Meissen’s dome, a high-Gothic masterpiece begun in 1250, does not impress as much by its size as by the wealth of its interior decorations. Stained-glass windows showing scenes from the Old and New Testaments create an ethereal backdrop for the delicately carved statues in the choir, presumed to be the work of the famous Master of Naumburg, a medieval stone sculptor whose name is now lost. The altar triptych is attributed to Lucas Cranach the Elder. Tower tours (adult/concession €6/4.50) are offered several times daily from April to October.

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1. Albrechtsburg

0.03 MILES

Lording it over Meissen, the 15th-century Albrechtsburg was the first German castle constructed for residential purposes, but is more famous as the…

2. Markt

0.21 MILES

The handsome Markt is flanked by colourfully painted historic townhouses along with the Rathaus (1472) and the Gothic Frauenkirche.

3. Frauenkirche

0.25 MILES

The Gothic Frauenkirche's carillon, the world’s oldest made from porcelain, chimes a different ditty six times daily. Climb the tower for fine red-roof…

4. Erlebniswelt Haus Meissen


Next to the historic porcelain factory south of the Altstadt, this museum is the place to witness the astonishing artistry and artisanship that makes…

5. Schloss Moritzburg

9.07 MILES

An impossibly romantic vision in yellow and white surrounded by an enormous moat-like lake and a park that is at turns wild and formal, baroque Schloss…

6. Yenidze

13.36 MILES

The huge mosque-like Yenidze began life in 1909 as a cigarette factory with a chimney disguised as a minaret and a stained-glass dome. Today, it's home to…

7. Kraftwerk Mitte

13.44 MILES

If you are interested in urbanism and the redevelopment of industrial facilities, check out this giant 19th-century red-brick powerplant reborn as a…

8. Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon

13.81 MILES

This wonderful collection of scientific implements, dating from the early 16th century onwards, will delight anyone interested in the history of science…