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AN 1834 CHRISTMAS RECIPE MADE IN SAXONY: WACKERBARTH CASTLE MULLED WINE

As Christmas fast approaches, it is interesting to note that the oldest known mulled wine recipe is a Saxon creation made at Wackerbarth Castle in Radebeul. Saxony's history has a strong connection with Wackerbarth Castle. The Saxon nobility once resided there, while the court of Augustus the Strong also used to hold glittering parties in…

COUNTDOWN STARTS FOR SAXONY AS OFFICIAL PARTNER DESTINATION OF ITB BERLIN 2022

In 2022, Saxony will be the Official Partner Destination of ITB Berlin. This is the culmination of a two-year partnership with ITB Berlin, during which Saxony has already been the Official ITB Culture Destination in 2021. “Next year’s official partnership gives Saxony a big opportunity to promote itself to the world tourism industry as an…

Saxony – Official Culture Destination, ITB Berlin NOW 2021… and rightly so

Exclusive Interview: Barbara Klepsch, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism - Saxony 2020 was a difficult year for tourism due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But throughout the year, Saxony has taken strong measures to support and develop its tourism industry. We asked Barbara Klepsch, Saxony's Minister of State for Culture and Tourism to tell…

Face-to-face with Saxony: Official Culture Destination ITB Berlin NOW 2021

Exclusive Interview: Veronika Hiebl, Managing Director - Saxony Tourism (Tourismus Marketing Gesellschaft Sachsen) This year, Saxony is ITB's first Official Culture Destination, and will be the Official Partner Country of ITB Berlin 2022. We asked Veronika Hiebl, Managing Director - Tourismus Marketing Gesellschaft Sachsen mbH (TMGS), about this new partnership and this year's ITB highlights. ITB's…

Culture helps Saxony retain its appeal… even in crisis times

With its wealth of cultural attractions and outstanding landscapes, tourism in Saxony showed stronger resilience than many other destinations in 2020, despite the pandemic. With over 20.7m overnight stays (up 3.7%) and almost 8.5m arrivals (up 3.3%), Saxony achieved a tourism record in 2019. Particularly noteworthy was then the more than 2.2 million overnight stays…

Saxony, Germany’s number 1 cultural destination 

Saxony has good reason to be the Official Culture Destination of ITB Berlin NOW 2021. It is a land of outstanding art and culture, of vibrant manufacturing history and of lengendary castles: all charming world travellers. CULTURE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL Whether at Semperoper Dresden, Gewandhaus Leipzig, palaces, castles or historic sites: theatre and music…

Finding happiness in Saxony, land of castles

Saxony could be described as the «Land of Castles”, with its hundreds of castles and palaces ready to welcome visitors. Travellers dreaming of a fairy-tale castle should head to Moritzburg Castle. Set on an artificial island, this baroque jewel was originally built as a hunting lodge, and later became a royal pleasure palace under Augustus…

Saxony shines with UNESCO World Heritage sites

Two UNESCO World Heritage sites - "Mining Region" and "Muskau Park", confirm Saxony's reputation as a leading cultural destination in Germany, and indeed the world. One park spanning two countries North of Görlitz lies the Fürst Pückler Park in Bad Muskau, created between 1815 and 1845 by landscape architect and writer Hermann Prince von Pückler-Muskau.…

Saxony: an opportunity to return to the steam age

Bringing tourists back to the good old days of steam age with an adventurous journey inside Saxony by water and rail : this is a key Saxon selling point as the region is home to the world's oldest and largest fleet of paddle steamers and numerous steam railways.  Industrial culture on water The history of…

“Heady” history: 850 years of wine growing in Saxony

A great variety of wines can be experienced all year round in Saxony, particularly during the many wine festivals in autumn.  Centuries of experience, favourable climate and soils create ideal conditions for one of the smallest wine-growing regions in Europe, covering only 511 hectares, and tended by 1,860 winegrowers. Dozens of grape varieties grow in…

New mountain bike trails in Saxony

Saxony's reputation as a mountain biking paradise is gaining pace in the MTB scene with the Ore Mountains no longer the mountain bikers' best kept secret. We asked Ronny Schwarz, in charge of active tourism product development for the Ore Mountains Tourism Association what is behind the success.  We recently created attractive MTB offers throughout…

Saxony spotlights craftsmanship as a key historic attraction 

Saxony's rich heritage of manufacturing contributes to the region's exceptional cultural reputation. Whether it be the largest nutcracker, the largest violin or the oldest registered trademark, living crafts are passed down through the generations. Here, we place some of Saxony's traditional arts under the spotlight. MEISSEN BLUE CROSSED SWORDS Founded in 1710, the Meissen porcelain manufactory…
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