This feature is an exploration of the area around Saxony's capital, including the Elbe Valley (please read excerpts of the article). That is a stretch of castles and palaces along the river, including the restored heart of Dresden itself. The tour starts in porcelain city Meissen and sheds light on two inventions, both done in the Albrechtsburg castle: porcelain and the ribless cellular vault. The scenic drive ends in Zittau, where Germany, Poland and Czechia meet, with a incredible story about Zittau's famous Lent Cloth. On the way we visit walled Bautzen, meet the dinosaurs of late artist Franz Gruss and hike in the Elbsandsteingebirge with its table mountains and national park.