Land Sachsen Off The Beaten Path

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Land Sachsen Off The Beaten Path

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    Dresden Off The Beaten Path

    This is a very nice place to come and visit, possibly during the off season to avoid all those pesky tourists gawking around and tour buses dropping off their flock. Many shops are around to buy gifts, and porcelain is the main theme, of course. Be careful to watch prices of porcelain in that some shops charge maybe 50% more than another. In the...

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  • Castles Around Leipzig

    Leipzig Off The Beaten Path

    Possibly the most famous German castle outside Germany, but virtually unknown inside Germany, Colditz Castle holds a special place in my childhood. Colditz is famous for being the ultimate German Prison Camp, a place that housed the most experienced and expert escapees in the Allied army imprisoned in Germany. The Nazis boasted that the prison was...

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  • Saxonian Switzerland

    Dresden Off The Beaten Path

    This is a wonderful side trip to see something not usually found in Germany. The rock formations are about 600 feet above the Elbe river and formed over one million years ago resulting in jagged rocks with erosion in between them. For 200 years this has been a drawing attraction and the first bridge built in 1824 to traverse across a gap, and later...

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  • Hidden Architectural Gems

    Leipzig Off The Beaten Path

    From my room I had a perfect view of the area north of old town that was developed in the late 19th century. In the centre of this area is the Nordplatz, a beautiful square which is dominated by St. Michaelis church. The church was built 1901 - 05 in a mix of historic styles. Since it was November when I visited I couldn't go inside but the church...

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  • Moritzburg

    Dresden Off The Beaten Path

    This is a hunting lodge built between 1542 and 1546 for Duke of Moritz of Saxony. There are four round towers for symmetry, and inside is baroque style, and very elegant with gold and glitter all over. A chapel was added in 1661, and later other additions came by the residents who lived here as heirs until 1945 being the last ones to occupy. The...

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  • Parks

    Leipzig Off The Beaten Path

    Leipzig’s largest cemetery is located in the southeast of the city behind Völkerschlachtdenkmal. It was planned in 1886 and the huge park-like cemetery has lots of old trees, graves of famous Leipzigers and old tombstones. The chapels and crematory in the centre form an impressive neo-Romanesque complex.

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  • Schloss Pillnitz

    Dresden Off The Beaten Path

    I do hope you have time to visit the largest castle complex in Europe built in the Baroque style of Chinoiserie. This is a Chinese form of art and is found inside and outside the Palace. The buildings and the gardens have a Chinese influence too! Elector Augustus the Strong bought the property in 1706 as a gift for his love, "Countess Cosel" then...

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  • Swimming / Rowing / Boating / Water...

    Leipzig Off The Beaten Path

    When the sun is shining you have to make a trip by gondola. It looks like in Venice, Italy! Channels flow along the EXPO 2000-area, parks and forests. Also possible to discover Leipzig by rawboat or canoe.

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  • Water sports

    Leipzig Off The Beaten Path

    The Cospuden Lake is an old lignite mine filled with water. Since June 2000 it has become a place for summer activities. The northern side offers a sand beach on which you can brown your skin, play volleyball, soccer and so on. The lake is up to 60m (200ft) deep and has very clear water. You can also sail or paddle on it. Bus services operate...

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  • Schrammsteine - one of 'thousands'...

    Saxon Switzerland has 'thousands' of walking tracks. Everywhere you will find nice signposted walks. Some of them very easy and flat and others more straining, while climbing the mountains of the "Elbsandstein".Having been there just a couple of days, we had to make a choice for our walk/hike.From a car park near the village of Ostrau we followed a...

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  • Langenhennersdorf - 'rock labyrinth'

    A very special part of Saxon Switzerland is the “Felslabyrinth Langenhennersdorf”. Not at all high mountains or breathtaking views, but a couple of strange and bizarre rocks.From the car park “Hohler Stein” walk into the forest, there is a small signpost. After about 500 metres you will see some rocks on your left hand side. Nothing special,...

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  • Loschwitz & the "Blaues Wunder"

    Loschwitz was once a small village that became part of Dresden step by step and for most of the tourists it is important, because they want to see the " Blaues Wunder" - the "blue miracle"..."Das blaue Wunder" is an iron-bridge , 226 meters long and was built between 1891 and 1893, as one of the first constructions of its kind.At first it was...

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  • Leonhardi Museum in Dresden

    Leonhardi Museum is a lovely building just about 200 meters from "Blaues Wunder" in Dresden- Loschwitz.From the beginning it was ment to be a place for modern and alternative artists and in 1883 it was painted with various wise proverbs and lovely decorations all over the facade.Charles Palmier, (1863-1911) was a painter and a friend of Eduard...

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  • Pirna - a jewel south of Dresden

    Pirna is a jewel in Saxony - 20 km south of Dresden.You may get there easily by train, by ship or with your own car !Canaletto made a painting of Pirna that shows the houses of the main-square and the church in the back, like on the right on top of my picture-combination.A copy of this painting may be seen in the tourist-office - it is inside the...

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  • Pravcicka brana / Prebischtor in Czechia

    Now that Czechia is part of the EU it is so easy to get there, and why not going there , when exploring Saxony...In Hrensko / Czechia - just the very first village in Czechia, when crossing the border in Bad Schandau - you may see the biggest natural arch in Europe :Pravcicka brana / PrebischtorThe natural arch is 21meters high and 26 meters wide...

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  • Schloss Pillnitz

    Schloss Pillnitz is a Must, when travelling through Saxony or to Dresden.This castle with a great park around it once belonged to countess Anna Konstanze Cosel, one of the many mistresses of August the strong.She had an interesting life and a sad end :In 1699 she got divorced of her husband, beeing a minister of Saxony , in order to become the...

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  • Weesenstein

    Weesenstein castle is a great place to go by train from Dresden.The first castle dates back to 1300 and more and more buildings were constructed around the eldest part in the middle.You may go on a tour through the castle on your own and will see plenty of great rooms, some of which have walls, covered by leather-tapestries.These leather-tapestries...

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  • Bad Muskau - home of Fürst Pückler

    Fuerst Pueckler was an early Globetrotter, living 1785 - 1871.He built this castle and had the idea to have an english garden around of it, as he saw many great "English Parks" during his travels in Great Britain and Ireland.This type of castle-park was mostly unknown in Germany of that time.When searching for great parks and money to build them,...

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  • Elbleitenweg - the joys of the forest

    There's something about walking through forest anywhere. For me, it's a pleasure. There's life, or not in some cases, and everywhere the landscape is changing constantly. The next visit to a place is never the same.I took all these shots just of the trail scenes as I walked along, here a moss laden rock, there a carpet of leaf litter, somewhere...

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  • Elbleitenweg - vertically challenged

    It was a sandstone fantasy land. Rounded crags appeared everywhere. Around every corner a new vista would unfold, each as impressive as the last.At one stage I clambered up on one of the smaller rocks and gazed across to another big lump (pic 5). I was amazed when I saw people walking around it on a made walkway.Sadly, time didn't allow me to...

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  • Elbleitenweg - turning the corner

    I knew that when I had climbed a certain amount I would reach an intersection where I had to turn right and that became fact some time after the trail flattened out (pic 2).You might think that the national parks body have signs everywhere and you'd be right. The problem is not the signs but finding a map with the trails on them. So far I've found...

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  • Elbleitenweg - more than a stroll

    It started out as a walk along the Elbe from Bad Schandau to Schmilke. The weather was initially unkind but, by the time we settled into a hot chocolate at the bar in Schmilke, it hadn't snowed or rained for about half an hour so I made a decision to try for the heights and leave Rosemarie to catch the ferry and train back.I had seen the sign so I...

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  • The colour of the markets

    Really it was the horse. I had minimal time left before I was due to part and was taking photos. Hard not to notice the horse, but then the building caught my eye as well.People were exiting and entrancing the building with some regularity and thus my curiousity was aroused so I wandered over and, behold, the indoor market!So it was that I found no...

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  • Bautzen

    Bautzen is a city in eastern Saxony, Germany, and capital of the eponymous district. Located on the Spree River it is just over half way from Dresden to Gorlitz. As of 2005, its population was 42,199. Bautzen may be regarded as the unofficial capital of Upper Lusatia, and it is a cultural center of the Sorbs, a Slavic minority. Bautzen is renowned...

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  • Wooden delight

    Demitz Thumitz, now there's a place not even most Germans have heard of I shouldn't wonder.In fact, the only reason I am even mentioning it is this relic of a railway station, a unique sculpture-like erection on the way to Gorlitz.I'd never seen one like it before and haven't since.

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  • Pravcicka Brana

    Having spent half a day in Koenigstein we decided to cross the border between Germany and the Czech Republic to see the greatest attraction of "Bohemian Switzerland" - Pravcicka Brana. This rock formation is the biggest natural stone arch in Europe. No pictures or words can fully depict the beauty of the place.The bridge is about 16 metres high and...

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  • Nossen Ruins

    The Noosen ruins are as great a place for contemplation today as they surely were for the Cistercian monks. The ruins themselves are just a part of this great complex that features a great pastoral setting complete with roaming horses, great green pastures, and an old growth beech forest with trees up to 190 years old.

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  • Zittau

    Situated at the center of the triangular meeting of Poland, the Czech Republic and the Saxon state of Germany, Zittau is a little known treasure full of a variety of architectural styles. Its distinct meshing of the Germanic and Slavic languages forms a cultural area known collectively as Lusatia with it’s own traditions. World famous sights it may...

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  • Bautzen

    Some destinations take you by storm by entering your subconscious through a constant bombardment of media sources that such places exude. This can lead to utter disappointment as the human mind works a level of magic that few physical places can equal. Then there are some that you happen upon with very little prior knowledge. With little...

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  • Gorlitz

    If Görlitz was located between Munich and Mickey’s favorite, Neuschwanstein castle, it would be a justifiably famous lunch stop for the mass of tourists that collect such “must see’ locations like Eiffel Tower ornaments on gaudy charm bracelets. But thankfully, that is not the case. It is tucked away on the far eastern fringe of already off the...

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  • Sachsisches Brauereimuseum

    This brewery museum in Rechenberg is perhaps the only reason to visit this small town. It's also the only place to try the Rechenberger Brewery's Kellerbier (an unfiltered hoppy Pils). The brewery restaurant is very reasonable and they have all three of the brewery's beers on tap, including their exceptional Dunkles beer. Follow the signs for the...

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  • Schloss Weesenstein

    Doreen's father told us there was a brewpub in this picturesque castle on my first visit. I'm not sure if he was pulling our leg or what, but even though there was no beer here, it was a magnificent sight. This historic castle was built some 700 years ago though there have been numerous additions from various time periods so you have a melding of...

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  • Schloss Medieval Festival

    Schloss Weesenstein is even more facinating - even better on Pfingsten (one of Germany's biggest religious holidays) when they have an annual medieval fest - all sort of drama and stalls and crats on display....but even better again when a certain wedding reception takes place here on the same day in a beer storeage cave - and all because the man...

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  • Schloss Weesenstein

    Schloss Weestemstein is an interesting castle to visit - as private property of King Johann of Saxony (Philaletes) , a ruler with great artistic sense, Weesenstein attained fame in 1830. The schloss is perched on a precipice, over the Müglitz valley, the rock beeing used as walls and flooring in the stairwells and halls as a secure foundation. Due...

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  • StadtKirke

    The parish church of Dippoldiswalde is a lovely building and we were fortunate to not only see the exterior but also the interior. Not only to see a wedding therer but a VT wedding - does it get any better! The pics show some of the classic interior. It was first built in 13th century but had some reconstructions due to a couple of fires - the last...

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  • Dippoldiswalde

    Well I guess this is not such a well known place in Saxony but its Doreen's home town and where a second wedding ceremony was performed for her and Richie in the towns beautiful old church.It also has a claim to fame in being the smallest district town of Saxonia The town itself is quite charming and typical window architecture of this area was...

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  • Osterzgebirsgalerie

    Just by the Parish Church of Dippoldiswalde is an art gallery museum dedicated to the east ore mountains, situated in the lock - it looked interesting but it was closed and besides which we were here for a wedding!

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  • Hohnstein - just to relax

    Hohnstein is just a little village in the middle of Saxon Switzerland. But 'far away' from th hustle and bustle of other villages. An ideal place to relax and enjoy the the beautiful scenery of the Elbsandstein Mountains. Take your time and go for a walk through the forests of the nationa park "Sächsische Schweiz" - you will find pure nature, clean...

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  • postal signposts everywhere

    In Saxony we saw a couple of these signposts along the streets and on squares in various towns.It seemed these are so called "post distance sleeves". Most of them were built in the 18th century. Distances were measured in hours, which equals 4.531 metres !! So a postman had to hurry up in these days.On the picture the signpost in Sebnitz with the...

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  • Bautzen - 'capital of the 'Sorbs''

    Witajce k nam !Welcome to Bautzen in the Sorbian language, because Bautzen (Budissin) is the capital of this small Slavic nation. They came to Germany more than thousand years ago and stayed since then in this part of Germany (Lusatia).There are still about 60.000 Sorbs left. Their motherland is Germany, their language Sorbian, a Slavic language.In...

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  • Rochlitz

    Not far from castle Kriebstein you find a quaint small town - Rochlitz. It is located in the valley of the Zwickauer Mulde river and has a population of about 7'000.The town was first mentioned in the 10th century. I came here for a day trip and was pleasantly surprised. The town has a lot of charm, with a beautiful large market square, cobbled...

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  • Bautzen - 'baroque buildings and towers'

    Bautzen is an old city and was founded in the year 1002. The last years there has been a lot of renovation in the town and during our visit most of them were finished. So it is worth to stroll through the restored historical old-town.The city offers a lot of attractions like many old baroque buildings, often painted in lovely pastel colours. The...

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  • Ebersbach - 'Evangelical Church'

    Evangelical Church in the little town of Ebersbach (Saxony) situated between Bautzen and Zittau along the main road B 96.The three galleries of the church are painted with biblical representations. Beside it there is a gilded organ from 1684.Direction: on a square, a little bit from the main road (B96); if closed you can get a key from the church...

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  • Reinhardtsdorf - 'unexpected church'

    The small baroque church of Reinhardtsdorf was a totally unexpected gem for us. Although small, there is a lot to admire.- the two galleries are full of colourful paintings with biblical representations (painted in the year 1711)- a fantastic woodcarved altar from 1521- a wooden colourful pulpit from 1615- a painted ceiling- the small handmade pews...

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  • Nymphenbad in Dresden's Zwinger

    Nymphenbad in Dresden's Zwinger is a baroque bathing-area with plenty of great sculptures and fountains and you may easily oversee it, as it is hidden in one of the sidewings of Zwinger.Everybody will head first to Kronentor / the big golden crown, when climbing up the stairs behind Wallpavillion. When you have passed the giant hercules at...

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