Meissen is a town about 25 km (16 mi) northwest of Dresden on both banks of the Elbe river in the Free State of Saxony, in eastern Germany. It is one of the oldest towns in Saxony, Germany and is also the place where the first European porcelain was invented.
Meissen is the home of Meissen porcelain, based on extensive local deposits of china clay (kaolin) and potter's clay (potter's earth). Meissen porcelain was the first high quality porcelain to be produced outside of the Orient. The china factory is still producing today and visitors can tour the factory and museum.
Meissen's historical district is located mostly around the market at the foot of the castle hill. It contains many buildings of Renaissance architecture. Also imposing is the view from the 57 metre high tower of the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), situated in the old market-place.
Things to See & Do
* The Albrechtsburg,
* Meissen historical district
* Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)
* Meissen porcelain factory and museum
Cruise Season – March to Dec
Currency – Euro (€) (EUR)
Language – German
Land Area – 30.90 km2
Population – 30,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 49
Port Location – The river port in Mannheim is located in Mannheim Harbour on the Rhine River.
Travel Links – Meissen can be accessed by train or its nearest airport is located in Dresden.