Germany's East

The Beauty of Saxony - Foto: LTS - Schmidt - East Germany The Beauty of Saxony - Foto: LTS - Schmidt

In many ways the former German Democratic Republic is Germany's problem child. A high level of unemployment has led to widescale economic migration to the wealthier regions of Germany and resulted in a severe inferiority complex among many of the remaining inhabitants.

Nevertheless, Eastern Germany is an exciting destination with numerous architectural highlights of cultural and historical importance.

Saxony is the intellectual and cultural central point between east and west, north and south. Saxony offers true diversity: urban areas (Dresden and Leipzig), mountains with spectacular cliff formations bordering on the bizarre and heath and marshlands which guarantee a multitude of impressions.

The state of Brandenburg, Berlin's own outback, is famous for its abundance of water. More than 3.000 lakes are an open invitation for rowing, swimming, sunbathing and other water related activities.

Thuringia is another state of the former German Democratic Republic. It's capital Weimar was home to Goethe in has later years. Here he completed his masterpieces and was influential in both politics and literature.

Thuringia has many thermal springs and is known for its excellent wellness resorts and its many hiking trails.

In the North old Hanseatic towns allure their visitors with Gothic architecture. Closer in terms of history are buildings and memorials to communist pomp and often dreariness. Examples of this can be found all over Eastern Germany, particularly in Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Jena, Rostock and Chemnitz.