Culture meets nature in Saxony: A mere 40 kilometers (25 mi) lie between splendid Baroque art and architecture in Dresden and the distinctive peaks of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.
Saxony is steeped in history with a fabulous treasure trove in Dresden, a busy trade fair and trading center in Leipzig and an insider tip for architecture fans in Löbau. A total of 4 million people live in this diverse federal state in eastern Germany.
Young, dynamic, creative — Leipzig is Saxony's largest city and an aspiring metropolis. The Peaceful Revolution began here in 1989, which brought down and ended the former East Germany. Lukas Stege, host of the TV Travel Magazine Check-in, takes an excursion into the city's past and present.The recording took place before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The historical and political heart of Saxony beats in the state capital. It owes its nickname, "Florence on the Elbe," to the splendid Baroque buildings in the city center and the vineyards along the River Elbe on its outskirts.
Saxony's Wine Route
The wine-growing region between Dresden and Meißen is the smallest and easternmost in Germany with around 480 hectares of vineyards. Check-in presenter Lukas Stege visited winegrowers, wineries and castles before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.On his programme: the State Vineyard at Castle Wackerbarth and the organic winery Hoflößnitz. He also climbed the terraced vineyard "Goldener Wagen" with a private winemaker.
Elbe Sandstone Mountains
Climbers find exactly 1,125 peaks in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, also known as Saxon Switzerland. This special landscape got its name in the 18th century from Swiss people who felt reminded of their homeland.
House Schminke in Löbau
A jewel of modern architecture can be found in the small Saxon town of Löbau near Görlitz: Haus Schminke, named after its builder Fritz Schminke. Hans Scharoun designed the family villa in the unusual shape of a ship. Today it is a museum where visitors can even spend the night.
Some 60 kilometers away from Görlitz Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau – bohemian, travel writer and landscape gardener of great renown – designed Muskauer Park, one of the most beautiful landscaped gardens in the world, in the early 19th century. Covering around 830 hectares, it is made up of a number of smaller parks on either side of the German-Polish border, each with its own character. Muskau Park is one of the few bi-national UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world and the largest English-style landscape park in Europe.
The Erzgebirge, or ore mountains as it would be called in English, is a low mountain range in Saxony and Bohemia. It is known worldwide for its wood handicrafts, which turn the region into a Christmas wonderland during Advent. Originally, the Erzgebirge region was shaped by mining. Silver, tin and uranium were already mined here over 800 years ago. Our drone flies into the unique mountainous cultural landscape, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2019.
The Erzgebirge in winter
The Erzgebirge with its extensive forests attracts nature lovers in summer and winter. The highest mountain is the Fichtelberg with its 1214 meters (3983 ft). There you will find the largest ski area in Saxony, a winter paradise. Check-in presenter Nicole Frölich had a look around before the coronavirus pandemic broke out.
A highlight in a 360-degree video
The Saxon king Augustus the Strong had his royal capital rebuilt as a Baroque artwork — from the Zwinger palace complex to the Taschenbergpalais, to the Frauenkirche, the Church of Our Lady, Dresden's symbol of tolerance and peace.
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