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Things to do in Saxony

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The top 82 attractions in Saxony

Palaces in Dresden
Zwinger Palace
Zwinger Palace is one of the must-see attractions in the city of Dresden. It stands in the old town, between the Semperoper opera house and Postplatz, and was built on the site of an old fortress. I highly recommend getting up early so that you can walk around the yard before the crowds descend and enjoy it in a rare moment of absolute silence. The door of the crown (Kronentor), is the most famous and photographed part of the structure, decorated with a reproduction of the Polish royal crown. After buying a ticket, you can visit the collections of art and science inside.
Villages in Meissen
Cradle of the German region of Saxony. Among the monumental buildings of this village stands Albrechtsburg Castle and the Gothic Cathedral, both detached. Albrechtsburg Castle, which has a spiral staircase, is the oldest example of a Renaissance residential castle in Germany. Below the castle hill lies the historic quarter of the city with the beautiful town hall in the market. A beautiful late medieval city, highlighting its flat roofs, which offer a picturesque panorama and at the same time are superbly romantic that can be seen from Castle Mountain (Burgberg). And world-famous Meissen porcelain should not be forgotten.
Churches in Dresden
Dresden Frauenkirche
The Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), is a symbol of Dresden, and a spectacular Baroque Lutheran church. It was completely destroyed during the Second World War, and the GDR kept its ruins as a monument to remember the destruction of war. After the collapse of the Berlin Wall they began the rebuilding of this church.
Of Cultural Interest in Dresden
The Bastei is an amazing rock formation 200 meters in height next to the Elbe river. It's in the middle of the Saxon Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland), with spectacular forests, and amazing views. But the icing on the cake is the stone bridge over 150 years old and 76m long, a must-see if you are in the area.
Nature Reserves in Bad Schandau
Saxon Switzerland National Park
Lovely natural park on the border of Germany and the Czech Republic. The park is well signposted, allowing plenty of trekking, with different levels of difficulty. The park is divided into 2. - The well-known as the bastion (Bastei), an interesting rock formation connected by a bridge, with lovely panoramic views of river Elbe. - The area to the east of the village of Bad Schandau, less spectacular but much bigger. Very close to the city park Königstein we have the most interesting strongholds in the zone (Festung Königstein). It can also be interesting to travel to Großsedlitz City, which has a great Baroque garden (Barockgarten Großsedlitz) that you can stroll around.
Cathedrals in Dresden
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
Hofkirche or Cathedral of Holy Trinity Cathedral is a Catholic Cathedral in the old town of Dresden. This huge Baroque church is constructed in sandstone (like almost everything in this city), its nave is 52 meters long and 18 meters wide, with a height of 32 meters, the tower reaching a height of 86 meters. The building has three naves, and inside we note that over the balustrade surrounding the ship, are figures of saints 78 3,50 m high sandstone sculpted also, by Lorenzo Mattielli. In addition we find a Permoser Balthasar Baroque pulpit, an altar of Anton Raphael Mengs, and the largest organ of Gottfried Silbermann. Next to the bowl with the heart of Augustus the Strong, is the crypt with the sarcophagus of the Wettin dynasty.
Historical Monuments in Dresden
Fürstenzug (Procession of Princes)
Comprising some 24,000 Meissen porcelain tiles, Fürstenzug is the largest porcelain tile work in all the world. Located 0n Augustusstraße Street, on the north wall of the royal court between the Palace Square and the Frauenkirche church, it depicts the monarchs of the House of Wettin between 1123 and 1906. Recommended to see both day and night.
Historical Monuments in Dresden
Dresden Town Hall Tower (Rathausturm)
The huge hall (Neues Rathaus), neo-Renaissance, is in the southeast of the old city, and was built in 1910. Its circular tower of 70 meters, with a golden statue of Hercules at the top, provides the best view of the Old City, Dresden. In the lobby there is a large model of the city development project along with a photo. The entry price is 3 €.
Castles in Moritzburg
Moritzburg Castle
German Castle, a hunting lodge originally in the town of Moritzburg, close to Dresden. Its imposing yellow corner towers, and the lake surrounding it, make this castle one of the most significant examples of military architecture in Germany at the end of the 15th century. There is the collection of red deer antlers that is the world's biggest, along with a collection of Meissen porcelain. You have to pay to go inside the rooms and see the exhibits, but you can stroll around the grounds as you wish, free of charge.
Rivers in Dresden
The Elbe River
One of the nicest things you can do in Dresden is strolling along the banks of the Elbe River, a pleasant walk for miles with a perfect view where you can enjoy the beautiful architecture, sit and read a good book or watch the beauty of the shade and of the leaves of the trees. Tour the waters and enjoy a good meal at one of the restaurants in anchored boats.
Historical Monuments in Dresden
Sometimes the follies of humans create great buildings ..... Surely no one imagines that this building is in Dresden, the Florence of the north, and I'm sure no one believes that it is a factory. In this case a businessman ve made his fortune in the East, decided to make a snuff factory in the Moorish-Byzantine style. It has now been converted into a restaurant and tourist attraction. It's west of the city and and it's beautiful to watch the setting sun shine through the glass dome.
Hiking in Bad Schandau
The Bastion
The Bastion is the most well-known place in a natural park of the Saxon Switzerland, located about 30 minutes from Dresden, if you're heading east. Besides the typical mountain treks of any (well signposted in both distance and difficulty), this area is a curious rock formation that rises about 200 hundred yards from the river Elbe. It's also where a bridge was built in 1851, and there are various walkways that connect these rocks. This place offers a stunning panoramic view of the entire park and the river Elbe. Go!
Cathedrals in Meissen
Meissen Cathedral
A Gothic style cathedral, with unequal towers, the more striking because it is the only dark building in a village, [poi = 81468] Meissen [/ poi], dominated by pastel houses. Located next to the Palace of Albrechtsburg, which is surrounded by seven figures, representing, among others, the Empress Adelheid and Emperor Otto I. Construction began in 1250, but construction of the west towers did not begin until the fourteenth century and were not properly finished until sometime between 1904 and 1908. Worth paying the entrance fee(do not remember the exact price, about 5 euros) to look inside, to admire the stunning columns that seem to reach to infinity.
Castles in Meissen
Albrechtsburg Castle
Set on a small hill, along with the cathedral, the emblem of the city of Meissen, which is the cradle of Saxony region. Built in the fifteenth century, it is the oldest example of a Renaissance residential castle in Germany, and was the first place for porcelain manufacturing in Europe. Inside, in addition to a large number of exhibits related to porcelain and to the history of the castle, it features a spiral staircase.
Villages in Radebeul
Located halfway between Dresden and Meissen, Radebeul is famous worldwide for its vineyards. You can also visit a museum dedicated to writer Karl May and there is a train that leads to the castle of Moritzburg. We took a stroll through one of the beautiful, picturesque vineyards, which was a fantastic experience. This area of ​​Saxony is well known for its pleasant scenery and mild climate.
Castles in Moritzburg
Fasanenschlosschen Moritzburg
Everyone who comes to Moritzburg comes to see the castle, in the middle of a lake, but only some come to stroll around its gardens. We walk up to the 2nd palace, less spectacular but interesting. I think the translation of its name is "Little Pheasant Castle". It was completed around the year 1776, serving as a summer residence of Prince Frederick Augustus III of Saxony. It is less than half a minute walking from the main castle, surrounded by gardens, and not far away is another lake with an original lighthouse, also pink2
Historical Monuments in Dresden
Goldener Reiter
This equestrian statue of Frederick Augustus I the Strong, is one of Dresden's symbols [poi = 82513] [/ poi]. The statue depicts the king dressed as a Roman emperor, and stands on the Hauptstrasse, the pedestrian part of the new part of town, at the end of the Augustus bridge. Augustus the Strong was responsible for severalof the various famous buildings in Dresden, such as the [poi = 90304] Zwinger Palace [/ poi]. During his reign Dresden became a major cultural center, known as the Florence of the Elbe.
Historical Monuments in Moritzburg
Lighthouse of Moritzburg
Very close Fasanenschlösslein Palace, on a small lake, is where you'll find the Lighthouse of Moritzburg. This lighthouse was built in 1770 just for the king's entertainment. The lighthouse in question is located in a small harbor, where the king and his guests set sail, simulating a world tour. The king also was very fond of imitating battles there.