Albrechtsburg CastleArchitecture, power and porcelain.

»Where is the hill on which three castles grow, along its side three waters flow?« - Thus goes an old German rhyme. The solution to the riddle is »Meissen«. Here, where the castle hill is surrounded by the rivers Elbe, Triebisch and Meisa, a wooden fortification was built in 929, high above gloomy forests in the eastern-most parts of the then still young Holy Roman Empire.

It was to become the cradle of Saxony from where, for centuries to come, the princes' dynasty of the Wettins ruled the land at the heart of Europe. The fortification was soon replaced by a castle built of stone. Supervised by masterbuilder Arnold von Westfalen the Meissen Albrechtsburg Castle became Germany's first palace building  - a masterly piece of architecture whose architectural solutions and design still impress visitors today.

After centuries of blossoming the Meissen Albrechtsburg Castle remained unused for a long time. It was not until Augustus the Strong decreed that the first European porcelain manufactory move into the building that new life was breathed into the castle above the Elbe River.

With the »White Gold« produced in Meissen, its triumphant march through Europe began. Impressive exhibits in the castle rooms, displayed in a modern interactive style, remind us of this stroke of occidental inventive genius.


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Albrechtsburg Meissen
Domplatz 1 | 01662 Meissen

Phone +49 (0) 3521 4707-0


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Prices & Opening hours

Entrance fee:

  • Permanent exhibition:
    8,00 EUR | reduced 4,00 EUR
  • Special exhibition 
    2,00 EUR | reduced 1,00 EUR
  • Combi-ticket
    9,00 EUR | reduced 4,50 EUR
  • 2 adults + 4 children 18,00 EUR
  • 1 adult + 2 children 10,00 EUR
  • Group rate 6,50 EUR
  • Free admission for visitors on their birthday
  • Free admission with schloesserlandPASS

Opening hours:

  • Mar to Oct | daily from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Nov to Feb |daily from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • 24th and 25th Dec closed
  • 1st Jan from 11 am to 4 pm
  • 13th to 24th Jan 2014 closed

Old Splendor in new glory