Club Excursion to Dresden
On the invitation of Glashütte Original, and with the kind support of the State Chancellery of Saxony in Dresden, our annual club excursion took us to Dresden and Glashütte in the Erzgebirge region.
Everyone, even the connoisseurs, agreed that Dresden is always well worth a visit. Our distinguished hosts were the spouse of Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich, Saxony's First Lady Veronika Tillich, who feels a special attachment to Willkommen in Berlin, and Markus Franke, Head of the Prime Minister's Office. Our hosts accompanied us on a guided tour of Dresden's historic Old Town, as well as on a fascinating tour of the world-renowned Grünes Gewölbe of the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden in the Residenzschloss (Royal Palace).
In the evening, as part of the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, we attended a performance by the Dresdner Festspielorchester of Haydn's "Die Schopfung", listened to the Dresdner Kammerchor and experienced other high-calibre musical performers, such as the Paris-based Turkish breakdancer Yaman Okur, in the Kreuzkirche. All in all, it was a sumptuous feast for the eyes and ears.
The next morning, we continued on to Glashütte - the birthplace of the German watchmaking industry. Located 30 km south of Dresden, the town has a long and particularly interesting history. Watches of unrivalled quality have been produced by uniquely qualified watchmakers in Glashütte for over 170 years. For our international members in particular, it was an exciting setting in which to become acquainted with German commercial history.
Glashütte Original, one of the 11 renowned watch manufactories in the small town, left nothing wanting in the organisation of our visit. Following an introduction to the company's history by Reinhard Reichel, the director of the Watch Museum, and a detailed commentary-cum-tour of the impressive manufactory that encompassed four floors, we witnessed the labour-intensive perfectionism, adherence to tradition and innovation that are the hallmarks of the company, now a part of the Swatch Group.
While we partook of a delicious luncheon on the top floor of the building, there was a lively exchange of the many impressions we had gathered. A visit to Schloss Weesenstein, a former royal castle in the narrow Müglitztal valley, brought an interesting and high-spirited excursion to an end.
Special thanks are due Elvira Rühlemann of Glashütte Original for her invaluable contribution to the implementation of this wonderful club trip.