Albrechtsburg Castle, Meissen

Albrechtsburg Castle, Meissen, home of the first porcelain factory in Europe, 1710.

After just a quick and comfortable twenty-minute ride from Radebeul West train station I arrive at Meissen, an old city founded in 968. Home to the Meissen cathedral, known as one of the most beautiful examples of gothic architecture.

The Albrechtsburg, the former residence of the House of Wettin, is regarded as being the first castle to be used as a royal residence in the German-speaking world, and was built between 1472 and 1525.

I experience what life was like in the days gone by and visit the museum at Albrechtsburg, climbing the winding stairs to get to the various floors, just as Royalty did before me.

The first European porcelain was manufactured in Meissen in 1710, when by decree of King Augustus II the Strong, and today it remains world famous for its’ beauty and elegance. The first porcelain factory was located at Albrechtsburg castle but was relocated and is now at the porcelain factory and museum a short twenty-minute walk from the castle overlooking the Elbe river.