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Except for Dresden and perhaps Leipzig, Saxony is not known as a hot spot for foreign tourists. However, there are areas along the border of Czech Republic such as the Lusatian Mountains, Ore Mountains, Saxon Switzerland, and Vogtland, which attract visitors, largely other Germans. More so than other regions in Germany, Saxony offers well preserved historic towns such as Meißen, Freiberg, Pirna, Bautzen, and Görlitz.

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  • Dresden
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    Dresden

    Dresden is the capital city of the German Federal Free State of Saxony. It is situated in a valley on the River Elbe. With a pleasant location and a mild climate, as well as Baroque-style architecture and numerous world-renowned museums and art collections,…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Freiberg (Saxony)
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    Freiberg (Saxony)

    Freiberg (i.e. free mountain) is a city in the Free State of Saxony, Germany, capital of the Mittelsachsen district. The city was founded in 1186, and has been a center of the mining industry in the Ore Mountains for centuries. A symbol of this history…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Leipzig
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    Leipzig

    Leipzig is, with a population of over 511,252, the largest city in the federal state of Saxony, Germany. Compared to other cities, the city of Leipzig survived the Second World War was mostly unharmed and most of the original structure is still in place.…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Königstein (Saxony)
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    Königstein (Saxony)

    Located in the state of Saxony, Königstein lies in the Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge District and has a population of about 3,000 residents. This area is famous for its spectacular rock formations and its resemblance to the Swiss Alpine region.…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Voigtsdorf
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    Voigtsdorf

    Voigtsdorf is a small village in Saxony just 25 miles from the Czech Republic. Whether you’re looking to relax, go hiking or skiing, or explore the nearby Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains), we offer a comfortable, well-appointed vacation apartment with an…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Markneukirchen
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    Markneukirchen

    Markneukirchen is a town in the Vogtlandkreis district, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It lies in between the Erzgebirge and the Fichtelgebirge in the Elstergebirge, 24 km southeast of Plauen, and 14 km northeast of Asch.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Waldenburg
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    Waldenburg

    Waldenburg is a town in the district Zwickau in Saxony, Germany.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Rathen
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    Rathen

    Rathen is a village in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, in Saxony, Germany, about 35 km southeast of Dresden on the Elbe River. Rathen has between 400 and 500 inhabitants.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Görlitz
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    Görlitz

    Goerlitz is notable as the easternmost city in Germany, located in Saxony on the Neisse River. The city and its Polish partner city across the river were both once a single German city, which belonged to the state of Silesia. In 1945, the Allied Powers…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Seehausen (Leipzig)
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    Seehausen (Leipzig)

    Seehausen is a northern district of Leipzig in Germany. In its district lies the new fairgrounds for the city. Including its villages and hamlets, Seehausen has 1967 residents (1997). The district includes the village with the land on which the new Leipzig…  [ + ] More Details

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Most Popular Destinations in Germany

Germany has numerous cities of interest to tourists; these are the top nine travel destinations:

Berlin - the reunified and reinvigorated capital of Germany; known for its division during the Cold War - and the Berlin Wall. Today its a metropolis of diversity with elegant clubs, galleries and traditional restaurants. It is also a haven for shoppers.

Bremen - one of the most important cities in northern Germany, its old town will be of interest to travelers who want a slice of history.

Cologne - Germany's fourth-largest city. Cologne was founded by the Romans and is 2000 years old with its huge cathedral, Romanesque churches, and archaeological sites. Cologne also well known for its carnival and its Christopher-Street-Day parade. Don't forget to try the local cuisine and of course the local beer, called "Kölsch".

Dresden - once called Florence on the Elbe, and world-famous for its Frauenkirche and historic center which was destroyed during the war, the city offers more than what the average traveller can expect: Great festivals, all kinds of cultural entertainment, vibrant night life, and surrounded by beautiful natural vistas. Dresden hosts the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) which is one of the world's most impressive museums and collections. The art collections consist of eleven museums, of which the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister and the Grünes Gewölbe are the most well-known.

Dusseldorf - Germany's capital of fashion, the capital city of North Rhine-Westphalia offers a wide scale of fascinating new architecture. Right along the shores of river Rhine, the "Altstadt" and the "Medienhafen" are among the best places in Germany to enjoy a vibrant nightlife. Being one of the country's wealthiest cities, the atmosphere is very pleasant. Germans call it "the only metropolis ending with -dorf (German for village)".

Frankfurt - Germany's leading financial center, transportation hub, seat of the European Central Bank (ECB), international trade fair center (Book Fair, Motor Show), hub of multicultural activity (30% Immigrants), and site of numerous world-class museums and theaters. It is also Germany's only city with enough skyscrapers to have a skyline.

Hamburg - Germany's second-largest city, famous for its harbour as well as its liberal and tolerant culture. Don't miss the Reeperbahn with its night clubs and casinos. Hamburg is also popular for its many musicals.

Hannover - One of Germany's newer tourist cities, having hosted various international events in recent times.

Munich - Bavaria's beautiful capital city and Southern Germany's primate city. Third largest city in Germany, Munich is the site of the famous Oktoberfest and the gateway to the Alps.

Nuremberg - Second largest city in Bavaria, after WW2 over 90% of the old-town was destroyed. Today it has already been reconstructed, including the Gothic Kaiserburg Castle (Emperor's Castle of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation). You can also visit the Nazi party rally grounds, the Documentation Centre and Courtroom 600 - venue of the Nuremberg Trails.

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