Beyond Berlin -- Day Trips from Berlin (6) Dresden...   Leipzig...   Berlin & Beyond is your gateway to explore  Eastern Germany. Easy and cheap to get to; Within three-hours of Berlin is Germany's East; a fascinating place, almost undiscovered by outsiders. The East  resolutely clings to its German heritage, an unspoiled German state of mind still survives.Germany's traditional charm is most evident where East Germans proudly preserved their connections with such national heroes as Luther, Goethe, Schiller, Bach,  Many cities, such as Erfurt, escaped World War II relatively unscathed, and the East Germans extensively rebuilt those towns that were damaged by bombing. The historical centers have been restored to their past splendor, but there are also eyesores of industrialization and stupendously bland housing projects. Famous palaces and cultural wonders— the rebuilt historical center of Dresden, wonderfully hip Leipzig, Luther's Wittenberg, as well as the wonderfully preserved city of Görlitz—are waiting tfor you.

Beyond Berlin -- Day Trips from Berlin

Szczecin/Stettin

A visit to Stettin is a unique opportunity to see the effects of the Second World War first hand.
Traditionally, Stettin belonged to Pomerania, but the entire city became part of Poland in 1945 and the German population expelled. Today, Stettin is called by its Polish name: Szczecin

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Weimar

Weimar

Sitting prettily in the geographical center of Thuringia, Weimar occupies a place in German political and cultural history completely disproportionate to its size (population 63,000). It's not even particularly old by German standards, with a civic history that started as late as 1410. Yet by the early 19th century the city had become one of Europe's most important cultural centers, where poets Goethe and Schiller wrote, Johann Sebastian Bach played the organ for his Saxon patrons, Carl Maria von Weber composed some of his best music, and Franz Liszt was director of music, presenting the first performance of Lohengrin here. In 1919 Walter Gropius founded his Staatliches Bauhaus here, and behind the classical pillars of the National Theater the German National Assembly drew up the constitution of the Weimar Republic, the first German democracy. After the collapse of the Weimar government, Hitler chose the little city as the site for the first national congress of his Nazi party. On the outskirts of Weimar the Nazis built—or forced prisoners to build for them—the infamous Buchenwald concentration camp.

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Erfurt

The city of Erfurt emerged from World War II relatively unscathed, with most of its innumerable towers intact. Of all the cities in the region, Erfurt is the most evocative of its prewar self. The city's highly decorative and colorful facades are easy to admire on a walking tour. Downtown Erfurt is a photographer's delight, with narrow, busy, ancient streets dominated by a magnificent 14th-century Gothic cathedral, the Mariendom.

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Görlitz

Tucked away in the country's easternmost corner, Görlitz's quiet, narrow cobblestone alleys and exquisite architecture make it one of Germany's most beautiful cities. It was almost completely untouched by the destruction of World War II, and as a result it has more than 4,000 historic houses in styles including Gothic, Renaissance, baroque, rococo, Wilhelminian, and art nouveau. Although the city has impressive museums, theater, and music, it's the ambience created by the casual dignity of these buildings, in their jumble of styles, that makes Görlitz so attractive. Notably absent are the typical socialist eyesores and the glass-and-steel modernism found in many eastern German towns.

Görlitz was once a major commercial hub, profiting from its location on the Via Regia, the main trade route between Moscow and Barcelona. Almost every building in the old town was once used either in the textile trade or as a brewery. Although fires routinely ravaged the town, the Potsdam Agreement dealt Görlitz its harshest blow, reducing the size of the city by a third, by ceding everything east of the Neisse River to Poland. As a result, Görlitz fell into small-town oblivion after World War II. Today it remains a divided city, with the Polish border running through the middle-a stark reminder of the past

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Dresden - Florence of the Elbe

Saxony's capital city sits in baroque splendor on a wide sweep of the Elbe River, and its proponents are working with German thoroughness to recapture the city's old reputation as "the Florence on the Elbe." Its yellow and pale-green facades are enormously appealing, and their mere presence is even more overwhelming when you compare what you see today with photographs of Dresden from February 1945, after an Allied bombing raid destroyed the city overnight. Dresden was the capital of Saxony as early as the 15th century, although most of its architectural masterpieces date from the 18th century and the reigns of Augustus the Strong and his son, Frederick Augustus II.

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Leipzig - City of Heroes

Leipzig is, in a word, cool—but not so cool as to be pretentious. With its world-renowned links to Bach, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Martin Luther, Goethe, Schiller, and the fantastic Neue-Leipziger-Schule art movement, Leipzig is one of the great German cultural centers. It has impressive art nouveau architecture, an incredibly clean city center, meandering narrow streets, and the temptations of coffee and cake on every corner. In Faust, Goethe describes Leipzig as "a little Paris"; in reality it's more reminiscent of Vienna, while remaining a distinctly energetic Saxon town.

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