Torgau is in the north of the German state of Saxony.
The Kingdom of Saxony lost its northern territories, including Torgau, to Prussia in 1815.
After the war, Torgau became part of the state of Saxony-Anhalt, but the East German authorities dissolved all states a few years later, assigning Torgau to the Leipzig district. Since German unification, the town of some 20,000 inhabitants again belongs to the state of Saxony.
Torgau is reached by half-hourly local trains from Leipzig in 50 minutes and by two-hourly regional trains from Cottbus in 65 minutes. Travellers arriving from further-away places have to transfer either in Leipzig or in Falkenberg (Elster). From Wittenberg you will need a good hour by train, from Dresden or Berlin more than two hours.
Torgau is located on the Elbe Radweg (River Elbe cycle route), so a convenient way to get here is by bike.
Schloss HartenfelsFormer residence of the Prince-Electors of Saxony
SchlosskircheFirst Protestant church built after the Reformation.
Stadtkirche Sankt MarienLate-Gothic hall church. Contains the grave of Luther's wife Katharina von Bora
Market placeWith the imposing Renaissance town hall, historical pharmacy and several proud bourgeois houses.
Gestüt Graditzaddress: Gestütsstraße 54-56Restored Baroque-style stud farm that still breeds both thoroughbreds and hybrids.
Ricardphone: +49 3421 715176address: Markt 9Small bistro, serving freshly made, mostly Italian dishes.
phone: +49 3421 7732690address: Schloßstraße 14/16Upscale restaurant, mainly serving high-quality steaks
phone: +49 3421 904525address: Werdau 12Long-standing restaurant and brewery, using regional products.
phone: +49 3421 711379address: Bäckerstraße 12Centrally located, small and family-owned hotel (22 rooms), particularly ready to host cyclists traveling on the Elbe route and bikers. There are also three appartments.
Schloss Triestewitzaddress: Arzberg
Belgern town halladdress: BelgernBeautiful Renaissance town hall with a 6 metre high Roland statue
Museum der Schildbürgeraddress: SchildauThere is a traditional series of humorous stories about the seemingly stupid citizens of Schilda (Schildbürger) who have become proverbial (especially cited if local authorities take impractical descisions or enact silly regulations), comparable to the Wise Men of Gotham stories in England.
JägereicheDecoratively carved oak pole; landmark in the middle of the Dahlen heath.
Schmannewitz churchaddress: SchmannewitzBeautiful Baroque village church, designed by George Bähr (who was also the architect of the Dresden Frauenkirche).
Dahlen town halladdress: DahlenImposing 19th-century town hall. Monument illustrating a local legend.
Strehla Castleaddress: StrehlaWell-preserved late-Gothic to Renaissance castle.
- Leipzig, big city with many sights and cultural life, 50 km to the southwest (50 minutes by train)
- Grimma, 50 km to the south
- Mühlberg, 25 km to the southeast
- Riesa, 40 km to the southeast
- Wittenberg, another place closely linked with Martin Luther and the Reformation, 50 km to the northwest (one hour by train)