Torgau, located on the Elbe river in the northwest of Saxony, is a true gem and one of Germany’s most beautiful Renaissance towns. In the 16th century, it was the political centre of the Reformation movement and is now a fascinating destination to walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther and his wife Katharina von Bora, not to mention marvel at more than 500 monuments of the late Gothic and Renaissance period …
Saxons are coffee drinkers. Join the locals in one of the cosy Old Town cafés and try a piece of homemade cake. In the “Rösterei Arabica“ roastery, guests can also learn how coffee beans are turned into coffee.
How about some shopping now? You’re sure to find a souvenir or two in the town’s shops, including a Villeroy & Boch factory outlet, Germany’s oldest toy shop or a goldsmith who can re-create the wedding ring of Martin Luther’s wife Katharina von Bora.
In the evening, join a guided city tour. You’ll discover the most beautiful spots of this Renaissance and Reformation town and learn all about its heyday in the 16th century as well as its more recent history.
A new permanent exhibition that was opened in Hartenfels Palace in 2017 invites visitors into the apartments of John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony (also known as Johann the Magnanimous). You’ll learn about the life of the last Ernestine Elector and everyday life in his palace.
12.45 p.m. Hartenfels Palace is a must-see, with a fascinating history and some examples of mind-blowing architecture: To this day, engineers and architects are amazed at the so-called Wendelstein, a self-supporting spiral staircase. Climb up the 163 steps of the Hausmannsturm tower and enjoy the view.
Continue your tour on the museums’ trail and visit the impressive cellars of the brewery museum, the “Katharina-Luther-Stube” as the only memorial site commemorating Martin Luther’s wife and the “Spalatinhaus” museum in the oldest priests’ house in Saxony.
If you’d rather venture out of town, visit “Gestüt Graditz” (Graditz Stud), founded in 1686 by the Elector of Saxony. Today, Trakehners and English Thoroughbreds are bred here in historical surroundings.
On your way back to Torgau, stop by the traditional restaurant “Elbehof Werdau” or have dinner in one of the atmospheric restaurants in town, such as “Herr Käthe“ (Mr Käthe), which is a quaint as its name.
Still up for more? Then pick and choose from the town’s event calendar or, for something a bit more quiet, saunter across the Elbe bridge and enjoy splendid views of Torgau and Hartenfels Palace from the river’s eastern embankment.
Fancy a last moment of relaxation before getting back to work? Then the “Aquavita“ recreational centre is the right place for you, featuring swimming-pools, a super relaxing floating pool and much more.
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