Forest, forest everywhere! Tharandt has been synonymous with and thrived on the back of its green-leaved surroundings since time immemorial. And even one visit will have you reassessing arborial perspectives. Back in the 17th century, the forest was seen not as a place of recreation but more a source of building materials. For example, the chair makers in surrounding villages such as Rabenau could barely keep pace with demand. Nowadays, much of the modern Tharandt economy depends on visitors, hikers in particular, who are drawn to the 250 kilometres of trails traversing the surrounding woodland. Our recommendation: A visit to the extensive Forest Botanical Garden with 2,000 different tree species and around 9,500 plants in the North America section.