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Tharandt castle ruins and mountain church

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  • Burgruine und Bergkirche Tharandt
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Surrounded by steeply sloping rock spurs, the castle ruins and mountain church of Tharandt are enthroned on a mountain spur above the town of the same name. The ruins are the impressive remains of what was once the largest castle in the Meissen-Saxon region.
Tharandt Castle is a spur castle, which in function and ground plan is based on Tarantsberg Castle in Tyrol. It was built between 1206 and 1215 by Margrave Dietrich of Meissen and first mentioned in a document in 1216 as the manor of Boriwo de Tharant.

From the late 15th century the castle was no longer inhabited and increasingly fell into disrepair. When the once proud castle finally burned down in a lightning strike in 1568, it was finally abandoned. Only on the remains of the lower castle the mountain church "Zum heiligen Kreuz" was built from 1627 to 1631.

It took almost 200 years before the historical value of the castle was recognized and new interest in it arose. From 1800, the castle was renovated and the remains were secured in the spirit of castle romanticism. Since 2013 at the latest, the castle has been restored for sightseeing. Today, there are still well-divisible remains on the site, which give an idea of the shape of the old castle. Among other things, impressive building parts of the core castle, the outer walls of the keep, numerous Gothic and Romanesque window and door arches as well as old cellar vaults and foundation remains are still preserved. Especially in the rear part of the core castle, visitors can see the well-preserved and reconstructed parts of the complex, such as the palace with the adjoining fortified tower. On the way up to the castle, visitors pass the church, which is also always worth a visit.

Today, the castle ruins as well as the mountain church are the backdrop for various events. A special highlight is the Tharandt Organ Summer, which takes place every year in the mountain church "Zum Heiligen Kreuz".

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The castle ruins can be visited free of charge.
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Update: October 06, 2021

Public transport

Take the S3, the RE3 or the RB 30 from Dresden to Tharandt station. Then follow the road to the center of the village.

With the RB30 from Chemnitz/ Zwickau to Thrandt station, then follow the road to the center of the village.

With the RE from Hof to Thrandt station, then follow the road to the center of the village.

Getting there

From the A4 take the Wilsdruff exit onto the country road. Then via Wilsdruff, Braunsdorf to Tharandt. The castle is centrally located above the town and is easily visible from all sides. The entrance is on the southeastern side.

Parking

Below the staircase leading to the castle there are some parking spaces (Am Markt).

Coordinates

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50.982973, 13.582063
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50°58'58.7"N 13°34'55.4"E
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33U 400469 5648888
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