Dresden. Visit castles or palaces all over Europe and you are quite likely to come across treasured Meissen chandeliers, figurines or dishes. Europe's oldest porcelain factory is celebrating more than 300 years in business and its crossed swords trademark is one of the world's oldest. Today, the beauty of the products, as well as the price, remains breathtaking. It's truly art.
At the conclusion of our visit, we stopped in the factory's cafe for a snack, served—of course—on Meissen's Blue Onion pattern dishes.