Coswig (Saxony) is located just outside Dresden, where the surroundings are simply perfect for outdoor enjoyment. The terrain varies from the lush valley of the Elbe River that runs through the town to the jagged granite ridges of the low-altitude Spaargebirge mountains just to the west.
You will never tire of hiking the beautiful wooded areas of nearby Friedewald forest reserve. From atop rocky Bosel Summit at 182 meters, you can see all the way to neighboring Meißen, nine kilometers to the southeast.
If cycling is more your preference, the Elbeweg bike path will take you 7.5 kilometers around Coswig, connecting to routes that stretch along the river in both directions. You can pedal clear across Saxony from here, to Schmilka on the Austrian border or Torgau in the far northwest.
Pitch a tent or park your van at the Badesee Kötitz campground. Here you can enjoy swimming from May through October while exploring the verdant countryside, which is home to an abundance of grapevines for winemaking.
When you venture into town, pay a visit to Talkenberger Hof, the first vineyard established here in 1607. Then drop by the Karrasburg, a water castle completed in 1421, which now houses the museum of former nobility and local history.
Two churches will also attract your interest in town. The Baroque Church of Brockwitz features lovely paintings that were created when the church was founded in 1737. Meanwhile, the 15th-century gothic Old Church of Coswig features a paneled ceiling with artwork dating back to the 1600s.
Residents are particularly proud of one of their more recently built structures, the new Börse, or community center, which opened to the public in 1993. It has provided a home for cultural and art events, including a town gallery with frequently changing exhibits and a performance hall for concerts, theater, cabaret and dance.
One other location of special interest for you can be found on Hohensteinstraße: the original “Blue Print Studio.” It specializes in a vanishing Saxon craft, using special printing and dying techniques for making clothing — which can be a wonderful souvenir of your visit to this peaceful town on the Elbe.