My Dad and I have started to collect a mug or two from every market we go to. Another awesome feature of the Dresden Christmas Market is the world's tallest Christmas pyramid, with a height of 14 meters. They also have the world's largest Nut Cracker but we couldn't find it. If you plan to go to the Dresden Christmas Market I would suggest going on a week day if possible. It's a large city so the Market gets very crowded on the weekends.
We drove to Dresden and stayed one night in Pirna which is about 25 minutes outside of Dresden. Because we went on opening weekend there were no openings at hotels in the city. We stayed at Hotel Elbparadies which was a very cute and quaint place. They don't speak any English but they were very nice. Breakfast was also included in the room price which is a rare find around here. If you don't want to drive to Dresden the train station is very close to the Market. It would be perfect to take a train ride up during the day just to see the Christmas market. Overall the Christmas Market was great. It was a good size with a lot of booths. The charm was wonderful and have a wide variety of gifts, toys and trinkets to look at!
This was not part of the Christmas Market, although it was in the middle of everything. This is the Dresden Frauenkirche, a Lutheran church in Dresden. Built in the 18th century, the church was destroyed in the bombing of Dresden during World War II. The remaining ruins were left as as an anti-war memorial. The church was rebuilt identically as before after the reunification of Germany.