On this Germany tour, discover the federal state of Saxony and some of its most famous cities. Spend five nights in Dresden, the capital of Saxony, your starting point for the discovery of Meissen, Erfurt, Weimar, and Leipzig.In February 1945, Dresden was badly damaged by Allied bombing, with over two-thirds of the historical center destroyed. It has since been restored to its baroque splendor. A guided tour of the city includes the Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), which was turned into a pile of rubble and finally re-opened in 2005, once again featuring one of Europe’s largest domes. Also visit Zwinger Palace, a baroque masterpiece that was once used for royal celebrations. Today, it is filled with museums, including an art museum featuring works by Rubens, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and more. In Meissen, visit the famous Meissen Porcelain Workshop, where you’ll learn about the renowned Meissen pottery. Erfurt is known as the “City of Flowers” and was once home to Martin Luther. Leipzig was the hub of great composers, such as Bach and Wagner, and is still known for its music and culture scene, renaissance Old Town, baroque-period trading houses, and residences of rich merchants. Leipzig is also known for its modern car building industry, and you will enjoy the visit the iconic Porsche car factory. On this Germany tour you will also stop in Potsdam to visit Sanssouci Palace & Gardens, summer residence of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Built from 1745 to 1747 and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is often considered a rival to France’s Palace of Versailles.With its rich history, fascinating architecture, impressive museums, and natural beauty, Saxony is a culturally enriching place to visit for value-minded travelers.
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