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Peter Kruijt
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Coming April I'll be in Dresden attending a conference. I know most warehouses and some book shops carry games, but are there any more or less specialised game shops in Dresden?

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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/120302 ?
 
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Seems to become a Pavlov reaction of you, doesn't it Bas. Of course I checked that list first, I even have it bookmarked. No Dresden unfortunately.
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Stupid list, doesn't even have Dresden on it...

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gamestoredb.com: Nearest one Play-Me.de (online, no addres, but still 142 miles away), and the next closest is Schellens Speelgoed, approximately 5 kilometres from where I live. But nevertheless, thanks for the pointer.

I hope some (almost-) native Dresdners can answer and point me to that obscure gameshop with a large collection of not so well known titles.
 
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In an attempt to answer my own question:
Capito, Rothenburger Strasse 11 (Battle Cry and Serenissima on stock! Well sorted, no wargames, some second hand games)
Hole of Fame, Bautzner Strasse 6 (RPG, TCG) (out of business from May 1st)
Spielaxie, Webergasse 1
Amida Spielen & Schenken, Metzer Strasse 1 (It's in the Markthalle, nice to visit, not many boardgames though)
Jens Mazidowski, Gröbelstr. 11 (Wooden Toys, HaBa?)

And for "Spielwaren" (can also be just toys):
Buntspecht, Königstr. 1
Crocodeal, Görlitzer Str. 48
Dredrala, Louisenstr. 10 (im Hinterhaus)
Kinderland, Königsbrücker Str. 39
Spiel- u. Schreibwarengeschäft Inh. A. Woigk, Bautzner Str. 5 (some small games, mostly card games)
Spielwaren B. Pardon, Alaunstr. 29 (out of business)
Spielwaren + Modellbahnen, Hauptstr. 3

Does anyone around here know these shops and can point me to the right ones?

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Just back from a couple of days in Dresden.
Almost wish I had seen your list of addresses to try out, but on the other hand I don't think I would have had the time to check them all out. In any case, I left with my hands full of games from the faithful Karstadt department store. It's on the end of Prager Strasse near the old town and the games are on the 4th floor.

Also on Prager Strasse (this is the main pedestrian thoroughfare that connects the central train station to the old town) nearer the train station is a branch of Spiele Max - the first time I've come across this toystore chain. This chain focuses on toys but the branch did have some games, including one or two on sale, but not as good deals as Karstadt.

Sadly, Galleria Kaufhof does not have a presence in Dresden - the nearest one might be in Leipzig.

In the New Town (across the river Elbe from the old town), I did come across a small toy shop near Albert Platz, where one gets on the No. 11 tram to go to Pfunds Molkerei - supposedly the most beautiful dairy store in the world (it's covered in nice porceilain tile decorations and not a bad tourist sight). It was fun browsing in the small shop, but as far as games went, there really wasn't anything distinctive about it.

Actually, if you have the time, I would strongly recommend seeing some of the sights in Dresden. The Zwinger is a must-see, as is the gallery of old Masters in it. The new green vault in the Residenzschloss across the street is also worth looking at. I tried getting into the historical green vault, but tickets were all taken up by the time I went (you'll need to be there on the dot at 10 am when the tickets for the day become available). Even if you don't get into the historical green vault, the new green vault will have more than enough eye candy in terms of pretty baubles and fabulous treasures. I had visual overload after awhile ...
If you have a couple of free days, the Dresden Card at 21 euros for 48 hours with free entry to all the Zwinger and Residenzschloss museums (except the historical green vault) and other museums is probably a good deal. In addition the card includes free public transportation on buses, trams and S-bahn trains.

If you have even more free time, you could even do something I briefly considered - make a day trip to Altenburg, where there's a playing card industry and museum. Unfortunately it needs a train ride to Leipzig and switching to another train to get to Altenburg. Caution - Altenburg is NOT the same place as Altenberg, which is only an hour away from Dresden (good thing I checked).

Have a good trip!
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Hi Keng Ho,

Thanks for the pointers. I'm definitely going to see the sights in Dresden, I just wondered if there were any good game shops around on the way to the sights. The dairy shop sounds interesting (being Dutch). Time is limited however (mostly in the late afternoons and evenings). Only Monday morning and Thursday morning are free time if I hurry building up and breaking down the stand a colleague and I have to man. Thanks to BasL I also found your thread with bargains in Dresden, I hope I will find some too.

Thanks,

Peter
 
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I forgot to mention that if you are going to be there on a Saturday morning, there's a flea market that might be interesting to go to (you should be able to find it with a Google search). I've always found German flea markets interesting because they will have the odd game or two to be picked up very cheaply. Unfortunately, my time there didn't include a Satuday.

Karstadt and Spiele Max open till 8 pm, so you will have time in the evening to get to them.

Have a good trip!
 
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