הגדלה (© Auswärtiges Amt, CS) Saxony’s international historical reputation never stemmed primarily from military might, but was rooted instead in the peaceful development of trade, the economy, intellectual prowess and splendour. Visitors can discover not just Bach, the Baroque and the famous blue swords adorning Meissen porcelain, but also the vibrant diversity of contemporary culture clustered here. The picturesque landscapes attract hordes of tourists. Attractions abound, both in the large cities, such as Dresden, the state capital, Leipzig and Chemnitz, and indeed throughout this federal state.
The people of Saxony, a group that also encompasses Sorbs, Lower Silesians, people from the Vogtland and others, are quite rightly reputed to be open and cosmopolitan, warm-hearted and with a flair for cosiness. In 1989 however the Saxons were anything but cosy; citizens protesting in the churches and streets, first in Leipzig and then in Dresden, sent a clear message to the GDR leadership, long past its sell-by date: we are the people!
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In the 19th and 20th century Saxon firms played a leading role in the industrialisation of Germany. Nowadays the Free State of Saxony, the most populous of the new federal states, has made progress in economic regeneration. The upturn has so far been driven primarily by the construction sector, crafts and trade. Various industrial sectors are now also gaining strength. Medium-sized firms have become one of the key pillars of the economy.
Saxony’s location at the heart of Central Europe, an area currently experiencing a vigorous renaissance, offers this federal state enormous opportunities.
With kind permission of the Bundesrat (September 2010)