|Aside from the business people that attend the Leipzig Fair (Leipziger Messe), there are millions of tourists that come to enjoy Saxonia as a popular vacation destination. There are cultural attractions and natural wonders as well as a glorious history. Saxonia is known as the land of castles (Schloesserland).
The two largest cities cities are Leipzig and Dresden, each with more than a half million population. The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester and the Dresdner Philharmonie are major institutions in the world of music.
Chemnitz, number three with a quarter million population, is a major industrial city, once known as the Manchester of Saxony.
Other Cities of interest are Meißen, known for its world-famous porcelain, Zwickau, the city of 19th century composer Robert Schumann, and Plauen, the city of lace.
Saxony has six tourist regions:
Burgen- & Heideland , Castle and Heathland, offers the joys of the big city of Leipzig, and great fun ranging from castle visits to watersports.
Elbland offers visits to Dresden and Meißen.
Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains). Here the Silberstraße (Silver Route)between Zwickau and Dresden recreates the Saxon history of mining.
Oberlausitz has medieval towns and the Naturpark Zittauer Mountains.
Sächsische Schweiz, Saxon Switzerland, offers spectacular landscapes and mountain climbing.
Vogtland Is famous for its manufacture of musical instruments and lace.