Tharandt

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Tharandt
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Coat of arms of Tharandt
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Tharandt   is located in Germany
Tharandt
Tharandt
Coordinates: 50°59′0″N 13°34′51″E / 50.98333°N 13.58083°E / 50.98333; 13.58083Coordinates: 50°59′0″N 13°34′51″E / 50.98333°N 13.58083°E / 50.98333; 13.58083
Country Germany
State Saxony
District Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge
Municipal assoc. Tharandt
Government
 • Mayor Silvio Ziesemer
Area
 • Total 71.22 km2 (27.50 sq mi)
Elevation 214 m (702 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 5,412
 • Density 76/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 01737
Dialling codes 035203
Vehicle registration PIR
Website www.tharandt.de

Tharandt is a municipality in Saxony, Germany, situated on the Weißeritz, 9 miles southwest of Dresden.

It has a Protestant Church, a hydropathic establishment, and the oldest academy of forestry in Germany, founded as the Royal Saxon Academy of Forestry by Heinrich Cotta in 1811, together with its arboretum, the Forstbotanischer Garten Tharandt. In 2002, a severe flood destroyed many of the academy buildings and the library, including some of its more-than-500-year old books. The academy was rebuilt and today has about 650 students and is famous for its long traditions of educating students from all over the world in (tropical) forestry, resource management and sustainable land use.

Tharandt is a favorite summer resort of the people of Dresden, one of its principal charms being the magnificent beech woods which surround it.

Personalities connected to the town[edit]

  • Sidonie of Poděbrady (died 1510 in Tharandt), Duchess of Saxony, wife of the Duke Albrecht the Boldheart
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), poet, theater director, naturalist, art theorist and stateman; he visited Heinrich Cotta several times from 1811
  • Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) was in the town in 1787
  • Heinrich Cotta (1763-1844), forestry scholar, lived in Tharandt since 1811, where he was director of the Royal Saxon Forestry Academy.

References[edit]

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.