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.
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.
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.