Discover the famous MEISSEN® porcelain manufactory with its unique craftsmanship and the crossed blue swords - in Meissen since 1710.learn more
Albrechtsburg castle is wrongly named: a 'burg' is a medieval defense fortress, but this splendid building is in fact Germany’s oldest - and only Gothic - palace. It was built between 1471 and 1524 as a residence for the rulers of Saxony, the Wettin family, and has remained largely unaltered since its construction over 500 years ago. This is the very point where Gothic became Renaissance, the junction between the Middle Ages and Modernity.
Today, Albrechtsburg houses several permanent and temporary exhibitions, all made available in English. Besides the history of the building itself, you can learn about Saxony and the Wettin family or re-discover the secret of how porcelain is made: The famous MEISSEN® porcelain manufactory was first installed in Albrechtsburg in 1710.
For more information, opening times etc please follow the link below or ask your friendly receptionists at Hotel Ross, one of whom is also a qualified tour guide at Albrechtsburg and happy to take you on an individual tour of Germany’s oldest castle.
The Cathedral of Meissen is a fine example of high Gothic architecture and a masterpiece in itself. From April to October you can climb the 303 steps up the towers and be rewarded with a fantastic view beyond the Elbe river valley.