Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia Sights

Albrechtsburg

Updated 11/07/2013

Fodor's Review

The story of Meissen porcelain actually began high above Old Meissen. Towering over the Elbe River, this 15th-century castle is Germany's first truly residential one, a complete break with the earlier style of fortified bastions. In the central Schutzhof, a typical Gothic courtyard protected on three sides by high rough-stone walls, is an exterior spiral staircase, the Wendelstein, a masterpiece of early masonry hewn in 1525 from a single massive stone block.

The ceilings of the castle halls are richly decorated, although many date only from a restoration in 1870. Adjacent to the castle is an early Gothic cathedral. It's a bit of a climb up Burgstrasse and Amtsstrasse to the castle, but a bus runs regularly up the hill from the Marktplatz.

Read More

Sight Information

Address:

Meissen, Germany

Phone:

03521-47070

Sight Details:

  • €8
  • Mar.–Oct., daily 10–6; Nov.–Feb., daily 10–5

Updated 11/07/2013

Advertisement

What's Nearby

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Sights

See all sights in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement