Market square hosts a small but cute Christmas market during the four weeks of Advent until Dec 23. The historic buildings around the square add a lot to the atmosphere. In 2009 it won the prize as most beautiful Christmas market in Saxony. I cannot tell what the criteria were - perhaps the quality of the Glühwein. For fans of mulled wine, the local variety of Meißen is indeed worth trying. Local white(!) Elbe wines are used to make it. Try the one sold by the Winzergenossenschaft, the local vintners' association. A bit too spicy for my taste but nevertheless yummy.
Another honorable mentioning for the Stollen and pastry stall of a local bakery in the corner next to the church. Their Stollen was good but their Bratapfelkonfekt, biscuits made from Stollen dough with apple filling, was to die for.
The facade of the historical town hall ist turned into a giant Advent calendar. The blinds of the windows are numbered from 1 to 24 and each day another window is opened to reveal a colourful picture with a scene from a fairy tale. The opening of the window is a little ceremony each afternoon.
Porcelain was produced in China since the 13th century. In the beginning of the 18th century Augustus the Strong ordered to uncover the secret and Johann Friedrich Böttger, Walther von Tschirnhaus and other specialists started to work on the research assignment. They succeded: In 1707/08 the white, European hard porcelain was discovered.
Read more about the history of European porcelain and the manifacture here
Every year the last weekend of August is reserved for viticulture. All the wineries along the Elbe river, from Diesbar-Seusslitz in the North, Meissen, Radebeul, Dresden to Pillnitz in the South open their doors to visitors.
Not only wine tasting is offered - you can also have excellent food like ham, cheese, tarte flambée etc. Guided tours of the vineyards and castles are possible. Music everywhere, from classical to folk; craftsmen show (and sell) their products.
A bus service connects the wineries. Day ticket was 3 Euro incl. a glass of wine.
Meissen plays a central role in the wine production from the rich grape growing areas that surround it. If you would like to try some stop by the Sachische Winzergenossenschaft (Saxon Cooperative of Winegrowers). Here, you can sample a large variety of types of wine for free though it's normal to buy some when you are finished. The prices are the same as in the shops and at least you can have a nip before you buy something you might not like. The one we went to was called Kufertheke and was at Markt 5.
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.
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