Favorite thing: I strongly recommend that you walk up and down the old town to look at the various old buildings. You can get a folded leaflet at the tourist office at Hauptmarkt 33 with a map and the sights in German. I don't know whether they have the same in English.
What I noticed in various tourist offices around Thuringa is that you have to pay for brochures and/or leaflets. Best is to grab in previous towns the stuff for your next destination or ask for it at the big tourist office of Thuringa in Erfurt.
Ernst Wilhelm Arnoldi
Favorite thing: The Gothaer Arnoldi (1778-1841) was a merchant and politician of commerce. He founded the first German fireinsurance bank in 1820 and later the first life insurance. Both his birth house and living house are at the Hauptmarkt. You will encounter his name all over Gotha.
There is also a square named after him.
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: The original German ‘Bratwurst’ comes from Thuringia where the first mention of it was in 1404. The sausage contains pork, beef and sometimes veal. The sausage is usually eaten with a hot or sweet German mustard or sliced and eaten as Currywurst. Sometimes it is served with French mustard and is almost always served with a hard German roll and usually accompanied by a beer. A ’Bratwurst’ meal is often eaten with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and roasted onions. Sometimes, it is served with a potato sauce, or a potato salad. All the Thuringia Bratwurst I have eaten were with the French mustard and the hard roll, whilst standing. You are never sure whether the roll is for eating as its so hard or for just holding the hot sausage.