The „Plain of Jars“ in northeastern Laos remains shrouded in mysteries of the past. Were the stone pots urns or storage jars for rice wine, flour and more? What period do they really date from? A world heritage site in a very rural region of Southeast Asia.
4000 islands are said to be Si Phan Don in southern Laos. The Mekong divides here over a width of 14km and falls over a rocky band into the depth. In between islands, rainforest and an opportunity to experience the river landscape up close.
A small destination in east german Saxony between Leipzig and Chemnitz is the moated manor house Podelwitz at the Freiberg Mulde river. Also suitable as a stage stop for cyclists on the Mulde cycle path or canoe enthusiasts.
Meissen is the city of „white gold“, porcelain, which saw the light of Europe in Saxony in an alchemist’s workshop. Around the castle hill, cathedral and old town, Meissen is a beautiful destination on the Elbe.
A quickly reachable destination from Leipzig in east germany is the hill church Beucha. Hill – church? Near Leipzig? Well, the hill is 20m high, but the quarry underneath makes the sight spectacular. A short circular walk or a concert in the church round off the visit.
A pearl on the Mekong River is the small city of Luang Prabang in Laos with French-style colonial buildings and numerous Buddhist monasteries. Buddha – caves, waterfalls and elephant resorts offer excursion possibilities before the relaxing sunset on the Mekong shore.
If you are traveling in the south of Brandenburg or along the Saxon-Brandenburg Elbe, then visit the Saxdorf parish garden. Next to the small village church, an oasis with 3000 plant species, colorful blossoms and cultural offerings in the warm season has developed in over 50 years.
The Meissen Elbe Valley begins at Diesbar Seusslitz with a baroque castle complete with garden and wineries in the Seusslitzgrund – a quasi mandatory stop on the Elbe Cycle Way
The spa town of Bad Düben on the Mulde River is also the southern gateway to the Düben Heath. Especially the castle Düben was always camp of warlords. At the upper mill there are both water and wind millers.
A trip to Bad Schmiedeberg with hiking or biking in the Dübener Heide is not only recommended in search of health. The health resort offers peace and tranquility between the Elbe river in the east and the Düben Heath in the surrounding countryside.