1 Dresden

Baroque ‘n’ roll in the former Florence on the Elbe – after the glorious architecture and dazzling artistry, go bar-hopping in one of the most enjoyable Szene neighbourhoods in Germany.

2 Palaces around Dresden

With Augustus the Strong’s Baroque palaces accessible by vintage train and steamship, getting there is part of the package.

3 Meissen

Never mind Europe’s first and finest porcelain factory, the picture-book-pretty Altstadt is idyllic.

4 Saxon Switzerland

Spectacular views and sandstone massifs in the most scenic corner of Saxony, best savoured on a week-long walk that has been voted the most beautiful in Germany, but which can be sampled on a day-trip from Dresden.

5 Leipzig

The dynamic trade-fair city that led the peaceful overthrow of the GDR regime has channelled its energy into a vigorous contemporary art scene and boisterous nightlife.

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