red2blue (red2blue) wrote in little_details,

Touristic Itinerary for Westerners in Dresden and E.Berlin in 1986

Hello all,

I'm hoping someone from ex-East Germany (or even better who traveled there as tourist) can help me with my very particular questions.

The period is end of Jan 1986 (sorry, this can't be changed). My character (an Am diplomat, if this is of any importance) buys a bus tour from Frankfurt via Czechoslovakia to E.Germany and back. The travel itinerary is Frankfurt -- Neckargemünd / Rothenburg ob der Tauber / Regensburg -- Prague (overnight) -- Dresden (2 days) -- E.Berlin (2 days) -- Frankfurt. (Feel free to recommend changes if you think it doesn't make a lot of sense.)

My questions are:

1. what kind of performances (opera, ballet, concert type) Western tourists would typically be shown in Dresden and where/which theater (I've learned that Semperoper reopened on Feb 13, 1986, so it doesn't work for me, sorry!)

2. Given that a lot of now restored sites in Dresden were in ruins back in 1986 (Frauenkirche, and other similar sites), were westerners taken to visit/see the ruins and typically which ones?

3. what hotel western tourists would normally be placed in Dresden back in mid-80s? If you know an address or approximate location, it would be most helpful!! (Again, I've found out that Bellevue Dresden opened on Feb 13, which doesn't work for my purpose).

I've googled combinations of 'Dresden theater/opera/ballet performance Jan 1986/1985', 'tourist attractions/itinerary in Dresden winter 1986',

Many thanks for your help!!

Tags: 1980-1989, germany: history
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