Saxony Welcomes New Head of Tourism in
Latest Issue of Sightgeist Magazine
The most recent issue of Saxony’s Sightgeist magazine is filled to the brim with fabulous news and stories of history, art, architecture and entrepreneurs. Importantly, in his last letter to the readers, Mr. Goller, the founder and editorial director of the magazine as well as the managing director of Tourism Marketing Company of Saxony, introduces his successor, Veronika Hiebl whose last stop was nine years as the successful leader of Saxony’s beautiful Ore Mountain region. Welcome Mrs. Hiebl!
Once again, the Sightgeist Magazine hits the success ball out of the park. One article after another brings Saxony to life in all its corners and facets. On May 1, Veronika Hiebl stepped into the role as the new managing director for Tourism Marketing Company of Saxony, the organization responsible for maintaining the image of Saxony as a premium destination for cultural and city trips as well as active holidays. Mrs. Hiebl brings her many years in the tourism industry to the top position and is committed to the digital world and promoting the entire state with all of its culture and attractions.
Saxons are known for their entrepreneurial initiative and industriousness so you can certainly expect many great things from Saxony’s tourism corner in the year to come. Great products can be chalked up to Saxony’s prowess. High-end watches, delicious wines and precision products, such as beautiful glass installations made by a Saxon company for Saxony’s cultural institutions are especially fitting as the state is a leader in museum design and artistic presentation. That said, Saxon inventiveness is not just in the artistic and cultural fields but also in sports, such as the creation of some of the best bobsleds and skate boards, as well as original high-end organic skin care products. Ten feature articles in Sightgeist cover art and business while the calendar in the back of the magazine lists all top events and festivals for the year. The magazine is entertaining and highly informative.
The impact of the Bauhaus in art, architecture and design in Saxony is revolutionary and satisfying to experience today. The Schminke House in Loebau by Hans Scharoun, Marianne Brandt’s museum in Chemnitz, along with the Gunzenhauer Museum made from a former savings bank, and the Church of Reconciliation in Leipzig as well as many private homes are a few such examples. The Bauhaus is always a good topic but is particularly timely now as the school celebrates its 100th birthday.
Twenty minutes from Dresden is the extraordinary town of Meissen with the eponymous porcelain producer which is now more than 300 years old and still produces some of the most celebrated and treasured tableware in the world. Meissen is known for its collaboration with artists around the world and invites experts and specialists from many countries to contribute to its designs which the company insists keep the brand relevant and fresh even after all these years. The American porcelain artist, Chris Antemann for example, has made a big splash in Meissen and her pieces are on display there as well as many other artists. The permanent collection is truly worth seeing and beautifully displayed. Visitors can treat themselves to an elaborate tea ceremony on Meissen porcelain with reservations in advance.https://www.meissen.com/en/manufaktur-ubersicht
Leipzig earned its sobriquet as the city of music as it is chock-a-block with musical museums, houses, orchestras, instruments, singers, performances and festivals and the city has appropriately created an extraordinary route, The Leipzig Music Trail, combining all of the city’s top musical centers supported with audio guides and brochures. The Mendelssohn House is one of many people’s favorite stops and the house combines the magic of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy as well as his famous sister Fanny. The house pays tribute to Mendelssohn not only through its original furnishings and paintings but also because there are concerts and master classes as well as the possibility to direct an orchestra in one of Mendelssohn’s works from an electronic podium in the same room where Mendelssohn performed. There are also 22 additional stops on the music trail, each one extraordinary in its importance for music history, including the Schumann House celebrating not only Robert Schumann but also his famous wife, Clara, whose 200th birthday is being celebrated this year.
The world will remember Saxony and its role on the world stage as Leipzig celebrates the Festival of Lights on November 9, 2019 in memory of the Peaceful Revolution and demonstration of 70,000 people which led to the downfall of the Berlin Wall. The story of the opposition movement is heartening as the Leipzigers led the world and their countrymen to freedom. This serious and yet joyous time is an apt prelude to the start of the Christmas season in Saxony. Deep in the Ore Mountains, many of the people already are preparing for the Yule tide season carving and creating beautiful treasures for sale.
If you go to the Ore Mountains, and you should, the Hotel Blauer Engel in the quaint small town of Aue, is a highly recommended and its menus are known throughout the state. With just 39 rooms and a spa, the hotel has three restaurants to choose from and the gourmet restaurant is considered one of Saxony’s top five addresses. This is not just a stop to enjoy the local charm but rather a destination in and of itself and a testament to Saxony’s excellent cuisine. Another top culinary example is Peter Schnurr, the talented and enthusiastic chef at the Gourmet Restaurant FALCO at the top of the Westin Hotel in downtown Leipzig along with Benjamin Biedlingmaier at the one Michelin star Restaurant Caroussel in the four star Bülow Palais in Dresden’s new town. These are among the many delicious eateries, cafes and gourmet restaurants in Saxony.
Before the end of the year, the entire city of Dresden will be celebrating the opening of the refurbished State Apartments in the Royal Palace which is part of the State Art Collection of Dresden. This is just in time to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the marriage of the son of Augustus the Strong. The forty days of feasting, games and celebration along with the extraordinary state rooms were talked about for years. And the apartments as well as the rest of the Royal Palace will be restored to their gleaming and glittering original brilliance. https://www.skd.museum/en/visit/royal-palace/
Last but certainly not least, Saxony is one of the leading German states when it comes to accessible tourism. For many years, the Tourism Marketing Company of Saxony (TMGS), together with its partners, has been committed to developing and promoting tourist services in Saxony that meet this requirement as part of its “Accessible Tourism in Saxony” project. Saxony offers people with limited mobility, sensory impairments or cognitive disabilities a wide range of accessible tourist destinations including 463 cultural and recreational facilities, ten special tour operators and 80 accommodations, including hotels, youth hostels, holiday apartments and campsites. https://www.sachsen-tourismus.de/en/travel-topics/accessible-tourism-in-saxony/