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Germany's 16 States: Saxony

Culture meets nature in Saxony: a mere 40 kilometers lie between splendid Baroque art and architecture in Dresden and the distinctive peaks of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.

Dresden, steeped in Saxon history, with a fabulous treasure chamber; Leipzig, exhibition center and trade hub; Görlitz, a place of inspiration for Hollywood. Four million people live in this multifaceted state in eastern Germany. 

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Travel tips Saxony

Leipzig

Saxony's largest city is not just known for its music, with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the St. Thomas Choir. In old factory buildings and back courtyards, a young, creative arts scene is prospering. Nicole Frölich, host of the TV Travel Magazine Check-in, paid a visit.

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Dresden

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.

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City portrait: Dresden

Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Rock climbers find exactly 1125 peaks to conquer in the region known as the Saxon Switzerland. This climbing paradise was given its name in the 18th century by two Swiss artists who compared its landscape to that of their own country.

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A trip to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Görlitz

From Gothic to Art Nouveau – in Görlitz's Old Town, it's not just the facades that have been completely preserved. With about 4000 listed buildings, the city on the River Neisse has an unusually dense concentration of historical monuments.

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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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