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The Free State of Saxony has a huge amount to offer visitors due to its rich culture, history and scenic features. Every holiday region has its own, unique sights and attractions.

Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Dresden Skyline

Dresden Skyline

Fichtelberg Suspension Railway

Fichtelberg Suspension Railway

Rochlitz Castle in the Saxon Castle and Heathland

Rochlitz Castle in the Saxon Castle and Heathland

Wackerbarth in the Saxon Elbland

Wackerbarth in the Saxon Elbland

Musical instrument construction in the vogtland

Musical instrument construction in the vogtland

Königstein Fortress

Königstein Fortress

The Sächsische Burgen- und Heideland (Saxon land of castles and moors) covers the region between Leipzig and Chemnitz and bears witness to the centuries-long culture of former rulers. Noble palaces and mighty castles line the banks of the river in Mulde, Zschopau and Striegis and set the scene for a variety of events and medieval spectacles.

Further east you can experience top-quality art and culture in the Saxon Elbe region. In Dresden, the state capital, you will find one impressive building after another: the Semperoper opera house, the Zwinger palace and the Frauenkirche, or "Church of Our Lady", are just some of the cultural, historical sights you cannot afford to miss. Wine lovers should visit the Saxon wine trail, which weaves through fascinating scenery and is a great introduction to centuries of viticultural tradition.

As home to the Sorbs and their traditional customs, Upper Lusatia is well worth a trip. The typical half-timbered houses and traditional handicrafts are a feature of the region surrounding Zittau, Görlitz and Bautzen. The region also has an extensive network of cycle and hiking paths, which offer an excellent way of discovering the area.

Climbing and hiking fans won't be left disappointed after a trip to Saxon Switzerland. Spectacular table mountains and sandstone rocks await their conquerors in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and the Saxon Switzerland national park. The highlights of the bizarre rocky landscape are the bastion rocks, the Rathen Felsenbühne theatre stage and the Königstein Fortress, all of which line the picturesque course of the Elbe river.

The Ore Mountains in south-west Saxony are also a top tip for active nature-lovers. The Fichtelberg in Oberwiesenthal provides the highest elevation at 1,215 metres. Hiking and mountain bike tours are popular leisure activities in summer, whereas ski runs attract snow lovers in winter.

Saxony's connection to music is apparent in the Vogtland. The long tradition of making German musical instruments can be admired at length in workshop exhibition rooms and museums. The filigree handicraft of lace embroidery also has its origins in the Vogtland. A visit to the only lace museum in Germany and a look around the factory allow a unique insight into the tradition of Plauener Spitze®.

For more information, visit Landestourismusverband Sachsen (Tourism Association of Saxony) and Saxony Tourism.