Torgau / Germany
The little town of Torgau is located on the south bank of the river Elbe in Saxony. At times of reformation, Torgau did not played an insignificant role, but the town was already established far earlier as a fortification on a rock over the Elbe. Today, it has a pretty old town and is, of course, especially visited because of the highly remarkable Hartenberg Palace.
This castle is the oldest Renaissance castle in Germany. It was built on the walls of the castle previously built here. The oldest part is the right wing, most probably the Johann-Friedrich-Bau with its beautiful and unique spiral staircase. There is also a museum here. The castle is bordered in the west by the church which is the first Protestant church in Germany.
In the old town of Torgov, some buildings from the 16th and 17th century, including the Nikolai Chrch, the St.Mary's Church and the Mohrenapotheke, can be found around the central market square. Also of great historical significance is the monument of the meeting of the Soviet and American soldiers in 1945.