On Tuesday afternoon, a half-day excursion to Meißen will be organized. The excursion includes a guided tour through the historic center of Meißen and a visit to the demonstration workshop of the world-famous porcelain manufacture. The evening will be rounded off with the conference dinner at Schloss Wackerbarth, a wine-growing estate between Meißen and Dresden.
Meißen is a small, but very nice town, which is situated in the center of Saxony on the Elbe, the major river in the eastern part of Germany. The history of Meißen dates back more than thousand years. The most impressive sight is the mighty ensemble of the Albrechtsburg Castle and the Cathedral on a rock above the old town and the Elbe. Albrechtsburg Castle is a fine example of Late Gothic style. Built in the 15th century, it is regarded to be Germany’s oldest castle. The Gothic Cathedral adjacent to the Albrechtsburg was erected between 1260 and 1410.
All over the world, Meißen is well-known for the manufacturing of Meißen Porcelain, which is one of the most precious handmade porcelains. Meißen Porcelain was the first European hard-paste porcelain. Its production started in 1710 and attracted artists and artisans to establish one of the most famous porcelain manufacturers, which is still in business today. Its signature logo, the crossed blue swords, was introduced in 1720 to protect the production. This logo is one of the oldest trademarks in existence.
The traditional manufacturing methods of Meißen Porcelain are still practiced today – nearly three centuries after the discovery. In the demonstration workshop of the porcelain manufacture, you can take a close look at the various steps of the manufacturing process such as forming, shaping and the impressive hand-painting of porcelain. Moreover, the porcelain museum hosts an extensive collection of porcelain artwork from more than 300 years of porcelain history.
Schloss Wackerbarth, a wine-growing estate owned by the State of Saxony, is situated in the heart of Germany’s smallest winery district along the Elbe valley, which is also the one located at the most northeastern point in Europe. Vines have been cultivated here for over 800 years. Starting in 1836, Schloss Wackerbarth is the second oldest producer of sparkling wine in Germany. The castle with its baroque manor house, the Belvedere and the generous gardens dates back to the 18th century, when it was built by the Count of Wackerbarth, one of the closest confidants of the king August the Strong.