Gefell Travel Guide

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Gefell Things to Do

  • The largest German water reservoir

    28 kilometers long and water volume of 215 Billion m³, built 1938.All water sports are possible there. You can make tours with boats and ships.Walking, hiking, biking through wide intact nature. or fishing at the sea. Also there are many winter sports possibilities.If you walk you will meet for a long time no other people.

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  • Fairy tale park

    Very beautiful park for children. Many fairy puppets and scenes, all in "lifesize", games for kids, animals, adventure games. And restaurants for mother and father... and grandma´s.

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  • Only one of this in Germany

    This stone is the only one of this kind in Germany. It means the border between three free republics of Germany: Thuringia, Bavaria, Saxonia.Nice walk from Gefell part Gebersreuth to the little water and stone which is the border between the old Fürstentum Reuss, Königreich Bayern und Königreich Sachsen since many centuries. Stone exists since...

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  • Bavarian spa Bad Steben

    Only 10 km far from my hometown. It´s a republic spa since 1832 and in compete with moor spa Lobenstein (also 10 km far from Gefell).Spas, moor, mineral for helath. Every year one hot-air balloon festival.

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  • Biggest working steam machine and...

    The biggest working steam machine of Europe. For technic freeks a ncie short trip.named Heinrichshütte; historical foundry

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  • Historical castle

    above sea, with different museums, nice park, organ built by Silbermann (concerts), centered in well wooded area

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Gefell Restaurants

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    by elgin99 Written Jan 30, 2005

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    Good restaurants in our Thuringian region? Difficult thing. Only the Marktstuben (hotel tip) is a very good one. Okay, might be I have special wishes. :)))

    But only 3 miles far from us you find the "Harmonie" in Lichtenberg/Bavaria. Local meals and French cuisine - what you want.

    Favorite Dish: Describe? How would this work? And it would be too long....

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Gefell Transportation

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    By car you will reach our region very quickly and direct via A9. From the North of Germany or the South. This railway is one of the longest with many other crossing railways. If you will arrive with airplane in Munich or Berlin, rent a car and come here.

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Gefell Local Customs

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    by elgin99 Updated Jun 28, 2006

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    If you be invited to a wedding in Thuringia, you will see a wooden block of tree out of the registry office, often also at entrance of the restaurants or homes wherein are the celebrations. The new married couple has to show if they can "work together in same rhythm". Because you can´t saw such a block without to be "one".

    The second is that the couple has to part the wedding cake together. Both take the knife and do the first cut together. The sense: to be hand in hand.

    Another custom is that friends steal the bride. The bridegroom has to drop-out his new wife with wine or beer and a "little contribution". ;-) Never the husband knows who does it and when exactly happens,or where his wife is. (BTW, that shall happen also later - LOL)
    He gets a tip, in the daily newspaper or with notices. Very funny!

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Gefell What to Pack

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    by elgin99 Written Apr 27, 2005

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You need weather gear and walking shoes in our area. Because the region has 600 ms altitude it is more chill.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You need repellent agaist midges and ticks in spring and summer!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you like to swim, don´t forget this clothes.

    Miscellaneous: Ticks warning!

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Gefell Off The Beaten Path

  • Nature park Hag - Hirschberg

    Directly at border to Bavaria, 6 km far from Gefell, you find the little town Hirschberg with a beatiful nature park named Hag. Belong the river Saale, partly a border river, you walk through wonderful nature. Nice walk tours, a bridge above the water, with one of the longest benches (wooden) of the world, some nice viewpoints and high above the...

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  • More than one nice views

    Walking through our region means relaxing. At the end of a tour most people like to have a beautiful view above landscape.One of these is from the place Heinrichstein (start picture of Gefell page) and another that view from Marienstein. Marienstein is a refuge on a little cliff, high above the water and village Saaldorf.So tour starts in Saaldorf...

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  • Our houses

    These are typical houses of our region. The so called Blue Gold is the front material and nearly all houses roofing by slate. Warm, long-living and from home mines.

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Gefell Sports & Outdoors

  • with bicycle

    Miles through peaceful landscape, wonderful around the water or to little lakes, mountainbiking through the forests and up to the hills... so much possibilities to have fun with bikes! Rent a bike - also this is a way.

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  • Riding on horses

    Riding on horses - a lot of people like it very much. In our region you have so much possibilities, to learn and/or to do. Miles through the forests and nice quite landscape.

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  • Surfing on Bleiloch

    Surfing on our water reservoir is an experience. Do you want learn it? A lot of schools exist here. Best place is near to town Saalburg, Kloster.

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