Electoral Saxony

Regional Overview

Also the King of Poland

Electoral Saxony, or Kursachsen, once sat at the heart of a European great power, when the Saxon Duke, August II, was elected King of Poland. His legacy, and that of the Protestant Reformation, define the region’s character. Between the glories of the Protestant Renaissance and the Golden Age of the Saxon Baroque, this land is filled with things to see and experience.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • Saxon Court Architecture of the Baroque, from the reconstructions in Dresden to the many palaces in the countryside.
  • Architecture of the Reformation, in particular the adaptation of the Renaissance to a new theology and a new political philosophy, e.g. Wittenberg, Torgau and Dresden.
  • Cityscapes of the industrial revolution are especially well preserved in this region, e.g. Leipzig, Pirna, Zwickau and etc.

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What is Electoral Saxony?

The region of Electoral Saxony refers to the upper reaches of the German Speaking Elbe Valley, focused on the cities of Leipzig and Dresden. First in Leipzig, and later in Dresden, resided the Electors of Saxony, a title that granted them the right to vote for the successor to the Holy Roman Empire. This region was unfathomably wealthy. Leipzig was one of the most important centers of trade in the Empire, though it flowed all the trade on the Via Regia and the Amber Road. Meissen was the most illustrious center of European porcelain production, and her wares are still coveted today. In the “Ore Mountains” mountains along the Czech border were numerous mines that fed the coffers of the state.

That Saxony ultimately failed to challenge the might of Brandenburg in the contest for Germany reflects perhaps just as much on the misfortunes of the Saxon state than on the successes of the Hohenzollern dynasty.

Hiking in the Region

Hike: Malerweg – The Bastei

Hike: Malerweg – The Bastei

This combines the first two stages of the Malerweg, or the Painters’ Way, through the forests of Saxon-Switzerland. The highlight is, without doubt, the fortress-like…

Hike: Malerweg – The Romantic Age

Hike: Malerweg – The Romantic Age

This long hike covers many beautiful highlights of the interior Saxon-Switzerland park. You start climbing along the German Czech border to the rocky sandstone cliffs…

Hike: Malerweg – The Königstein Fortress

Hike: Malerweg – The Königstein Fortress

The Königstein fortress was one of the great bastions defending the Kingdom of Saxony against the Crown of Bohemia, and later the Austrian Empire. As…

My Quantitative Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

Social Score

4.2 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Hype: 4.9
  • Growth: 2.5
  • Wealth: 1.2
  • Recognition: 8.7
Ease of Travel

6.3 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 5.0
  • Transportation: 6.3
  • Ease of Planning: 6.5
  • Infrastructure: 3.2
  • Interactivity: 8.7
  • Airport: Yes
Historical Immersion

5.6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Historical Context: 4.1
  • Monuments: 3.9
  • Quality*: 10
  • Landscape: 1.5
  • Vineyards: 3.5
Authenticity

7.7 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Undiscovered: 6.8
  • Cultural Immersion: 7.5
  • Tradition*: 10

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Saxony

Saxony today is a diverse land focused on the families that emerged from the collapse of the Saxon tribal duchy in the early Middle Ages.

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