|• Mayor||Silvio Ziesemer|
|• Total||71.22 km2 (27.50 sq mi)|
|Elevation||214 m (702 ft)|
|• Density||76/km2 (200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
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.
Personalities connected to the town
- 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 statesman; 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.
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