Albrechtsburg CastleReach for the top!
»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 architecturial 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.