56 days in Western Europe Itinerary

56 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Antwerp, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Leuven, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly to Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport, Drive to Arjuzanx
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Arjuzanx, France
— 1 night
Drive to Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport, Fly to Nice
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Palermo, Italy
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Leeds, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Halle (Saale), Germany
— 2 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany
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Antwerp, Belgium

— 3 nights
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Gravensteen and St Michael's Bridge will appeal to history buffs. STAM Ghent City Museum and Design Museum Gent will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Molsbroek (in Lokeren) and Ghent (Ghent City Center, Sint-Jacobskerk, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, pause for some serene contemplation at Keizerskapel (Sint Anna kapel), get engrossed in the history at Museum Plantin-Moretus, and admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Antwerp trip planner.

Leipzig, Germany to Antwerp is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. March in Antwerp sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Leuven.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Leuven, Belgium

— 2 nights
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Stedelijk Museum Aarschot, then surround yourself with nature on Grote Netewoud - Meerhout, and then head outdoors with TODI - The Ultimate Diving Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Arenberg Castle, then don't miss a visit to Groot Begijnhof, then look for gifts at Antoine by Patrick Aubrion, and finally get engrossed in the history at Damien Museum.

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You can drive from Antwerp to Leuven in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Leuven can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Leuven

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 5 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Groeningemuseum and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Venture out of the city with trips to Bruges (Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, Belfry of Bruges, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Brussels travel planner.

Traveling by car from Leuven to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. March in Brussels sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Arjuzanx.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Arjuzanx, France

— 1 night
On the 17th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Site d'Arjuzanx.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Arjuzanx vacation website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Paris to Arjuzanx. Traveling from Paris in March, you will find days in Arjuzanx are somewhat warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Arjuzanx

Wildlife · Parks
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Nice, France

— 6 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Palais Lascaris and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Lérins Islands and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron), Antibes (Chapelle Saint-Bernardin & Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes) and Menton (La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs & Cemetery of the Old Chateau). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Harbor (La Darse).

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nice visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Arjuzanx to Nice with the Route module. Traveling from Arjuzanx in March, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can fly to Palermo.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Palermo, Italy

— 3 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cattedrale di Palermo and Museo dell'Acciuga. Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese and Santuario Santa Rosalia will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Palermo side-trips: Chiesa Santa Caterina D’Alessandria (in Termini Imerese) and Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, explore the world behind art at Museo Archeologico Regionale "Antonino Salinas", and stroll the grounds of Catacombe dei Cappuccini.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Palermo trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Nice to Palermo in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of Scotland and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Change things up with these side-trips from Edinburgh: Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh (in Bamburgh), Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre (in Berwick upon Tweed) and The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (in Seahouses). There's still lots to do: stroll through Dalhousie Castle Falconry, admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, take in the exciting artwork at The Red Door Gallery, and make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh sightseeing planner.

Getting from Palermo to Edinburgh by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Palermo to Edinburgh is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Leeds.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Leeds, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

Capital of the North

One of the most cosmopolitan, innovative, and prosperous cities in the country, Leeds went from a run-down mill town to a hip 21st-century urban center in just a few decades.
Appreciate the collections at National Railway Museum and Eyam Plague Village Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at York Minster and York Castle Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Leeds side-trips: York (Treasurer's House, Holy Trinity Church, &more), SMJ Falconry (in Oxenhope) and York Bird of Prey Centre (in Huby). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Peak Mountaineering, stroll through Holly Hagg Community farm, don't miss a visit to The Navvies Memorial, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kirkstall Abbey.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Leeds trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to Leeds takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to London.

Things to do in Leeds

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Gallery and Natural History Museum. Appreciate the collections at The British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: Coda Falconry (in Waltham Abbey), Petersham Meadows (in Richmond-upon-Thames) and Imperial Bird of Prey Academy (in Billericay). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Joe's Bows, don't miss a visit to Tower of London, take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, and contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our London trip planner.

You can fly from Leeds to London in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April in London, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can fly to Munich.

Things to do in London

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Munich, Germany

— 3 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Alte Pinakothek and BMW Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nymphenburg Palace and Deutsches Museum. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, make a trip to Marienplatz, steep yourself in history at Asamkirche, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Munich route planner.

Traveling by flight from London to Munich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Munich, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Halle (Saale).

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Halle (Saale), Germany

— 2 nights
Halle is a city in the southern part of the German state Saxony-Anhalt.Halle is an economic and educational center in central-eastern Germany. On the 16th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle (Saale), examine the collection at Halloren Schokoladenfabrik AG, admire the striking features of Marktschlosschen, then don't miss a visit to Marktkirche Unser Lieben Frauen, then see the interesting displays at Beatles Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Die Neue Residenz. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum fuer Vorgeschichte Halle, then don't miss a visit to Oberburg Giebichenstein, then walk around Gartenreich Dessau-Worlitz, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Halle (Saale) trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Munich to Halle (Saale) in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Munich in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 8°C in Halle (Saale). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Halle (Saale)

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Dresden, Germany

— 4 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Dresden Zwinger and Albertinum. Get some cultural insight at Katholische Hofkirche and Neues Grünes Gewölbe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dresden: Obere Schleuse Kirnitschklamm (in Hinterhermsdorf) and Koenigstein Fortress (in Koenigstein). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, get engrossed in the history at Transport Museum Dresden, explore the historical opulence of Schloss & Park Pillnitz, and examine the collection at Panometer Dresden.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dresden vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Halle (Saale) to Dresden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Halle (Saale) in April since evenings lows in Dresden dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Pergamonmuseum and East Side Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Charlottenburg Palace and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, make a trip to Reichstag Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Berlin online trip maker.

You can drive from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

Flemish Brabant Province travel guide

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Historic Sites · Spas & Wellness · Landmarks
The heart of Belgium, the Flemish Brabant province surrounds Brussels, one of Europe's major centers of culture, politics, and commerce. This province forms the core of Belgian beer territory, known around the world for its production of quality brews. Despite its relatively small size, Flemish Brabant boasts the country's highest concentration of breweries, from family-run operations to major international establishments. Leuven, the provincial capital, serves as the beer industry's major hub and contains the longest bar in Europe, composed of a string of centrally located cafes and restaurants. This region contains over 1,800 km (1,100 mi) of marked cycling trails, so you can easily tour Leuven and the rest of the province on a bicycle.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Landes travel guide

3.8
Outdoor Activities · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing · Water Parks

Sicily travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Ruins · Churches
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a ruggedly attractive land. The island has a long history of foreign domination and has been controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The result is a distinct culture blending elements from all of those areas and featuring an intriguing dialect. This is a huge island with plenty of small villages to tour, each with its own treasures. Beyond the popular coastal areas, Sicily's inland attractions include an unspoiled landscape of mountains, hills, and villages that sometimes seem frozen in time. While the natural environment is its biggest draw, Sicily's greatest asset may be its people. They are proud of their traditions and incredibly hospitable to visitors.

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

West Yorkshire travel guide

4.2
Parks · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Once the heart of the country’s textile industry, West Yorkshire is now home to thriving cities recognized as major regional financial centers. The county’s biggest and most dominant urban center is Leeds, a city of explosive energy and winner of a string of tourism awards. While Leeds offers a multitude of things to do, including outstanding nightlife, shopping, and dining choices, the city of Bradford is often used as a convenient base for sightseeing in the so-called "Bronte Country," an area of bleak moors and deep valleys vividly described in the works of the famous Bronte sisters. Both of these big cities have reinvented themselves in recent years, replacing the crumbling mills of the Industrial Revolution with outstanding new museums, restaurants, and bars that can easily fill a variety of itineraries.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Saxony-Anhalt travel guide

4.2
Historic Walking Areas · Churches · Landmarks
Saxony-Anhalt is a fairly young federal state, created in 1946. Nevertheless, it is home to more World Heritage-listed attractions than any other state in Germany. The region notably contains Wittenberg and Eisleben, two cities boasting a close connection to historically significant events in the life of Protestant reformer Martin Luther. The region includes a variety of landscapes from the southwestern Harz Mountains to the sprawling northern plains. It features some of the most fertile soils in the country, and was inhabited as far back as the Bronze Age. Centrally located within Germany, Saxony-Anhalt is connected to most major cities through a system of high-speed train lines and regional roads linked to the nation's autobahn network, making it a fairly easy addition to your itinerary.

Saxony travel guide

4.6
Churches · Landmarks · Art Museums
Saxony features a long history of independence as a separate kingdom. It is a fascinating mix of medieval castles, cobbled town squares, Gothic churches, lavish palaces, and old-fashioned steam trains. The people who live here have a strong sense of distinctness from other Germans. This mainly stems from the region's history of independence and its large population of ethnic Sorbs (a Slavic people). But the residents are as friendly and warm as they are proud of their cultural and natural riches. Saxony is home to several high-profile cities full of things to do. It also contains a sprawling countryside dotted by neat vineyards, sun-drenched parks, rugged sandstone cliffs, lush meadows, and picturesque hillside villages. Still relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, the area outside Saxony's urban centers remains one of the least-explored regions of the country. Venture deep into this multifaceted land to soak up the local culture. You'll be able to enjoy sightseeing at the various cultural and natural attractions unhindered by large tourist crowds.