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Torgau – the former capital of Saxony

2 April 2018
Is it worth going to Torgau?

I discovered the city of Torgau by accident. I was traveling by S-bahn in Leipzig, and on a small table by the window was a miniature map of Saxony, with S-bahn stations. At Torgau, I found an interesting building. At about the same time, I also received materials promoting this region of Germany. I found Torgau again. Fascinated by its history and the magnificent Renaissance castle, I wanted to conquer the city. I have easily persuaded my friend that I met at Erasmus. We were both happy holders of the student card of the University of Leipzig and we didn’t have to pay for the S-bahn trip to this city. We couldn’t skip such an oppurtunity to visit city for free, roght? 🙂 Especially that it was the middle of summer and the weather was very pleasant for us! 🙂

How to get to Torgau?

I was traveling from Leipzig and that is the best and fastest way to get to Torgau. You can take a train or S-Bahn. We were traveling by S-bahn, because our Student ID covered this route and we didn’t have to buy a ticket. However, here you can check how works train tickets in Germany and here you can check the schedule and what kind of ticket you need!

Renaissance everywhere

Already at the beginning of the tour, we noticed that we are dealing with an old city. Torgau’s history can already be measured in thousands of years, so this small town has something to be proud of! However, buildings located outside the center should be renovated ASAP! It can be seen that this city isn’t too wealthy. On the other hand, the city center (market) is beautifully restored and well-kept that you would think it is rich Bavaria! The local renaissance buildings, including the town hall, try to hide the sad truth that Saxony isn’t one of the richest lands in Germany. Nevertheless, the 16th century town hall looks extremely impressive for such a small town.

The City Hall

The City Hall

Square

Square

Marienkirche

Torgau has many nicknames: the former capital of Saxony, the city of the Renaissance, but also the city of the Reformation. In the sixteenth century, the city became a strong center of Lutheranism. To this day in the city there are many traces from that period, and the most prominent of them is the Church of St. Mary (Marienkirche). This beautiful gothic temple is also the resting place of Marcin Luther’s wife – Katharina von Bora. Her tombstone is widely available, but you have to pay for the opportunity to photograph it (unfortunately I don’t remember how much). Katharina von Bora spent her last moments of her life in Torgau, hence her grave is in this church, instead of the side of her husband in Wittenberg.

Marienkirche

Marienkirche

Marienkirche

Katharina von Bora

Hartenfels Castle

Torgau isn’t the large city, so all the monuments can be accessed fairly quickly. After a short visit to the church, we went to the Hartenfels Castle. This is one of the most valuable examples of residential architecture in the Renaissance style in Saxony. It was built in the fifteenth century and belonged to the Wettin family. It is worth paying attention to the beautiful staircase, which can be noticed immediately after entering the courtyard of the castle. Its openwork façades received rich sculptural decorations.

We didn’t decide to visit the interior of the castle. Here you can check the opening hours of the castle and current prices. Entrance to the courtyard is free.

As a curiosity, I will add that the castle is surrounded by a moat, which is inhabited by two bears. As for me, quite  unpleasant sight, because although the area isn’t small, but compared to the areas that normally occupy such bears it is just a piece of land.

Hartenfels Castle

Hartenfels Castle

Hartenfels Castle

Hartenfels Castle

Hartenfels Castle

Hartenfels Castle

Lovely streets of Torgau

Hartenfels Castle was our last stop in Torgau. We decided once again to take a look at the market, and then go straight to the station. For this purpose, we have chosen a path that we haven’t yet walked. It was a perfect choice, because the restored street, with beautifully painted houses was a real pleasure for our eyes.

Lovely streets of Torgau

Lovely streets of Torgau

Lovely streets of Torgau

Lovely streets of Torgau

We spent a half day in Torgau! It is the perfect time to get to know with the monuments of this small Saxon city.
Have you ever heared of Torgau? Will you visit this city during your trip to Saxony? 🙂

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