THE NEW CITY
Neustadt is a district of Dresden located opposite to the old city center “Altstadt” and across the Elbe river. The district Itself is divided by “Innere” and “Außere” inner/outer Neustadt due to its location relative to the former city walls.
Neustadt is characterized for its irreverent and alternative feel, young demography and thriving nightlife, not to mention the BRN festival where thousands attend every year.
The inner part was named from “Neuen Königlichen Stadt” (‘New Royal City’). After the fire of 1732 the neighborhood was rebuilt in baroque style. Baroque town houses can still be found mainly on Königstraße.
The outer part, where most of the video was shot, hosted old trades like the early alum boilery. This is where the Alaunpark, the districts park, got its name. It was also home of the world’s first milk chocolate factory in 1839. This area was not greatly affect in the 1945 Dresden bombing so Its streets still preserve the original alignment from 1745 and its characteristic late nineteenth century buildings.
The Free City
In the early 1990´s by the time of the “Wende” and consequent unification of Germany, a new generation of residents took over. At the time the objective was to make a alternative micronation the “Bunte Republik Neustadt” (Colorful Republic of Neustadt) with its own government and its own currency: the Neustadtmark. The BRN flag was in all similar to the german flag only substituting the center german eagle for the head of mickey mouse. The celebration of the founding of the Bunte Republik is the annual BRN festival well known today.
This video dedicated to the residents of Dresden Neustadt.
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