Tharandt (German: [ˈtaʁant] (About this soundlisten)) is a municipality in Saxony, Germany, situated on the Weißeritz, 9 miles southwest of Dresden.

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Coat of arms of Tharandt
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Location of Tharandt within Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge district
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Tharandt is located in Germany
Tharandt is located in Saxony
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
DistrictSächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge
Municipal assoc.Tharandt
 • MayorSilvio Ziesemer
 • Total71.22 km2 (27.50 sq mi)
214 m (702 ft)
 • Total5,439
 • Density76/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes035203
Vehicle registrationPIR

It has a Protestant Church and the oldest academy of forestry in Germany, founded as the Royal Saxon Academy of Forestry by Heinrich Cotta in 1811,[2] 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.

In the early 20th century, Tharandt was a favorite summer resort of the people of Dresden, one of its principal charms being the magnificent beech woods which surround it.[2]

Personalities connected to the townEdit

Heinrich Cotta (1833)
  • 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.


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung des Freistaates Sachsen nach Gemeinden am 31. Dezember 2019". Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). July 2020.
  2. ^ a b   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Tharandt". Encyclopædia Britannica. 26 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 726.