|Subject: Re: Meissen porcelain factory|
Hi Ziners, Dave,
Meissen is a real must. In addition to the factory and a castle you MUST!!! climb the tower to have the breathtaking views of the Elbe - the climb is with a guide only - seems like they're on an hour base - just check at the tourist office. To get to Miessen you can by bus - it maybe wise to pass through the castle - whose name I can't remember now, but it's really beautiful.
Being in Dresden for 3 days, you can also spend a time for a half-day train trip to Bautzen - a real gem of the middle ages with a sort of a mix of a slavic soul, because slavic tribes were living there.
Another suggestion - a train ride to Leipzig.
Also, don't miss a visit to the Opera of Dresden - one of the world- best acoustics. The tickets can be bought an hour before the performance - just come to the entrance door and wait - maybe you'll lucky. See http://www.semperoper.de/startpage.php - if you click on "Welcome" you will be taken to the 2006 program (in German but understandable as it's mostly dates).
Another 2 gems of Dresden are Old and New Masters' galleries and the Green Vault!!! http://tinyurl.com/jhvlo
(Moderator's note - According to info at the website http://tinyurl.com/mkkms - the New Masters' Gallery closed from January for rennovation. See http://tinyurl.com/rs9wg for info on all the main museums and galleries in Dresden - Michael, Moderator)
Enjoy your trip, Alex Elbert Jerusalem Israel