The Free State of Saxony, one of Germany’s most splendid cultural landscapes, is situated in the heart of Europe. Located in the valley of the River Elbe, and bordered by the Elbsandsteingebirge Mountains to the south and the Meissen and Radebeul Vineyards to the north, the state capital Dresden is the political and cultural centre of Saxony.
The renaissance city, with its world-famous sights including the Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) Semper Opera House, Zwinger Palace and many other cultural treasures, has now been lovingly restored to its former glory, having been almost completely destroyed in World War II, and today welcomes visitors from around the world.
As the centrepiece of the Saxon Wine Route, the City of Radebeul extends from the sloping vineyards in Loessnitz to the meadowy banks of the River Elbe, with its own distinct charm, impressive architecture and lush greenery. Besides the wineries and Karl May Museum, visitors can also travel on a historical narrow-gauge railway that takes them off the beaten path, and enjoy some fine wines.