Small but perfectly formed events, festivals, unique offerings and serendipity – as a cultural venue, Dresden has few peers. The stand-out soundscape is no exception. Take, for example, the amazing Moritzburg Festival: extraordinary venues and a sprinkling of stardust alongside professionalism and passion personified make it one of the leading European chamber music festivals. Come summer, meanwhile, many of the great wine estates on the south-facing slopes of the Elbe valley double up as platforms for classical and contemporary music. Between June and September, the Musik an den Höfen des Meissnischen Landadels concert series will be hosted by twelve stately homes and castles such as Batzdorf, Hirschstein, Proschwitz and Zabeltitz.