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SaxonyGermany

Delve through thousands of years of history and culinary traditions as you explore the villages, valleys and mountains of this scenic eastern German state.

Saxony is a state consisting of modern cities, quaint villages and mountainous nature parks. Medieval castles and churches rise above the townships, mimicking the mountains of the countryside. Discover the delights of the historic villages and appreciate the rocky terrain in Saxon Switzerland National Park.

The region’s largest city is Leipzig, which has many historic buildings that were restored following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Visit the Bach Museum to learn about the German composer who lived here. Make the most of a sunny day at the Leipzig Botanical Garden, the Leipzig Zoo and Abtnaundorfer Park. Bring the kids to the Belantis Amusement Park.

Dresden is the capital of Saxony and has an eclectic old town that blends rococo and Baroque architectural styles. Note that much of the city was destroyed by heavy bombing by British and American forces during World War II. Gaze up at the majestic Frauenkirche church with its huge dome and visit the fantastic sights of Dresden Castle, Zwinger Palace and Semper Opera House.

Venture into the Ore Mountains region, known for its wooden crafts. Explore the charming villages of Seiffen, Olbernhau and Marienberg. Visit Chemnitz for the Klaffenbach Moated Castle the Roter Turm Tower and the Saxony State Museum of Archeology. Learn about the state’s past as a medieval duchy, a kingdom, a republic and part of the Holy Roman Empire.

Note that several languages, such as the Slavic-based Sorb dialect, exist alongside German here. The climate is generally mild with snowy winters.

The state takes up a large part of eastern Germany and borders Poland and the Czech Republic. The center of the area is about 140 miles (225 kilometers) south of Berlin and 275 miles (440 kilometers) northeast from Munich. Fly to Dresden Airport in the heart of Saxony and get around the region by railway.

Saxony is a realm of historical towns with a rich history and vast natural parks with tall, snowy peaks.

Popular cities in Saxony

Church of Our Lady which includes a city
Dresden
Known for Historical, Shopping and Museum

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Reasons to visit

  • Semper Opera House
  • Church of Our Lady
  • Dresden Castle
Monument of the Battle of the Nations showing château or palace
Leipzig
Known for Historical, Business and Museum

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Reasons to visit

  • Leipzig Zoo
  • Leipzig University
  • Leipzig Opera
Goerlitz which includes a river or creek
Goerlitz
Known for Historical, Walking and Monument

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Reasons to visit

  • Market Square
Chemnitz featuring heritage architecture and a house
Chemnitz
Known for Opera, Castle and Historical

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Reasons to visit

  • Roter Turm Tower