Saxony (German: Sachsen) had a rich and tumultuous time, changing hands many times and gaining or losing territory over the years, which is why other states in Germany also carry the “Saxony title:” Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) and Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt).
Rural Districts (Counties) in Saxony
With approx. 4.3 million inhabitants, it is a land of variation, a region whose scene has been described as looking like “unstable seas on earth.”
Its capital is Dresden, the Florence on the Elbe. Big-city stylishness and small-town romance, river valley and mountains, grasslands and woods, palaces and citadels, manor houses and impressive homes, arts and skill, classical music and a sparkling bar scene, industrial architecture and industrial culture: Saxony has it all.
Of all the beautiful scenery, the highest glory is Saxon Switzerland. This region offers such a wealth of strange natural wonders in such a small space as the Elbe Sandstone. The River Elbe carves its way through the very heart of this exclusive landscape. And rock climbers often have the time of their life there.
Saxony offers an above-average number of very well preserved momentous smaller towns, for example Meißen, Freiberg, Pirna, Bautzen, Görlitz and others; thus tourism from within Germany is important for this state.
Besides its small towns and villages, larger cities like Dresden, Leipzig and Zwickau serve very well for sightseeing for visitors from all over the world. Some good-looking regions are the ones joint with Czech Republic, counting the Lusatian Mountains, Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge), Saxon Switzerland, and Vogtland.
Dresden is one of the must-see places for any person visiting Germany with the freedom to travel at will. It is filled with some of the most fantastic structural design imaginable, the Elbe river is wonderful, and the city harbors offer many little surprises for miles in all directions. Art and music are all over the place.
Leipzig is extremely worth a visit, too. It has progressed very well since Germany’s reunification, and has abundance enough to keep you busy for a weekend (or much longer!). If you’re aiming for traditional art and harmony, you’ll find Leipzig particularly pleasant.
All in all, Saxony needs definitely to be on your Germany itinerary! :-)