Located in the southwest corner of Germany, bordering both Poland and the Czech Republic, romantic Saxony is the perfect stop for newlyweds honeymooning through Europe. Known as “the beating heart of Europe”, Saxony was the most prosperous region in Germany prior to WWII. Today Saxony remains a jewel of Germany, rich in history, culture and natural beauty. Explore the land of castles, palaces and gardens as you bask in the romance of Saxony.
Couples traveling through Saxony will admire the spectacular architecture including one of the most ornate palaces in the world, the Dresden Zwinger which is now home to the world-famous museums of the Dresden State Art Collections. You won’t want to miss a romantic sunset at Moritzburg Castle – a must see for newly weds. Stroll the acres of the Gross-Sedlitz Gardens – on a warm summer’s day fragrances of exotic plants and orange trees fill the air. Experience a relaxing ride on an old paddle steamer along the Elbe en route to Meissen, home to Europe’s first and oldest porcelain manufacturer. Take some time to admire the delicate craftsmanship and don’t forget to pick up a Meissen memento from the local outlet store.
The Saxon Wine Route runs from Pirna to Diesbar-Seusslitz. Couples can choose from three different routes: hike along the trail; cycle along the Elbe River; or leisurely cruise upon a historical Saxon Steamship. If you’re up for something a bit more adventurous – head to Saxon Switzerland National park which features distinctive country landscapes scattered with interesting rock formations. Don’t let the steep climb up to the Bastei deter you -- the breathtaking views of the Elbe and the magnificent countryside are well worth the hike. On a clear day, visitors can see as Dresden, the Ore Mountains and the Czech Republic. On your way back from Saxon Switzerland, stop at Konigstein, Europe’s highest fortress. Walk along the fortress walls for spectacular panoramic views of the entire surroundings. It's hard to call Saxony a "hidden gem" as more and more people discover this stunning region. To truly complete your romantic European honeymoon, every couple should stay in Saxony.
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Tips & Advice
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- CURRENCY: Euro
- LANGUAGE: German although many speak very good English. Don't assume that all people do speak English though, try your best to pronounce menu items and attractions in German (and ask for an English translation menu and guides).
- PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The public transportation in Germany, as you can imagine, is clean, affordable and efficient. The Deutsche Bahn and other local trains and buses should have transportation to all the areas you'll visit.
- COMFORTABLE SHOES: Cities like Dresden and Leipzig are extremely walkable city so make sure to bring comfy shoes to explore in.
- NOT TOO CASUAL: Germans take pride in the way they present themselves - avoid wearing workout attire or clothing that is too casual - especially if you plan on popping into restaurants, shops or museums on your day excursions.
- DRESDEN ZWINGER: Don't miss this palace's spectacular architecture which is now home to the Dresden State Art Collections.
- GEMALDEGALERI ALTE MEISTER (the Old Master's Picture Gallery): This part of the Semper Gallery in the Zwinger features paintings from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
- SAXONY CASTLES AND GARDENS: Saxony is the home to beautiful castles and ornate gardens. Add Pillnitz Castle, Dresden Castle, and Mortizburg Castle to your itinerary.
- SAXON SWITZERLAND NATIONAL PARK: Quaint town with stunning views from the top. Get outside and enjoy the beauty of the German countryside.