Meißen Travel Guide

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Meißen Things to Do

  • SAXONY WINE ROUTE

    Another beautiful part of the Elbe Valley, is the Saxon Wine Route. For 55km, the route takes you through Germany's smallest wine-producing region. As the vineyards are located on the hillsides, it is particularly delightful! Vineyards are found near Pirna, then in Pillnitz and beside the many Palaces near Dresden. Heading towards Meissen from...

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  • CYCLE THE ELBE CYCLE ROUTE

    The Elbe Cycle Route begins at Bad Schandau and finishes at Cuxhaven on the coast. Where-ever we went in Germany, we saw excellent cycle paths beside rivers. Nice and flat, it looked a wonderful way to see the scenery. For me, it was interesting to find, the Elbe Cycle Route has been voted the most popular in the country 8 years in a row by members...

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  • FRAUENKIRCHE

    The Frauenkirche or "Church of our Lady," is a late gothic hall Church that's more than 800 years old and has the world's first Carillon made of Meissen porcelain. During the day, the Carillon can be heard playing starting at...6.30am with "The voice calls us," 8.30am - "We praise you," 11.30am - "Big God the sky," 2.30pm - "Boast of internal...

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  • WALK THE HISTORICAL CIRCUIT

    The historical circuit took me to the "Upper promenade" that ran along the outer walls of the storehouse, Albrecht Castle and the cathedral. There are outstanding views from here over the Elbe valley and the old town of Meissen. The track is only 500metres and along the way are many information boards telling the history of the path and about...

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  • ALBRECHTSBURG CASTLE

    "Where is the hill on which three castles grow, along its side three waters flow?"The answer is Meissen! The three rivers are the Elbe, Triebisch and Meisa.Albrechtsburg is believed to be the first German palatial building and a masterpiece of late-Gothic architecture. For a long time, the Castle remained empty, that was until "August the Strong"...

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  • STATUE OF HENRY I

    I found the statue of King Henry I by the Franciscan convent which is now a city museum. It was built in 1863, and shows King Henry 1 with the Castle he founded in his hands. This Castle was built high on a rock in the Elbe Valley and is known as Castle Misni.Fresh water runs through the fountain, coming from the towns water system, so quite ok to...

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  • MEISSEN RATHAUS - [Town Hall]

    Located in the Market square is the late Gothic Town Hall. The building looks quite lovely with its decorative gables and a sundial on the front of the building. It was built between 1470 to 1486 and since then, has been renovated. Inside, the council hall and registry office are often open to the public.The Rathaus is the oldest of its kind in...

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  • MEISSEN CATHEDRAL

    Once again, I see some tall church towers, these belonging to the medieval Cathedral of Meissen. This Gothic cathedral was constructed between 1260 -1425, how-ever the twin steeples were not added until 1909. Most of the Cathedral is the same as when it was built in medieval times. The Princes Chapel is where the famous Wettin family are buried.I...

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  • Spaargebirge

    In the outskirts of Meißen, about 2 km upstream from the old town, is a small mountain ridge on the right bank of the Elbe river - the so called "Spaargebirge." It only rises about 100 m above the river level, and yet, it is a landmark. It is a very nice area for some leisure walking/hiking, with nice little glens, viewpoints, many vineyards and...

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Meißen Hotels

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  • Hotel Burgkeller

    Domplatz 11, Meissen, Saxony, 01662, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Goldenes Fass Meissen

    Here is a lovely apartment / hotel close to the old town and just a short walk from the railway...

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  • Hotel Goldener Lowe

    Heinrichsplatz 6, Meissen, Saxony, 01662, Germany

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Meißen Restaurants

  • Bauernhäus'l

    I discovered this gem of a wine tavern/restaurant on a walk through the vineyards. The building goes back to 1639, since 1850 they are in business as wine tavern. The interior is rustic, with lots of antique pieces like porcelain, wooden tables and benches, tiled stoves ... makes you feel right at home. Nice garden, too, but the weather didn't...

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  • Domkeller

    Right on the castle hill is this restaurant with long tradition - since 1470 in business. It is located in one of the former canon's houses. You enter one guest room from the long corridor, another one is beyond the kitchen, some stairs up left. They also have two terraces, one overlooking the old town below and another one by the entrance with...

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  • Bratwurst

    As in any German town you can of course get a Bratwurst from a street vendor. Very popular is the place right on Heinrichsplatz, in front of the City Museum. A Bratwurst in a roll is only 2 Euro and it is tasty - well worth a recommendation!

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  • Winzerkeller Meißen

    Right in the middle of the old town, on the Markt square, is this traditional restaurant. They have a large terrace on the square which is usually well frequented by both tourists and locals. If you're looking for a quieter place then have a seat in their garden in the back or sit inside under the medieval vaults.We only had coffee and cake - both...

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  • Journalcafe

    Just off the Markt square is this cafe. The ambience is quite stylish/modern, a bit "hip" and "cool" - I thought it was a bit noisy and hectic, but others apparently liked it a lot. They serve breakfast (open from 8 am daily), cakes, snacks, coffee and tea. In case you can read German - newspapers are available to read for free.I had coffee and...

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  • Vinothek am Markt - Weinhaus Schuh

    When in Meißen a wine tasting is not to miss. An excellent place is the Vinothek am Markt, run by Weinhaus Schuh, a private winery from neighbouring Sörnewitz (the next village upstream from Meißen). They have a large selection of excellent Saxon wines but mostly it's about their own wines - which are among the best in Saxony.Their special offer is...

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Meißen Nightlife

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    In case you like classical and/or religious music, definitely watch out for concerts in Meißen. I attended a concert in the cathedral, up on the castle hill, and enjoyed it very much. It was a Verdi/Wagner program, overtures, chorus scenes and arias from their operas. Orchestra was the Elbphilharmonie, the philharmonic orchestra of the region between Radebeul, Meißen and Riesa. They perform at different places in the area, like the theatres in Radebeul and Meißen, the churches in Meißen, Pirna and Radebeul, concert halls, but even go on tours in Saxony and all of Germany.

    The orchestra as well as the choruses they work with are really very good, soloists are pretty good, too. In my case, the concert in the cathedral, everything worked well and the ambience of the place (light at night!) added to the pleasant experience.

    Tickets are quite reasonable, I paid 23 Euro for a seat in the main nave, side nave tickets sold for 19 Euro. Check with the theatre in Meißen or the Landesbühnen Sachsen for events and tickets.

    Dress Code: Informal. Please keep in mind that it can be cold in churches. The seats in the pews in the main nave were heated, the seats in the side naves not. Warm clothes recomended for the churches, no such problem in theatres, of course.

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Meißen Transportation

  • The Meißen Buses

    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 -...

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  • Cycling

    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...

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  • Paddle Steamer

    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...

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Meißen Shopping

  • Meissener Porzellan

    There is a Porcelain Museum with an Exhibition Hall and Demonstration Workshops inside the Manufacture.It might be interesting for those who cherish porcelain/china - we only had a glimpse inside, because we thought, that the entrance fee was quite high....For more information have a look at the manufacture's website! It is very well done!.

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  • Burgstraße

    This narrow cobblestone street leads from the center to the castle. To the left and right you find numerous tiny shops selling local crafts like Meißen Porcelain, local wine and Meißner Fummel.

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  • Pewter and tin soldiers

    The oldest still operating tin foundry in Saxony is to find in Meissen's Burgstrasse. It was founded in 1792. You can see a little show if you're asking (friendly!). pewter, tin-soldiers, just souvenirs!

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Meißen Local Customs

  • Christmas Market

    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...

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  • Meissen Porcelain

    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...

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  • Weekend of the open wineries

    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...

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Meißen What to Pack

  • Climate in Meißen

    Rainy season: There is no special rainy seasonAvg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 8 – 19°C ( 47 - 66°F ); min: 2 - 9°C ( 36 - 48°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 21 – 24°C ( 70 - 75°F ); min: 12 - 13°C ( 52 - 55°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 6 – 19°C ( 43 - 66°F); min: 2 - 11°C ( 36 – 51°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 6°C ( 38 - 43°F); min: -1 - 1°C (...

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  • Packing List

    A great guide like Doreen comes in handy. She knows the area like the back of her hand, is very well read and knowledgable, and she's not too bad to look at either. ;=>

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    18 Hotels in Meißen

Meißen Off The Beaten Path

  • Castle garden walk

    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...

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  • former Jakob chapel

    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...

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  • Ohmsche Villa

    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...

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Meißen Favorites

  • Flooding of 2002

    To compare: I am about 1.80 m (5'10'') and the red line marks the peak of the Elbe in August 2002. Note: the Elbe is about 500m (1600 ft) away and 3m (10ft) below the street's altitude.

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  • Flooding of 2002

    In August 2002 the worst flood in Saxony's history hit two third of the state, even Meissen. Everywhere in town you see such marks showing the highest peak of the Elbe.

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  • and eat it too...

    We went up to the hilltop cathedral and a place right across from it had a sign outside saying they had beer goulash with a beer for five dollars. Even though it was the most touristy part of town, we decided to investigate it. It was certainly cozy enough and busy with locals having their lunches. We ordered our food and I noticed quite a few...

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