Saxonian ring

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.

Screenshot at Jun 02 15-48-40

Wolfsburg 

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.

IMG_7536

Even if you are not a big car lover – you’ll be impressed by the architecture of the museum.

IMG_7579

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!

IMG_7571

IMG_7549IMG_7548IMG_7541IMG_7578

As I already mentioned, AutoStadt is interesting not only because of cars, but it also has a well-thought landscape design and architecture.

IMG_7561

One more attraction of the city is Fallersleben Castle.

IMG_7583

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.

Magdeburg 

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.

IMG_7598

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.

IMG_7601IMG_7603

Magdeburg was destroyed twice in its history. But, nevertheless, it’s still a big traffic junction as well as an industrial and trading centre.

IMG_7610

The river looks calm and beautiful, but on 9th of June 2013 – 23,000 residents had to leave their homes because of massive floods.

IMG_7612

Leipzig

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…

IMG_20170527_160415IMG_20170527_171627

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.

IMG_20170527_183009

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.

IMG_20170527_184800

Bitterfeld-Wolfen 

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!

IMG_7628

Wittenberg 

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!

IMG_7639

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.

IMG_7651

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.

IMG_7679

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.

IMG_7686

Trees of the city are also famous 🙂 There is The Oak Tree planted in Wittenberg where Luther burned the Papal Bull!

IMG_7687

Epilogue

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! 😉

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s