Kössern - Village of the master buildersA shining example of a Baroque new town rises above the River Mulde just outside Leipzig. Kössern is situated in the centre of Germany's most palace-rich area. Major master builders have worked their magic: the creator of the Dresden Zwinger, Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, and one of the founders of German classicism, Friedrich Wilhelm von Erdmannsdorff. Large hunting parties of the Saxon nobility brought glamour and splendour to this fertile region. Exceptional monuments were created: the hunting lodge, a jewel of Baroque architecture, and the stunning neo-Renaissance manor. Magnificent buildings emerged in perfect harmony, including 45 matching craftsmen's houses as well as gardens. Augustus the Strong put on colourful festivals here, and the place still has a lively atmosphere. Visiting Kössern means you are sure of a warm welcome. Those looking for a spot of adventure won't be disappointed either: it's a hard choice between a tour on the Mulde cycling trail, a boat trip on the Mulde or jumping straight into the bathing lake. Hikers can explore the Geopark Porphyrland on the "Weg der Steine" (rocky path).