Meißen Off The Beaten Path

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    Castle garden walk

    by german_eagle Written Nov 1, 2012

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    The nice garden/park on three sides of the castle hill is worth a short walk if you have the time. It's not a formal garden, more like paths leading up and down and along the hillside through the woods, offering nice views of the town, the river and - most impressive IMO - close looks at the huge walls and buildings of the castle.

    Access is (lower end) from the parking north of the castle hill and from Schlossberg street in the old town as well as from three places on the castle hill (upper end): the upper station of the lift and the stairs leading under the castle and the stairs under the courthouse (former Bishop's residence).

    The southern side has terraces with viticulture and wine tasting on weekends.

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    former Jakob chapel

    by german_eagle Written Oct 26, 2012

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    The former chapel, dedicated to St. Jakob, was erected about 1480 on the grounds of a former castle by the water, first mentioned in 1221. The basement of the castle with more than 2 m wide walls is still partially preserved.

    In 1889/90 the property was sold, a Neo-Gothic complex (a Masonic Lodge) was built, incorporating the chapel with only small modifications. I have no idea what the building is used at the moment, but you can at least still see the Gothic gables and portals of the chapel from outside. A nice view on the complex is from the castle gardens.

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    Ohmsche Villa

    by german_eagle Written Oct 26, 2012

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    The house was built 1870, bought and re-decorated by Dr. Felix Ohm in 1898. They guy was owner of the above mentioned "Bidtelia", so it is no wonder that he used products of his company for redecoration - the facades and roof are covered with the enamelled tiles. The shapes and the various colours give the villa sort of an oriental-moorish appearance, it's obviously Art Nouveau style.

    From May 1945 until 1958 the villa served as Soviet commander's office, from then on it housed offices for several firms until the early 1990s. It was beautifully restored in 1991-93 and is a hotel since then (Mercure) which gives you the chance for a visit - either have a meal there (recommended) or just walk around, have a look in their garden (see pic 5, view of the castle from the garden) too.

    Address: Hafenstraße 27
    Right bank, follow the riverside path/cycling path from the old town bridge downstream.

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    Bidtelia

    by german_eagle Updated Oct 8, 2012
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    Almost everyone has heard of Meissen porcelain, the first European porcelain. But who knows that Meissen also has an excellent tradition in other ceramic industries? One of the - still in operation - manufactures is "Bidtelia". In 1861 they started producing paint and such. From 1891 on, when Felix Ohm bought the company, they concentrated on chemical colours and glaze, and ceramics in general. Quickly they became one of the world's leading companies in that field. For example, the materials for the reconstruction of the Ishtar Gate in Berlin's Pergamon museum were created by Bidtelia.

    You can still see very beautiful examples of their ceramic products all over Meißen. First off, of course their manufacture building, the office building and an apartment building (1890 - 1923), located Brauhausstraße on the right bank (take the back exit of the main train station, then turn left).

    A sight of its own is the villa that the owner of Bidtelia, Felix Ohm, bought and re-decorated (1898). See separate tip, please.

    More ceramic products are to see in the nearby Johanneskirche, see separate tip, too.

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    St. Benno church

    by german_eagle Written Oct 8, 2012

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    This neo-Gothic brickstone building is the only catholic church in Bautzen that I'm aware of (it's Lutheran country). The church was built 1885-87 and re-decorated inside in 1959.

    The portal has a relief depicting the saint Benno, who was bishop in Meißen. Most remarkable are maybe the coloured stained glass windows, designed by Many Jost in 1959. The altar is made of French limestone, above floats a Jesus Christ statue made of Meissen porcelain. The baptismal font (pic 4) is made of granite and has a relief depicting the crossing of the Red Sea.

    The church is usually open during the day.
    Wettinstraße, next to the Triebisch river, the railroads and the porcelain manufacture.

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    Schloss Scharfenberg

    by german_eagle Updated Oct 8, 2012
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    This is one of the earliest castles in Saxony, it was founded by King Heinrich dem Vogler around the year 938. Only the basement of the donjon is preserved, the buildings are lost. Not overly much of the Renaissance castle from 1560 is preserved, either, as the damages in the 30years war were severe, so that Haubold von Miltitz had to rebuild the castle after 1650. Still, the castle looks picturesque and romantic, and the structures were carefully restored.

    The reason why it figures under "Off the beaten path" is that it is not a museum. It is a hotel now, so only allows limited access. And the location is quite remote, on a hill above the Elbe river (left bank), some km south of Meißen's old town.

    A club named "Kulturkreis Schloss Scharfenberg" runs the hotel and hosts many cultural events. Staying overnight is highly recommended (a car is a *must*), attending a recital/concert/reading ditto. Prices are very reasonable (double room 50 Euro, breakfast 7.50 Euro). Take this chance and walk in the steps of the writers/poets (Novalis, Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, Johann August Apel, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Theodor Körner) and painters (Ferdinand Oehme, Thomas Fearnley, Christian Clausen Dahl, Caspar David Friedrich) of the Romantic era!

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    Ev.-Lutheran Urbanskirche

    by german_eagle Written Oct 7, 2012
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    In case you decided to see the areas on the right bank, too, you might have a look into this church as well (key at Johanneskirche, just behind the cemetery, see Things To Do tip).

    This church was erected in 1701 and replace a medieval one, of which some walls and the sacristy are preserved. The interior is quite simple. The pulpit is worth a look, ditto the late Gothic altar. Don't miss to have a closer look at the late Romanesque tombstone from around 1200/1230 (pic 5).

    Part of the ensemble are the surrounding cemetery, the old school and the vicarage, both timber-framed houses from the 18th century, across the street.

    Location: Dresdner Str.
    a 5 minutes walk from the main train station

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    Christmas Market

    by Leipzig Updated Jul 30, 2007

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    Christmas Market

    What a cute Christmas Market. About 20 stalls and a beautiful decorated Christmas tree. Situated in front of the town hall on market square.
    Open: Saturday before first Advent - December 23

    Prices in 2002:

    Glühwein: € 1.50 (about average)
    Bratwurst: € 1.50 (about average)
    Quarkbällchen (Curd Balls): € 0.40 / piece (about average)

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    Schloss Proschwitz

    by german_eagle Written Jan 8, 2005

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    Schloss Proschwitz (garden front)

    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.

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    Heinrichsbrunnen

    by aliante1981 Updated Oct 16, 2003

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    Right in front of what was before a monastery and today serves as the main Meissen museum one finds Heinrichsbrunnen, or ýThe Fountain of Heinrichý. The Heinrich in question being the first German king - Heinrich I, or ýHeinrich der Voglerý, who ruled more than a 1000 years ago. It was he who ordered the first castle built on the place where the city of Meissen today stands - in 928/29 - a castle he called ýMisniý.

    Before year 1962, the water came from ýRohrfahrtý, but today it comes from the townýs drinking water network - which means (theoretically, at least) that one can, in fact, drink this water.

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    Vineyards!

    by german_eagle Written May 3, 2003

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    Map of the Saxon Wine Route

    The hills on the right bank of the Elbe river are widely covered by vineyards. Favourite grapes are Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Weissburgunder (Pinot blanc). Some local specialties are Elbling, Goldriesling and Traminer. Red wine is rare, only some Spätburgunder (Pinot noir) is growing.

    Excellent quality offers castle Proschwitz - Prinz zur Lippe. Address: 01665 Meissen, PF 111, right bank of the Elbe river. Tel.: 03521/45 20 96

    Castle Wackerbarth (owned to the state of Saxony) in Radebeul provides good quality, too. They also produce a very good Sekt (sort of champagne).

    It is a relatively small wine region, so don't expect to make bargains.

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    Schloss Moritzburg

    by richiecdisc Written Mar 16, 2003

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    Schloss Moritzburg

    This Baroque palace was built in 1723 and was the former hunting lodge of the Wettiners. The gardens and setting of the "lodge" is perhaps even more impressive than the building itself. Just a short drive from Meissen.

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