FREEHOLD PROPERTY IN TORGAU, SAXONY, GERMANY
Welcome to Torgau, an extremely attractive town on the banks of the Elbe, North-western Saxony.
You are bidding on an ancient home in a freshly rejuvenated street, with a great pub right next door and great neighbours.
One of the oldest residential buildings in the town (1700's) this 2 storey home sits on an immaculate street, at the end of the street is the town centre, in town you'll find everything from jewellery stores to clothes boutiques, opticians, flower shops and much, much more.
The property sits on a large footprint of 501 SQM and has a small yard to the rear with an internal space of approx. 246SQM.
Check out the unique glass ceiling with intricate etchings of a Ram, a Cow and the cutest Pig ever, each in its own corner tile of the ceiling of what used to be the shop to the front of the property. To the Centre of the ceiling you'll find colour sketches of Cherubs, we have no idea who designed this masterpiece, but it’s here and the winning bidder will own it!
The staircase is in nice condition and is very attractive. Do expect to do a lot of work throughout this amazing property, it’s not ready to move into by any means, but with some effort you'll have a unique home right on this immaculate street, of this very historically important town.
In town you'll find no less than 15 museums, including:
- Visit the Beaver farm, an artificial lake south of Torgau, visitors can learn about the native flora and fauna, nature conservation and, of course, about the Elbe beaver.
- No visit is complete without going to the GDR Museum, learn all about the former GDR, loads of exhibits, very interesting indeed
- Historical military vehicles collection, hundreds of old military vehicles for visitors to browse
- Katharina Luther parlour (Martin Luther's wife, who was buried in the town). The exhibition gives a good insight into the life of this strong women by means of historical everyday life items and contemporary art.
- Brewery museum (That caught your eye!). An insight into Torgauer brewery culture of the 15th and 16th centuries. The town has a long history of brewing fantastic ales.
- House of Major Ringenhain. The unique interior decor of the Ringenhain House is the most important Renaissance town house in Central Germany.
- Town Museum of Culture and History. Permanent exhibition showing the history of Torgau, situated in the building of the former chancellery.
In town, there are no less than 13 Restaurants and 4 great Cafes serving freshly made Coffee and some of the greatest fresh cakes and pastries that you could ever taste. From Pizza and Pasta to Indian and traditional German food, it’s all here!
Aquavita Sport and Leisure Centre in Torgau offers visitors swimming in both indoor and outdoor pools, deep water relaxation, massage and other weird massage treatments like the "singing bowl massage", Hot-Stone massage and partner massage, whatever that is.
The castle is of course the main attraction in town and the most significant building, bringing in many thousands of visitors each year. The castle as we know it today was constructed in 1533-44.
Hartenfels Castle consists of five unequal wings, four of them enclosing the large courtyard in the form of an irregular rectangle. The fifth wing, an addition dating to the 18th century, traverses the moat and extends towards the city.
All are 3 storey buildings, in combination with eight towers, numerous gables and bay windows.
Architectural highlights of the complex consist of the magnificent stone spiral staircase, the ‘Große Wendelstein’ in the main wing, the ‘Beautiful Bay Window’ in the electors’ former living quarters, the castle chapel and the tower known at the 'Hausmannsturm’. A representative gate from the late Renaissance period provides access to the castle from the city. This is flanked by a slender bell tower.
The castle church (also a castle chapel) is the first Protestant church building in which the doctrine of the Reformation was realised in architecture and art. Martin Luther consecrated the church on October 5, 1544. Its emphasised modesty is due to Luther’s own ideas which were turned into reality by architect Nickel Grohmann, who designed this functional sacral and earliest of all Protestant buildings. The castle chapel remained almost unchanged until today and served as a model for further Protestant churches in Germany.
The entire colour scheme of the castle and the chapel is owed to Lucas Cranach. He is also responsible for the sketches of the motives on the chapel’s pulpit. Johann Walter, cantor of the Reformation, composed the music for the church’s consecration. He is considered to be one the founders of Protestant vocal music and laid down the foundations for church music. The Torgau Organ Recitals and the annual Festwoche der Kirchenmusik (Festival of Church Music) in particular are well-known far beyond the borders of the town.
A stunning site to see and educational too, no visit to the town is complete without a tour of the Hartenfels Castle.
The property is freehold.
As with any property, bidders should always assume that work will be required. Furniture and fittings are usually included; however no inventory has been taken and none have been tested, including any appliances within the property.
Any contents that may be left within the property, good and bad, such as treasure stashed under floorboards, antique cabinets or broken furniture fit for the tip etc. Are the responsibility of the buyer.
Photos were taken very recently, in November 2016 wherever access was possible. We have not inspected the property throughout and it is evident that work will be required before the property can be occupied.
The basement is simply wonderful. A huge, multi room one created from many thousands of thick slate stones, is probably the biggest asset of this property. Walk down a staircase that can only be described as something out of a castle, and down you go. The entrance to the staircase and staircase itself does indeed look like something out of a real ancient castle, we understand the basement was created at least 300 years ago.
Once down, you can explore the different rooms, deciding what they can be transformed into. From outside you would have no way of knowing that this property has a basement, never mind one that could actually be transformed into a small underground nightclub, this is simply tremendous.
YOU ARE BUYING A FREEHOLD UNENCUMBERED PROPERTY WITH DEEDS
SIMPLE PAYMENT TERMS : Full payment by bank transfer must be received in GBP by 5pm the day following the auction.
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We allow SIX months from end of auction date to visit your property and complete formalities.
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You may also complete formalities without travelling, using a UK notary.
Your vendor is a professional property company that has been operating since 2003 and has offices in several cities.
REMEMBER Legal completion within 6 months required.
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