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Land of castles and palaces

Goethe summer house with lawn and leafy trees
The appeal of Thuringia as a holiday region lies in its diversity. Here nature and culture are treasured above all else, and the memory of Luther, Bach, Schiller and Goethe is still very much alive. Thuringia, whose regional capital is Erfurt, is situated in the geographical centre of Germany. Visitors can look forward to unwinding in the unspoilt countryside, exploring fascinating castles and palaces, finding rest and relaxation at a spa or wellness hotel, or discovering medieval towns with a varied cultural scene. The Thuringian Forest more than lives up to such expectations, as do Eisenach and Erfurt or any of the multitude of health resorts in the region.
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Thuringia is a region of magnificent natural beauty in the heart of Germany. 16,000 kilometres of well-maintained marked trails make Thuringia one of Germany's top destinations for walking enthusiasts. They include the Rennsteig, one of the best-known hill trails in Germany, as well as the Rennstieg trail through Hainich National Park, the Barbarossa Trail in the Kyffhäuser hills and the Thuringia Trail from Altenburg to Creuzburg.
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Map of Germany

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Highlights in brief

  • Erfurt
    State capital, Merchants' Bridge, cathedral
  • Weimar
    Culture, UNESCO world heritage site, Goethe's summer house, Schiller's house, museum
  • Jena
    Precision engineering-optical industry, Zeiss factory, museums, planetarium
  • Gera
    Home of Expressionist painter Otto Dix, Gera caves
  • Eisenach
    Wartburg Castle, Bach house
  • Altenburg
    Royal seat and skat, castle and playing card museum
  • Bad Köstritz
    Town of beer and flowers Kloster
  • Vessra
    historical monastery
  • Lauscha
    Glass blowing demonstrations, centre of glass crafts, museum, porcelain painting Saalfeld
    Fairy grottoes