Top 26 attractions to explore in Saxony
A landlocked state of Germany, bordering the states of Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, and Bavaria, as well as the countries of Poland and the Czech Republic. The history of Saxony spans more than a millennium. It has been a medieval duchy, an electorate of the Holy Roman Empire, a kingdom, and twice a republic.
Attractions in Saxony
Albertinum is a modern art museum, located in the historic center, Dresden, Germany. It was established in 1887 and restored in 1953 after it got damaged in World War II, the museum displays paintings and sculptures dating from 200 years back to the present day.
Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau is a 200-acre English landscape park, located in the municipality of Gablenz, Saxony, Germany. The park features many ponds and lakes, and it is popular for "the Devil's Bridge" which is a short walk bridge designed to create a circle when it is reflected in the water beneath it.
The Bastei is a rock formation in Saxon Switzerland, Germany. The place has been a tourist attraction for more than 150 years. The rock stands at 305 meters above sea level and the Bastei bridge offers spectacular views over the mountains and the Elbe river. Bastei is a major landmark of the Saxon Switzerland National Park, and can be visited at any time without any fee.
A botanical garden in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany. Established in 1542, it is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, the garden is maintained by the University of Leipzig, and since 1857 the garden was cultivated more than 10,000 species, of which 4,500 were grown in greenhouses.
Dresden Castle was a residence for the kings of Saxony as well as kings of Poland. The castle was rebuilt after it got destroyed in the World War II and became a tourist attraction, housing a museum complex and an art library. It is located in Dresden, Germany.
Dresden Panometer is a venue inside a former gasometer, located in Dresden, Germany. It displays two panoramic paintings of the Austrian artist Yadegar Asisi, the paintings depict Dresden in 1756, and another picture of Dresden in 1945 after it got destroyed in World War II.
Dresden Transport Museum is situated on one of the oldest buildings in the city. The museum houses vehicles of all means of transportation such as cars, railways, airplanes. The museum is divided into five exhibition areas, including the sea travel exhibition, which displays old ships and boats, and an overview of the past and present of sea travel.
Dresden Frauenkirche is a Lutheran church in Dresden, Saxony, Germany. The church was restored after it got destroyed in World War II and considered as one of the most important restoration projects in Germany. What distinguishes the church most is its architectural style, which was designed in the Baroque style.
The German Hygiene Museum is a medical museum. Opened in 1912, the museum today is considered as a forum for science and society. It is a popular place for events and exhibitions, it organizes regular programs- including scientific and cultural events.
Green Vault is a museum located in Dresden, Saxony, Germany. Established in 1723, the museum features the largest treasure collection in Europe, approximately 4000 precious items shown in two exhibitions which are The Historic Green Vault and the New Green Vault.
Festung Königstein is a fortress and it’s the largest intact fortress in Germany. The place is distinguished by its magnificent location as it sits on a hill surrounded by nature and overlooks the Elbe River, it has more than 50 buildings spread over 9.5 hectares, some buildings date back 400 years.
A monument to the battle of Leipzig, constructed in 1913. It is the largest war monument in Europe with a height of 91 meters, the monument has an observation platform that offers nice views of the city, and a museum about the Leipzig battle.
Moritzburg Castle originally was a hunting lodge built in Renaissance style in 1542, and later became a Baroque royal palace. The castle is furnished with examples of opulent baroque decor and visitors can take a tour and explore its rooms. The castle sits on a symmetrical artificial island in Dresden, Saxony, Germany.
Museum der Bildenden Künste is a fine art museum in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany. Established in 1848, it offers a world-class collection of artworks from the late middle ages to the present day. It exhibits about 3500 paintings and over 50,000 graphic sheets.
Bundeswehr Military History Museum is a German military museum, and one of the most important history museums in Europe. Located in Dresden, the museum focuses on the human aspects of war while also exhibiting the development of German military technology.
Muskau Park is a landscape park, located in Bad Muskau, Görlitz, Saxony, Germany. The park has an area of (860 acres) which makes it the largest English garden in central Europe. It stretches along both sides of the German-Polish border on the Lusatian Neisse. In 2004, Muskau Park become one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister is an art gallery, located in Dresden, Germany, featuring an incredible collection of European art and more than 700 paintings from the 15th to 18th centuries, in addition to Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces. The gallery attracts 500,000 visitors annually and is located inside the gallery wing of the Zwinger Palace.
Pillnitz Castle was a summer residence for the electors and kings of Saxony, built in the Baroque style in 1720. The castle houses two museums and has three buildings enclosing a Baroque garden and surrounded by a large public park. The castle is located on the bank of the River Elbe, in Dresden, Germany.
Saxon Switzerland National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Europe, located in Dresden, Saxony, Germany. The park offers a superb landscape of sandy rocky cliffs, deeply carved valleys, mountains, and bridges. The best way to explore the park is by Rock climbing and hiking, you can also take a boat ride and enjoy the stunning views.
St. Nicholas Church is one of the largest churches in Saxony, located in Leipzig, Germany. The church was originally built in a Romanesque style, then it transformed into a Gothic hall church. The church is famed as a starting point of Monday Demonstrations ,a peaceful revolution aimed at reunifying Germany.
The Grand Garden of Dresden is the largest in Dresden, built in the Baroque style 1676, located in Dresden, Germany. In 1814 the garden was opened to become a public garden. The garden houses a Baroque Summer Palace, Dresden Zoo, and Dresden Botanical Garden.
Zoo Leipzig is amongst the best zoos in the world, with an area of 27 hectares the zoo houses around 850 species. It also has bred more than 2,000 lions, 250 rare Siberian tigers, and other carnivores like bears. The zoo also has large glasshouse contains tropical plants and approximately 17,000 plants.
Zwinger is a luxurious palace in Dresden, Germany, built on the Baroque Style, it is considered as one of the most important buildings in the Baroque period. The palace is the remaining part of the Dresden fortress which still maintains its outer wall. Today the place is a museum complex.
Map of attractions in Saxony