We really like guided tours with families or school classes: on the one hand, because we simply like explaining and asking city riddles; on the other hand because children have a different perspective on what they see (and hear!). They simply ask when they don’t know a term – such as “Synagurke” (translates to “Synagherkin”) – and they also sometimes look closer to the sights we show them.
Not only we as tourist guides, but also our local guests have funny stories to tell about their Dresden offspring:
- A Dresdener drove past the Neustadt market and pointed out to the golden equestrian statue on the right. “Look, there’s the Golden Rider”, he said – only to have his son answer “Yeah, and there’s a Golden Horse, too!”
- When talking about her hometown, a Dresden girl was asked what river flows through that city. Instead of “Elbe river” she answered “The Kaitzbach”. Which is also true, because that little ditch also passes Dresden in the Strehlen district.
There’s one more children story that I recently learned about in the Dresden City Museum: there’s a fountain named Queckbrunnen near Postplatz which was known to increase fertility in the 19th century. It holds a stork statue, that fell off the fountain in a heavy storm. When some children found the statue on the ground they wondered where to bring it. As they knew already, that the stork is delivering babies and on the other hand also midwifes are engaged in that issue, they simply brought it to a well-known obstetrician… smart, right?