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Meissen, Dresden

Germany's insider take:

Half an hour by train from Dresden, the medieval citadel of Meissen survived the war unscathed and has had a rigorous spring cleaning since German reunification. If you're interested in the city's eponymous porcelain, you can tour the local factory (Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur, 9 Talstrasse; 49-352-14-680;; open daily 9 am to 6 pm) and buy fine china in the adjoining showroom, although you can often pick up secondhand pieces for less in the antiques shops around the Altstadt or at the company's boutique inside the Hilton Dresden.

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