© Szymon Nitka

Itineraries

Saxony for beginners (4 days)

Embark on an exploration tour through Saxony starting in ­Dresden. A 4-day “taster journey” combines cultural highlights and romantic spots in and around the state capital and up to Leipzig. The ideal tour for a perfect "first impression".

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Day 1: Dresden and Pillnitz

Dresden - Guided city walk/tour through the historic centre of Dresden with Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), Semper Opera, Zwinger, Fürstenzug (mural displaying procession of princes), the multimedia Dresden Xperience, Residenzschloss palace etc. Visit to the world-famous the “Old Masters” picture gallery where you can admire Raffael’s “Sistine Madonna” and numerous other masterpieces.
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Der historische Schaufelraddampfer "Pillnitz" fährt auf der Elbe vorbei an grünen Ufern.© Saechsische Dampfschiffahrt

Day 1: Dresden and Pillnitz

Pillnitz - Visit to Pillnitz Castle, former favourite summer residence of many Saxon rulers. Trip with the oldest fleet of paddle steamers through the beautiful Elbe valley passing castles, villas and vineyards.
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Blick von einer Mauer auf die Albrechtsburg in Meissen.© Daniel Bahrmann

Day 2: Meissen (29 KM)

Meißen – “Cradle of Saxony” – guided city walk with visit to the first German residential castle, Meißen Albrechtsburg Castle, residence of the first Saxon rulers and first production site of the “white gold”, the world-famous Meißen porcelain.
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Zwei Amor Engel werden bemalt.© Meissen

Day 2: Meissen (29 KM)

Visit to Meißen Cathedral – one of the most precious monuments of ecclesiastical architecture from the Middle Ages in Saxony. Guided tour of the Meißen State Porcelain Manufacture: Visit the show workshops and witness the production of the world-famous porcelain that has been manufactured in Meißen for more than 300 years.
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Gebäude der Ratsapotheke am Untermarkt. Neben seiner prächtig farbigen Fassade stechen an dem Renaissancebau insbesondere die zwei Sonnenuhren ins Auge. Diese stammen von Bartholomäus Scultetus. Die linke Uhr zeigt Stunden an, die rechte Planetenstunden. © Reiner Weisflog

Day 3: GÖRLITZ (109 KM) - BAUTZEN (52 KM) - PANSCHWITZ-KUCKAU (20 KM)

Görlitz – easternmost town in Germany, home to 4,000 monu­ments from five epochs and a cityscape that has almost never changed since 1945 – guided city tour with visit to the Peterskirche Church, performance on the famous “Sonnenorgel” (sun organ).
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Die Alte Wasserkunst in Bautzen ist ein Wahrzeichen der Stadt. Das Gebäude steht an einer Brücke, die über die Spree führt. © Philipp Herfort

Day 3: GÖRLITZ (109 KM) - BAUTZEN (52 KM) - PANSCHWITZ-KUCKAU (20 KM)

Bautzen – town with more than 1,000 years of history and centre of Sorb culture – guided city tour with visit to St. ­Petri Cathedral, the only interdenominational church in East Germany. Visit to St. Marienstern Convent in Panschwitz-Kuckau – the day ends with a traditional Sorb wedding menu and home-brewed beer.
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Gebäude der Kirche von außen© Szymon Nitka

DAY 4: LEIPZIG (115 KM)

Guided city tour/walk through the more than 1,000-year-old town of trade and music: with Nikolaikirche church, Bach Museum, Thomaskirche church. Visit to the Monument to the Battle of Nations. Culinary stop at the famous restaurant “Auerbachs Keller” – on the trail of Goethe, Faust and Luther.
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Menschen vor dem Außengebäude der Spinnerei© Philipp Kirschner

DAY 4: LEIPZIG (115 KM)

Shopping tour through vibrant shopping precincts and ­lovingly restored trading posts and arcades. Tips: Visit to the zoo; visit to galleries and ateliers in the “Alte Spinnerei” (old spinning mill), or a comfy boat tour on Leipzig’s canals.

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