Saxony, situated in south east Germany, borders on the Czech Republic and Poland. |
Zittau is in this triangle of land where the borders meet. From there you can take the road that leads via Löbau to Bautzen, where is close to Panchwitz-Kuckau and Kamenz, the two most important Sorb towns where they still keep their traditions alive.
The Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland) with its beautiful mountains lies in the south of Saxony . Following the river Elbe takes you via Bad Schandau and Königsstein to Pirna and the state capital of
If you continue along the river Elbe you will reach Germany´s most northerly wine-growing area with
Radebeul (Karl-May-Museum) and
The latter offers not only a China (=porcelain) manufacture but also the Albrechtsburg and many other sights.
The river Elbe then takes you to
Riesa and historical Torgau.
The river Elbe cycle path is one of the most beautiful in Germany.
If you head south from the Sächsische Schweiz you will come to the Erzgebirge and Vogtland which border the Czech Republic with lovely places such as the toy-making town of Seiffen, Annaberg-Buchholz with its world-famous Annenkirche and the wintersports resorts of Oberwiesenthal and Johanngeorgenstadt.
Head then in a northerly direction and passing through Schwarzenberg, Schneeberg and Aue you will reach
North-west of there lies the Kohrener Land with it s charming villages and romanesque Gnandstein castle.
Turning in a northerly direction out of Chemnitz you will come to Rochsburg, where you can enjoy a walk round the village of Amerika. Further along the course of the river Mulde you will find Wechselburg with it s old basilica, where after 633 years they rebuilt a monastery.
Oederan and the attractive mining town of Freiberg are situated east of Chemnitz. From there you can travel to
Leipzig, the largest city of Saxony and the “unofficial state capital”.
You can go there via Oschatz with its scales museum or Grimma. Not far from there you will find the mill museum at Höfgen where you can also take a ferry across the river Mulde.
There is also the convent ruin at Nimbschen that Katharina von Bora, later to become Luther´s wife, escaped from.
Top Things to See and Do
Hiking, climbing, biking (Sächsische Schweiz). Praying, marvelling, beaming (Dresden with its re-opened Frauenkirche).
Neighbor regions/States: Czech Republic, Poland, Brandenburg, Sachsen-Anhalt/Saxony-Anhalt, Thüringen/Thuringia, Bayern/Bavaria
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Edited by: peterkoenig on 22.03.2007 mart_o-cloc on 10.05.2006 waltraudn on 22.10.2004 waltraudn on 18.10.2004