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Maria Hardtmann

“Move to Dresden? Never ever!”

That was my statement after my school graduation in 2003 when I had to choose a place to live and study in. Ever since my high school year in the USA I had this wanderlust and Dresden seemed much to close to my hometown Bautzen. So I first took off for Berlin, then travelled across Germany and for a few months to France…

… until a year later, I came to Dresden.

What I knew as a city for shopping and school excursions, turned out to be the nicest place on earth. When I wasn’t studying mathematics at the Dresden university, I would stroll around in the historic city center, explore the Neustadt nightlife and go hiking in the nearby Elbsandstein mountains. Two years into studying I started as a rickshaw courier and showed tourists the city by bike – the many questions of my guests made me want to know even more about my new home. After reading and learning a lot more about Dresdens (hi)story I finally became a certified tourist guide in 2010.

Bottom line: I never regretted moving to Dresden and am looking forward to showing you the best of the city!

Christina Avdi

„Life writes the best screenplays“, Fellini once said.

I was born in Berlin, grew up in Athens, studied in Würzburg and have been living in Dresden for 15 years by now – so much about the basic facts of my life. But let me give you some more information, that might be more interesting: I was raised bilingual, mastered both German studies and art history at university and now work as a freelance journalist as well as tourist guide in three languages (German, Greek, English). Does this make enough for a hollywood movie?

I like the small stories and anecdotes, and that’s what I offer my guests. Of course I won’t be talking about my personal life – maybe some of my impressions and experiences in Dresden – but I’ll tell you the story of Dresden. There were so many rulers of Dresden, all with their own quirks and tragedies who left their marks in the cities appearance.

Here is my motivation: in one or two hours I show you the rough draft of a dazzling European city and your imagination will make it a great Dresden movie!

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