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June 01, 2009

Photo of the Day: Germany

Dresden Street Performer

Today's Photo of the Day highlights an image from our pool of Dream Trip entries that relates to Condé Nast Traveler's June 2009 issue. Read below for a taste of what's on the pages, then pick up your copy, on newsstands now.

The Berlin Wall fell 20 years ago, but it began with an uprising in the city of Leipzig. In his June article, "Keeper of the Flame," G. Y. Dryansky visits the eastern German city and finds an independent-minded cultural powerhouse that surprises with its vanguard art scene while still maintaining a sense of history.

Leipzig is still an emerging destination to many American travelers, but quite a few Dream Trip entrants have experienced another celebrated city of the former East Germany that's just an hour's drive away: Dresden, known for its Baroque buildings that have been well restored since World War II, and some of the best Renaissance art in Europe.

The stately architecture and general pomp of the city made an impression on Dream Trip entrant lcollura, whose Dream Trip entry "Standing Guard" captures a knightly-looking street performer posing in front of Dresden's Procession of Princes, a ceramic-tile mural depicting successive generations of Saxon rulers.

"I recall the biting cold I felt during the morning I captured this moment in time," lcollura writes. "I remember this man standing perfectly still in front of his regal backdrop despite the frosty air and almost total seclusion. His solemn stance warmed me that winter day."

Share your travel photos and memories in our 2009 Dream Trip Contest. You could be just a few clicks away from a $25,000 trip to anywhere you choose.

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