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    Regional and commuter trains

    by german_eagle Updated May 17, 2015

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    Meißen has two train stations, one is the "main" station (simply named "Meißen") and located on the right bank of the river, the other is Meißen-Triebischtal, located on the left bank. Both stations are served by the commuter train line S1 which runs twice per hour Meißen - Dresden - Bad Schandau (- Schöna). These S1 trains terminate at Meißen-Triebischtal. This is also the station that is closer to the Porcelain manufacture. However, if you want to see the old town and the castle/cathedral I recommend to get off at Meißen (main station). It is just a 5-10 minutes walk from there to the old town. The plus is that you have the best panoramic views from the bridge.

    Both train stations are also served by the bi-hourly running regional train Meißen - Leipzig. This is a quite scenic but rather slow route. Deutsche Bahn wants to shut down this route, and I am afraid at some time they will do exactly that. Update: This train will run only until 12 Dec 2015. For once it's not Deutsche Bahn who is to blame, but the public transportation networks VVO and VMS. The trains will be replaced by buses.

    Update: Another train station named "Meißen Altstadt" (old town) was opened (see pics 4+5). It is between "Meißen" (main station) and final stop "Meißen Triebischtal". If you get off at Meißen Altstadt you're pretty close to the old town, the walk is pleasant along small cobbled alleys with shops and restaurants, but you don't have the panoramic view of the cathedral and castle on the hill above the river. So, let's say for a first visit get off at "Meißen" main station and walk across the bridge, for a repeat visit you may get off at the new station.

    The (main) train station Meißen is a building in Bauhaus style, worth a quick look, too. Architect was Wilhelm Kreis, the building was erected in 1928.

    Meißen is in the VVO transportation network, their fares apply. From Meißen to Dresden e.g. you need a ticket for three zones, in 2012 the fare for the single trip is 5.60 Euro. Day tickets are more economic in most cases.

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    Funicular

    by german_eagle Written May 17, 2015

    A couple of years ago a funicular was built for easier access to the cathedral/castle hill. Handicapped people basically had no chance to get up there until then - steep cobbled alleys, stairs and steps ... no way!

    The funicular is in the back of the hill in Meisastraße, so to speak, seen from the old town. There is a bus stop next to it, a big parking for 137 cars is across the street (1 Euro per hour, 6 Euro per day).

    There is a counter where you pay 1 Euro for adults, less or nothing for kids, depending on their exact age for the ride up. The ride down is free. Bicycles are also free. The capacity of the cabin is 20 persons, the ride takes 40 seconds and the elevation difference is 33 m. It is in operation 24/7.

    Some cafes and shops refund the fare, but to my surprise they are not on cathedral/castle hill, but in the old town!

    Access to funicular on cathedral hill lower station with bus stop and parking (right)

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    Cycling

    by german_eagle Updated May 17, 2015

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    Meißen is right on the Elberadweg, one of the most popular cycling trails in Germany. The cycling trail is well maintained, away from streets/roads, runs along the river and through a lovely landscape with hills, vineyards, picturesque villages. From Dresden it'll probably take you 2 hours to cycle to Meißen - easy, all flat.

    Meißen itself is not cycler's paradise, just like any medieval town. Narrow cobblestone alleys are no fun to ride with your bike and are to share with walkers, steep hills make for an exhausting bike ride, some alleys even have many steps. So cycling in town is limited to the side valleys - along Triebisch river to the porcelain manufacture e.g.

    Update: I did that cycling trip from Dresden to Meissen in May 2015. Started in Dresden-Niederwartha (regional train RB 31 station, last stop within the city limits, and bus stop #94). It took me about an hour from there to Meißen incl. picnic and photo stops. Back even less. It's a beautiful landscape with rolling hills right and left, some vineyards closer to Meißen. The cycling trail is more or less close to the river, a few times too close to the busy road (B 6) for my taste. Trail conditons are perfect - wide enough, asphalt, flat. Benches/picnic places every now and then, restaurants also along the way. Highly recommended.

    Cycling trail, half way DD-Niederwartha - Mei��en
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    The Meißen Buses

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 3, 2013

    The Meißen VGM company maintains the following city bus routes:

    -A Korbitz/Schletta - Busbahnhof - Spaar
    -B Schletta/Korbitz - Busbahnhof - Zaschendorf - Spaar
    -C Buschbad - Busbahnhof - Krankenhaus
    -D Busbahnhof - Hafenstraße - Lercha
    -E Porzellan-Manufaktur - Albrechtsburg / Dom

    and the following bus routes to other towns:

    -401 Meißen - Coswig - Meißen
    -404 Meißen - Cossebaude
    -407 Meißen - Diesbar - Seußlitz - Nünchritz
    -408 Meißen - Jessen - Meißen
    -409 Meißen - Priestewitz - Großenhain
    -411 Meißen - Neusörnewitz - Weinböhla
    -412 Meißen - Krögis - Nossen
    -413 Meißen - Miltitz - Tanneberg
    -414 Meißen - Taubenheim - Schmiedewalde/Tanneberg
    -415 Meißen - Kleinzadel - Löbsal
    -416 Meißen - Zehren - Lommatzsch
    -417 Meißen - Leutewitz - Lommatzsch
    -418 Meißen - Miltitz - Nossen
    -421 Meißen - Niederau - Weinböhla - Moritzburg
    -422 Meißen - Krögis - Ziegenhain - Rüsseina
    -426 Meißen - Scharfenberg - Pegenau
    -428 Meißen - Klipphausen - Wilsdruff
    -446 Meißen - Neuhirschstein - Riesa
    At certain times at some of these buses additional bicycle transportation is available.

    Furthermore the company has a combined local taxi service (Anruf-Sammel-Taxi) operating:
    Mo-Fr: 7.30PM - 1.30AM
    Sa-Su: 5.30PM - 1.30AM

    Mei��en Bus A
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    Paddle Steamer

    by german_eagle Written Oct 1, 2012

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    Probably the most "stylish" and pleasant mode of transportation to Meißen is the ride on a paddle steamer. The "Sächsische Dampfschifffahrt" company runs two steamers daily from Dresden to Meißen and back. One of them runs even beyond Meißen to Diesbar-Seußlitz.

    The steamer trip is quite scenic, with lovely rolling hills, picturesque villages to both sides, vineyards on the right bank.

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    Car

    by german_eagle Written Oct 1, 2012

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    If you must, you can of course drive to Meißen. The major road B6 goes right through the town, it's the shortest drive from/to the Autobahn A4 (exit Dresden-Altstadt) and from/to Dresden. When coming from Berlin you will take the exit Thiendorf and drive via Großenhain to Meißen.

    Driving and parking in the town are not exactly fun, just like in any other picturesque, medieval old town. There are large parking lots down by the river, a few free on the right bank (vis-a-vis the castle) but NOT free on the old town side of the river (left bank). And you're very fortunate if you find a a parking right in the old town! The castle courtyard is closed for traffic, driving up the very narrow and winding cobbled alleys is not recommended anyway.

    There is a parking on the northern foot of the castle hill, day ticket quite inexpensive for 2.50 Euro (in 2012). From there you have easy access to the castle by a small funicular (fare is 1 Euro or so), but the walk to the old town is about 10 minutes - around the hill.

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    Bus

    by german_eagle Written Oct 1, 2012

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    Hardly anyone will arrive by bus in Meißen. This mode of transportation doesn't get you very far beyond the city limits, only to nearby towns like Großenhain, but it is a very good option to get around in the town. Especially if you want to visit the wineries in the outskirts, the parish church in Meißen-Zscheila or the porcelain manufacture, then the bus is the way to go.

    The main bus station is right next to the (main) train station Meißen. There is an information office there where you can get leaflets, timetables, info on fares and of course can buy tickets. Please note that since Meißen is in the VVO transportation network their rules and fares apply. Day tickets that you bought to get from Dresden to Meißen and back e.g. are also valid on the buses!

    The three city routes A, B, C run frequently (every 15-30 minutes). Regional buses to nearby villages and towns usually run hourly or bi-hourly.

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    Sightseeing bus

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Feb 6, 2011

    The Meißen sightseeing bus or City-Bus is a minivan type bus

    The City-Bus runs every day from April till the end of October. Departure locations are the Market square, the Castle and the Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen. Passengers have the possibility to get off the bus at the different stops, to visit the sights of the city. The ride can be continued in one of the following buses with the same ticket.

    Prices:
    Single ride: € 3.00
    Day ticket: € 4.50

    City-Bus Mei��en City-Bus Mei��en
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    To Meissen by train

    by nessa_gnatoush Written Jul 10, 2007

    There is S-Bahn direct connection from Dresden to Meissen. Tickets can be purchased in the ticket-machines which are used for buying tickets for the local transport. Just choose "Meissen" as a destination area.

    One ticket costs 5,10 euros.

    All information about the routes and schedules available on the DB web-page.

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    To Meissen by car

    by nessa_gnatoush Written Jul 10, 2007

    So, it's really easy to get there.
    If you are taking A4: exit Siebenlehn and continue on B 101 or exit Wilsdruff (greater Dresden area).
    If you are taking A13: exit Radeburg.
    If you are taking A14: Exit Nossen-Ost

    From Dresden direction: on the B6

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    Take the tram from Dresden

    by tini58de Updated Apr 19, 2003

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    We took the tram/regional train from and to Dresden and walked most of the way.

    There is a small shuttle bus that we jumped on to take us from the manufacture to the Albrechtsburg - rather expensive, but a nice treat for my feet !
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    baby you can drive my car

    by richiecdisc Updated Mar 17, 2003

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    There are very good train connections between Dresden and Meissen, leaving every half hour and taking 40 minutes for the journey. With a car, it's easier to access more of the sights just around the city. If you do drive, leave your car in the parking lot just outside the old town, by the river. The streets are narrow and the most enjoyable thing is walking around it anyway. These cars parked up in the Albrechtsburg must have special parking decals. ;)

    a nicer photo without the cars, no?

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    By Train

    by bonio Written May 18, 2008

    Easy to get to Meißen from Dresden on the S1 (S-Bahn) line. For the centre get off at "Meissen" station. The porcelain factory is closer to the station at the end of the line, "Meissen Triebischtal"

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    Getting there

    by Leipzig Updated Jul 30, 2007

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    Coming from Leipzig leave the autobahn A 14 at the exit Nossen-Ost, then enter the Federal Road B 101.

    Coming from Dresden take Federal Road B6 in northern directions.

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    Good connections!!!

    by Madschick Written Apr 19, 2003

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    We took the train/tram from Dresden - a very comfortable way of travelling. Trains go at least once an hour to and from Dresden, so there is no long waiting time necessary.

    Meissen - Dresden

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