Torgau Travel Guide

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    Markt square with town hall
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    View of Torgau from the train
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Torgau Things to Do

  • Kanzlei / City Museum

    The former Kanzlei (chancellary) building is on one hand another fine example of Renaissance architecture and interesting museum, on the other hand it is historically significant - it marks the begin of a central administration in Saxony. At the end of the 15th century the Prince Electors of Saxony realised they could not govern/administer their...

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  • Town hall

    The Town hall of Torgau is a truly impressive building, occupying the whole block (56 m wide!) west of the Markt square. It consists of several wings: To the Markt square (eastern wing) is the original Renaissance town hall built 1563 - 78, the northern wing to Scheffelstrasse were two buildings from 1520/30, reconstructed in 1608, the southern...

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  • Markt square

    Inevitably you'll get to the Markt square on your walk through Torgau. It is *the* central place in the town, the top of the hill above the Elbe river. The square is quite large and lively - a market (food and other stuff) was held when I visited, several cafes and restaurants had tables outside, cyclists stopped by the Tourist Information, kids...

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  • Katharina Luther House

    This Renaissance townhouse has a small museum with only two rooms if I recall correctly, which is dedicated to Katharina Luther, born von Bora, the widow of Martin Luther. On 20 December 1552 she died in this house after she fled from Wittenberg to escape the plague, but sadly had a bad accident on the road to Torgau of which she did not...

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  • Handwerkerhaus

    For the perfect contrast to the magnificent house of the wealthy Mayor Ringenhain visit the "Handwerkerhaus" (craftsman's house)! It is only two blocks away, five minutes to walk. It is the oldest preserved townhouse of the ordinary people in Torgau and was recently restored.Pic 1 shows the small timber-framed house from the street, pic 2 from the...

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  • Mayor Ringenhain house

    If you want to get an idea how the wealthy citizens of Torgau lived in the 16th century, then this townhouse is a *must see* for you. It is one of the city museums, for which you can buy a museum pass ("Museumspfad"), saves money if you plan to see more than just one.The house is located in a side street, about 200 m from the Markt square, so not...

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  • St. Marien (parish church)

    The ev.-Lutheran main parish church of Torgau is located on the main street between the castle and the Markt square, not to miss. The present church goes back to the 13th century, the western front in Romanesque style with the towers is still well preserved (pic 2). The main portal is from 1516, though, in late-Gothic style. The upper parts of the...

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  • Castle church

    Incorporated in the northern wing of castle Hartenfels is the ev.-Lutheran castle church. It is the first church that was designed and built for Lutheran services ever, Martin Luther himself consecrated it on 5 Oct 1544. Architect was Nickel Gromann. From outside you hardly recognise it as a church (or chapel), you just notice the portal (pic 1), a...

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  • Spiral Staircase

    The most fascinating part of the castle for me, architecture wise, is the spiral staircase. It dominates the courtyard, you see it right vis-a-vis upon entering. The construction was finished in 1536, architect was Konrad Krebs. One of the models for it was the spiral staircase at castle Albrechtsburg in Meissen, the difference is that here in...

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  • Schloss Hartenfels

    *The* major attraction in Torgau is Schloss Hartenfels, one of the best examples of a Renaissance castle in Germany, and a milestone in architecture. From the 18th century on the castle was used as hospital, for the military and administration, thus not much of the interior/furniture (almost nothing) is preserved. However, the architecture is still...

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  • St Marien Church

    St Marien Church is the oldest building in Torgau. The famous painting "Die vierzehn Nothelfer" by Lucas Cranach the older can be seen here. Martin Luther was preaching here and his wife is buried in the crypt.

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  • The World War Two Monument

    This monument right next to the castle was erected to remind on the day in April 1945, when Soviet and American troops met first.The inscription means: "Here on the Elbe, on April 25, 1945, the forces of the first Ukrainian front of the Red Army linked up with American forces"

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  • Museum - World War Two Exhibition

    Another permanent exhibition in the castle is the World War Two Exhibition.What most people do not know is the fact that Torgau is the place where Americans and Soviets met first in World War Two. On April 25, 1945 Sviet and American troops met each other on the bridge right next to the castle and gave a symbolical handshake.

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  • Museum

    You should take a few hours to visit the changing exhibitions in the castle. Some rooms still have the furnitures of the former times like this hunting room from the 18th century.

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  • Eastern Entrance

    The eastern entrance attracts with the golden ornaments and the coat of arms. In front of the entrance is a stone bridge. Just take a look over the balustrades and see the quite teddy bears. ;-) The so-called "Torgau Bears" have been in this place sind 1425 - okay, those you see there are not that old but their ancestries had lived here. After the...

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Torgau Hotels

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  • Hotel Goldener Anker

    Markt 6, Torgau, Saxony, 04860, Germany

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

  • Central Hotel

    Friedrichplatz 8, Torgau, 4860, de

    Good for: Families

Torgau Restaurants

  • Ratskeller

    Please note: The restaurant is closed at the moment due to restoration works, my visit was some years back.This restaurant is (was) right on Markt square, perfect for people watching, at the corner to Scheffelstr. on the ground floor of the town hall. We had a table outside as the weather was nice. Service was quick and good. I had a goulash with...

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  • Eiscafe Carpe Diem

    On my walk back to the train station I stopped by this ice cream place. I got one scoop (1 Euro) of black currant ice cream. It had whole berries, taste was pretty good although a bit watery, not really creamy.Open in the afternoon, 1.30 pm - 6 pm.

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  • Cafe Croissanterie

    After an exhausting sightseeing day I urgently needed a coffee break. Cafe Croissanterie right next to Mayor Ringenhain house was recommended by locals, so I stopped there. They have a couple of tables outside, but that was too hot for me, I picked a table inside. Nice interior, decoration in historic style, sort of Art Nouveau. The service was...

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Torgau Transportation

  • Cycling

    In Torgau cycling is not only a transportation mode to get around, no, it's also for getting there: The town is right on Germany's most popular cycling trail "Elberadweg" (Elbe cycling trail), that runs all the way along the Elbe river, from the Czech Republic where the river originates (Krkonose mountains) beyond Hamburg, where it flows into the...

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  • Bus

    Frankly, I did not ride a bus in Torgau. But I saw buses and stops, even checked timetables in advance. I found out that there is a local bus #A which runs between the railway station and the Markt square - every half hour and takes between 5 and 8 minutes, depending on the route (two versions.) Other stops are castle Hartenfels and Elbe bridge...

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  • Railway

    Torgau's railway station is about a 10-15 minutes walk northwest of the old town/Markt square. I was a bit disappointed with the station itself, it doesn't offer any services, there's just a renovated waiting room there. At least you find an informative map of the town outside the station and there are also bus stops, so you can change to a bus for...

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Torgau What to Pack

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    Climate in Torgau

    by Leipzig Updated Jul 30, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: Rainy season: There is no special rainy season

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 9 – 20°C ( 49 - 68°F ); min: 2 - 9°C ( 36 - 49°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 22 – 25°C ( 72 - 77°F ); min: 12 - 14°C ( 53 - 58°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 19°C ( 45 - 66°F); min: 2 - 11°C ( 36 – 51°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 6°C ( 38 - 43°F); min: 0 - 2°C ( 32 - 36°F )

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Torgau Off The Beaten Path

  • Bear pit

    A bear pit was first built in Torgau in the middle of the 15th century, which was enlarged and enclosed by a massive stone wall in 1482. In 1559, under Elector Prince August, there were 39 bears in the pit! Elector Prince Johann Georg I commissioned the reconstruction of the bear pit in the early 17th century in the shape as we see it nowadays....

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  • Soviet Cemetery

    A part of the city park (Stadtpark) was turned into a Soviet Cemtery in the years 1945 - 47. It is right on the walk from the railway station to the old town, only about 2 minutes from the station (Bahnhofstraße). So this was the first site of interest I ran into when I visited Torgau on occasion of the National Reformation Exhibit, not something I...

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  • DIZ

    Hardly anyone knows that Torgau became the hub of the Wehrmacht penal system during WWII: Two military prisons Fort Zinna and Brückenkopf were in Torgau, and also the Reich Military Court, which was moved from Berlin to Torgau in August of 1943. After the end of the war the Soviet secret police (NKWD) established Special Camps in Fort Zinna,...

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Torgau Favorites

  • National Reformation Exhibit 2015

    In 2015 I revisited Torgau, main goal was to see the National Reformation Exhibit "Luther and the Princes". The exhibit takes place in three sites in Torgau: Castle Hartenfels, the Chancellery and the Superintendency. In castle Hartenfels you can see on a space of more than 1,500 square metres fantastic paintings, treasury objects and ornate suits...

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  • Saxon State Exhibit 2004

    In summer 2004 I visited Torgau on occasion of the 2nd Saxon State Exhibit "Faith and Power". It shed a light on the German State Saxony with regards to its position in Europe during the Reformation Era. Back then Saxony played a key role in European politics. Under the protection of Saxon Dukes and Elector Princes Martin Luther was able to advance...

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