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In the footsteps of Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse 5 Tour

Dresden, Germany
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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.
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ivan wrote a review Feb 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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tjtarrega wrote a review Jan 2020
Florida Keys, Florida111 contributions46 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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LivTANE wrote a review Oct 2019
Bucharest, Romania4 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Marzena Z wrote a review Jul 2019
Szczecin, Poland21 contributions1 helpful vote
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!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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agrimmke wrote a review Jul 2019
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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.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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