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Business trips to Saxony

Meeting - incentives - congresses - events in Saxony

Saxony offers business travellers unique conference venues, fantastic incentive options and a great infrastructure. What’s more, the region‘s world-class art and culture treasures and stunning landscapes ensure that conferences and meetings in Saxony will create lasting good memories. Saxony is a top location for business and research where science and art as well as tradition and innovation meet to form a unique symbiosis. The region is also Germany's number one cultural destination, with Leipzig, Dresden and Chemnitz as standout locations for cultural experiences. To sum it up, Saxony offers an ideal environment for inspiring and successful events of all kinds.

MICE in Dresden

Dresden has the highest density of researchers in Germany, with TU Dresden being one of eleven German “Excellence Universities”. The city is a hub for research and development in microelectronics, nanotechnology/new materials and biotechnology/life sciences and has for centuries been a place where researchers and entrepreneurs broke ground. The mix of sectors, a strong industry and a very solid base of SMEs creates many synergies. Dresden is also home to an above-average number of scientific institutions, which – in combination with successful businesses – makes Dresden one of the most dynamic economic hubs in Germany. As a destination for trade fairs, conferences and meetings, the city is in demand not just in Germany but also by international organisers.

Things to do outside the meeting room

  • Art and culture: e.g., city tours in vintage cars, river trips on historic paddle steamers, hot air balloon flights, Trabi (East German cult car) tours, Segway or historic horse-drawn carriage rides
     
  • Food and drink: e.g., brewery tours and beer seminars, winery tours, visiting Stollen bakeries where the famous Dresden Christmas cake is made

 

MICE in Leipzig

Leipzig is one of the world’s oldest trade fair locations and fairs have been held here for over 850 years. Today, the city is still one of the leading destinations for trade fairs of all kinds and visitors appreciate Leipzig’s open-mindedness and international outlook. Leipzig Trade Fair (Messe Leipzig) hosts a major annual book fair as well as numerous medical and medical technology trade fairs and congresses. Leipzig's development as a business and science hub is based on strong growth in the automotive, logistics, energy and environmental research as well as medical sectors. The media and creative industries also play an important role and contribute significantly to the city’s appeal. In fact, Leipzig is now one of the fastest growing German cities, and organisers will find a particularly wide range of conference options here with lots of material for inspiring social programmes.

Things to do outside the meeting room

  • Art and culture: e.g., guided tour along Leipzig Music Trail, following the traces of Leipzig’s unique musical heritage, a concert with the world-famous St Thomas Boys' Choir or at the Gewandhaus concert hall
     
  • Activities and sports: e.g., canoeing through Leipzig's industrial quarter, whitewater rafting, sailing, surfing, wakeboarding or diving in the lakes around Leipzig

MICE in Chemnitz

Chemnitz has long since ceased to be an insider tip among MICE professionals and will soon be taking centre stage as the European Capital of Culture 2025. Meeting and conference organisers can benefit from the city’s excellent infrastructure, short distances between relevant locations and its fascinating industrial heritage. Chemnitz is a place where a longstanding tradition of inventorship meets 21st century high-tech developments. Known as the "Saxon Manchester", it is the cradle of German mechanical engineering and where the country’s industrialisation took hold. A variety of attractive and unusual event venues provide ideal settings for conferences, trade fairs and congresses, including for large events, and great options for attendees to experience the city’s industrial past while networking.

Things to do outside the meeting room

  • Art and culture: e.g, architecture tour in Chemnitz’s Kassberg neighbourhood, Europe’s largest Art Noveau district; visit to the Saxon Museum of Industry or the exceptional Chemnitz Art Collections
     
  • Going out: e.g., wine tasting in Chemnitz’s underground vaults in Kassberg, which used to be storage spaces for beer, wine and food

 

Top MICE venues in Saxony

Large or small, traditional or out of the ordinary, upmarket or rustic – the variety of event venues in Saxony exceeds expectations and leaves organisers spoilt for choice. Options abound, including congress centres, airports, trade fair grounds, town halls, conference hotels and even a moated castle. Or how about staging your conference in a modern car factory or inviting attendees on a historic steamship river tour? In Saxony (almost) anything is possible. Organisers can rely on the latest technology, professional support and short distances – and Saxony's rich cultural offerings are the icing on the cake.

Selected MICE venues

  • In Leipzig, tradition meets innovation. The city has a long history as a major location for trade fairs and Leipzig Trade Fair has been in business for more than 850 years. Today it is one of the ten leading German trade fair companies and among the top 50 worldwide. See for yourself why meeting and conference organisers appreciate the friendly and professional atmosphere at Leipzig Trade Fair.

  • Dresden’s Albrechtsberg Palace enjoys a great riverside location in a beautiful park landscape and features a range of historic rooms that can be booked for a variety of events, including a large hall accommodating up to 170 people, while numerous smaller salons provide perfect settings for seminars and workshops. And the beautiful “garden room” with a south-facing terrace offering unforgettable views of Dresden and the Elbe meadows is definitely a favourite.

  • The German Hygiene Museum is a listed museum complex in a charming location near Dresden's old town. A wide range of rooms, unique surroundings and lots of options to create an attractive programme make it a popular choice for events of all kinds.

  • Chemnitz’s impressive new Kraftverkehr culture and congress centre is housed in a self-supporting hall with a ceiling height of 6.90 metres, offering a unique event venue for both conventional and creative set-ups, including trade fairs, concerts and conferences. A range of smaller rooms is ideal for small meetings and seminars.

  • When it comes to events, Riesa, about 35 miles northwest of Dresden, is thinking big. Its SACHSENarena centre offers 8,000 square metres of space for up to 10,000 people, and with VIP balconies and business lounges, the venue is perfect for meetings, conferences, trade fairs, concerts, shows or TV productions.

  • Get on board: Dresden is the starting point for tours up and down the Elbe on the historic paddle steamers of the Sächsische Dampfschifffahrt fleet, which can be booked as venues for meeting and festivities. The beautiful river scenery makes for an unforgettable backdrop for events that will be talked about for a long time.

  • Work and fun come in a package at Porsche Experience Center Leipzig. In addition to multifunctional spaces of various sizes, the event venue features a factory museum, and both an FIA-certified circuit and off-road track. Factory tours, on-road and off-road driving sessions and various lunch and dinner options can also be booked.

Selected incentive ideas

  • Action and fun for teams on rafting, canoeing or dragon boat tours at Kanupark Markkleeberg south of Leipzig, one of the best whitewater and rafting facilities in Europe.

  • Nostalgic adventure: getting behind the wheels of eastern Germany’s iconic Trabi car is a hugely popular activity and tours can be arranged in and around Leipzig and Dresden as well as at any (conference) location of your choice.

  • For car buffs: the team at Sachsenring Driving Safety Centre near Chemnitz creates individual events ranging from driving training to team competitions.

  • Rock climbing in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains: team building in Saxon Switzerland’s stunning nature.

  • Get creative at a workshop in the world-famous Meissen® porcelain manufactory. Your creation will be shipped to you or become part of your luggage.

  • Bobsleighing in the Ore Mountains: adrenaline rushes are guaranteed in the ice canal at the Altenberg racing sledge and bobsleigh track, well-known world cup and championship venue.

  • Stollen Baking course: Prepare your own Dresden Stollen®, the world-famous Saxon Christmas cake, and take it home with you.

  • For gourmets: Enjoy a wine and sparkling wine tasting in one of the beautifully located wineries along the Saxon Wine Route.

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