Land Sachsen Things to Do

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Land Sachsen Things to Do

  • Zwinger

    Dresden Things to Do

    Another very interesting museum! Once again, it was "August the Strong" who founded this Museum in 1728, making it the oldest Museum in the Zwinger complex, and one of the world’s most important museums of historical scientific instruments. So, what did we see in this type of Museum? Things I saw were mechanical music instruments and a...

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  • Thomaskirche & Thomanerchor

    Leipzig Things to Do

    The St. Thomas Church is a Lutheran church that is most famous as the place where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a Kapelmeister, and as the current location of his remains. It stands Southwest of the Markt. Originally built around 1212 and it was much altered in later centuries. In the 15th C. it was given the form of a Late Gothic hall-church in...

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  • Neustadt

    Dresden Things to Do

    This is Hotel overlooks the parkland and the Elbe River. Located in-front of the Hotel, is a lovely fountain know as "The Three Graces," who were known in Greek & Roman mythology as goddesses of charm, beauty, and creativity. Another very large monument was for Artist "Emma Sophie Körner," born in 1788 in Dresden. She was the daughter of Christian...

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  • Völkerschlachtdenkmal (Monument of the...

    Leipzig Things to Do

    The "Völkerschlachtdenkmal" is a memorial from the late 19th century dedicated to the memory of those fallen in the battle of Leipzig of 1813 (Napoleonic Wars), termed "Völkerschlacht" (battle of the nations) because French, Russian, German, Prussian, Austrian and Swedish troops were among the combattants. The battle decided that Napoleon had to...

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  • Royal Palace

    Dresden Things to Do

    The Royal Palace is across the road from the Zwinger. Its history goes back to the 13th century when a fort was built here, then in the 15th century, the Hausmann Tower was built. In 1530, George the Bearded - Duke of Saxony, commissioned the construction of the Georgenbau, the original city Gate and exit to the Elbe bridge. In 1701, fire...

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  • Old City Hall

    Leipzig Things to Do

    The Old Town Hall was built in 1556 and houses a museum of the city's history. The Old Town Hall is the heart of the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum. You may visit the permanent exhibition. Meet Hieronymus Lotter (1497-1580), master builder to the Electors, Mayor of Leipzig and the man who directed the construction of the Altes Rathaus in 1556 on the...

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  • River Elbe

    Dresden Things to Do

    Undoubtedly, the nicest way to get to Schloss Pilnitz is by Paddle Steamer. It’s not the only way mind you, but definitely the best. Because I had other ideas on the way back I didn’t buy a return ticket and it’s worth checking out the Sachsische Dampfschiffahrt website (see below) to see if the return boats fit in with your plans. The trip takes...

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  • Nikolaikirche (Church of St. Nicholai)

    Leipzig Things to Do

    Located Southeast of Sachsenplatz, between Nikolaistrasse and Ritterstrasse The St. Nicholas Church with a striking tower (75 m high) has long been one of the most famous in Leipzig. It rose to national fame in 1989 with the Monday Demonstrations when it became the centre of peaceful revolt against communist rule. The church was built around 1165...

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  • Semper Opera

    Dresden Things to Do

    Luck wasn't with this building! In 1838, Gottfried Semper started construction of a neo-renaissance Opera house. In a few years it was completed, only to be destroyed by fire in 1869. Again, Semper was chosen to design another Opera House, this time built in High Renaissance style between 1871 and 1878. This one was destroyed by bombs in...

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  • Passages In The City

    Leipzig Things to Do

    Next to the "Mädlerpassage" probably the most famous of Leipzig`s covered shopping arcades, who sprang up mainly in the late 19th and early 20th century. The name comes from the Speck family, who bought the house in 1815 and converted it into a mall in 1904-1906, with further additions until 1928. Inside, art noveau and contemporary art decorations...

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  • Hofkirche

    Dresden Things to Do

    There is still more to offer, like the amazing baroque Pulpit! ....Wow! .....This was something, overdone in my opinion, but a great piece of work done by Permoser. Amazingly, the locals manage to hide it during the war so were are very lucky to see it today. Inside is a Memorial Chapel and Martyr Altars. On the walls of the Memorial Chapel are 52...

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  • Central Railway Station

    Leipzig Things to Do

    Leipzig has a prestigious railroad history. It was the terminal of Germany's first long distance railway line, from Dresden to Leipzig, and soon became a hub of Central European railway traffic. Its famous old station has been renovated since the old East German times, and the massive new station is the biggest of its kind in Europe. Its...

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  • Fürstenzug (Procession of the dukes)

    Dresden Things to Do

    This is another historical sight not to be missed The Procession of Princes I was looking at today, was not the original. This one, even though quite old as it was painted between 1870 and 1876 to celebrate the 800 year anniversary of the Wettin Dynasty, is no where near as old as the original, painted almost 300 years earlier with lime wash. The...

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  • Bach Monument/Museum

    Leipzig Things to Do

    The Johann Sebastian Bach statue is located next to the Thomaskirche, built in honor of the great composer who lived and died in Leipzig from 1723 to 1750. During his Leipzig stay, Bach was responsible for all musical events in the four major churches of the city. A stained-glass window within the Thomaskirche also portraits the likeness of Bach.

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  • Brühlsche Terrassen

    Dresden Things to Do

    The Brühl Terrace is one of the most popular places in Dresden. Brühl Terrace was originally part of ramparts built to protect the city. Between 1739 and 1748, Count Henrich von Brühl, had the wonderful idea of making them into a Terrace. Work began in 1739, and the Terrace wasn't completed until 1748. In 1814, a staircase was added, so the...

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  • Architecture / Historical Sites

    Leipzig Things to Do

    The Federal Administrative Court is one of the five federal supreme courts of Germany. The Bundesverwaltungsgericht has its seat at the former Reichsgericht (Imperial Court of Justice) building in Leipzig. It was the first impressive building we saw after parking our car close to it. We didn’t know what was it but guessed it was a very important...

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  • Frauenkirche

    Dresden Things to Do

    The Frauenkirche is a sandstone octagonal church, quite different to what I am used to seeing. At the top is a massive circular sandstone Dome weighing an incredible 12,000 tonnes,. The Dome is 24metres high and has a diameter of 26metre and is quite unique as it has a curved base giving it a bell-like look, which is why the Frauenkirche was also...

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  • Zoo / Zoological Park / Wild Park

    Leipzig Things to Do

    The Zoo Leipzig is one of the most famous in Germany - it even has its own TV show (kind of a daily soap with animals). The two biggest attractions are the "Pongoland", a very modern enclosure for apes (chimps, gorillas and orang-utans) and the recently opened "Gondwana-Land", a giant hall with recreations of tropical habitats. The local German...

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  • Albertinum

    Dresden Things to Do

    Original Albertinum dates back to the second half of the 19th century. It is a building that houses big collection of sculptures. All building complex is quite mixed, as new 21st century architecture is also incorporated here. It is one of the first nice building, when you walk up the Bruhls‘ terrace to see rich constructions of old Dresden.

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  • Former University Tower of Leipzig /...

    Leipzig Things to Do

    Spiking up above the city skyline is the tallest building in Leipzig, and a legacy of the former communist government. It was designed by the architect Hermann Henselmann to look like an open book, a reference to the university which the building was constructed for. But its upper levels, curved up to a sharp point, have caused the locals to...

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  • Yenidze

    Dresden Things to Do

    „Yenidze is a strange name“ - I thought when I first heard it. It looked like Georgian word. Actually it is old cigarette factory, the name comes from former Ottoman Empire town. It was built in 1909, using architecture of mosques. The production of cigarettes continued till 1953, later it was Dresden tobacco association, nowadays here is...

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  • Museum Runde Ecke (Round Corner)

    Leipzig Things to Do

    For anyone who is interested in more recent history - here: The Peaceful Revolution in East Germany 1989 - Leipzig is a *must* city to visit and the museum "Runde Ecke" is a *must* see in the city. The museum found its home in the building where the "Stasi" (the East German secret service) had their administration office for the district Leipzig....

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  • Blaues Wunder

    Dresden Things to Do

    To the south of town by the palaces that set along the Elbe is the bridge called Blue Wonder-Blaus Wunder. It is the next to oldest bridge in Dresden because the rest were destroyed by WWII invasions. This suspension bridge is from 1893, for 2.25 million, and pictures denote a great scene

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  • Opera House

    Leipzig Things to Do

    Twice so far I have been lucky enough to be in Leipzig on one of those Saturday afternoons when they offer a tour of the opera house. These tours are listed on their website, but you have to phone up to reserve a place. The cost is EUR 5.00. Unlike the tour of the Semper Opera in Dresden, the Leipzig tour concentrates on the backstage and...

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  • Kreuzkirche

    Dresden Things to Do

    Eventually I made it to the city centre of the Old Town! One of my first sights, was Dresden's first church, the Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church) that was built in 1215. The church was re-consecrated in 1388 as the Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross) after the marriage of "Henry the Illustrious," whose wife brought a relic of the Holy Cross...

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  • New City Hall

    Leipzig Things to Do

    The New Town Hall is the seat of the Leipzig city administration since 1905. It stands at the southwest corner of Leipzig's old town within the Leipzig's "ring road". The city was granted the site of the Pleissenburg by the Kingdom of Saxony to build a new town hall. A competition was held for architectural designs with the specification that the...

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  • Striezelmarkt (Christmas market)

    Dresden Things to Do

    Dresden has one of Germany's oldest Christmas markets and one that has not become overly touristy. These markets are the main reason to go to Germany in winter and are always a highlight for the first time visitor. They have a certain festive flair that is hard to describe and must say I miss them when I am not in there for the holiday season....

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  • Street Scenes

    Leipzig Things to Do

    The Burgplatz is a huge square behind the New Town Hall. Some big events take place on it. While the World Soccer Championship a big screen was placed on it and the crowds came to watch the game.

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  • Schloss Pillnitz

    Dresden Things to Do

    Pillnitz Palace and gardens are a magnificent example of the harmonic combination of architecture and nature in Saxony. Nothing of the previous medieval buildings remained. Elector Duke Augustus the Strong bought the small Renaissance castle 1694, gave it to his mistress Countess Cosel 1706 and took it back (read: confiscated) the property in...

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  • Auerbachs Keller

    Leipzig Things to Do

    This restaurant in a cellar of the "Mädlerpassage" mall is one of oldest restaurants of Germany, with a service record back to the 16th century. There are two restaurants, one with a more traditional menu, and the seperate "Historische Weinstuben" with fine (and expensive) cuisine. Reservations are recommended for both restaurants. The restaurants...

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  • Akademie der Künste (New masters...

    Dresden Things to Do

    Unfortunately this renowned collection of new masters is currently closed for renovations but some of the works are on display at the Zwinger's Old Master's Gallery. It's been closed since 2006 so hopefully it will re-open soon. When it does be ready for over 2500 works by new masters of the 19th and 20th century leaning heavily on Romantic Period...

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  • Gewandhaus

    Leipzig Things to Do

    The Gewandhaus is the most famous concert hall in Leipzig; the present building ("Neues Gewandhaus") was established 1977. The first Gewandhaus was built in 1781; a second version was built 1884, but damaged in World War 2 and replaced by the new incarnation of the Gewandhaus in the 1970`s. The foyer is decorated by a fresco of a choir, an...

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  • Mendelsshohn House

    Leipzig Things to Do

    Leipzig is famous for the musicians who lived and worked there. One of them is Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. His house in Leipzig is the only originally preserved residence of the composer. From 1845 to his death in 1847 he lived with his family in the apartment at the Beletage of the house, which is now a museum. You'll find a lot of information...

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  • Churches / Ecclesiastical Institutions

    Leipzig Things to Do

    The Church of St Pauli was built in the 13th century. In 1545 it became the church of the protestant university. It survived all wars unharmed but fell a victim to socialism. In 1968 the DDR regime decided to blow it up for political reasons. University and magistrate agreed, despite the protests of thousands of citizens. A new university building...

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  • Alte Handelsbörse (Old Exchange)

    Leipzig Things to Do

    This baroque building from 1678 was established as a meeting point for business transactions by the local merchants. It is located at the backside of the Old Townhall Leipzig. The area around the Börse is called "Naschmarkt" due to its historic funtion as a fruit market. A statue of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the most famous German poet who...

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  • Parks in Leipzig

    Leipzig Things to Do

    When we were walking from Drallewatsch to Ohne Bedenken, we went through a huge park. It was warm sunny day, so there were a lot of people sunbathing, socialising, etc.. We almost decided to forget Ohne Bedenken and go to grocery store to buy sausages and one-time grill. Besides grilling, I can imagine that you could do all kinds of sports in...

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  • Gohliser Schlösschen (Gohlis Castle)

    Leipzig Things to Do

    This Rococo castle is the only castle in Leipzig. It was built in 1754/56 as the summer residence of Caspar Richter, a city councillor and merchant. Ceiling paintings in the ballroom are made by Adam Friedrich Oeser, the first director of the Academy of Painting, Drawing and Architecture and Goethe's drawing teacher. Today venue for literary and...

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  • Other Museums

    Leipzig Things to Do

    The next time I visit Leipzig I definitely want to go to the new building of the Leipzig Museum of City History. The closest I got this time was when I took this picture from the roof of the City-Hochhaus. This new building is where they have their special exhibitions, for instance one on the history of satirical cartoons, one on the writer...

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  • Schiller House

    Leipzig Things to Do

    This house was built in 1717. It was completly restored in 1997. Friedrich Schiller spent a summer in this little farm-house in Gohlis in 1785 and worked on his ode 'An die Freude' here. Today it is a museum.

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  • Russian Memorial Church St. Alexej

    Leipzig Things to Do

    St Alexei's church is a Russian Orthodox Church that was built in 1913 for the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Nations like the monument of the Battle of the Nations. The church is dedicated to the memory of the 22,000 Russian soldiers who died in that battle (100.000 soldiers died in total including Prussians, Austrians, Swedish and French)....

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  • New Leipzig Trade Fair

    Leipzig Things to Do

    Leipzig was once renowned for its trade fairs, and these were so important to the economy of the region that not even the communist East German government could bring itself to shut them down. Since reunification the Leipzig Trade Fair (Messe) has been reborn with a magnificent modern exhibition center, which hosts some of the biggest and most...

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  • Blechbüchse (Tin Can)

    Leipzig Things to Do

    The 1950s department store with its curved metal façade has been nicknamed Blechbüchse, the Tin Can. The store is currently empty and closed, let’s see what use will be found for the building. Location: Richard-Wagner-Platz/Brühl, northeastern corner of the old town

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  • Reichsgericht

    Leipzig Things to Do

    Leipzig has a long tradition in jurisprudence, and was seat of the former "Reichsgericht" (i.e. "high court"). The neo-classic former Reichsgericht building - very similar to the "Reichstag" building in Berlin before they added the glass cupola - is since 1997 seat of the "Bundesverwaltungsgericht", the highest court for legal cases involving...

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  • Mende Fountain

    Leipzig Things to Do

    The Mende Fountain is located at Augustusplatz in front of the Gewandhaus. It was built by Adolf Gnauth in 1883-86. Pauline Mende, a merchant's widow, bequeathed her money to Leipzig for building a fountain. In honor to her Leipzig give the fountain her name.

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  • Festivals & Markets

    Leipzig Things to Do

    Wandering around in the freezing cold is much improved by the addition of hot alcoholic drinks. (Canada could learn something from this...). We visited Weihnachtsmarkts in several small towns, and in Dresden, and the equivalent Christmas market in Prague, and I think Liepzig's is the best. It takes up street after street downtown - kiosks selling...

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