Destinations in the vicinity of Poppitz
Mügeln is a small town on the border of the Lommatzscher Pflege. It gained importance in the 16th
century as a bishop's seat in the diocese of Meißen. Mügeln has several shops and supermarkets. The municipal outdoor swimming pool will open again during the summer time starting 2017.
The town was a centre of the Saxon narrow gauge railway network in the 19th
century. The train "Wilder Robert" is still operating between Glossen, Mügeln and Oschatz.
Distance from Poppitz: 3 km
Light railway exhibition layout Glossen
The exhibition layout is located on the railway station of Glossen and in the area of a former quarry. The light railway operates on selected weekends. Distance from Poppitz: 1,5 km
Nature trail Kemmlitz
A beautiful walk across the old dump of the kaolin mine and the adjacent landscape.
Distance from Poppitz: 1,5 km
A resort village close to the Wermsdorf forest with two castles: The old hunting castle which is a Renaissance building in the centre of the village, and the Hubertusburg castle, that is named the "Versailles of Saxony". Hubertusburg is an impressive baroque ensemble with a historical valuable catholic chapel. This castle gives its name to the peace of Hubertusburg, that was made here in 1763 and ended the Sevens' Years war.
Distance from Poppitz: 9 km
Wermsdorf forest and mount Collm
One reaches the border of the Wermsdorf forest right behind the village of Seelitz, 4 km away from Poppitz. The forest is suitable for cycling and searching for mushrooms in the autumn. A prominent location is the peak of mount Collm (altitude 314m) with the look-out Albertturm. Distance from Poppitz: 12 km
The centre of the region with a historic city core, partially preserved city walls and the church of St. Aegidien with the apartment of the former city guard in one of the towers. The water park "Platsch" equipped with slides and a large sauna area offers sports and recreation. In 2006, the Saxon state garden show was held in Oschatz. This area is used now by the O-Schatz-Park with a small zoo and family friendly things to do.
The ruin of the castle "Osterland" is located close to Oschatz. It originates from 1211/1212.
Railway station on the line Dresden - Leipzig. Distance from Poppitz: 13 km
A medieval town with the Mildenstein castle on a mountain spur above the river Freiberger Mulde. Leisnig has a picturesque old town with the city church of St. Matthäi. The former Cistercian monastery Kloster Buch is located close to the town in the floodplain of the river Mulde.
The Mildenstein castle offers a very nice museum for children and adults. It shows the history of the castle as as a former imperial castle, justice court, administrative centre of the Amt Leisnig and prison.
Distance from Poppitz: 15km
Destinations in Saxony
Distance: 70 km / driving time: 50 min
The capital of Saxony is a cultural centre with many theatres, museums and a lively cabaret scene. The reconstructed city centre of the former royal residence is located on the riverside of the Elbe surrounded by 19th
century quarters (Innere Neustadt) and spacious villas and residential areas (Striessen, Weißer Hirsch).
Wide meadows follow the river Elbe through the city. Other important green areas are the forest Dresdner Heide and the Elbe hillside. Major parks are the Große Garten in the city centre and the park of the Pillnitz castle.
Calendar of events:
- Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. It includes the famous gallery "Alte Meister" in the Dresdner Zwinger, the treasure exhibition "Grünes Gewölbe" and the armoury.
- Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden: Everything in and around the human. An excellent museum, very suitable for families. www.dhmd.de
- Frauenkirche www.frauenkirche-dresden.de
- Militärhistorisches Museum: Museum of military history. The building was redesigned by Daniel Liebeskind and renovated until 2011. www.mhmbw.de
- Semper Opera and Dresden Staatskapelle www.semperoper.de
- Staatsschauspiel: State theatre in the city centre www.staatsschauspiel-dresden.de
- Dresdner Philharmonie: Dresden philharmonic orchestra
- State Operetta Dresden www.staatsoperette-dresden.de
- Dresdner Kreuzchor: one of the oldest boy's choirs. The vespers of the choir take place on Saturday afternoon in the church Kreuzkirche in the centre of the city.
- Festspielhaus Hellerau: European centre for the arts Dresden www.hellerau.org
Distance: 56 km / driving time: 45 min
The city of Leipzig became important as the Saxon trade and exhibition centre. The big trade show houses with their passages still dominate the city centre. Many urban areas consist of wide-ranging, dense built quarters from the 19th
Cultural activities in Leipzig have been strongly influenced by the Thomaner boys' choir with its famous cantor Johann Sebastian Bach and by the Gewandhaus orchestra. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Richard Wagner, Clara und Robert Schuhmann act here. The peaceful revolution in the GDR started in Leipzig 1989 and finally broke down the Berlin wall.
Closely connected with the city is the zoo of Leipzig. It has been redesigned with the objective of animal well being. It is highly known for its animals living in habitats created close to their natural ones like the Pongoland, the African Savannah, and the Gondwanaland.
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Distance: 90 km / driving time 60 min
The city of Chemnitz was the industrial centre of Saxony and heavily destroyed in World War II. Today, buildings of well-known architects make up the downtown of Chemnitz. The district Kaßberg has been built in the period of promoterism and is considered the largest contiguous Art Nouveau quarter. Chemnitz owns remarkable art collections with work of modern art, primarily of the group "Blauer Reiter". Worth to visit are also the Museum of Natural History and, of course, the Museum of Industry.
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Distance 20 km / driving time 25 min
The town has a historic city core of a Saxon country town. The St. Nikolai church is a late Gothic hall church. Its Döbelner high altar is a remarkable art treasure.
Döbeln still has got a municipal swimming pool in the typical style of a Stadtbad. It offers swimmers and small children pools and a spacious outdoor pool for the summer.
Distance 25 km / driving time 40 min
Colditz gained importance with its stoneware production. It has an old town with winding streets and lanes. The castle of Colditz was built originally as a residence of the widows of the Electors of Saxony. It received some fame as a prison for Allied officers in World War II and their diverse and imaginative attempts to escape.
Distance 26 km / driving time 30 min
Riesa is an old industrial city on the river Elbe. It is located on the Elbe Cycle route.
- Reconstructed ancient monastery with an animal park. It is a popular destination for family trips.
- Pasta Museum Riesa with a restaurant. It is possible to visit the pasta production during weekdays. Registration in advance is necessary.
- Capitol Filmpalast - Cinema in the city centre
Waldheim with Kriebstein castle
Distance 27km / driving time 35 min
A Saxon country town in the valley of the river Zschopau, location of the Waldheim tribunals. Kriebstein castle is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Germany. It is erected on a steep spur above the valley of the river Zschopau. Close to the Zschopau dam, there is a climbing park and the floating stage of the Mittelsächsische Theater, open during the summer.
Distance 27 km / driving time 30 min
A small town on the river Mulde, grown by trade and crafts. It has a beautiful historic city core. The town was hit hardly by the devastating floods in 2002 and 2013, but the inhabitants have rebuilt the town very quickly.
- The historic town with the church Frauenkirche and a castle
- Göschenhaus and Seume memorial. The residence of Göschen, the publisher of Lessing, Goethe and Schiller. www.goeschenhaus.de
- Kloster Nimbschen. These are the ruins of the monastery complex, where Katharina von Bora lived. She became Martin Luther's wife after her escape.
- Watermill Höfgen. You can see old mill technique in action here.
- Boat-mill Höfgen and Jutta park: A historic boat-mill on the river Mulde. It operates the fountains of the Jutta park, a landscape park with a look-out above the village of Höfgen.
Nossen with Altzella
Distance 36km / driving time 30 min
Nossen is a very old settlement site in Saxony with a castle originating from the periode of the Renaissance. The ruins of the monastery Altzella are located in the vicinity of the town. The monastery was donated by the house of Wettin, the later Saxon kings. Therefore, it was the most important monastery complex of the country. Its ruins were integrated into a landscape park around 1800.
Distance 35 km / driving time 45 min
Rochlitz is one of the oldest towns of Saxony with a pitoresque castle and a late Gothic city core.
- Schloß Rochlitz: A museum in the recently renovated castle. A new exhibition is shown since march 2013: "Three Wettins for a thousand stories". The exhibition is well suited for adults and children.
- Church of Kunigunde: A remarkable purely late Gothic hall church with net and star vaults.
Distance 40 km / driving time 50 min
The mount Rochlitz is an old volcano (altitude: 353m) with a look-out on top. The mountain was used as a quarry for decades. The impressive traces of these activities can still be found. The red Rochlitz porphyry characterizes the towns and villages in the whole area up to the Erzgebirge, because many cornices for windows and doors were made of this stone. A trail around the mountain informs about the porphyry:
Distance 40 km / driving time 35 min
An old mill town on the river Mulde. The town was also important as a bishop's seat. The Domviertel with the cathedral and the collegiate buildings, the historic old town and the mills on the riverside show the rich history of the town of Wurzen.
- The birth place of Ringelnatz and the Ringelnatz Museum.
- Church St. Wencislai with the former apartment of the city guard
- Cathedral of Wurzen with late expressionist bronze art works of Georg Wrba.
- Wurzen castle. Former seat of the bishop in the style of the late Gothic and thr early Renaissance. Castle tours: every last Sunday of the month.
Distance 42 km / driving time 55 min
A Renaissance town with the Hartenfels castle. The castle is the former residence of the Electors of Saxony, a beautiful palace built during the early Renaissance. The bridge across the river Elbe in Torgau is a historically important place. Soldier of the Red Army and the Americans met here first at the end of World War II.
- Hartenfels castle: Exhibition on ceremonial and everyday live in the castle and on the role of Torgau as a prison in the 20th century. The castle chapel is the first protestant church, consecrated by Martin Luther.
- St Mary's church: a late Gothic hall church. Martin Luther preached here. The grave of his wife Katharina. The church is open daily 10:00-18:00.
- Walking tours on various topics in the town. Information:
- Graditz - Saxon state stud, a former country residence of the Elector. It has been a centre of horse breeding since 1630. Baroque buildings with large paddocks and a park. The outdoor area is accessible to the public.
Distance 45 km / driving time 50 min
Meißen was the first town founded by Germans in the country and is the cradle of Saxony. The town provides a very unique ensemble due to its location on the river Elbe, its preserved old town and the Albrechtsburg castle. Meißen is known worldwide for its porcelain.
Distance 45 km / driving time 55 min
A former Augustinian collegiate with a Romanesque basilica. The Wechselburger Lettner is one of the most important art works of the 13th
century in Germany. Since 1993, Wechselburg is again an active monastery of the Benedictine Order.
Distance 60 km / driving time 50 min
It is an old mining town, that became rich and important by the silver mining. Until the 15th
century, Freiberg was the mint and the banking centre of the house of Wettin. Very early, a first centre of research for mining was founded here, that is still existing as the university TU Bergakademie Freiberg. The city offers a very nice and nearly intact old town with the famous cathedral of Freiberg, the Freudenstein castle and visitor mines. One can find four organs in the cathedral, built by Gottfried Silbermann, who lived in Freiberg.
- Freiberg cathedral with Silbermann organs, the Golden Gate and the Tulip Pulpit
- Organ music: Evening music in the cathedral, mid of May till October, every Thursday 20:00. Noon music on the Silbermann organ in the church of St. Petri, every Wednesday 12:00.
- The city and mining museum introduces the visitor into the world of the mining in Freiberg.
- Mineral collection in the Freudenstein castle. It is the larges private collection of minerals and presents above 3500 minerals, gemstones and meteorites in the rooms of the castle.
- Visitors mine Schacht "Reiche Zeche" and "Alte Elisabeth"
- The theatre Freiberg is existing since 1791. Fortunately, it is still operating as the Mittelsächsische Theater together with the theatre in Döbeln.
Distance 61km / driving time 60 min
Gnandstein is the best preserved Romanesque castle in Saxony. It owns a museum about the history of the castle. The late Gothic chapel should not be missed.
Distance 62km / driving time 50 min
A small town located right outside of the city of Dresden. It is picturesquely situated in the valley of the river Weißeritz and on the forest of Tharandt, known by the University of Forestry and the forest botanical garden.
- The hill with the church and the ruin of the castle.
- Forstbotanischer Garten. The forest botanical garden shows 1990 species and subspecies of trees on a spacious area of the foothills.
Distance 68km / driving time 45 min
The town is located on the Saxon Wine Route between the river Elbe and vineyards. Karl May, a 19th
century author of adventure fiction, lived here.
- Karl May Museum in the "Villa Shatterhand" and the "Villa Bärenfett" with two exhibitions: "Live of North Americans Indians" and "Karl May - Life and Work".
- Wackerbarth castle: A winery and the oldest sparkling wine manufactory of Saxony. Various tours and events are available.
- The historical village center of Altkötzschenbroda: A remarkable center, rich on gastronomy and culture.
- Steam train "Lößnitzdackel". Starting from Radebeul, the track runs through the scenic Lößnitzgrund to the small towns of Moritzburg and Radeberg.
- Theatre Landesbühnen Sachsen
Distance 75 km / driving time 50 min
A baroque hunting castle of the Saxon Dukes and Kings close to Dresden with a spacious park. The castle is integrated into a unique cultural landscape of forests and lakes.
- Moritzburg castle with the Fasanenschlößchen
- Saxon state stud. The stud is housed in the former hunt stables. The stallion parade takes place on the first three weekends in September.
- Käthe Kollwitz Haus: the last residence of the artist Käthe Kollwitz
- Animal garden: It is set up in the historic area of the "Alte Thiergarten" and deals with the native species of the country.
- Steam train "Lößnitzdackel": Running on a causeway over the pond of Dippelsdorf and through the Lößnitzgrund to Radebeul
- Winter fun: The lakes around the castle freeze during long-lasting frost periodes and one can ice skate in front of an enchanting scenery.