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 four 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 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.
Wine culture in the Saxon Elbland region
The wine-growing region between Dresden and Meißen is the smallest and easternmost in Germany with around 480 hectares of vineyards. Check-inhost Lukas Stege visits winegrowers, wineries and castles here. On his programme: the State Vineyard at Castle Wackerbarth and the organic winery Hoflößnitz. He also climbs 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.
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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