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Introducing Meissen

Straddling the Elbe around 25km upstream from Dresden, Meissen is the cradle of European porcelain manufacturing and still hitches its tourism appeal to the world-famous china first cooked up in its imposing 1710 castle. Adjacent to the soaring Gothic cathedral, it crowns a ridge above the Altstadt whose meandering cobbled lanes offer an escape from the porcelain pilgrims rolling in by tour bus.