After a long (but very exciting and happy) day, and a recovering sleep and breakfast at Zum Schwan in Oschatz, we hopped in the car and set off into the unknown (and unplanned), or what’s the same for me: Meissen.
For such a small city, Oschatz proved incredibly hard to get out of. Three, four, five times we drove around in circles. After the fifth attempt we gave up and asked a very friendly local, who pointed us to the way out. This conveniently took us to the rural road instead to our desired Autobahn. But no fear, dears, it turned out to be the best fail ever. Thanks to the little Oschatz hiccup, we ended up visiting the beautiful city of Meissen and finding the best home-made ice-cream I’ve eaten in a while!
Famous for its porcelain manufacture, Meissen became officially a german town in the early 10th century. It is also home to the beautiful medieval Albrechtsburg castle erected in 1471 by Ernest of Saxony and his brother Albert the Bold, which became the first german castle build purely as a residence and not as a fortress.
Cobblestone streets and idyllic houses aside, it’s also worth mentioning the Gothic Meissen Cathedral built between 1260 and 1410. After the Protestant Reformation the Protestant Church started using this originally catholic-erected monumental building.
Besides its history-filled streets, in Meissen you’ll have the chance of enjoying stunning views over the river Elbe.
Oh and let’s not forget that awesome ice-cream I told you about on Instagram! Right next to the Cathedral, the lovely Cafè am Dom (Domplatz 5 – 01662 Meißen) for a couple of Euros you’ll get a maxi amazing cone with most delicious juicy ice-cream you’ll ever taste, not even the impending storm would ruin this joy!
Only 25 km north of Dresden, Meissen is the perfect road trip break town.
Unfortunately we had to sprint back to our car as the rain started pouring on us without mercy, and make our way to our next stop: Dresden. But more about that next time! 😀
Have you ever been to Meissen? What did you enjoy the most??