Meissen is a pretty little medieval town of 35,000 inhabitants, overlooking the Elbe River. It is located about 30 kilometres north of Dresden, in the direction of Leipzig. Famous for its traditional porcelain, Meissen was the first seat of the margraves of the House of Wettin, who ruled Saxony and Thuringia for more than 800 years, and the political centre of the Albertinian branch before it moved its capital to Dresden. This extremely well-preserved site is crowned by the Albrechtburg Castle and Cathedral (Dom) complex, perched on a hill, which can be reached via steep, winding lanes. Some visitors may prefer to stay here and go for a day trip to Dresden or the surrounding area.

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