Saxony is a state in eastern Germany bordering with Poland and the Czech Republic. The most popular tourist destinations are the cities of Leipzig and Dresden as well as the hill regions of Saxon Switzerland (Sächsische Schweiz), Vogtland and the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge).
Leipzig, located in the west of Saxony, is the largest city in the state with more than half a million inhabitants (just ahead of Dresden). Leipzig's compact and vibrant city centre attracts visitors from all over the region (shopping, food, culture, nightlife, etc.).
Dresden is the capital of the state of Saxony (Sachsen) and is located along the Elbe River. The city has a long history as the royal residence of electors and kings of Saxony, hence the impressive historic buildings in the historic city centre with baroque and rococo elements. Dresden suffered massive destruction during the second world war (more than 90% of the city) and lost much of its heritage.
The Rhododendron Park is one of the largest parks in Saxony with 160 acres, located in Upper Lusatia (Oberlausitz) 120km north west of Dresden. The park is particularly known for the medieval-looking Rakotzbrücke.