In the footsteps of Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse 5 Tour

In the footsteps of Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse 5 Tour

In the footsteps of Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse 5 Tour
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11:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM
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Alternative City walks in Dresden to the topics Kurt Vonnegut, Street Art Tours and the anti pub crawl Nightwalk Dresden. If would walk or bike away from the tourist paths, you are welcome to this alternative offers in Dresden.
Dresden, Saxony, Germany

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John S
Edwardsville, IL15 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
If you love WWII history, Kurt Vonnegut, his book Slaughterhouse 5 or any combination of those, this tour is for you. This is not a passive tour, the tour guide gets into the philosophy and reasons behind the bombings and may challenge some of your personally held beliefs, but that’s why I travel, to get different perspectives. The overall tour takes about 2.5 hours, about 45 minutes of that is the telling of the background story behind the bombing and Vonnegut’s book, the rest is walking and exploring (there’s a fair amount of walking). You get to visit places you would never see on your own. It was definitely worth the money, and my favorite activity of the day while in Dresden, just be advised this isn’t your normal guided tour.
Written 3 September 2023
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ivan
1 contribution
Feb 2020
Very enjoyable tour with lots of information about the book and Kurt Vonnegut. Danilo clarifies and puts into context lot of the material from the book referring to Dresden and the slaughterhouse. Danilo is very well prepared for the tour and very intense and energetic guide.
Also, it was quite easy to schedule the tour. The first day I wanted to do the tour, I contacted him through Whatsapp and very quickly received an answer that he is not in town and that the tour will not take place that day, so we rescheduled for the next day.
If fan of Slaughterhouse 5 book I definitely recommended it.
Written 10 February 2020
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tjtarrega
Florida Keys, FL111 contributions
Jan 2020
This tour starts in the historic district and goes by foot to the Slaughterhouse where Vonnegut and the other POWs went during the firebombing of Dresden. The Slaughterhouse is a convention center now, but the old buildings still exist, and, most importantly, the basement meat locker where the POWs were has been preserved. The walk is 2 or 3 kilometres, so wear comfortable shoes. The guide starts with a biography of Vonnegut, and discusses the bombing, and the controversy surrounding it, on the way to the site. I will not say what he thinks of the bombing, but I will say that his opinions are nuanced and well thought out. When you reach the site, he talks a little bit about the Slaughterhouse Complex (it was a large operation with many sizable structures), then takes you to the building and to the basement meat locker where the POWs took shelter. There is a tribute/memorial which takes up the better part of one wall. Afterwards, the guide took me back to the historic center by tram, which was enjoyable. In all, the tour has historic and literary importance. If you are a student of history, or a fan of Vonnegut, I can recommend this. One other thing: you will not be allowed onto the grounds unless you are with the guide, so do not try to do this by yourself.
Written 23 January 2020
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LivTANE
Bucharest, Romania4 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
Extremely disappointed. After 30 minutes waiting in the rain, nobody answered the phone number listed in this post or on the postcard we received at the Slaughterhouse while trying to get in by ourselves. We traveled to Dresden especially for this experience, but it was impossible to get it.
Written 19 October 2019
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Marzena Z
Szczecin, Poland21 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
If you read the book, you'll love this tour. The guide speaks good English and is provokes discussion about the world of Kurt Vonnegut jr. - and contemporary one. Careful, it makes you think!
Written 29 July 2019
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agrimmke
3 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
The guide knows the subject matter well and clearly feels an affinity for Vonnegut. He provided good insight on the casualty numbers from the bombing and why Vonnegut was viewed as controversial by some in post war Germany. And is able to gain access to parts of the former slaughterhouse complex that a typical tourist probably couldn't visit.

I think Danilo enjoys challenging some political notions that Americans may bring, nevertheless he is engaging and insightful. Don't expect much general information about the sights of Dresden. That isn't this tour. Expect a good bit of walking.
Written 5 July 2019
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Deb B
Fernandina Beach, FL123 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We learned about this tour while reading Rick Steves' "Germany" guide book, in preparation for our two-week vacation in Germany. Since Rick Steves recommended this walking tour as a way to see "Dresden through the prism of the novel Slaughterhouse 5" (made infamous in the 1969 book by US WWII POW, Kurt Vonnegut) we thought it sounded like an interesting way to learn a bit more about the history of WWII, at least in relation to what happened in Dresden.

Our guide, Danilo, was certainly an interesting character, a former school teacher and historian. He indeed offered us extensive insight into what happened in Dresden in WWII, great insight about the war in general, and insights about the Communist take-over. You even get to go in to the actual slaughterhouse basement where the American POWs were kept (now the basement of a convention center).

On this day, we had Danilo ALL to ourselves, so we were free to ask as many and as varied questions as we wished. Danilo didn't hesitate to answer anything, at least from his own personal perspective. As long as you put THAT into perspective, whether you are a WWII history buff, an avid reader, or just somewhat familiar with the book, you should appreciate this tour. We highly recommend it.
Written 9 June 2019
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Suzane C
Chicago, IL18 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
If you’ve read the book Slaughterhouse 5, if you’re interested in Kurt Vonnegut Jr’s life story or if you want to know more about the bombing at Dresden, this is a perfect tour for you!
You can contact Danilo directly by phone, using the number provided here, and schedule the tour. The whole tour takes around 2 hours, and it’s not only informative, but very enlightening too. I totally recommend it!
Written 20 December 2018
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"Obrigado" for this great review. I wish me next year to the 50th anniversary of the publishing of the Novel "Slaughterhouse 5" some more guests, and maybe your review will help a little bit. If you are back in Brazil - say greetings to this unique open minded & lovely peoples.
Written 21 December 2018
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Ullalalla
2 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
I am so happy I booked this tour. My original idea was just to wonder around and see Slaughterhouse 5 and the city, what I didn't know is that it's not accessible without a tour guide. Danilo is a great guide with a lot if knowledgeable about the life of Vonnegut and the history of the city. If you are a Vonnegut fan, this tour is a must.
Written 3 December 2018
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Hi, thank you for this unique review. Yes, I wish mee guests for this tour and the "Big Hike for peace" from Dresden to Hellendorf 40 km in one day - April to Sep.2019 one time per month. Take care.
Written 21 December 2018
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Mick N
Sheffield,UK27 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
I did the tour in May 2018. Danilo is an excellent guide, he put the story of Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse 5 and the bombing of Dresden into a well researched historical context. He has followed up on Vonnegut's records and he has open access to the building and basement in which Vonnegut was billeted. He also told us about Muhlberg and the PoW camp site that is there (it's where Vonnegut was "processed" on his way to Dresden) and that was an added stop to my bike ride North out of Dresden - and well worth it too. A tour really worth supporting. Thanks Danilo.
Written 3 June 2018
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