Clients interested in discovering more about the industrial culture and crafts arts of Germany will enjoy a visit to Saxony. The first silver mine existed in the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) by the 11th Century. The Silberstrasse (Silver Road) holiday route leads to fascinating mining towns, visitors' mining centres and museums, and the display workshops of the Erzgebirge wooden-toy makers. Visitors are amazed by the miners' procession and mountain parades in the Erzgebirge around Christmas time.
Thanks to August Horch who later called his cars AUDI, Saxony has been making automobile history for over a hundred years. Today clients can visit the August Horch Museum in Zwickau, The legendary GDR car, the Trabant, came from Zwickau, which is also where the Volkswagen Passat is built. Other towns for car lovers include Chemnitz, site of the VW engine plant; Dresden, home of the Gläserne Manufaktur (Transparent Factory) where the VW Phaeton is built; and Leipzig, where the Porsche Cayenne and the BMW 3-Series are built. Saxony is also the home of motorcycle manufacturing. Schloss Augustusburg, a castle in the Erzgebirge, houses the most important and comprehensive collection of two-wheeled vehicles in Europe.
The new Industrial Museum in Chemnitz, on the huge site of a former machine plant, demonstrates that Saxony was also a center of machine construction and textile manufacturing. The first long-distance railway in Germany linked Dresden and Leipzig in 1839. The "Saxonia," the first steam locomotive built in Germany, puffed along the 71.5 mile route. Even today, there are nowhere else in Germany so many steam trains running on a small trail through picturesque landscapes than in Saxony.
Saxony is also known for its rich craft history. The region's unique artistic handcrafted products are internationally recognized under the name Erzgebirgische Holzkunst®. Since 1677, musical instruments of all types have been made in workshops in the gently hilly Vogtland, a town also know for Plauener Spitze® (Plauen lace). In the 1,000-year-old city of Meissen in the Saxon Elbland, the famous Meissen porcelain has been manufactured for over 300 years. In the show factory of the State Porcelain Manufacturer Meissen, visitors can see how the valuable pieces are created. In addition, this is the most northeasterly situated wine growing area of Europe. Send clients to Schloss Wackerbarth in Radebeul on the Saxon Weinstrasse (Wine Road) with its glass workshops. In Glashütte, the famous clock brands from Lange & Söhne, Glashütte Original and others are created by masterly precision work. In Sebnitz, a small town near to the Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland), handmade silk flowers are created in small workshops. Nestled in the charming landscape of the Rabenauer Grund, stools are still hand-made in the traditional way.
Tourism Marketing Company of Saxony,
Bautzner Strasse 45-47,
01099 Dresden; Germany,
Telephone: +49(0)351 491700;
Fax: +49(0)351 4969306;