Tharandt Travel Guide

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Tharandt Things to Do

  • Church Fördergersdorf

    Probably the most interesting church in the area at the moment is the parish church in Fördergersdorf. The small church is part of a picturesque ensemble with vicarage, cemetery and chapel above a burial crypt, located on a hill above the village, right on an old pilgrimage trail.The Romanesque church from about 1150 was severely damaged in the...

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  • Trail of Songs

    I thought it was a nice idea to create a trail with 13 stations where German Folk song lyrics are posted. The trail begins in Kurort Hartha and leads through the beautiful forest - just a couple of kilometres, maybe about 1 hour walking time, not counting the time for singing. It is unfortunate that they didn't post the melodies/notes, too - how...

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  • Energy Trail

    If you want to learn something about the production of electric energy in general, and environmentally friendly generation of energy in particular, then you might want to follow the Energy Trail. Sure, the trail ends in Tharandt, but it doesn't really matter. Each station has information independent from the next one. The trail is 40 km long, so my...

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  • Trail of Seconds

    This educational trail starts in Tharandt at the railway station and ends after 6 km in the small village Spechtshausen. You can learn about astronomy in general and real time, time zones, Central European Time etc. specifically. You're going to find out that after the 6 km walk the real time (relatively to Central European Time) has changed by...

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  • Forest Experience

    Right in the middle of the forest is the "Forest Experience Grillenburg", near the settlement of the same name. It is primiarily designed for families with children, but adults can learn a thing or two also, and have fun. There are three sections there: An adventure trail, a trail of senses and the trail of wood. The latter is really about learning...

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  • Geological Open Air Museum

    This educational trail in the northern part of Tharandt Forest is not only for people interested in geological stuff, but also a nice hiking trail. It is designed as a loop with start in Mohorn-Grund, but you can also begin the hike in Kurort Hartha, if you want. Along the way are 13 stations where you can see special rock formations, surface...

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  • Grillenburg

    The small settlement is located on the historic main road Dresden - Freiberg in the middle of Tharandt Forest. It is well known for its old hunting castle, the Forest Experience Trail(s) and the rides on historic postal horse-drawn carriages.The oldest parts of the buildings go back to the 12th century (some cellars are still there), but not much...

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  • Stroll through the town

    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...

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  • Parish church

    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...

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  • Castle ruins

    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...

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  • Dresden Tech University: Forest Sciences...

    The Dresden Tech University has a branch in Tharandt: The Department of Forest Sciences. The latter is actually older than the Tech University - it goes back to the Forest School founded by Heinrich Cotta on 24 May 1811. Nowadays about 800 students are enrolled in that department, aiming for a Bachalor or Master grade from one of the 15...

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  • Forest Botanical Garden/Arboretum

    In 1811 Heinrich Cotta founded this Forest Botanical garden on a hill above the town. Back then it covered 1.7 ha (about 4 acres), over the years it grew to 33.4 ha (about 82 acres). Most recent addition is the North American department, opened in 1998. In 2001 it was renamed "Saxon State Arboretum".The Arboretum is home to more than 2,000 species...

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Tharandt Restaurants

  • Kiosk am Gondelteich

    There is this nice, basic snack place right by the pond in Grillenburg, in the middle of Tharandt Forest. I've been there twice so far: Once on a bicycle trip I had a piece of cake and coffee - pretty good, another time at the end of a hike I had potato salad (housemade) with a sausage (Bockwurst), both very tasty, and a tea (good, too). It is...

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  • Bakery Höhme

    This is another nice bakery, located just two minutes down the street from the other one. The lady behind the counter was super nice, prices are very low, even for this small town. The interior is ... hmmm, original 1970s/80s East German style. Which is not a complaint - I actually liked it, maybe just because it reminded me of my childhood....

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  • Cafe am Kurplatz

    In central location in Hartha, right by the tiny Kurpark garden, is this Cafe and Restaurant located. The family run place looks back at a history of about 100 years. I only had a piece of plum cake (2.50 Euro) and a cappuccino (1.90 Euro) here, both excellent. The cake (like all their cakes) is from Konditorei Megies (see separate tip), the coffee...

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Tharandt Transportation

  • Cycling

    Getting TO Tharandt and the area by bicycle is possible, but not recommended. The train is much faster and safer, and the roads in the area are narrow and very busy. However, in October 2014 I saw that along the most dangerous part, the road Freital-Hainsberg to Tharandt, construction works for a separate cycling trail had begun. We'll see how fast...

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  • Car

    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...

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  • Bus

    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...

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Tharandt Off The Beaten Path

  • Hetzdorf

    This village (pop. about 1 000, elevation 350 - 400 m) is the northern neighbour of the Tharandt Forest. It is not a part of the town Tharandt, but of the municipality Halsbrücke. What puts the village on the map is the large rehab clinic (pic 1). Hetzdorf also has a nice public bath, some B&Bs, a few restaurants and of course is starting point for...

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  • Kurort Hartha

    This small town is part of the municipality Tharandt. It is located on the northeastern rim of Tharandt Forest. The first day trippers and tourists from Dresden showed up about the year 1870. Since 1904 it is officially a spa town. Now, don't expect too much - it is small and the guests stay in smaller hotels and B&Bs, built in the late 19th and...

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  • Süntelbuchen

    In Kurort Hartha, close to the trailhead of Nordic Walking Park (western end of town), are two Dwarf Trees (German name: Süntelbuche, Latin name: Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa'). They were planted about 150 years ago. This is a rare mutatioin of the European Beech Tree, about 1,500 specimen exist.It is a wide-spreading tree with distinctive twisted and...

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Tharandt Sports & Outdoors

  • Swimming

    There are a couple of public baths in the small towns around Tharandt Forest. The nicest IMO is in Mohorn-Grund. It is in the lovely Triebisch valley and was completely redone a few years ago. The water for the large pool is supplied by the Triebisch valley that originates only a few km up the valley in the Tharandt Forest - so it's totally clean -...

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  • Rowing

    The pond in Grillenburg, in the middle of Tharandt Forest, is a popular place for boat rowing. It is open from April through October. You can rent the boats by the half hour. Prices are very reasonable: A half hour is 3 Euro, for each additional half hour you pay 2 Euro more. Frankly, one hour is plenty, except you want to row all the way to the...

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  • Cycling

    There are a lot of marked cycling trails to and in the Tharandt Forest - elevation difference is not much in general, except in the eastern area around the town Tharandt. I did a cycling trip once from Dresden's western outskirts (Gompitz) via the town Wilsdruff in the north to the Tharandt Forest, following the Triebisch river valley from Mohorn...

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