Culture & Leisure


Saxons master their lives with cleverness and commitment, but also with pleasure and joy. How about some tips to immerse yourself into the way of life in Saxony? – Please continue reading!

Frauenkirche Dresden

Soource: Saxony Economic Development (WFS) / Jörg Schöner

For Drifters & Discoverers

Those who just completed a stroll through the baroque “Florence on the Elbe River” and were awed by Dresden’s Frauenkirche Church are able to learn more about modern electric mobility “hands on” just around the corner – in VW’s “Transparent Factory.”

Visitors to the "City of Trade Fairs and Media," Leipzig, can go on an exciting journey through time spanning the history of the earth at Leipzig Zoo’s "Gondwanaland," or they can experience a thrilling cross-country drive with the "Cayenne" at the customer center of the Porsche factory. Chemnitz, the "City of Modernity," provides a program full of contrast, ranging from industrial history to modern art.   

And Saxony’s smaller cities are also well worth discovering: Meißen, which looks back on a thousand years of history; Torgau, the cradle of the Reformation; Annaberg-Buchholz in the Erzgebirge Mountains with its long and rich mining tradition; or Bautzen, the medieval "City of Towers."

Saxony also enchants with such magnificent landscapes as Saxon Switzerland and its bizarre rock formations, the rolling hills of the wine growing region along the Elbe River surrounding Dresden and Meißen, the Erzgebirge Mountains which are particularly spectacular in the Christmas season, or the dreamy heaths and ponds region of Upper Lusatia.     

On their journeys between Seußlitz near Meißen and Bad Schandau in the Elbe River Sandstone Mountains, the ships of the Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt steamboat company travel through one of Europe’s most beautiful and picturesque river landscapes. Following the trails of Caspar David Friedrich, Ludwig Richter, and other artists, the "Painter’s Route" in Saxon Switzerland leads hikers to many a breathtaking panorama. And, with their snowy ridges and vast forests, the Erzgebirge Mountains are an ideal destination for winter sports enthusiasts. 

Festival "Classic Open" auf dem Markt in Leipzig

Source: Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH, photo: Andreas Schmidt

Joie de Vivre

Saxon joie de vivre is expressed by the many celebrations and festivals ranging between classic and cult, high culture and regional atmosphere. Such theater and music productions as the Dresden Music Festival, the Festival of Contemporary European Theater "euro-scene," or the International Dixieland Festival all typify the multifaceted cultural life.   

And when it comes to the other senses, Saxony can also provide a broad range of programs. Come taste and savor fine and exquisite wines at one of the wine festivals in the Elbe River valley. Be tempted by the seductive scents on the Christmas markets in the Erzgebirge Mountains. Enjoy the panoramic views of Dresden’s old town while watching thrilling movie highlights at the "Movie Nights along the Elbe River," Germany’s largest open air movie festival.  

Horch-Oldtimer im August Horch Museum Zwickau

Source: August Horch Museum Zwickau

Come and Have a Look! - At over 400 museums

A host of adventures can also be found at the 400 museums in Saxony. Do you want to discover fabulous, sparkling treasures? Then you should visit the "Green Vault" or the "Turkish Chamber" in Dresden. Or do you love technical history? Then a visit to the "August Horch Museum" in Zwickau or to the Saxon Museum of Industry Chemnitz will be perfect for you. Or quench your thirst for art history in the GRASSI Museum of Applied Art in Leipzig.

And last but not least, another tip: Experiencing wood crafts from the Erzgebirge Mountains in a totally different way – this will come true in the "Manufacture of Dreams" in Annaberg-Buchholz.    

Come and Have a Look! - At over 1,000 palaces, castles, and gardens

...which lure visitors to the knightly Middle Ages, to the opulent Baroque, or to the enlightened Renaissance. Follow the footsteps of Elector August "the Strong" to Pillnitz Palace and Park. Or those of his unfortunate mistress Countess Cosel to her prison at Stolpen Castle. Experience knightly romance at Gnandstein Castle, and smile at the "graffiti" left behind by medieval rascals in the rooms of Rochlitz Palace

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