Christmas in Saxony

winter wonderland

Saxony shows off traditional German Christmas in all its glory, our Christmas Markets are world famous. Christmas shopping becomes an amazing experience when turned into an afternoon's stroll through this winter wonderland: a delicious smell of hot mulled wine and freshly baked waffles hovers over the maze of small booths where local artisans and craftsmen display and sell their traditional products, all set up around an enormous Christmas tree. Try Dresdner Stollen, a traditional fruit bread, candied almonds or Pulsnitz gingerbread, a local specialty.
Dresden is home to the world's oldest Christmas market - the Striezelmarkt was established in 1434 and boasts 230 stalls as well as the world's largest candle pyramid.

Meissen hosts one of Germany's most beautiful Christmas markets in its medieval town square. The dignified ancient town hall of Meissen even turns into an advent calendar, opening one of its 24 windows each day leading up to Christmas Eve.

The nearby Ore Mountain Range is home to folk art known far beyond Germany: the wooden ornaments, candle arches, figurines of angels, nutcrackers and incense smokers are still traditionally handmade. The village of Seiffen is well worth a day trip to learn about the history and craft involved in these beloved toys and ornaments.

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MEISSEN® porcelain

Discover the famous MEISSEN® porcelain manufactory with its unique craftsmanship and the crossed blue swords - in Meissen since 1710.

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Meissen old town

This town is over 1000 years old and invites you to time travel through its crooked alleys and up the steep ascents to the castle hill.

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Albrechtsburg castle

Visit Germany’s oldest palace and admire the breathtaking architecture at the transition from the late middle ages into renaissance.

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wine country Saxony

Wine lovers will feel right at home around Meissen - Germany’s second smallest wine growing region extends up and down the Elbe river.

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The capital of Saxony is bustling with art, culture, architecture and nightlife - discover Dresden!

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Moritzburg hunting lodge

The baroque castle is surrounded by an extensive woodland reserve complete with animals - a favorite destination for families.

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Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Called Saxon Switzerland for good reason, the breathtakingly bizarre rock formations in this special part of the Elbe valley are a delight for hikers and climbers.

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Pillnitz palace & park

Best known for its spectacular gardens and water displays, as well as a huge Camellia tree - over 250 years old!

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Elbe bike path

If you are travelling by bike, Meissen is a stop you cannot miss. Sections M and N meet here and run through town along either side of the river.

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White Fleet

Cruise along the Elbe river on an historic steamboat and watch the landscape unroll on both sides.

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