Saxony in southeastern Germany has emerged as a major cultural destination, where architectural treasures are matched by arts events of international standing.
Saxony’s impressive roll-call of musicians, painters, architects and artisans has been luring visitors for many years. From JS Bach to Richard Wagner, from Caspar David Friedrich to Otto Dix, and from Johann Wolfgang Goethe to Erich Kästner, the lives and works of the cultural icons associated with the region are a major boost to tourism.
But Saxony is not only popular among culture-freaks: over eight million travellers spend their holidays in the region year after year. “Saxony offers everything that tourists are looking for when in Germany: ne arts, architecture, beautiful landscapes, good food, wine and beer, local traditions and warm hospitality,” explains Hans-Jürgen Goller, Managing Director of the Tourism Marketing Company of Saxony.
SAXONY’S MUSICAL FEAST
Music and Saxony are intimately linked. Among this year’s reasons for travel is the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birthday. Both Leipzig and Zwickau celebrate the occasion with various events, putting the spotlight on the compositions and piano concerts of the pianist who was married to Robert Schumann. Other classical music highlights include the Leipzig Bach Festival (14 – 23 June), Dresden Music Festival (16 May – 15 June) and Moritzburg Festival (10 – 25 August). Saxony is also home to two world-class operas – Semper Oper in Dresden and Leipzig Oper, while one of the world’s top orchestras, the Gewandhaus, has its home in Leipzig.
EXPLORE SAXONY’S ART TRAIL
Touring Germany’s number one cultural destination soon reveals how varied Saxony’s history of art is. For 2019, the art agenda looks particularly promising. Saxony’s capital Dresden continues its long-term commitment of rebuilding its art icons, one by one. Towards the end of the year, the Old Masters Picture Gallery, home to Raphael’s famous “Sistine Madonna”, as well as the Sculpture Collection in Dresden’s Zwinger Palace will reopen following a complete refurbishment. Equally exciting is the reopening of the west wing of Dresden’s Royal Palace, which forms the core of the former residence of Saxony’s royal nobility from the House of Wettin.
Photo: Hans-Jürgen Goller Managing Director, Tourism Marketing Company of Saxony
Hall 11.2 Stands 101, 102, 102a