Dresden is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony. This city is situated on the Elbe river and is known for its countless historical monuments including the Frauenkirche (the Church of Our Lady) and Semperoper (Opera House). It is also home to one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany (Striezelmarkt) which started in 1434.
In contrast to Altstadt (the old, historical, part of town), Neustadt is an area in the city filled with the most popular bars, pubs, and restaurants where many young people enjoy the nightlife in Dresden.
Dresden is also home to the Dresden University of Technology (TU), the largest university in Saxony with more than 37,000 students. TU is also a major research institution with many different research centres within the university.
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Leipzig is a major economic centre in Saxony and is historically known as a major trade city in Germany. Leipzig is home to a variety of different industries. The city has a number of different top research institutes featuring topics from geography to regenitive medicine. Leipzig is also known throughout history for its literature and publishing and is home to the German National Library. Leipzig is also the location for automobile manufacturing by Porsche and BMW.
Leipzig is also filled with more than 30, 000 students and is a prime location for young people. It is only a 1.5 hour train ride from Berlin and was ranked as Germany's most livable city by GFK Marketing Research Institute.
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Chemnitz is the third largest city in Saxony and is one of the top ten fastest growing cities in Germany. Some of Chemnitz's top industries include automotive manufacturing, mechanical engineering, and metal processing. In addition, with nearly 50 research facilities in the city, there is a great increase in technological innovation in the area.
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Zwickau is the heart of the automobile industry in Saxony and has a longstanding history as the "Automobile City" in Germany. Zwickau was the founding city of companies such as Audi and Volkswagen.
Today, the West Saxon University Applied Sciences (WHZ) is a leading institution in training automotive engineers in Germany. With 8 departments in various types of engineering and social sciences, WHZ is a strong technical inistitute in the region.
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LIVING IN SAXONY
The Free State of Saxony is a beautiful and culturally rich region in East Germany. It has a strong history dating back to the the Holy Roman Empire followed by the Kingdom of Saxony throughout the 1800's. Today, Saxony has over 4 million inhabitants and is a leader in microelectronics, automotive production, and research.
Within Saxony, there are a number of different locations in which you may conduct your internship. Here are some of the most common:
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