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Welcome to Thuringia!
Thuringia. Culture is our nature.
Great moments of European history, world heritage amidst ancient cultural landscapes, dense forests, relaxing river valleys and traditional hospitality in historic settings - and all this in the heart of Germany. Thuringia is a region of short distances. Combining nature and culture experiences is very easy here. In the morning, you can enjoy magnificent views from the Rennsteig hiking trail in the Thuringian Forest and in the afternoon, either indulge in the medieval flair of Erfurt's old town or visit Weimar’s UNESCO world heritage sites.
For Bach fans, Thuringia is a must. The extraordinary composer was born in Eisenach and left impressive musical traces in towns such as Arnstadt, Mühlhausen and Weimar. Martin Luther was a student, monk and Bible translator in Thuringia. Lucas Cranach created immortal works of art that adorn Thuringia's churches and museums. And Walter Gropius ushered in a new era in 1919 with the founding of the Bauhaus school. Add to this more than 400 castles and palaces that little Thuringia can proudly boast, and you have more than enough reasons for a trip to this German federal state. And we haven't even mentioned the nature parks, UNESCO biosphere reserves or the World Heritage Hainich National Park yet.
Read up on Thuringia at visit-thuringia.com or contact us for advice on putting together your ideal Thuringia programme.
Awake your curiosity
Always looking for the hidden gem around the corner? Thuringia’s towns and cities many be your choice of a travel destination! Thuringia’s state capital Erfurt will surprise you! As a crossroad of important trade routes in the Middle Ages, Erfurt grew into a powerful trade and university city. Today you can visit one of the best preserved city centres in Germany. But Erfurt shines with more than carefully restored Renaissance and half-timbered houses, numerous churches, the cathedral of St. Mary and the fortress Petersberg. Many attractions and activities make the stay unforgettable: be it the beer garden next to the river, the life music in a traditional German ‘Kneipe’ or the shopping on a medieval bridge. The secret of Erfurt? The mixture of history and serenity.
For the love of culture
If you are a culture lover who likes to dig deeper, you will love Weimar! Weimar – town of the big German names. German classics like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller, the musicians Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Liszt, as well as the pioneers of Bauhaus and Modernism Henry van de Velde and Walter Gropius were only a few of the famous residents of Weimar. Their heritage: museums, castles, garden and lordly parks as well as sites of the Bauhaus School. The majority of these historical facilities belong to the UNESCO World Heritage. But Weimar does also look into the future: The exhibition in the newly opened Bauhaus Museum in Weimar gets to the bottom of the question “How do we want to live?” Visitors await a charming town with a variety of culture, street cafés and restaurants and small, creative shops.
Have you ever stood in a place that fuelled your imagination? Thuringia’s castles and palaces have the potential to do the same with you. One of them maybe more than the others: Wartburg Castle. It’s the epitome of a German castle and full of history, stories and legends. Standing on a mountain top surrounded by dark trees of the Thuringian forests it requires a little effort to get up there. It is worthwhile, however. This is the place where the ‘War of Minstrels’ took place that Richard Wagner immortalised in his Tannhäuser opera, it is where Saint Elisabeth lived her short but momentous life and where Martin Luther translated the New Testament. The Castle is mystic and majestic and thoroughly Thuringian.
Feel the pulse of Nature
There are regions in Thuringia where you can stand alone in the middle of a forest and all you can hear is bird calls and the wind in the trees. Hiking takes you through unspoilt Nature, cosy villages and historical sites. Like on the Rennsteig – the classic among all Thuringia hiking trails on the ridge of the Thuringian Forest. Unexpected treats in Thuringia include views of distant galaxies in the Rhön Star Park, where there is no artificial light. The primeval beech forests of the Hainich embrace you with their natural wilderness, the upper Saale valley takes your breath away with dramatic river landscapes, and the peaks of the Thuringian Forest provide for panoramic views. Slowing you down in a positive way – that’s what Thuringia’s nature can do for you.
A diverse landscape with hills of nearly 1000 metres, endless forests, the UNESCO World Heritage Nationalpark Hainich, nature parks and biosphere reserves, countless rivers, lakes and water dams: This all and much more is Thuringia. Rightly so, Thuringia is also called the "green heart of Germany".
Nature is allotted a special significance in Thuringia and is highly valued and protected as a recreational area. Many sustainable projects have been established in recent years. Dedicated regions, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Hainich National Park, provide sustainable mobility concepts as well as environmentally friendly offers and experiences. In an initiative for quality standards, 14 Hainich partners from the hotel and catering industry have been certified successfully with clear sustainability criteria. Other Regions, such as the Thuringian Forest Biosphere Reserve, also offer unique opportunities for visitors to immerse themselves in Nature; like guided herbal walks with the “humpback pharmacist” and herbal schools with cooking classes and cosmetics manufacture.
With a ICE-Hub of the Deutsche Bahn in Erfurt, Thuringia is easily reached from all parts of Germany in a environmentally friendly way.
Accessible travel means travelling with quality and comfort. Not only people with physical or mental disabilities take advantage of accessibility. Families with pushchairs, heavy luggage and the elderly profit from it, too. Many Thuringian stakeholders have joined forces with the Thuringian Tourist Board to set out on the path of “ComfortThinkers”. Since then, detailed information on accessible services has been available to visitors. Many touristic service providers were certified with the “Travel for All” national labeling system. A special barrier-free destination is the Thuringian state capital, Erfurt. It is a member if the AG Barrier-Free Travel Destinations of Germany.
Kontakt & Ansprechpartner
Thuringia Tourist Board
The new digital experience world in Erfurt presents Thuringia as a fascinating, modern and attractive destination. Inspiring places and personages as well as breath-taking views are shown with latest technology like VR-glasses and KUKA-robot.
Tourism Marketing Manager
+49 (0) 361 3742 230
Erfurt Weimar Airport:
direct motorway link to Autobahn A 4 / A 71
motorway with Autobahn A 4 (East-West link: Dresden – Frankfurt am Main)
motorway with Autobahn A 9 (North-South link: Berlin – Munich)
motorway with Autobahn A 38 (East-West link: Leipzig – Göttingen)
motorway with Autobahn A 71 (South-North link: Würzburg / Schweinfurt – Sömmerda)
motorway with the Autobahn A 73 (South-North link: Nuremberg – Suhl)
The excellent location in the heart of Germany and the modern infrastructure are important attributes that make the destination Thuringia very attractive. The state’s capital Erfurt is an ICE-hub for the high-speed trains of the Deutsche Bahn. Travelling times from Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Dresden to Thuringia have minimalized dramatically. See time table
Erfurt - München: 2,30 h
Erfurt - Berlin: 1,45 h
Erfurt - Dresden: 1,5 h
Erfurt - Frankfurt/Main: 2,10 h