We ended up quite lucky and found a lovely Pension (B&B/guesthouse-esque place) that cost us roughly what a hostel would have cost us (or less), for a large room with our own small but proper kitchen.
|The view out of our Pension window. Not bad!|
|Neustadt streets, in one case with a cyclist.|
|Two of the aforementioned bars that double as cafes.|
|Tristan and a first view of the old town.|
|The Semperoper from the front.|
The tour was quite fascinating, and I learned a number of things. For one, I’d long wondered why the building was called Semperoper and not, say, Dresden Opera House or so. As it turns out, the building is named for its architect, Gottfried Semper.
|Ornate interiors in the Semperoper.|
|"Marble" columns. They certainly look convincing!|
|More interior decorations, and our tour guide to the right (I think).|
|More of the opera house insides.|The ornate main room. To the right, you can see the old royal box (now home to some of the most expensive seats in the house...they can be yours if you have a few thousand euros to burn!) The stage was being set up for a performance that evening while we were on the tour.
|Those decorative seashells also serve to enhance the acoustics of the room (seriously!)|
|The ceiling is incredible.|
|A better picture of the chandelier. It's enormous.|