Taschenbergpalais Dresden: Teddy Bear on Ice

With Teddy in my luggage, I went to the Grand Hotel in December in the run-up to Christmas Taschenberg Palace Kempinski. Anyone who has been following my blog for a while knows that my heart beats for unique hotels with history. Stories not only make us unique, but also the places where we find ourselves. You can feel the special atmosphere in the rooms and you might even feel transported to another time. That's exactly how it feels when you enter the Taschenbergpalais Kempinski in Dresden for the first time.

Press trip to the Grand Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski

Grand Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski

There are hotels and there are grand hotels that not only literally enchant you, but also make dreams come true. The hotels, the sight of which takes you to another, magical world. The Taschenbergpalais Kempinski in Dresden is such a special hotel. Right in the heart of Dresden's old town, surrounded by numerous impressive sights of the city such as the Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Munich), the kennels and the Semperoper, the Grand Hotel is not just any address, but a historically exciting building that is deeply connected to the history and culture of Dresden. A hotel with unique character and history. Originally built in the 18th century by the Saxon Elector August "the Strong" for his mistress Anna Constantia, Countess von Cosel, the building was rebuilt in 1945 true to the original after it was destroyed in 1995 by air raids during World War II.

Baroque style in the Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden

Best location: Right in the heart of Dresden

Imagine walking out the door and finding yourself just a few steps away from the most beautiful sights that Dresden has to offer. The Taschenbergpalais with its imposing entrance area is a sight in itself. You'll be there in no time Residential palace, the Semperoper or at the Frauenkirche. In the run-up to Christmas, one of the oldest Christmas markets in the world is also held beautiful Striezelmarkt, very close by and invites you to take a walk and try the countless delicious Christmas specialties.

Grand Hotel Taschenbergpalais

Reside like royalty: Our room in the Taschenbergpalais Dresden

Pure luxury: The Rooms exceeded all of our expectations! Generous, in light colors and with a direct view of the Zwinger, it offers everything your heart desires when travelling. The timeless, elegant furnishings with French charm perfectly match the rest of the hotel. From the high-quality materials to the airy ceiling height: all details have been carefully selected and harmoniously coordinated. The bathroom is spacious and luxuriously designed.

For me, an important component for a restful night away from home is first and foremost a comfortable bed in which you can sleep well. I went to bed in the Taschenbergpalais Kempinski and immediately felt as if I was walking on clouds. Allergy pillows and a pillow menu are available. What could be nicer than a good night's sleep, waking up fresh in the morning and looking at baroque buildings that stand out behind the romantic windows? For me it was an absolute moment of happiness.

The friends of man: Animal friendliness is very important here. Four-legged travel companions and teddy bears are very welcome

Ice, Ice Baby on the rink

Have you ever seen a hotel with its own ice rink? Neither did I until my visit to the Taschenbergpalais Kempinski. I was all the more pleased when I found out that the hotel from November 24, 2018 to January 27, 2019 own ice rink offers. Both hotel guests and anyone who just wants to skate there are welcome. Of course I packed my own skates right away and was looking forward to doing a few laps on the ice. There is also a skate rental on site.

Of course, Teddy couldn't be missing as a photo buddy! It was his first trip so far and also his debut on ice but I think he still cut a better figure than me. After a few years of "abstinence from ice skating" it was like learning to walk for me. After a few laps, I really enjoyed skating again. Afterwards you can warm up at the winter hut at the ice rink with a mulled wine and a delicious crêpe.

Culinary delights in the Taschenbergpalais in four unique restaurants

Enjoyment is not only a top priority in the Taschenbergpalais when it comes to living, but also when it comes to cuisine. I love it when hotels offer not just one restaurant, but several. In the Taschenbergpalais Kempinski you can embark on an extraordinary culinary tour. There are four here Restaurant and each of them is unique:

Meeting point for gourmets: the Intermezzo restaurant

You can taste the taste of Mediterranean freshness in the Interlude restaurant experience. Head chef Jörg Mergner conjures up the finest culinary art: "The taste should be genuine, the dish unique." In the summer months, the picturesque inner courtyard invites you to elegant dinners under the starry sky.

French charm in the middle of Dresden: The Palais Bistro

Truffled tarte flambée, coq au vin or a classic crème brûlée - Das Palais bistro is completely dedicated to authentic French cuisine. I had a tasty potato omelet with chestnuts and pumpkin ragout. So delicious!

Cafe Vestibule

As a sweet tooth, I'm always happy about coffee and fresh cake. In front of the large staircase by the baroque master builder Pöppelmann is the cozy and elegant Cafe Vestibule, which I noticed as soon as I arrived. Selected coffee and tea specialties as well as exquisite gateaux and cakes from the in-house patisserie are offered.

Cocktails like Winnetou: The legendary Karl May Bar

Would you like to follow in the footsteps of Winnetou and try excellent cocktails at the same time? Then the Karl May Bar exactly the right place for you. This is where bar culture meets literature. What initially sounds like a curious mix is ​​actually one of the loveliest bars in Germany. Not only Winnetou fans are enthusiastic about the selection of almost 100 different types of whiskey. The Karl May Bar is based on the famous New York Oak Room and shines in an exceptionally exclusive ambience. With the "Glenfiddich Award for Bar Culture", the Karl May Bar received one of the most coveted awards in the German bar scene and was also voted "Bar of the Year 2013".

We were lucky enough to be able to have breakfast in the bar. Of course there was no whiskey in the morning, but incredibly delicious smoothies, omelettes and French toast. The breakfast at the hotel is outstanding. In addition to an extensive delicious buffet, there are also hot dishes à la carte: whether classic omelette, egg Benedict, pancakes and even dim sum. There is a large selection and each dish is beautifully presented. This is how a new day can begin!

Bar culture with a difference – Karl May Bar

City hotel with a new wellness & spa area in the middle of Dresden

City hotels with good spas are generally not that easy to find. Depending on the stay, it is really good to be able to switch off from the hustle and bustle of the city in a spa. So I was incredibly excited to see the recently opened new one Spa- and sauna area in the Taschenbergpalais Kempinski. In the modern and at the same time romantic ambience you can let your soul dangle and look at the starry sky while swimming in the pool. Wait a moment! Starry sky? Yes, you've read that correctly. Hundreds of little lights blink over the pool. Simply magical!

In addition to the pool and sauna area, the spa is complemented by an extensive range of treatments. I had a Classic Face Treatment and I am still amazed at the change in my skin. I had never tried a facial treatment before so I was a bit excited as I have quite sensitive skin. But after the Classic Face Treatment with Thalgo products, all I felt was gratitude! My skin looked freshly peeled, glowed and was noticeably softer. The best part is that even after the treatment so far my skin has visibly improved and is able to absorb moisture better.

A big thank you goes to the talented Sabrina Anshelm, who designed the Classic Face Treatment so creatively and lovingly. I just felt super comfortable and in good hands. Thank you very much Sabrina!

Pool area

Sights in Dresden

The hotel is so inviting that we almost didn't want to leave the house. But Dresden has an incredible amount to offer, so it's definitely worth doing one or two sightseeing tours. Whether it's a walk through the Zwinger, a trip to the Semperoper or a visit to the Pfunds Molkerei - Dresden enchants in any wind and weather and tells history. Probably the most famous and beautiful sight is the Frauenkirche, which was completely destroyed in 1945 and was rebuilt in the 20s thanks to a large amount of donations.

Another impressive sight is the Procession of Princes, a 102 meter long mural believed to be the largest porcelain wall in the world. Other sights include the Residenzschloss, the cathedral, the Brühlsche Terrasse and the golden rider. Dresden is wonderful to explore on foot and most of the sights are close together.

Procession of Princes Dresden

We had a truly magical stay at the Taschenbergpalais Kempinski and were very happy to be able to explore the hotel and Dresden during the magical pre-Christmas period. The unique, soothing atmosphere, the friendly togetherness and the timeless charm of the hotel can hardly be put into words: you have to experience it? Many thanks to the first-class team that makes the Taschenbergpalais so unique.

Karl May Collection in the Karl May Bar
View of the ice rink
Breakfast reading in the Karl May Bar
Treatment area in the spa
pool area