Nice town - don't miss it when visiting the chinaware factory!
none I know of
More than just the famous Porzellan
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...more
This little gem is in a small village, only a few km south of Meißen's old town. It was built 1591-98, the steeple (which you can see from far away as the church is located on the highest point of the left bank plateau above the Elbe river) is from 1717.The choir has a post-Gothic net-shaped vaulted ceiling. On the left side is the patronage box of...more
This small chapel is in a somewhat remote location, on a hill called "Plossenberg" above the old town (left bank), but vis-a-vis the castle hill. It was built in the 12th century, the Romanesque style of the architecture is pretty well preserved despite the damages in the Hussite wars and the following restoration (1437) of the interior. In 1683...more
Most tourists see the old town on the left bank and totally miss the sights on the right bank. Granted, it cannot compete with the picturesque medieval old town, but it has some interesting sights of its own. One of them is the Neo-Gothic parish church, Johanneskirche. It was built 1895-98 according to plans of Theodor Quentin. The ground-plan is...more
The large town hall is the dominating building at the Market square. It was erected 1472-80 by Nickel Steinbach under the influence of Arnold von Westfalen's innovative architecture at the Albrechtsburg castle. I had the chance to join a guided tour on European Heritage Day in 2010, shortly after the thorough restoration was completed.Most...more
The complex of buildings that were mostly erected in the 16th/17th century goes back to a small medieval castle. The main house and the neighbouring one that has a large hall inside were built 1570. Pretty much structure of that era is preserved, you cannot see much of it as the Schloss contains several apartments. The families who live there don't...more
In 1550 Ernst von Miltitz built a castle in Renaissance style on the hill above the river, about 2 km south of the old town of Meißen. In 1748 the castle was redesigned in Baroque style, the courtyard with arcades was enclosed by a Baroque wing where the entrance now is. Not very much of the interior is preserved; most interesting are the wooden...more
The parish church in the district Zscheila, located on a hill on the right bank, was first mentioned in 1180. The present church building goes back to a reconstruction in early Baroque style 1667/68, when the nave got its vaults, balconies, burial chapel and patronage box were added, the tower got its new top, tha interior got a new altar and the...more
The city museum is in the former Franciscan monastery in the old town. The Gothic church from the 14th/15th century is well preserved, the cloisters and other buildings were torn down 1855/57. The cloisters, however, were partially reconstructed using original material in the following years when the buildings in neo-Gothic style as annexes to the...more
Here is a lovely apartment / hotel close to the old town and just a short walk from the railway...more
Nassauweg 1, Meissen, Saxony, 01662, Germany
Good for: Families
Hafenstrasse 27-31, Meissen, Saxony, 01662, Germany
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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 -...more
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...more
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...more
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!.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 (...more
6 Reviews and Opinions
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more