If you have three days and don’t know how to spend them – then you can organise a great trip around Saxony. It doesn’t cost a lot, but you will see beautiful cities and landscapes.
My route looked like this:
Berlin => Wolfsburg => Magdeburg => Leipzig => Bitterfeld-Wolfen => Wittenberg => Berlin. It took three days with two night stops in Magdeburg and Dessau-Roßlau.
You can reach Wolfsburg by car in 3 hours. It’s a small city – one day will be MORE than enough to explore it. Wolfsburg is famous as the location of Volkswagen’s HQ and the world’s biggest car factory. The main attraction of the city is AutoStadt (the Car City) – a huge museum that features the company’s model range: Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, MAN, Neoplan, Porsche, Scania, SEAT, Škoda Auto and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
Even if you are not a big car lover – you’ll be impressed by the architecture of the museum.
Each building is modern, different and interesting. For example, these two nice glass towers – a temporary home for brand news cars, which are waiting for their lucky owners. When you are buying a new car, you can choose to pick it up from AutoStadt. And you’ll be able to see how an automatic elevator picks up YOUR car in one of the glass silos and delivers it to you!
As I already mentioned, AutoStadt is interesting not only because of cars, but it also has a well-thought landscape design and architecture.
One more attraction of the city is Fallersleben Castle.
Fallersleben Castle was owned by Duke Francis of Brunswick and Lüneburg (1508–1549). He died whilst it was being built when he was only 41 years old. After the death of Francis his wife, Clara of Saxe-Lauenburg, got the castle as a dower and completed its construction in 1551.
The way from Wolfsburg to Magdeburg takes ~1 hour. The city is considerably bigger than Wolfsburg and there are a lot of beautiful buildings and churches.
Magdeburg is situated on the Elbe River and was one of the most important medieval cities of Europe. Magdeburg’s version of German town law – Magdeburg rights, spread throughout Central and Eastern Europe. It was one of the largest German cities and a notable member of the Hanseatic League.
Magdeburg was destroyed twice in its history. But, nevertheless, it’s still a big traffic junction as well as an industrial and trading centre.
The river looks calm and beautiful, but on 9th of June 2013 – 23,000 residents had to leave their homes because of massive floods.
I’ve got stuck describing Leipzig 🙂 I don’t really have a lot of images from this city, although I liked it a lot. Maybe it’s the best compliment for the city – I was just walking and watching around instead of focusing on taking pictures…
The old city centre is big, with a nice architecture and cute little (and not only) streets. By the way, other parts of the city are interesting as well – if you go far from the centre you can find something worthwhile.
Leipzig is suuuperrr green. And yes, one more thing – go and see the central station “Leipzig Hauptbahnhof” – it is massive and very beautiful! I can say that, the overall architecture of the city is majestic and stylish.
Well… first of all, I’m not sure that it’s a popular destination for tourists. I just saw lakes on the map and decided to go there at any cost 🙂 I expected that it will be something with big beautiful forests around lakes so you can do hiking. In reality lakes are quite small with a flat strand and almost no forests. But still, nature is nature! Of course, we had a very beautiful and relaxing day there!
Perhaps, it was the most interesting part of the trip for me. Germany was celebrating Kirchentag (Day of the Church) and apparently, Wittenberg was one of the central spots of this holiday. The first challenge was just to get there! All roads were closed by police, so we felt like partisans or spies while re-routing again and again. We even had to use a ferry to cross the river!
This place is called Oranienbaum-Wörlitz if you would like to have same experience 😉 I promise you’ll a lot of fun!
Wittenberg is the city of the Protestant Reformation. According to one of the historical versions Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses against the selling of indulgences to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg.
A part of the Augustinian monastery in which Luther dwelt, first as a monk and later as owner with his wife and family, is preserved by UNESCO and considered to be the world’s premier museum dedicated to Luther.
A few interesting facts about Wittenberg. The city is the headquarter of the eco-friendly web search engine Ecosia. This search engine donates 80% of its surplus income to nonprofit conservationist organisations, with a current focus on tree planting. Wittenberg is also an important centre of chemical industry.
Trees of the city are also famous 🙂 There is The Oak Tree planted in Wittenberg where Luther burned the Papal Bull!
The duration of the trip (3 days) was enough to see and explore main attractions of Saxonian cities. Of course, if you want to visit museums – you’ll need to have, at least, plus 1-2 days.
We travelled by car (Audi Q2) and spent 80 EUR for renting it, 70 EUR for fuelling and 140 EUR on hotels.
Have a great trip! 😉