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A virtual guide to the German Federal State of Sachsen. Beside a state profile, this page offers links to sources that provide you with information about this "Bundesland", e.g.: official web sites, local news, culture, history, education, city- and country guides with travel and visitors information, tourist attractions, events and much more.


State Profile

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Flag of the German Federal State of Sachsen
where in Germany is Sachsen

Official Name: Freistaat Sachsen
short form: Sachsen
en: Saxony
Nick name: Silicon Saxony
Motto: Sachsen. Land von Welt. | Saxony. State of the Arts.
Abbreviation: SN

Time zone: Central European Time (CET); Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Capital City: Dresden

Other Cities: Chemnitz, Leipzig, Bautzen, Görlitz, Hoyerswerda, Meißen, Zwickau.

Location: central east Germany, borderin Poland in east, and the Czech Republic in south.
Area: 18 413 kmĀ²

Population (2013): 4.0 million
Religions: 28.7% Protestants, 2.8% Roman Catholic, 64.6% no religious affiliation.

Natural resources: Kaolin

Agriculture products: Grain, diary products, livestock.

Industries: Chip producing, publishing, porcelain.

The Free State of Saxony is located in central east Germany, it is the easternmost federal state of the country.
It shares international borders with, (from the east and clockwise), Poland, and the Czech Republic and borders within Germany the federal states of Bavaria, Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg.

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Official Sites of Sachsen

The Official Website of the Government of Saxony.

Sächsischer Landtag
Saxony's parliament.

Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen
Saxony's state office for statistics - Saxony in figures.


Google Earth Google Earth Sachsen
Searchable map and satellite view of Sachsen.
Google Earth Google Earth Dresden
Searchable map and satellite view of Sachsen's capital.

 Political Map of Germany
 Administrative Map of Germany   


Newspapers from Saxony online (in German)

Bautzener Bote
News from the centre of Oberlausitz.

DNN-Online - Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten
With Dresden regional news.

Freie Presse
Free Press Online, Chemnitz.

Leipziger Volkszeitung
The Online Newspaper from Leipzig.

Sächsische Zeitung
sz-online, Dresden.

Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR)
Public radio and television.
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Arts & Culture

J.S. Bach
Bach-Archiv Leipzig
The Bach Archive is widely recognized as the world’s pre-eminent centre of Bach scholarship.
Johann Sebastian Bach, the most famous of a large musical family, was born in Eisenach, Thuringia in 1685.

Thomaner Chor
Thomaner Choir, Leipzig, a choir featuring boy sopranos. Johann Sebastian Bach served as director of the choir from 1723 to 1750.

Everything about the Saxony born writer.

Schlösserland Sachsen
Castles, Palaces and Gardens in Saxony.

Frauenkirche Dresden
The Dresden Frauenkirche was destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden during World War II and has been reconstructed as a landmark symbol of reconciliation between former warring enemies.

Schauspielhaus Leipzig
Official web site of the theater.
Staatsschauspiel Dresden
Official website of the theater in Dresden.

Semperoper - Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden
Saxon State Opera Dresden, A house with an international reputation.


Business & Economy

Leipziger Buchmesse
Trade Fair for Literature (in German).

Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen
Meissen Porcelain Manufactory made the first porcelain in Europe in 1708.

Destination Sachsen - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Sachsen: accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more.
Destination Saxony, official tourism website of Saxony.
Saxony Tourism
Saxony's U.S. tourism website.

Saxony magazine.

Regional Tourism Guides
Sächsische Schweiz
Tourism information about the Saxon Switzerland region and the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.

The Official Web Site of the City of Dresden - the State's Capital.

Principal Cities (official sites):
The City of Chemnitz.
The City of Leipzig.

Other Cities:
Bautzen, Görlitz, Hoyerswerda, Meißen, Zwickau.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information



Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst
One of the oldest Art Academies in Germany (in German).

Universität Leipzig
One of Europe's oldest universities, founded in 1409.

Environment & Nature

Naturpark Dübener Heide
Information about the nature park Dübener Heide situated in Saxony Anhalt and Saxony.

Naturparke Deutschland
A guide to nature and national parks in Germany.


About Saxony
About the state with an overview of Saxony's history, by the state's tourism web site.

History of Saxony
History of Saxony from 1485 till 1870.

History of Saxony
Wikipedia entry about Saxony's history.
Kingdom of Saxony
Wikipedia entry about the Kingdom of Saxony (1806-1918).


Additional Information about Sachsen

Open Directory Project: Sachsen

Wikipedia: Sachsen
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