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Railroading in Saxony

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ABOVE: An excursion train at a station in East Saxony. INSET BELOW: A high-speed diesel train at the Schauplatz Eisenbahn near Chemnitz, anda conductor on the Fichtelbergbahn steam railway.

trainSaxony, the easternmost Land or state in Germany, has a railroading tradition that dates back to 1839, when Germany's first long-distance railroad began service betweeen Dresden and Leipzig.

Today, Saxony is home to several dozen train museums, narrow-gauge rail lines, and other train-related attractions for families and railfans. You can read all about them at Saxon Steam, a Web site operated by Saxony's tourist board. (Much of the site is in German; if you prefer English, see or--in the

FichtelbergbahnBut don't rush off to those Web sites just yet: In the articles listed below, you'll find pictures and descriptions of train museums, a steam railroad, an aerial cablecar, a model railway, and a train hotel-restaurant that I personally visited during a recent trip to Saxony.

All of these attractions are within a few hours of Dresden, Leipzig, or Chemnitz, and one--the Dresden Park Railroad--is a short walk from the city center. So charge your camera's batteries, grab the kids, and head for Germany's most historic railroading region this year. Plan on spending at least a day or two in the countryside, plus a few days in one or more of Saxony's major cities. (If you can devote a week or two to Saxony, so much the better.)

Saxony transportation articles:
Railroading in Saxony
Schauplatz Eisenbahn
Dresden Park Railway
Schwebebahn Dresden Suspension Railway
Erzgebirge - Ore Mountains (near Czech border):
Fichtelbergbahn Steam Railway
Fichtelberg Schwebebahn - Aerial Cable Car
Saxon Narrow-Gauge Museum Rittersgrün
Ore Mountains Model Railway Park
Wolkensteiner Zughotel - Train Hotel and Restaurant

About the author:

Durant Imboden photo.Durant Imboden is a professional travel writer, book author, and editor who focuses on European cities and transportation.

After 4-1/2 years of covering European travel topics for, Durant and Cheryl Imboden co-founded Europe for Visitors (now including Germany for Visitors) in 2001. The site has earned "Best of the Web" honors from Forbes and The Washington Post.

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Top photo: Tourism Marketing Company of Saxony