While in Tharandt you may want to add a stroll through the town, if time allows and you're not too tired yet. The townhouses along the main street were nicely restored after the flood 2002, benches with tables under a pergola for a rest were arranged. The nice beautiful hall (pic 4) is an earlier sanatorium, built in the 19th century. Inside is the...more
The Ev-Luthern parish church of Tharandt enjoys a stunning location up on the castle hill, see intro pic! I have not been inside yet, sadly, as it is only open on weekends 2 - 4 pm. Anyway, once you walked up the (steep) path to the castle hill you pass the church anyway and can have a closer look at the outside - and enjoy the panoramic views.The...more
Unfortunately not much is left of the medieval castle. It was first mentioned in 1216, was residence of the Margraves of Meißen in the 14th century, in the late 15th century the wife of the Margrave, the daughter of the Bohemian King Zdena, lived there. After damages by lightning and fire the castle was partially deconstructed from 1568 on, the...more
Choices of restaurants in Tharandt are quite limited. However, I was very glad I found this little cafe right by the Weisseritz river by the University campus. It is a typical student place, simple, charming, inexpensive. They offer snacks like toasts, quiche, sandwiches, but also soups, home-baked cakes, coffee, tea etc. Some of the food/beverages are organic.
Watch the opening hours - only Friday through Sunday 11 - 18 h. Occasionally they host events, like concerts of rock/pop/folk bands or even a Christmas Lieder singing for everyone - all this in the evenings, of course.
Favorite Dish: I had a yummy piece of cake and coffee.
If you really *must*, you can of course drive to Tharandt. Be prepared that the roads around the town are quite narrow (mountains, narrow valleys), that between Dresden and Tharandt you might encounter heavy traffic and even jams in the town Freital, and that you have to pay for parking in Tharandt. Expect to pay 1 Euro per hour on the market...more
The town is not *that* big, most places are walkable. One exception, though: the North America department of the Forest Botanical Garden, which is up on a hill, on the far end of the Garden - a good 30 minutes walk from the railway station. It makes sense to start the sightseeing up there and walk back toward the town, ending up at the the railway...more
Tharandt is easily reached by trains. It is located on the railway route Nürnberg - Dresden. Caution: IRE trains do NOT stop in Tharandt, all the other trains (RE, RB, S3) do stop here. The commuter trains S3 run every half hour between Dresden and Tharandt, additionally a RE or RB (alternating) runs between Dresden and Freiberg -...more
One of the most interesting buildings in Tharandt is this Villa in "moorish" style, built 1860 - 66 for Ariel Graf von der Recke-Volmarstein, is sadly in very pitiable condition. You pass it when walking from the castle hill to the main entrance of the Forest Botanical Garden and it is one of the eye-catchers of the view north from the castle hill.
It is a long-ish structure, castle-like design, with three full storeys above a huge basement/substructions, due to the location half way up on the steep hillside. The location on the northern hillside is also the reason that it gets little sun in winter months.
The architect Friedrich Müller designed it using pictures of oriental buildings, especially the Lion court of the Alhambra in Granada - you can easily recognise references in the details.
From 1959 on the Forest sciences department of the Tech University used the villa. At some time in the 1990s they had to move out because it was returned to the previous owners before 1945. Looks like they had no other interest than selling it - unsuccessful, so far - or don't have the money for restoration.