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On the Trail of Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse 5 Tour

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On the Trail of Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse 5 Tour

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Follow on the trail of Kurt Vonnegut, the American writer, who survived the bombing of Dresden and recorded his experiences in his famous novel "Slaughterhouse 5, or the Children's Crusade."

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Duration 2 hours
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English, German
Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit the last remaining cellar of the Slaughterhouse, where the inmates survived the bombings of 1945
  • Learn about Dresden as Kurt Vonnegut saw it
  • Get the inside story on Dreden's historic reconstruction after WWII
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Follow on the trail of Kurt Vonnegut, the American writer, who survived the bombing of Dresden and recorded his experiences in the novel Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade. Welcome to Dresden: one of the most famed Baroque cities of Europe, known since the 19th Century as the "Florence of the North," on account of its impressive architecture and unique cultural collections. This unique character is also described in Vonnegut's 1968 novel. The thematic tour, exploring the life and times of Kurt Vonnegut, particularly the period he spent as a prisoner-of-war in a former slaughterhouse in Dresden, has been running since 2008 and offers a diverse range of activities. You will be shown the famous places and buildings of Dresden, with information about their destruction in the nights of the 13th and 14th February 1945, their subsequent reconstruction, and the legendary and mythical stories that have built up around these events. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the Old Slaughterhouse, now the Dresden Trade Fair, and the exclusive opportunity to see the last remaining cellar in the complex, where the POWs managed to survive the bombings. Nothing is more exciting than the symbiotic relationship between literature and reality: so take a fascinating tour through the fact and fiction of Dresden.
  • Information about the legends of Dresden
  • A visit to the Old Slaughterhouse, with a tour of the last remaining cellar
  • Transport
  • Entry-fees
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Theaterplatz, by the equestrian statue of König Johann. The tour-leader will be holding a neon-yellow flag.

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  • Tours can take place on Saturday if the Fair ground is open
  • Tours are not available on Sunday
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4.5 /5

based on 80 reviews

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Danilo has tremendous knowledge, and a warm personality. He tells all about the calamity of 1945, explains Allied bombing strategy, points out targets, talks of the aftermath and death toll. I’m a Vonnegut lover and it was very moving for me to be in the cellar (now renovated, of course) where KV and other American POW’s survived the firestorm.

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July 27, 2019

Outstanding tour, much better than expected; more than just Vonnegut..

The guide Danilo was very passionate about Vonnegut, Dresden, WWII history, and the parallels to our world today. He was very knowledgeable on the subjects. Very interactive tour with additional visual aids. Would recommend to anyone. Great value as well, got much more than I expected and opened my mind a bit more. Would've loved to talk more with him over a few beers! Thanks for the experience!

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May 11, 2019

A great tour with a fantastic guide

Because of a mix-up with the trams we arrived 15 minutes late for the start of the tour. We rang the guide, Danielo and he cycled back to start the tour for us, which was very decent of him. Danielo was the perfect guide - incisive, questioning, reflective and warm. He really made the tour a great memory of our time in Dresden.

March 6, 2019

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