What to see in Saxony in 5 days

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Saxony is one of the sixteen federal states of Germany, with the capital Dresden, the city bathed by the Elbe River. In Saxony it is possible travel in the footsteps of romance, discover high mountains and boundless valleys, but also enjoy an ancient gastronomic tradition and admire buildings and palaces in the name of the most industrial and avant-garde culture. Without forgetting the magnificent castles and imposing fortresses.

For those who love nature can enjoy this region from north to south, starting to climb the Metallifferi Mountains in the southern part, continuing in the soft hills of the center, up to the relaxation offered by the lowland landscapes to the north. Here what to see in Saxony in 5 days!


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  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days in Saxony
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day

The first stop cannot fail to be the capital Dresden, a Baroque city destroyed by the bombings of the Second World War, but rebuilt and returned to its beauty. To visit it we recommend a historical walking tour.

The Royal Palace, known as the Zwinger (06: 00-20: 00), is the complex of baroque buildings where you can spend the whole morning, among suggestive pavilions and the gardens surrounding the buildings and which can be accessed for free.

For lunch, stop by Sophienkeller im Taschenbergpalais (€ 26,00).
Continue your walk to the Cathedral of Our Lady, the Frauenkirche, the most important Protestant church in the city (10: 00-18: 00). For art lovers, a visit to theAlbertinum, the building that houses a world famous museum (10: 00-18: 00).
Stroll through the Brühlschen Garten park and reach the Brühlsche Terrasse (10: 00-18: 00), known as the "balcony of Europe", a splendid terrace of 500 meters from where you can admire the colors of the sunset reflected on the Elbe river.

For dinner, head to the Kahnaletto Italian restaurant (€ 30,00) and then have a romantic one stroll over the Augustusbrücke bridge to end the day.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,5 km / 33 min
  • Places visited: Zwinger (€ 14,00), Frauenkirche (free), Albertinum (€ 12,00), Brühlschen Garten (free), Brühlsche Terrasse (free), Augustusbrücke (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 82,00
  • Visit to the Frauenkirche Semperoper and the royal castle 1 hour steamboat cruise overlooking the Canaletto
  • Lunch at Sophienkeller im Taschenbergpalais (Get directions), Dinner at Kahnaletto (Get directions)

2 day

Today discover the city known for its porcelain, Meissen, where you can visit the porcelain factory.
The first stop is the Albrechtsburg Castle, the imposing fortress overlooking the city on the Elbe River. It is a Gothic-style castle, made fascinating by its strategic position (09: 00-18: 00, € 8,00). Right in front of the fortress stands the Meissen Cathedral, also in Gothic style and dating back to the early 400th century (10: 00-18: 00).

Stroll through the old town and have lunch in the Alte Schmiede und Zum Goldenen Anker restaurant by the river (€ 18,00).
From the station take the S1 Bad Schandau train (ticket cost about € 13,00), and after 20 minutes you will arrive at Radebeul, a city known for its fine wine.
From the Radebeul station go to platform 2, and get on the steam train (about € 6,00), which in a few minutes will take you to the main attraction of the city: the Moritzburg Castle, the wonderful castle surrounded entirely by water (10: 00-17: 30, € 8,00).

To end the day, dine at the doors of the elegant building, seated at the tables of the German restaurant Moritzburger Schlossrestaurant (cost of dinner about € 45,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 31 km / 46 min by car
  • Places visited: Albrechtsburg Castle (€ 8,00), Meissen Cathedral (free), Radebeul (train cost € 13,00), Moritzburg Castle (€ 8,00).
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • Meißen: Guided Wine Tour with JF Böttger From Meissen: Saxon Wine Route Cruise
  • Lunch at Alte Schmiede und Zum Goldenen Anker (Get directions), Dinner at Moritzburger Schlossrestaurant (Get directions)

3 day

Among the most touristic places in Saxony there is also Chemnitz, the city in art nouveau style.
Begin your tour by visiting the Gunzenhauser Museum, which houses thousands of works by 270 11th-century artists (00: 18-00: 8,50, cost of the visit around € 4,00). A few minutes on foot you reach the Museum für Naturkunde, a fascinating museum on nature, including living insects and reconstructions of various natural phenomena. (€ 9, open from 00: 17-00: ).
Now head downtown, in the square where the Municpio palace, Altes Rathaus, the elegant white palace and the large Jakobikirche church stand.

Eat at La bouchée, a great French restaurant (€ 30,00) and then take a walk of less than 40 min to the beautiful Schlossteichinsel park, next to which is the elegant building in which to visit the Schloßbergmuseum Chemnitz, the museum that tells the history of the city (€ 8,50, 11: 00/18: 00).

Enjoy the sunset lights by the Schlossteich lake and dine at Café Milchhäuschen, with a suggestive view in the park (€ 28,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,1 km / 53 min
  • Places visited: Museum Gunzenhauser (€ 8,50), Museum für Naturkunde (€ 4,00), Altes Rathaus (free), Jakobikirche church (free), Schlossteichinsel (free), Schloßbergmuseum Chemnitz (€ 8,50).
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • Lunch at La bouchée (Get directions), Dinner at Café Milchhäuschen (Get directions)

4 day

An elegant city full of culture, Leipzig is definitely worth a visit. For a first approach, we always suggest a tour by tourist bus and on foot.
Start at the Marktplatz square, where theAltes Rathaus, the old town hall in Renaissance style. Inside, you can visit an exhibition on the history of the city (9: 00-18: 00). Continue to the church of San Nicola, dating from the 10th century and in Romanesque and Gothic style (00: 18-00: ).

Have lunch at Maredo Steakhaus (€ 25,00) and then head to the central square, Augustusplatz, where you will notice prestigious buildings, such as the Gewandhaus concert hall and the opera house. Take the opportunity and climb the Panorama Tower, where you can enjoy a view of the city 120 meters high (11: 30-23: 00).
Back in the square take bus 15 Leipzig - Meusdorf (ticket cost € 2,40) and after about 10 minutes get off at the Leipzig Völkerschlachtdenkmal stop, you will be near the famous Monument of the Battle of the Nations, which recalls the liberation war against Napoleon in 1813. Also go up to its panoramic terrace (10: 00-18: 00).

End the day with dinner at the Greek restaurant PELLORUS (€ 28,00) in Wilhelm-Külz-Park.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,4 km / 1 h 21 min
  • Places visited: Marktplatz (free), Altes Rathaud (€ 6,00), St. Nicholas church (free), Augustusplatz (free), Panorama Tower (€ 3,00), Monument of the Battle of the Nations (€ 8,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 75,00
  • Leipzig: 1,5-Hour Historical Walking Tour leipzig tour from the Old Town Hall
  • Lunch at Maredo Steakhaus (Get directions), Dinner at PELLORUS (Get directions)

5 day

Today dedicate yourself to the discovery offascinating city of Torgau, on the Elbe River. Start by visiting the wonderful Hartenfels Castle, inside which there is the Grand Spiral Staircase built in stone (10: 00-18: 00).
Reach the nearby Torgau Museum, dedicated to the history and millenary culture of the city (from € 4,00, 10: 00-17: 00).
Then enter the Stadtkirche Sankt Marien, a late Gothic church with an idyllic atmosphere (09: 00-18: 00).

Now reach Marktplatz, the central square and have lunch at Ratskeller Steakhouse Nilot where you will spend around € 28,00.
In the square the largest town hall in Saxony stands, the Rathaus that you can visit for free (9: 00-18: 00). Now take the bus A Welsau - Zinna (ticket cost € 2,40) at the stop in the square, and within 15 minutes you will be close to the Großer Teich nature reserve, where there is a huge pond and where you can enjoy long walks in nature (10: 00-midnight).

To end the day, sit at the tables of Gasthaus ENTENFANG, a quaint pub near the park (dinner cost € 30,00)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,6 km / 56 min
  • Places visited: Hartenfels Castle (€ 10,00), Torgau Museum (€ 4,00), Stadtkirche Sankt Marien (free), Rathaus Torgau (free), Großer Teich (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 75,00
  • Lunch at Ratskeller Steakhouse Nilot (Get directions), Dinner at Gasthaus ENTENFANG (Get directions)

How much does it cost 5 days in Saxony

NB: The costs expressed in the table above are to be intended per person. (leave this wording)

A trip to Saxony is a very special experience, in which the feeling is that of go back in time, between medieval villages and beautiful Gothic and Renaissance castles.

From Italy numerous airports are connected with Dresden and Leipzig, so it is easy to find very affordable prices throughout the year, especially if you book in advance. Staying in this region is not too expensive, there are many hostels and B & Bs in the main cities, and certainly there is no shortage of luxury hotels, located in the city center or located in suggestive places in the Saxon hills.

Finally, it must be considered that the major attractions, such as the numerous castles and fortresses, are all paid for and that it is possible to travel rely on the efficient railway service S-BAHN (starting from € 13,00), as well as on local buses (single bus ticket price € 2,40).

  • starting from € 60,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 56,00 per room -
  • From Dresden: Steamboat Cruise to Königstein Fortress Leipzig: Sightseeing Bus and Walking Tour
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 807,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Saxony: from April to June, as with the beginning of spring the landscapes begin to bloom and reach their maximum beauty. The maximum temperature is 20 °
  • by plane to Dresden or Leipzig with a stopover usually in Munich. The total flight duration from Rome is 4 hours and 40 minutes
  • both in the main cities such as Dresden and Leipzig and in the small villages there are many hotels and B & Bs, and the prices are a bit for all budgets
  • Getting around: in Saxony there is an efficient railway network, S-BAHN, which connects the main cities and places of interest. In the individual cities there are also various trams, buses, and for the most evocative journeys also cable cars and ferries. On average, one-day trips can cost around € 25,00
  • Recommended cards and passes: Dresden City Card for 1, 2 or 3 days allows free access to several museums and main attractions (starting from € 12,00), while the Dresden Regio Card for 1, 2 or 3 days gives the possibility to move too on public transport (from € 20,00). Finally, we point out the Wochenkarte, a 7-day pass to travel on all public transport in Dresden, the cost is € 21,00

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