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    Brief overview Dresden

    The capital of Saxony’s legendary baroque skyline was famously bombed out of existence during WWII, then neglected under a DDR regime that preferred rebuilding with dull concrete-box simplicity. Fortunately for us however, Dresden refused to roll over and die, and the past two decades have seen it rise like a phoenix from its own ashes.

    A massive rebuilding programme has repaired its ancient architecture to its former glory. Add to that the fact many of its residents are young, energetic and forward-looking, it makes Dresden a vibrant place riding a wave of optimism into an exciting new future.

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    Frauenkirche

    Neumarkt
    01067 Dresden
    Germany
    Tel: (0351) 6560 6100
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1200 and 1300-1800 except during services

    The Church of Our Lady is a superb example of baroque architecture, built between 1726 and 1743. Its dome was destroyed in 1945 and it was once the symbol of a bombed-out city, but it has now been restored to its former elegance.

    Albertinum

    Georg-Treu-Platz 2
    01067 Dresden
    Germany
    Tel: (0351) 4914 2000
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    The Albertinum is home to one of Dresden’s finest art collections, with countless priceless artworks and sculpture displayed across a series of galleries.

    Residenzschloss

    Taschenberg 2
    01067 Dresden
    Germany
    Tel: (0351) 4914 2000
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1800

    The city’s magnificent Renaissance royal palace was the home of the rulers of Saxony from 1485 to 1918, and now houses several world-class art collections.

    Historic Green Vault

    Taschenberg 2
    01067 Dresden
    Germany
    Tel: (0351) 4914 2000
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1800

    This unmissable annex of the royal palace contains around 3,000 precious artefacts each displayed in ‘traditional’ manner: on shelves and tables without glass protection. Therefore to enter you’ll have to pass through a special ‘dust lock’.

    Zwinger

    Sophienstrasse
    01067 Dresden
    Germany
    Tel: (0351) 491920
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    Completed in 1719, this amazing baroque palace complex is in fact a series of six interconnected pavilions, built in a square around a peaceful courtyard filled with ornamental pools and lawns.

    Old Masters Picture Gallery

    Theaterplatz 1
    01067 Dresden
    Germany
    Tel: (0351) 4914 2000
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    The jewel in the crown of the Zwinger complex, the Old Masters Gallery contains an impressive collection of fine art.

    Kreuzkirche

    An der Kreuzkirche 6
    01067 Dresden
    Germany
    Tel: (0351) 439 3920
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1800, Sun 1200-1800

    The imposing Church of the Cross, dating from the 18th century, is one of the main landmarks on the Altmarkt, the Old Town market square.

    Dresden Cathedral

    Schlossstrasse 24
    01067 Dresden
    Germany
    Tel: (0351) 484 4712
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    Opening times:
    Mon, Tue 0900-1800
    Wed, Thu 0900-1700
    Fr 1300-1700
    Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1200-1600

    Also known officially as the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Dresden’s impressive centrepiece is the largest church in Saxony. The crypt contains the tombs of 49 rulers of Saxony.

    Procession of Princes

    Augustusstrasse
    01067 Dresden
    Germany
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    At 120m (394ft) long and containing 25,000 tiles, the world’s largest porcelain mural adorns the rear wall of Dresden Castle, and depicts a parade of 35 Saxony dukes and kings. It was originally etched into stucco in 1876, and was transferred to porcelain in 1907.

    Grosser Garten

    Haiptallee 8
    01219 Dresden
    Germany
    Tel: (0351) 445 6600
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    A peaceful haven and a retreat from the hubbub of the city, Dresden’s largest central park also contains botanical gardens and a zoo.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    Still misunderstood by many, Germany stands as one of the most endlessly engaging countries on the continent. Anyone expecting a homogenous nation conforming to rigid Teutonic stereotypes is in for a shock. As a travel destination it’s somewhere with huge personality, notable for a clutch of truly lovable cities, culture served up in hefty portions and rural scenery so heart-melting you’ll be left bemused why some people still think of the place as lacking allure.

    It’s the country’s urban highlights that tend to draw the attention first. Berlin is the very definition of a dynamic city, having forged a goodtime reputation for ground-breaking creativity while still keeping sight of it’s past. Elsewhere, the likes of Cologne, Munich and Hamburg are rich in historical buildings, eyes-to-the-future nightlife and excellent gastronomy.

    Geography

    Germany borders Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border.

    The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer) and has an exceedingly varied landscape. In what was once known as West Germany, the Rhine, Bavaria and the Black Forest stand as the three most famous features, while in the east, the country is lake-studded with undulating lowlands.

    River basins extend over a large percentage of the region, and some of Europe’s most prominent rivers flow through the country. These include the Elbe, the Danube and the Rhine.

    The highest point in the country is the 2,962m (9,718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Cable cars run to the summit – it can also be climbed.

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    Population: 81.147.265

    Population Density (per sq km): 227

    Capital: Berlin.

    Language

    German is the official language. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German. Minority languages include Danish and Sorbic, while some English and French is also spoken.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1600 (many close earlier on Fridays).

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: Regional observation only.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Epiphany: 06. January 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Corpus Christi: 19. June 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2014
    Day of Reformation: 25. October 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2014
    Repentance Day: 19. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Corpus Christi: 04. June 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2015
    Day of Reformation: 31. October 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Repentance Day: 18. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    An efficient network of buses and trams covers the whole city. Night buses operate on some routes. All services are operated by DVB (tel: (0351) 857 1011; www.dvb.de). Buy tickets as single fares, or four-journey or one-day passes. There are machines at tram and bus stops, and on board trams, and tickets can be bought from bus drivers.

    Taxis

    Taxis are a good-value option, but you cannot hail one in the street. Head for one of the many taxi ranks scattered across the city centre, or call for a cab through the taxi hotline (tel: (0351) 211 211). Tipping isn’t necessary.

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    Nightlife in Dresden
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    Dresden’s nightlife covers the full spectrum, from lively old bars and cafés, through jazz and dance clubs, to one of the best opera houses in Germany.

    Bar Paradox

    Alaunstrasse 51
    01099 Dresden
    Germany
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    With chic décor and a host of inventive cocktails, this is the place to be seen sipping an aperitif.

    Karl May Bar

    Taschenberg 3
    01067 Dresden
    Germany
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    Classically styled upmarket cocktail bar inspired by New York’s legendary Oak Room.

    Paulaner’s

    Taschenberg 3
    01067 Dresden
    Germany
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    Popular city centre pub selling Munich-style beers, with a picturesque summer beer garden.

    Arteum

    Am Brauhaus 3
    01099 Dresden
    Germany
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    Able to accommodate 600, local clubbers will tell you this is the hottest place in town to dance the night away.

    Semperoper

    Theaterplatz 2
    01067 Dresden
    Germany
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    With a host of operatic and ballet performances in grandiose surrounds, this is one of the finest opera houses in Europe.

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    In its DDR days, fine dining in Dresden was reserved for privileged party cadres. But the city has come a long way in the past 20 years.

    There are now fine eateries catering to all budgets, although most serve local German fare.

    Kastenmeiers

    Tzschirnerplatz 3-5
    01067 Dresden
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    Housed in the Kurländer Palais, this Michelin-starred option serves refined reinventions of German classics.

    Bean & Beluga

    Bautzner Landstrasse 32
    01324 Dresden
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    Elegant Michelin-starred place serving simple dishes masterfully presented using the finest ingredients.

    Kastenmeiers

    Tzschirnerplatz 3-5
    01067 Dresden
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Top-notch fish restaurant in the Old Town.

    Villandry

    Jordanstrasse 8
    01099 Dresden / Neustadt
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Modern Mediterranean-Asian fusion cuisine served in stylish modern surrounds.

    Curry & Co

    Louisenstrasse 62
    01099 Dresden
    Germany
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    Price: Cheap

    Local residents rave about this place for serving the best currywurst and fries in town.

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    Ostrale

    18 July – 28 September 2014
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    Venue: Ostrale Centre for Contemporary Art.

    Dresden’s annual summer art festival is a showcase for an eclectic selection of international contemporary art. Photos, paintings, sculptures and video installations fill the cavernous former city abattoir and spill into a huge outdoor space too. Curious, quirky and shocking exhibits are all guaranteed.

    Dresden Striezelmarkt

    27 November – 24 December 2014
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    Venue: Altmarkt square.

    Germany’s oldest Christmas market is steeped in nearly 600 years of tradition. Highlights include the prune chimney sweep festival, stollen procession (featuring a giant stollen weighing several tons), election of the gingerbread princess, and children’s adventure land complete with elves’ cottages and baking lessons.

    Filmfest Dresden: International Short Film Festival

    14 – 19 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Over 80 short films from up to 20 countries compete each year for the chance to take home a Golden Horsemen award (and prize money). Film buffs are treated to plenty of extra movies too, with over 200 to choose from, plus talks, workshops and exhibitions.

    Dresden International Dixieland Festival

    1 – 31 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    You might be forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported to New Orleans when Dixieland jazz, boogie and blues fills the streets of Dresden each May. Highlights include a brass band parade, riverboat shuffle (concerts aboard paddleboats) and finale open-air gala.

    Dresden Music Festival (Dresdner Musikfestspiele)

    1 May – 30 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Over 100 international soloists, orchestras, ensembles and choirs treat audiences to three weeks of world-class performances in this classical music festival. The programme takes a new theme each year, with past topics including Golden 20s, Empire, Heart of Europe and Russlandia.

    Bunte Republik Neustadt

    13 – 15 June 2015
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    Venue: Streets in the Neustadt district.

    In 1990, the Bunte Republik Neustadt declared itself an independent micronation, with Mickey Mouse emblazoned on its coat of arms and passports. Each June, crowds pack Neustadt’s streets and parks for three days of partying, live concerts, eating and drinking.

    Elbhangfest

    23 – 29 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Along the River Elbe from the Blaues Wunder bridge to Pillnitz.

    A 7km (4.6-mile) stretch of the River Elbe is transformed into an outdoor fair and arts festival at the end of June. The celebrations kick off with a parade and continue with concerts, theatrical and dance shows, kids’ activities, art exhibitions, food and craft stalls, and local guided tours.

    Film Nights (Filmnächte)

    26 June – 31 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: River Elbe bank.

    Germany’s biggest open-air film festival sees over 3,000 cinematic fans flock to the banks of the River Elbe most nights throughout the summer to watch films on the world’s largest mobile screen (32m by 14m). Big-name international music artists hit the stage on select evenings.

    Dresden City Festival

    15 – 17 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in the city centre.

    Mid-August is a super time to visit Dresden, as over 1,000 artists perform across 13 venues and seven stages in a three-day summer festival. Fireworks, concerts, family activities, and craft and food stalls combine to create a first-class event. Best of all, it’s totally free.

    Hechtfest

    29 – 31 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Hechtviertel district.

    Live bands playing everything from drum ‘n’ bass to ska to rock take to multiple stages in this intimate music festival in the Hechtviertel neighbourhood. Kids are welcome to join the party too, with heaps of family-friendly activities to keep tots occupied.

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    Dresden offers a wide range of accommodation options, from palatial retreats that have been pampering guests for decades, to good-value family-run bed and breakfasts.

    There are some great deals to be had no matter what your budget or requirements.

    Villa Weisser Hirsch

    Hermann-Prell-Strasse 6
    01324 Dresden
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    Stylish villa offering pampered luxury in a quiet western suburb.

    Taschenbergpalais Kempinski

    Taschenberg 3
    01067 Dresden
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    Palatial grand hotel offering old-world decadence with ultra-modern styling.

    Motel One Palaisplatz

    Königstrasse 14
    01097 Dresden
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Attractively designed modern hotel within easy striking distance of the sights.

    Bülow Residenz

    Rähnitzgasse 19
    01097 Dresden
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Built in 1730, this place blends baroque charm and modern comforts while remaining surprisingly affordable.

    Haus Königsbrücker

    Königsbrücker Strasse 74
    01099 Dresden-Sachsen
    Germany
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    Category: Cheap

    Budget, fully equipped apartments in a quiet northern suburb.

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    Climate and best time to visit Dresden

    Dresden has a moderate continental climate, ideal for visiting at any time. The main tourist season lasts from May to October, when the weather is kindest – although it can be stifling hot in peak summer, and prices then are often higher to boot. Although there are fewer tourists and the weather is cooler during the other months – winter snow is not uncommon – seasonal festivities can make a low-season visit worthwhile. In December there is the city’s famous Stollen Festival, itself a part of Dresden’s annual Striezelmarkt – one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets.

    Climate & best time to visit Germany

    As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it’s temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters – prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year, with much of Germany experiencing its maximum rainfall over the high summer months. Unpredictability, then, is a major factor. The average January daytime temperature is 3°C (38°F) and in July is 22°C (72°F). Extremes commonly reach -10°C (5°F) in winter and 35°C (95°F) in the summer months.

    While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the fact that the Bavarian capital sits at a much higher altitude means the two cities have broadly comparable summers. The highest annual temperatures tend to be in the southwest, where there’s almost a Mediterranean feel to the landscape at times. Unsurprisingly, this is where much of Germany’s wine is grown.

    May through to September are the most popular months in terms of tourist numbers, and certainly hold the most appeal for visitors aiming to spend significant periods of time outdoors. However, the spring and autumn shoulder seasons also hold real attraction for those who want the promise of decent(ish) weather without the tourist levels. The winter holidays are also a big draw in their way, due in no small part to their attendant Christmas markets. Peak season for ski areas is from December through to the end of March.

    Away from the mountains, January through to April will appeal to those who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions, although be aware that cities like Berlin rarely witness "slow" periods at any time of year. Prices tend to be slightly higher over the summer months. One other thing to bear in mind is that hotel rates can increase when large trade shows are in town (potentially a problem in Frankfurt, for example).

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +49

    Telephone

    Local and international calls can be made from phone boxes in towns and cities. These usually accept both coins and pre-paid cards (available at post offices and other outlets). In larger cities, you’ll often be able to make international calls from internet cafes too.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving. If you’re going to be in Germany for a long period of time, consider obtaining a local SIM card.

    Internet

    Internet is readily available; there are many Internet cafes all over the country. Large Internet access centres exist in most main cities. Most hotels also provide facilities, either included in the room rate or charged separately.

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    Key Areas

    Many central Dresden shops are dedicated to selling the fine porcelain for which the city is famous. The oldest manufacturing firm is Wehsener Porzellan. For other items, the city’s self-styled ‘classic shopping mile’ begins at the main station, passes along Prager Strasse, and ends in Wilsdruffer Strasse. The passages around Neumarkt contain a wide range of shops and boutiques. Königstrasse is known for its antique shops, while the trendiest fashion and jewellery outlets are located in the baroque quarter.

    Markets

    Dresden has several outdoor weekly markets where farmers come to sell their wares. The largest in the city centre is held on Fridays on Lingner-Allee. Throughout December there’s a large Christmas market on Altmarkt.

    Shopping Centres

    The Centrum-Galerie on Prager Strasse is home to 120 shops and restaurants spread over four levels. The nearby glass-covered Altmarkt-Galerie has over 100 individual shops on three levels.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Handshaking is customary, and it is considered rude to address people by their first name unless invited to do so. Normal courtesies should be observed. Before eating, it is normal to say “guten Appetit” to the other people at the table to which the correct reply is “danke, gleichfalls” (“Thank you, the same to you”). If you’ve been invited to eat at a German house, it is customary to present the hostess with unwrapped flowers (according to tradition, you should always give an uneven number, and it is worth noting that red roses are exclusively a lover’s gift).

    In shops and other businesses, courtesy dictates that visitors should utter a greeting such as “guten tag”

    (or “grüss gott” in Bavaria) before saying what it is that they want; to leave without saying “auf wiedersehen” or “tschüss” can also cause offence.

    Similarly, when making a telephone call, asking for the person you want to speak to without stating first who you are is impolite. Casual wear is widely acceptable, but more formal dress is required for some restaurants, the opera, theatre, casinos and important social functions. Smoking is prohibited where notified and on public transport and in most public buildings.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    There’s nothing to mark out German produce as particularly risky to general health (although it has a partly founded reputation for being fatty). Tap water is safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forested areas of southern Germany; vaccination is advisable. Rabies is present; look out for ‘Tollwut’ signs. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.

    During the summer months, sunburn can be a problem. The southwest generally draws the highest temperatures. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    As a counterpoint to the balminess of the summer, German winters can be fairly severe. This is generally truer the further east you travel. If you’re arriving during the coldest months of the year, ensure you have adequate clothing. At any time of year, in fact, temperatures can be unpredictable – even in July and August, it makes sense to have a sweater (and maybe a brolly too) to hand.

    Other health problems that inexperienced travellers might reasonably encounter are the various knock-on effects of too much alcohol consumption. The risk, unsurprisingly, is particularly prevalent among those attending Munich’s Oktoberfest. Be aware that some beer’s ABV levels can be 6 or 7%, so should be treated with respect.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    André Dr. Juschten
    Königsbrücker Str. 68
    01099 Dresden
    Germany
    Tel. +49-351-272-1110

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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