Evangelische Akademie (St. Afra Klosterhof)
01662 Meißen (also spelled Meissen)
Coming from Autobahn A4 take the exit “Dresden-Altstadt/Meißen/GVZ” and enter onto the interstate road (Bundesstraße B6) direction “Meissen”. Follow the B6 until you reach the city of Meissen. (On your right side you will see the river “Elbe” all the way long). In the city of Meissen, the road B6 is called „Siebeneichener Strasse”, “Uferstrasse”, “Hochuferstrasse”. Follow the road B6 (“Hochuferstrasse”) and turn left onto “Meisastrasse” / “Fürstenstrasse der Wettiner” (B101). After 300 meters turn left again onto “Am Lommatzscher Tor”. At the end of this street turn left in “Nossener Strasse” and after 20 meters turn right on “Freiheit”. St. Afra Monastery is in no. 16. After check-in in you can park your car free of charge in the garage situated in the basment.
You can consider the following airports: Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Prague (Czech Republic). From these destination you can either catch a train or another airplane which brings you to Dresden.
If you arrive at Dresden-Airport go to the S-Bahn, signposted with the -symbol and take the train S2 direction “Dresden”, “Heidenau” or “Pirna”. The train leaves every 30 minutes (8:18, 8:48, 9:18, … etc. last train at 23:18). After 12 minutes riding time you have to change the train at the station „Dresden Neustadt“, staying on the same platform. Take train S1 to „Meißen Triebischtal“, and leave the train at “Meißen Altstadt”. It takes approximately 30 minutes from “Dresden Neustadt” to “Meißen”.
If you arrive at Dresden Main Station (Hauptbahnhof, HBF) go to the S-Bahn and take S1 via “Meissen Triebischtal”. Trains are leaving every 30 minutes minutes (8:00, 8:30, 9:00 … etc. last train at 24:00). You don’t have to change the train. Your final destination is “Meißen Altstadt“ Riding time is 36 minutes.
The price for a single ticket to Meissen is 6,80 EUR. On the ticket machine, press the button for 3 zones. The ticket is valid for the whole ride, irrespective of changing trains.
At Dresden airport and at Dresden train station you will also find taxis. Taxi fare is about 50,00 EUR for 30 min riding time. Please check with the taxi driver in advance if credit card payment is accepted or not.
Local transportation in Meissen:
A walk from train station „Meißen Altstadt“ to the Monastery is only 900 m but you have to pass rocky roads and heavy gradients. It will take you around 15-20 min. It is not recommended with the luggage.
You could alternatively take Bus number E which brings you up the hill. Get onto the modern mini bus at the station “Neumarkt/S-Bf Altstadt” and get off at “Burgstuben” (5 stops). Duration of the ride is 7 min. Then walk back 50 m, turn right and walk another 60 m until you reach the big gate of St. Afra Monastery on your left. The address is “Freiheit 16”. The ticket price is 2,50 EUR. You can purchase the ticket with the driver. If you already brought a VVO ticket for local transportation from Dresden to Meissen (Price 6,80 EUR) it will be valid for this bus as well and you don’t have to purchase another ticket. The bus is departing every 30 min (12:02, 12:32, 13:02, 13:32 …).
Also, the official sightseeing buss will bring you up the hill but is will cost 5 EUR for a day ticket.