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Local outings

The wine-growing town of Radebeul

The hillsides covered in vineyards give this little country town an almost
Mediterranean feel. Well worth a visit are the historic Wine Museum
Hoflößnitz and the ‘vineyard experience’ at Schloss Wackerbarth, which
in addition to traditional wine tasting also offers entertaining tours on
the subject of wine and sparkling wine, and walks through the
vineyards. The Karl May Museum, situated in the home of this world
famous writer of adventure stories, transports its visitors back to the
Wild West. The DDR Museum ‘Zeitreise’ with its GDR time travel
experience brings to life the atmosphere of the GDR and its countless
exhibits show what everyday life was like in the former East Germany.

www.radebeul.de

Moritzburg Castle

From Radebeul, a 30-minute journey on the steam-driven narrowgauge
railway takes you through a picturesque landscape of lakes and
lagoons to Moritzburg. The impressive baroque palace, famous for its
role in the German-Czech film ‘Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella’, is
considered to be one of the most beautiful water palaces in Europe. In
Rüdenhof, works by Käthe Kollwitz and some of her personal documents
can be seen in her final and only surviving home – reminders of this
great German graphic artist and sculptor.

www.moritzburg.de

Von Radebeul aus gelangt man mit einer dampfgetriebenen Schmalspurbahn
in ca. 30 Minuten durch eine malerische Teichlandschaft
nach Moritzburg. Das imposante Barockschloss, bekannt durch den
Film „Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel“, genießt den Ruf eines der
schönsten Wasserschlösser Europas zu sein. Im Rüdenhof, dem letzten
und einzig erhaltenen Wohnort von Käthe Kollwitz, erinnern einige
Werke und persönliche Dokumente an die große deutsche Grafikerin
und Bildhauerin.

 

The porcelain city of Messen

Meissen is the heart of historic Saxony. Albrechtsburg is the earliest
example of a residential palace in Germany and the cathedral is a
striking example of pure gothic architecture. At the foot of the castle
hill lies the old town, a sea of houses with pointed roofs. The blue
swords trademark of Meissen porcelain is known throughout the world.
The famous Meissen porcelain factory has a collection of masterpieces
in ‘white gold’, from both past and present.

www.touristinfo-meissen.de
www.elbland.de

Pirna – the gateway to Saxon Switzerland

The almost 775-year-old town of Pirna is called the gateway to Saxon
Switzerland. Its romantic old town atmosphere invites you to stroll
around the historic market place and through the narrow streets where
you will find traditional bars, and many shops and cafés. The botanical
collection housed in Landschloss Pirna-Zuschendorf is a unique
collection of more than 200 species and varieties of camellia, azalea,
hydrangea, bonsai and ivy. Between Dresden and Pirna lies the
baroque garden of Großsedlitz, in the French style, which is definitely
worth a visit.

www.tourismus.pirna.de

Saxon Switzerland

Anyone who has the time to spare should take a trip from Pirna on a
steamer through the fascinating rock formations of the Elbe Sandstone
Mountains. You get the best view of the Elbe valley far below and the
surrounding table mountains from the Bastei rock. In summer, the
Felsenbühne Rathen outdoor stage which lies beneath this vantage
point invites a visit. This, Europe’s most beautiful natural outdoor stage,
has a wide repertoire of operas and plays, including Karl May Westerns.
Upstream on the opposite bank, perched high on a rocky plateau,
stands Festung Königstein, the largest fortress in Germany.

www.saechsische-schweiz.de

Stolpen Castle

Built in the early Middle Ages, Stolpen Castle was the place to which
Countess Cosel, Augustus the Strong’s most famous mistress, was
banished. She spent almost 49 years of her life imprisoned in the
fortress. Her rooms in the Cosel Tower are open to visitors.

www.burg-stolpen.org

Bautzen, the heart of Upper Lausitz

Still today, and above all in the rural regions of Upper Lausitz, Sorb
customs and traditions are observed, for example the traditional Easter
ride. A very special experience is a stroll through the centre of Bautzen
with its medieval fortifications and ‘Alte Wasserkunst’ (old water tower).

www.bautzen.de

The European City of Görlitz-Zgorzelec

This jewel of a city is unique in Germany, located directly on the Polish
border. The old town is one of the most authentic and best preserved
collections of Renaissance buildings. The imposing Gründerzeit
buildings, which have been listed under the Convention for the Protection
of the Architectural Heritage of Europe, should also not be missed.

www.goerlitz.de

Christmas in the Erzgebirge, Freiberg Cathedral

Seiffen is the capital of traditional wood carving. A museum in Frauenstein
is dedicated to the famous master organ builder Gottfried Silbermann,
whose instruments are still to be found in a number of
surrounding village churches. One of his best and most important
organs can be heard in Freiberg. The silver mines of this first free
mining town in Germany were the source of their Saxon rulers’ wealth.
Many of the impressive Renaissance and Baroque buildings on
Freiberg’s Upper and Lower Market stem from this period, as well as
the cathedral with its Silbermann organ.

www.erzgebirge-tourismus.de
www.freiberg-service.de

The golden city of Prague

can comfortably be visited on a day trip from Dresden. Whether it is
Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge or the Old Town Hall, its wealth of
historic buildings with their incomparable combination of architecture
ranging from the Middle Ages and Baroque to Art Nouveau, makes the
Czech capital an extremely popular destination.