Thuringia – A county full of culture, history, forrests, sausages and numbers

The Wartburg of Eisenach
The Wartburg of Eisenach
Wachsenburg Castle
Wachsenburg Castle
Gleichen Castle
Gleichen Castle
Mühlburg Castle
Mühlburg Castle
horseman's statue of Emperor Wilhelm I
horseman's statue of Emperor Wilhelm I
Weimar - home of Goethe and Schiller
Weimar - home of Goethe and Schiller
Original Thuringian Rostbratwurst
Original Thuringian Rostbratwurst

Martin Luther who studied in Erfurt from 1502-1505 already spoke of "Germany's green heart" lovingly considering the vegetation of Thuringian Forest.

Welcome to Thuringia in the middle of Germany — from here the rest of the world is just around the corner — convenient and easy to get to: Weimar (20 km), Leipzig (120 km), Dresden (220 km), Nuremberg (250 km), Berlin (330 km), Munich (350 km), Frankfurt (220 km), Cologne (450 km), Hamburg (400 km).

Thuringia has ever since been important to a great extent and in many different ways in German history and culture.

Right in this green coloured county with its rivers, ditches and lakes, rolling hills and scarped cliffs you will find lots of historical and legendary sights such as castles, fortresses, citadels, monasteries, ruins, breweries, country estates and monuments.

Many of them are situated in short distance from each other and can be visited and explored all year.

The Wartburg castle of Eisenach (UNESCO world heritage) where Luther once translated the Old Testament from Latin into German language.

There are mysteries about the Drei Gleichen — one which is told says that all three castles — the Mühlburg, the Gleichen castle and the Wachsenburg got struck by a ball lightning and burned down like torches one night in the 13th century.

Very alternate might be a daytrip to medieval town of Altenburg (where the Skat-cards were invented) or to the beaches of the reservoir of the river Saale.

Apart from other sights, the mountain ridge of Kyffhäuser at the Thuringia border to Sachsen-Anhalt on which the same-titled monument, the horseman's statue of Emperor Wilhelm I and the stone-made Barbarossa figure can be seen, or the Großkochberg near Rudolstadt, "Germany's green heart" originated famous artists, philosophers and scientists...

The Bauhaus-city of Weimar (UNESCO world heritage) as well as Arnstadt or Wechmar were living- and working home of for instance Johann Sebastian Bach, Friedrich Liszt and Kandinsky.

Goethe studied Jura in Leipzig from 1765-1768. From 1775 on the poet lived in the famous and still visitable Goethegartenhaus in Weimar.

Friedrich Schiller lived in Weimar too, where he finished his play "Maria Stuart" and other works in 1800. Schiller's house as well is open to visitors.

Men from Thuringia invented, besides many other things, the Christmas decorations and the kindergarden as we know it today. In Jena, Carl Zeiss constructed the first microscope and worked his lifetime on the perfection of optical engineering.

Beside its artistically and historical variety, the countryside of Thuringia features leisure of many different stiles and kind in summer and winter time. Old mines around Sondershausen invite to bowl underground, music events or the amazing days of the Zwiebelmarkt (onion market) in Weimar attract a large number of enthused visitors every year.

During the cold season of the year its worth to get yourself to Oberhof where one can either actively do winter sports in the snow, or witness the national and international competitions there as a spectator. To find relief from the cold temperatures pick one of the various public indoor swimming pools and sauna worlds or have some glasses of Glühwein on the breathtaking beautiful Christmas Market in Erfurt (one of the best in Germany!)

Let the old tales enchant you, follow the traces of knights, monks and our great poets and philosophers, participate in the region's colourful leisure, sports and cultural activities and enjoy pure nature in the endless, green forests of Thuringia.

Maybe it's you, who will find out if it is for the fresh air, our famous Rostbratwurst or for the communicative, modest and relaxed people of Thuringia that many visitors love to come back here again and again.

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