Also known as the Free State of Saxony, Saxony is a landlocked federal state within Germany. Saxony’s regions include Leipzig Lowlands, Saxon Elbland, Saxon Ore Mountains, Saxon Switzerland, Upper Lusatia, and Vogtland. The cities within the state include Dresden, Bautzen, Chemnitz, Görlitz, Leipzig, Meissen, Radebeul, Riesa, Plauen, and Zwickau. When within the capital, Dresden, temperatures of an annual average high of 13.34 degrees Celsius or 56.01 degrees Fahrenheit, average low of 5.65 degrees Celsius or 42.17 degrees Fahrenheit, with a daily mean of 9.37 degrees Celsius or 48.87 degrees Fahrenheit, can be experienced within the city.
What to see & do
Saxony is home to the two largest and important cities within the east of Germany, outside of Berlin: Dresden and Leipzig. Points of interest include Dresden Frauenkirche, Bastei, Pillnitz Castle, Saxon Switzerland National Park, St. Nicholas Church, Königstein Fortress, Monument of the Battle of the Nations, Grünes Gewölbe, German Hygiene Museum, St. Thomas Church, Dresden Cathedral, Leipzig Zoological Garden, Dresden Castle, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Bundeswehr Military History Museum, Blue Wonder, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Albrechtsburg, and Dresden Suspension Railway, to name a few. Leipzig Zoological Garden, or simply Leipzig Zoo, opened in 1878, now covers around 225,000 square metres or 56 acres of land, serving as home to an approximate of 850 different animals. With a length of 274 metres or 899 feet, and a height of 84 metres or 276 feet, the Dresden Suspension Railway, more than just a mode of transportation, the railway is among the oldest suspension railways to date. It features a hanging monorail that was opened in 1901, connecting the districts of Loschwitz and Oberloschwitz. Having been spared by the World War II, the hanging monorail underwent reconstruction in 1984 to 1992, and extensive repair works from around 1990 to 2002. The Dresden Suspension Railway is one of the two funicular railways in the city of Dresden, in addition to the Dresden Cable Car.