Meissen - Welcome to the town where porcelain was born
Meissen’s origin goes back to the year 929 when Heinrich I had a castle built high above the Elbe river – and to this day, Albrechtsburg Castle, Germany's first castle to be built for residential purposes, is the town’s landmark. Throughout the centuries, Meissen’s history has been closely linked to the Saxon electors. In 1423, the town became a royal seat and is therefore considered the cradle of Saxony. The mighty Gothic cathedral next to the castle also reminds of this time.
The foundation for “Meissen” becoming a household name around the world was laid in 1709 when Augustus the Strong founded the Meissen Porcelain Factory as the first of its kind in Europe. Today, the MEISSEN® trademark with the two crossed blue swords stands for the finest porcelain creations. Don’t miss visiting the manufacturer's workshops for fascinating insights into a 300-year-old craft!
Presided over by Albrechtsburg Castle, Meissen's historic old town at the foot of the Burgberg hill is a real beauty. In the vicinity of the late Gothic town hall you will find romantic courtyards, craft shops, and the impressive Church of Our Lady. Handily, Meissen is also right in the middle of Saxony’s wine-growing region and the local produce is best enjoyed in one of the town’s quaint wine bars.