A horse made of porcelain outside the porcelain museum

Meissen (German spelling Meißen) is the oldest town in Saxony, Germany. It is very close to Dresden and the adjacent landscapes of the Saxon Switzerland. Meißen was once home to the local bishop and has a huge medieval cathedral and adjoining castle. Meißen was also the residence of the dukes of what would later become Saxony, before they moved to Dresden. It is also the place where the first European porcelain was invented. The factory is still producing today and you can visit it and get to experience it. Meißen porcelain (German: Meißner Porzellan) enjoys an excellent reputation and is priced accordingly.

Get in

By plane

The nearest international airport is in Dresden (IATA: DRS). If you are arriving from further away it is more likely you will fly to Leipzig-Halle (near Schkeuditz, IATA: LEJ) instead, as it offers more connections.

By train

Meissen has three train stops, Meissen, Meissen-Altstadt (old town) and Meissen-Triebischtal, all served by the S-Bahn from Dresden every 30 minutes or, two-hourly, by a regional train from Leipzig. The Meissen station is located on the eastern banks of the Elbe, across the river from the old town. Best for tourists is to use the Meissen-Altstadt station. The old town and the tourist sights are within walking distance from there.

Meissen is part of the VVO transport executive., Tariff-zone 50. All VVO-tickets including this zone can be used on busses, regional trains and (most) ferries.

Get around

Walk. The old town of Meißen is not that big, but very pretty. Up to the Albrechtsburg it is rather steep though. There is a tourist bus doing several round trip tours daily, which might be an option if you're lazy or mobility impaired. A couple of years ago the city of Meißen built an escalator to the upper parts of town, but it has been out of order due to mechanic failures more than it has been in use.


Castle Albrechtsburg
Entrance to the porcelain factory


Meißen is a rather quiet town and there isn't all that much you can do that doesn't have to do with either porcelain or the castle and former residence.



Perhaps the weirdest local speciality is the "Meißner Fummel" a very brittle piece of dough that tastes of basically nothing and consists mostly of air. It was supposedly invented to be transported along with the famous Meissen china to prove that any breakage was not due to the recklessness of the coach-driver. Some bakeries sell it and you are bound to be told about them in any guided tour of the city. Tasting is often included


Meissen is the easternmost wine area in Germany and on the northeastern edge of winegrowing in Europe. Meissen Wines are mostly white wines and they are, given their location, rather on the dry side, The most common grapes are Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, and Weißburgunder. Red wines are rather uncommon. As the wine area is not too large and hardly able to meet the demand, Meissen wines are rather scarce and therefore pricey.


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