The streets of Meissen are a joy to walk around as they are devoid of traffic. The best part is walking up to the Albrechtsburg area, high up on the hill and enjoying a view of the city below. My first trip to Meissen found me in cloud-nine state that one can only be during the first few days of falling in love. It was a gorgeous winter's day, the sky was blue but the charming city held my interest only as a fleeting backdrop to my more obvious interest. The wine restaurant we had come to have lunch in was closed for holiday but we found a great little place with Saxon potato soup and a nice dunkles beer. I left feeling I was lucky to find this gem of a German town and the lovely lady that showed it to me. As chance would have it, a return visit to the area for Christmas also meant a possible one to Meissen as well. Of course, we would have to wait for a perfect day. I wanted to get some more photos of the place and after you've seen a location in near perfect conditions, anything else can be anticlimactic. So, we ventured over there one fine morning but with the roads in the area still in a shambles due to recent flooding, we didn't arrive till well after midday. It was still beautiful out so we wandered around but my desire to take photos waned. That along with the cold drove us to find warmth inside. Our wine restaurant was closed again even though this visit was a bit later than the one the year before. (concluded below in Fondest Memory)
This tradition dates back to 1710. At that time the Elector of Saxony sent regularly messengers to the diocesan town of Meissen. They delivered messages and were instructed to control Elector's subjects. But unfortunately, they did not do their Elector any credit because of their bad behaviour. They were said to follow the girls and women of the town and first of all they tucked into the famous wine of Meissen. Consequentely, the messengers' riding style was not that elegant as before. Then, the way back to Dresden being very difficult they fell off the horses quite often. In many cases they only find their way home due to the yery good orientation of their horses. The Elector became disappointed very soon. He ordered the backeries of Meissen to bake a fragile kind of buns. Now all his messengers had to give some evidence for their excellent behavouir by presenting these buns intact after having arrived in Dresden. Whether this legend is true or not - who knows? But in fact, each year this legend is brought to life again and horsemen in the traditional uniforms have to show their riding skills transporting such a fragile „freight“. So, even today you can get these buns at backeries in Meissen.
Text copied from: http://schulen.eduhi.at/
Schloss Proschwitz is one of the many charming castles in the countryside around Meissen and Dresden. Only about 5 km away from Meissen this gem is often overlooked. I must admit, though, that it is not always open for visitors. Guided tours are available upon reservation, resp. during several events (see website).
A castle was first mentioned 1380 at this place - no remains of this one, though. 1702 a new building in Baroque style was erected, 1914 it was reconstructed (and enlarged) in Neo-Baroque style for the family of the Princes zur Lippe, one of Germany's leading and most famous noble families. After WWII the property was confiscated by the communists. Prince zur Lippe moved from West Germany to Dresden after the wall came down and started wine growing in the area (winery in Kleinzadel, see website). In the late 1990s he was finally able to buy the castle. Restoration works are still going on; most of the job is already done.
I was fortunate to join a guided tour of the castle during the weekend of the open wineries end of August 2004. Very beautiful interior! And wonderful gardens! Please have a look at the Travelogue also; I posted some pictures there.
directions: on the right bank of the Elbe river, north of Meissen.
Market Sqare and Townhall
The Townhall was built between 1470 and 1486 in the Gothic style. It is the oldest townhall in Saxony.
The market square is beautiful with all the old houses - although I don't know, what it looks like now, since the flood of 2002 has damaged soooooooo much!
Dom - the Cathedral
The gothic cathedral on top of the castle hill dominates the skyline of Meißen. Projects this size take centuries to be completed. The cathedral was begun in 1260, completed and extended until 1410. In 1413 the western steeples collapsed when struck by lightning. Instead, Elector Friedrich had a funeral chapel built in the west of the church.
Only in the early 20th century the two neogothic spires were added. They were designed by the architect Carl Schäfer from Karlsruhe(!) and erected in 1903-1908; a model can be seen in the exhibition.
Entrance to the Dom is through the southern transept and the adjacent cloister. A small entrance fee is charged to support the maintenance of the church.
For this, you get to see the whocle church including the Elector's funeral chapel, the choir, and an exhibition about the history of the Dom in the annex buildings around choir and cloister.
More Dom photos here