A WEEKEND IN MEISSEN
With the spring sunshine here to stay, it’s the perfect time of year for a short break. With the whole of Europe just a hop, skip and jump away there’s really no excuse not to discover one of our neighbouring countries in more detail. But once you’ve covered the obvious (Paris, Venice, Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona…) there are plenty of off-the-beaten-track destinations still to discover – and I love hearing all about them! This week we’re heading the medieval Saxon town of Meissen in Germany with photographer Tereza Lee, and although she wasn’t quite sure about this tiny town it quickly won her heart!
You have probably at some point heard about the beautiful “ Meissen porcelain”. Whilst I am not particularly excited about porcelain, when my mum and sister suggested to visit this little town last October, I was some what sceptical about what to expect.
To say I was rather nicely surprised by the charm and beauty of this town would be a little bit of an understatement. It was love at first sight with this gorgeous, medieval town! Over a thousand years old, the town is surrounded by vineyards and nestled in a picturesque river valley. It has a lot going for it and whatever you seek on your adventures or discovery trips (history, food, antique hunting, romance…) everyone will find something beautiful here.
It’s full of charming cobbled streets perfect for wondering and daydreaming about the historical times and adventures this place witnessed. The atmosphere is rather romantic – with so many little nooks and romantic “finds” to be discovered at every step. It is also full of cute little shops with antiques, artisan products, and tantalising hand made products to lose yourself into and browse for hidden treasures instantly
There are also plenty of historical building treasures to visit and learn about – including a cathedral, little castle, many churches and plenty of hidden treasures such as houses that were partly restored and furnished back to the 16th century décor and feel.
And of course, there are endless charming cafes, restaurants and medieval styled pubs to stop by, taste some local specialities or many interesting mouthwatering deserts, wines and beers.
So If you happen to be visiting this part of Saxon Germany, this charming town which dates back to the 1st Century, should not be missing from your list!