historisches Grünes Gewölbe have attracted more than 3 million visitors. They admired the radiance and opulent magnificence of these exceptional works of art. You will love them, too!
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery)
The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (English: Old Masters Picture Gallery) displays around 750 paintings from the 15th to the 18th century. You can see Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces by Italian painters such as Raphael, Titian, Giorgione, Correggio, Vermeer, Tintoretto and Guercino are displayed. The collection contains a large number of 17th-century Flemish and Dutch paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt, Jordaens, Van Dyck and Vermeer. The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister receives more than 500,000 visitors a year. It is a part of the Dresden State Art Collections. The collection is located in the gallery wing of the Zwinger, the Semper Gallery.
Galerie Neue Meister (New Masters Gallery)
The Galerie Neue Meister (English: New Masters Gallery) exhibits around 300 paintings from the 19th century until today, including works from Otto Dix, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet. The gallery also displays numerous sculptures from the Dresden Sculpture Collection from the same period. The museum's collection grew out of the Old Masters Gallery, for which contemporary works were increasingly purchased after 1843. The New Masters Gallery is located in the Albertinum, as a part of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen (State Art Collections) of Dresden.
Militärhistorisches Museum (Bundeswehr Military History Museum )
The Bundeswehr Military History Museum (German: Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr) is the military museum of the German Armed Forces, the Bundeswehr. Since it was redecorated in 2011, it attracts visitors from all around being one of the major military history museums in Germany. The museum is under the technical and administrative chain of command of the German Armed Forces Military History Research Office. It is located in a former military arsenal in the Albertstadt neighborhood of Dresden. The museum includes the original Brandtaucher, the first German submarine, built in Kiel in 1850.
Deutsches Hygienemuseum (Germany Hygiene Museum)
It really has nothing to with toilet paper: The German Hygiene Museum (German: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum) conceives itself today as a "forum for science, culture and society". So it's rather a museum on the human body (from cells, anatomy to food and sexuality - it's great!) It is a popular venue for events and exhibitions, and is among the most visited museums in Dresden, with around 300,000 visitors per year.
Dresden Kreuzchor (boys' choir)
The Dresdner Kreuzchor is the boys' choir of the Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross) in Dresden with a seven century history. Founded as a Latin grammar school at the “capella sanctae crucis”, today known as the Kreuzkirche, the choir has been instrumental in preserving to the present day the medieval tradition of choral liturgy sung by boys' choirs. Today, about 150 boys from the age of 9-19 from Dresden and the surrounding region are members of it. Most of the them live in a boarding school. The Choir Boys are also called "Kruzianer". The repertoire of the choir includes compositions from the early Baroque (Heinrich Schütz, Johann Sebastian Bach), the early 19th century and modern work. Several recordings are available from Berlin Classics, Deutsche Grammophon and Capriccio. The choir often performs with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra.
The choir sings Vespers almost every Saturday at 6 pm in summertime and 5 pm in wintertime and on Sunday at 9:30 am in the Church Service. Every year they go on several concert tours in Germany, but also in Europe, Japan, South Korea, Israel, Canada, Latin America and the United States. Altogether the choir performs about 100 times every year, 50 Church Services and Vespers, 10 concerts at their church (including always Bach's Christmas Oratorio and St Matthew Passion and A German Requiem of Brahms) and 40 concert on tours. All in all 150.000 people are visiting the performances of the choir every year.
The Striezelmarkt is one of the oldest German Christmas markets - and probably the most beautiful! Over the centuries it has developed into a huge event with 250 stands, taking up a large part of Dresden city centre and lasting throughout the Advent period. Today the Striezelmarkt attracts 2 million visitors a year from all over the world.
The word Striezelmarkt derives from a type of cake sold at the market ("Strüzel"), now famous as Stollen or Christstollen. Stollen is a light airy fruitcake which is quite low in sugar, today available in many parts of the world. The true Dresden Stollen, however, is produced in the city and distinguished by a special seal depicting the city's famous king, August the Strong. The shape of the cake is meant to be reminiscent of the entrance to a mine tunnel (the literal meaning of Stollen) reflecting the area's silver and tin mining history.
At the centre of the Striezelmarkt stands a 20m high spruce, brought from the nearby Tharandt woods and decorated with lights. At the back of the market square there is a painted wooden fairy-tale castle which is also a giant Advent calendar. A door is opened every day by children's entertainers, with a puppet show, and on Fridays there is a visit by Father Christmas himself.
Your stay in Dresden
What you need to know...
Do I have to speak German?
Actually, you only need very good English skills to come to Dresden on a exchange project. In practice, however, you should be able to communicate at least a little bit in German. If you work with patients, there is no guarantee they will speak English (especially the elderly).
Unless you have GOOD GERMAN skills, you can only work at surgical department.
Do I have to bring anything with me?
This varies from department to department. Generally, incomings have to bring their own white coat, white pants and stethoscope with them.
What will my accommodation be like?
Depending on the month you are going to stay here, we will find you a room in a flat-share or a single apartment.
How are the working conditions?
Working days are Monday to Friday. At the hospital, you normally start work between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. in the morning and finish between 2:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. This varies depending on the department. Please ask your tutor about your timetable on the first day.
Will I have contacts to other students outside of my working field?
Yes, you have to chance to meet fellow students. Traditionally, there are always at least two incomings here in Dresden at the same period. But since almost all lectures and seminars of the Dresden medical students are held nearby, there are always students to meet on the campus.
I am physically disabled. Will I even be able to work for you?
The University Hospital of Dresden does everything possible to guarantee equal opportunities. For the greatest part, the facilities are handicapped accessible.
I'm a very religious person. Where can I pray?
How do I get to Dresden?
Most incomings from abroad arrive at Berlin or Frankfurt by plane and then continue their trip with the [www.db.de train]. Your contact person or someone of our Local Exchange Group will fetch you at Dresden Hauptbahnhof.
Fachschaftsrat Medizin & Zahnmedizin TU Dresden