Leipzig and new Germany
Discover the city of music and Eastern Germany hidden gems
- Fly to Leipzig taking advantage of the direct flights from Barcelona.
- Allow yourself to be seduced by Leipzig, a city of music with a unique personality.
- Discover the essence of German culture in Weimar and Eisenach.
- Explore the Elbe Valley and its castles and Saxon Switzerland by hire car.
- Included are nights in Dresden and Erfurt, two really fascinating cities.
- 7 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Return flights (tax included)
- 5 days car rental
- Trade fair city par excellence. For centuries, it was one of the most important centres for trade in Central Europe.
- It has a great musical tradition. Bach, Wagner and Mendelssohn were born in Leipzig.
- Recognised for having the best universities in Germany.
- Monuments, culture, tranquillity and a good atmosphere. This is what you’ll find.
- For all of the above, it’s full of nerds and hipsters.
Day 1Flight to Leipzig.
Arrive at the airport 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your flight to Leipzig. Check-in, boarding and flight to Leipzig. On arrival, you’ll make your own way to the hotel in the city of Leipzig. Check in and spend the rest of the day starting to discover Leipzig, the city of music. Home to Johann Sebastian Bach, but also Schumann and Mendelssohn, Leipzig’s musical heritage is everywhere: the world-famous St Thomas’ Church Boys Choir, the impressive Gewandhaus concert hall, the opera house, the historic houses of composers and the Museum of Musical Instruments. While you’re in Leipzig, we recommend attending one of the many concerts given every day. Night in Leipzig.
Spend the whole day continuing to explore Leipzig. Located at an important crossroads, Leipzig’s history has been marked by entrepreneurship and trade. Its autumn and spring fairs have been famous since the twelfth century. In the old town, you can stroll through the memories of this long history and explore its town house-lined streets, charming shopping arcades and the spectacular Renaissance town hall, the heart of the city. And don’t miss out on visits to the churches of St Thomas and St Nicholas, the old stock exchange, the new town hall and the Museum of Fine Arts. And above all, allow yourself to be swept away by the bustling atmosphere of the city. If you have some spare time, it’s worth leaving the old town to explore Leipzig’s stunning trade fair grounds with their historic buildings and monuments. Night in Leipzig.
First thing in the morning, pick up your hire car and head off to Weimar. En route, we recommend you stop off in Naumburg, a former competitor to Leipzig as an organiser of trade fairs. A testament to its past prosperity is its Romanesque cathedral, one of the most beautiful in Germany with its famous “donor statues”, and the immense church of St Wenceslas. Once in the city of Weimar, you’ll marvel at this spiritual and intellectual heart of German culture since the times of Goethe and Schiller. Walking around the city, you’ll discover the houses of Goethe and Schiller, the German National Theatre and the houses and mansions of distinguished citizens from the eighteenth century. As an absurd contrast, a few minutes from this centre of culture and humanism, you can visit the spine-chilling concentration camp of Buchenwald. Night in Weimar.
To continue discovering the essence of Germany, we suggest heading to Eisenach in the morning in the heart of the Thuringian Forest. In this town, you can visit the houses of Luther, Wagner and Bach, but the real reason for coming here is to go up to the Wartburg. This is the most imposing medieval castle in Germany, built in the twelfth century on a rocky promontory with stunning views over the Thuringian Forest. We recommend spending the rest of the day in Erfurt, whose multi-coloured old town, dominated by a splendid Gothic cathedral, is one of the most beautiful in Germany. Strolling around Erfurt, you’ll find one of the gems of the city, the Krämerbrücke bridge, which is lined on both sides by the houses of seventeenth-century artisans. As it is also well worth exploring the streets and squares of Erfurt at nightfall, what better than spending the night in the city.
Today, we suggest you make a detour and exit the motorway to discover Saxon Switzerland National Park, one of the most curious in Europe. Featuring an extremely fissured rocky landscape dominating the Elbe Valley, it is a place of great natural beauty. You can visit the Königstein Fortress, a highly romantic location perched on a hilltop. And explore the rocky masses, either on foot, by small train or by boat. On the way to Dresden, you’ll continue along the Elbe Valley, where we recommend stopping off to visit Pillnitz Castle, a spectacular Baroque castle on the banks of the river with very beautiful gardens. In the evening, continue on to Dresden to spend the night.
Spend the day exploring this beautiful city on the banks of the river. Known as the “Florence of the Elbe”, Dresden is blessed with a wealth of monuments and a magnificent cultural heritage. Rebuilt after the war and German reunification, Dresden, today, is more beautiful than ever. Start at the Zwinger Palace, whose beautiful facades are replete with sculptures and whose interior features such gems as a porcelain museum, a gallery of old masters and an armoury. In the old town, you can discover the Semperoper opera house, the cathedral, the castle, the streets and squares and, of course, the Frauenkirche church, the symbol of the city. Don’t forget to take a walk along the banks of the Elbe and cross over it to enjoy splendid views of the city of Dresden, especially at sunset and from the gardens of the Japanese Palace. Night in Dresden.
On the way back to Leipzig, take the opportunity to make two essential stop-offs. The first is Moritzburg Castle, about 12 kilometres north of Dresden. A former hunting lodge, Frederick Augustus I converted it into Saxony’s most harmonious Baroque-style castle. Not far from here, you’ll find the second stop-off of the day, the town of Meissen, whose old town is dominated by the Albrechtsburg hill. In this beautiful town of historic buildings and monuments, particularly notable are its castle and Gothic cathedral (also featuring magnificent sculptures of its benefactors). Meissen is famous worldwide for its porcelain. Europe’s first porcelain factory was opened here in 1710 and its curious history can be discovered at the National Porcelain Factory. After visiting Meissen, continue your journey on to Leipzig, where you’ll spend the night.
Day 8Return from Leipzig.
Make the most of the time you have left before your flight home to do some final sightseeing or shopping in Leipzig. Check in at the airport 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your flight, boarding and flight home. Arrival at your home airport and end of the trip.
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