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On the Trail of Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse 5 Tour

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Follow on the trail of Kurt Vonnegut, the American writer, who survived the bombing of Dresden and recorded his experiences in his famous novel "Slaughterhouse 5, or the Children's Crusade."
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Duration 2 hours
Starting time 11:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English, German
Wheelchair accessible

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  • Visit the last remaining cellar of the Slaughterhouse, where the inmates survived the bombings of 1945
  • Learn about Dresden as Kurt Vonnegut saw it
  • Get the inside story on Dreden's historic reconstruction after WWII
Full description
Follow on the trail of Kurt Vonnegut, the American writer, who survived the bombing of Dresden and recorded his experiences in the novel Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade.

Welcome to Dresden: one of the most famed Baroque cities of Europe, known since the 19th Century as the "Florence of the North," on account of its impressive architecture and unique cultural collections. This unique character is also described in Vonnegut's 1968 novel.

The thematic tour, exploring the life and times of Kurt Vonnegut, particularly the period he spent as a prisoner-of-war in a former slaughterhouse in Dresden, has been running since 2008 and offers a diverse range of activities.

You will be shown the famous places and buildings of Dresden, with information about their destruction in the nights of the 13th and 14th February 1945, their subsequent reconstruction, and the legendary and mythical stories that have built up around these events.

The highlight of the tour is a visit to the Old Slaughterhouse, now the Dresden Trade Fair, and the exclusive opportunity to see the last remaining cellar in the complex, where the POWs managed to survive the bombings.

Nothing is more exciting than the symbiotic relationship between literature and reality: so take a fascinating tour through the fact and fiction of Dresden.
  • Information about the legends of Dresden
  • A visit to the Old Slaughterhouse, with a tour of the last remaining cellar
What’s Not Included
  • Transport
  • Entry-fees

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Meeting point

Theaterplatz, by the equestrian statue of König Johann. The tour-leader will be holding a neon-yellow flag.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Tours can take place on Saturday if the Fair ground is open
• Tours are not available on Sunday

From £12.45 per person

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Product ID: 6387